DOH approves affiliation of Memorial, Care New England

DOH approves affiliation of Memorial, Care New England

Attorney general has until Wednesday

PROVIDENCE - Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, announced last Wednesday that his department rendered two decisions that make way for the affiliation of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England Health System.

The DOH approved both the Change in Effective Control application, which was recommended for approval on June 25 by the Health Services Council, and the Hospital Conversion application. Both applications were approved with conditions.

"The Department of Health staff has worked diligently to review these applications quickly and thoroughly," said Dr. Fine. "After completing its review, the Department of Health has determined that the criteria for approval of these applications have been met."

The measures must still be approved by the Office of the Attorney General, which has until Wednesday of this week, July 3, to make a decision.

The full decisions and the report of the Health Services Council can be found under "Completed Decisions" in the right column on the Hospital Mergers and Conversions page at www.health.ri.gov.

Not only is the pending new partnership between Memorial Hospital and Care New England important for the financial health of Memorial, say the participating parties, but it also will enable both institutions to develop a fuller continuum of care and reach a broader patient population. In joining Care New England, Memorial brings to the system its strong academic and clinical programs in primary care, including family and internal medicine, say hospital administrators.

Officials for Care New England and Memorial say that their new partnership will help prepare both institutions for a rapidly changing health care environment.

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. CNE is an integrated health care system that offers a continuous sequence of quality care.

The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; two teaching hospitals affiliated with Brown Medical School, Butler and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and the Care New England Wellness Center.