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


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.  


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

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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A state Senate bill aiming to streamline the merger and acquisition process for nonprofit hospitals is scheduled for a vote in the Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday. The bill, which would amend the Hospital Conversions Act, has sparked debate between lawmakers and hospital union workers.

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Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—is acquiring Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State.


In a letter to doctors, Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau has criticized the proposed merger of Boston-based Partner HealthCare and Lifespan’s chief Rhode Island competition, Care New England.


The Providence-based hospital organization Care New England has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Boston-based organization Partners HealthCare, Care NE announced Wednesday.