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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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Care New England Health System reported a $47-million operating loss for the fiscal year, nearly half attributed to Memorial Hospital.

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Virginia Iacono stood at the podium, a hospital bracelet around her wrist. She is 73 and undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

“There are hundreds of us that rely on that cancer center,’’ she said. “Where are we gonna go…?” 

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Care New England’s plan to relocate Brown University’s medical residency program to Kent Hospital in Warwick has some in the medical community breathing a sigh of relief.   

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Uncertainty shrouds the future of Care New England Health System, which this week moved one step closer to closing Pawtucket Memorial Hospital when it stopped accepting patients into its intensive care unit.

But a top Care New England executive says Memorial employees can rest assured about one thing: their pension plan.

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Care New England Health System closed Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit Monday, prompting accusations by the hospital’s union that it violated state regulatory procedures.

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Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has asked Governor Gina Raimondo to intervene in Care New England’s plan to close that city’s community hospital.

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Care New England's president and CEO, Dennis D. Keefe, announced Monday he will retire at the of the year as the hospital group prepares for a planned merger with Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is raising alarms about a proposed sale of Care New England -- Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital group to a large out-of-state hospital chain.

Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital system, is reporting strong operating earnings as rival Care New England continues to lose money.

The President of Women and Infants Hospital in Providence is leaving. Hospital head Mark Marcantano will step down Friday.

Women and Infants' parent organization, Care New England, made an announcement to staff via memo Thursday. Marcantano has been president of the hospital since 2014. He served as acting head before that.

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