Care New England Health System announced plans Tuesday to relocate Brown University’s medical residency programs to Kent Hospital in Warwick after Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket closes.
The hospital-based doctor training program for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University currently includes 70 residents -- 40 family medicine and 30 internal medicine residents -- based at Memorial Hospital.
The transfer requires approval from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American College of Graduate Medical Education and Brown.
A Brown spokesman said Tuesday night that the university supports the plan. “Based on our conversations with Care New England to date, we support the plan to move these residency programs to Kent,’’ Brian E. Clark said. “We look forward to finalizing an affiliation after CNE obtains the necessary approvals…”
The Brown medical residents will continue to do their physician practice-based training at offices in Pawtucket while moving their hospital-based training to Kent “and other hospitals in the region,’’ according to a statement released jointly by Care New England, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebian and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa.
“Care New England is dedicated to meeting the needs of the population that have historically been served by Memorial Hospital in a way that honors and continues the legacy of this institution, while acknowledging the industry-changing dynamics and future of health care,” Dr. James E. Fanale, Care New England’s executive vice president, said in the statement.
Kent Hospital currently has 20 internal medicine residents and 12 family medicine residents not affiliated with Brown. Kent's internal medicine residents are affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kent’s residents are doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DO’s, whereas Brown’s residents are medical doctors, or MDs.
Clark, the Brown spokesman, said last week that "the ultimate decision on where these slots end up is not something that’s within Brown University’s control or the medical school’s control directly.''
Rhode Island's second-largest hospital system recently announced plans to close Memorial --which officials say has been losing about $2 million per month -- after efforts to sell the hospital to California-based Prime Healthcare fell through. Memorial's parent company, Care New England, has been negotiating a sale to Massachusetts-based Partners Healthcare.
updated 10:40 p.m. Tuesday