Rhode Island’s only independent hospital – South County – announced plans to enter talks with a nonprofit chain about a possible affiliation.
According to a statement, South County Hospital will begin exclusive talks with Southcoast Health System to explore a possible alliance. Southcoast is a nonprofit chain of hospitals, including St. Luke’s in New Bedford and Charlton Memorial in Fall River. South County is Rhode Island’s only remaining independent nonprofit hospital serving patients in southern Rhode Island.
A spokeswoman for South County said no one was available for comment on the news. But a written statement revealed the hospital would hold what it called “open” forums on the possible affiliation and that employees and physicians had been notified.
Several hospitals have either completed mergers or affiliations or begun the process in Rhode Island in the past few years.