care new england http://ripr.org en Women & Infants Labor Dispute Over Definition Of "Delivery" http://ripr.org/post/women-infants-labor-dispute-over-definition-delivery <p>A labor dispute at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence has erupted over the layoff of 16 staff members. The layoffs, and the dispute, turn on the definition of a single word: deliveries.</p><p>Members of the Service Employees International Union local 1199 are picketing outside Women and Infants over the hospital’s decision to cut several cleaning, lab, and clinical staff. Union spokesman Patrick Quinn says his members dispute the hospital’s claim that the number of deliveries – and therefore the need for as many staff – has dropped below 8500 over the past year.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:22:02 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23668 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital Merging With Care New England http://ripr.org/post/pawtuckets-memorial-hospital-merging-care-new-england <p>In a ceremonial signing, Care New England and Memorial Hospital will formalize a new partnership Tuesday.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:20:26 +0000 Catherine Welch 21046 at http://ripr.org Memorial Hospital to join Care New England http://ripr.org/post/memorial-hospital-join-care-new-england <p>Memorial Hospital is set to join Care New England, one of Rhode Island’s multi-hospital health care systems.</p><p>The two institutions signed an affiliation agreement but must receive further state and federal regulatory approvals before their partnership is official.</p><p>The organizations said in a statement today that the affiliation would help reduce overall operational costs and improve patient access to a range of health care services across the network.</p><p>Memorial joins Care New England’s three other Rhode Island hospitals, including Kent, Butler, and Women and Infants.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:13:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 4722 at http://ripr.org