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State health officials have ordered Kent Hospital in Warwick to invest at least $1.7 million to “improve patient quality and safety” following a series of medical errors.

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Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement for a takeover of Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network by Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

 

The deal, if approved by federal and state regulators, would mark a giant shift in Rhode Island’s healthcare market, granting Massachusetts’ largest health system huge influence -- and pricing power -- over Rhode Island’s health system.

 


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Care New England officials on Thursday reported it would be operating in the black if it weren’t for the ongoing losses from the now-closed Memorial Hospital.

Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital system reported a $7 million net loss from operations during the first three months of 2018. That included an $8.5 million loss from the Pawtucket hospital, which closed last January.

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CharterCare, the local arm of a California-based for-profit hospital company, announced Wednesday it would like to purchase the now-closed Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Memorial shut its doors in 2017, after years of losing money.

Before she became a medical journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal worked in hospital emergency rooms. There she witnessed what she describes as the dysfunctional business America’s health care. According to Dr. Rosenthal, the proposed takeover of Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital group, by the Massachusetts company, Partners HealthCare, deserves careful scrutiny.

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Rhode Island’s largest hospital network -- Lifespan -- will now join with Care New England in its negotiations with Boston-based Partners Health Care.

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Rhode Island’s health director has ordered Care New England Health System to pay a half-million dollars a year to the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls for costs associated with transporting patients to area hospitals following this month's closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

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Care New England Health System announced Thursday it is moving ahead with its planned sale to Massachusetts-based Partners Health Care.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

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Rhode Island health officials on Thursday approved Care New England’s plan to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, effectively shutting down the hospital.

The decision, effective Monday, includes a number of conditions – such as maintaining a walk-in clinic open seven days a week in Pawtucket -- designed to ensure services to area residents and off-set costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals, according to a statement released by the state Department of Health.

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Care New England Health System and Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare announced Wednesday that they have agreed to extend the deadline for reaching agreement on a proposed merger through January 2018.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital system, reported it ended fiscal 2017 with operating earnings of $14.6 million.

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