Expedited Healthcare System Merger Review OK'd

posted by NewsRadio 920 -WHJJ - 

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is allowing for a fast-tracked review of a requested merger between Care New England and Massachusetts-based Partners Health Care.  Care New England is the second-largest healthcare system in the state and owns Women and Infants, Butler and Kent hospitals, among others.  The decision means there will not a required public hearing for the proposal.  Rhode Island's largest hospital system, Lifespan, released a statement saying it was surprised by the health department's decision.

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