lawrence and memorial hospital en Westerly Hospital Lays off 45 Ahead of Sale to L&M <p>Westerly Hospital will lay off 45 employees, just before its sale to Lawrence &amp; Memorial Hospital in New London, CT is completed.</p><p>Westerly’s new owners struck deals with hospital unions early on during acquisition talks. They agreed to keep most clinical positions. The 45 lay-offs don’t conflict with those commitments.</p><p>15 of the employees losing their jobs are unionized support staff. The rest are mainly from Westerly’s business office. Those functions will be consolidated at L&amp;M’s headquarters in Connecticut.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 15:27:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14492 at Westerly Hospital Lays off 45 Ahead of Sale to L&M State Officials Sign Off on Westerly Hospital Sale <p>Rhode Island regulators have given their final approval for the sale of Westerly Hospital to the New London-based Lawrence &amp; Memorial Hospital.</p><p>The head of Rhode Island’s Department of Health and the state's Attorney General have signed off on the deal to sell Westerly to L&amp;M. Now, the deal is expected to close June first. Westerly Hospital has been in receivership since 2011 and under the leadership of a special master. L&amp;M spokesman Michael O’Farrell says the special master will stay on through the closing date.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:39:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13806 at State Officials Sign Off on Westerly Hospital Sale Application to buy Westerly Hospital heads for formal review <p>Westerly Hospital is another step closer to being acquired by New London-based L&amp;M Hospital.</p><p>Rhode Island’s department of health and the attorney general’s office say they’ve received a complete application from L&amp;M. The state agencies now have 90 days to review it. If they accept L&amp;M’s offer, Westerly could be the first hospital acquired under the state’s new Hospital Conversions Act.</p><p>Westerly has been in receivership since late 2011. The financially struggling community hospital has been looking for ways to keep its doors open despite declining patient numbers.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9414 at