Memorial, Care New England finalize partnership

Memorial, Care New England finalize partnership

PAWTUCKET - Representatives for Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England were planning a special signing ceremony on Tuesday to finalize a new affiliation and partnership agreement between the two entities.

The affiliation is a milestone in the health care landscape in Rhode Island, according to officials. Memorial Hospital has been a stand-alone community hospital for more than a century, but has faced significant financial challenges in recent years.

After undergoing an expedited review, the new affiliation agreement received approval from federal and state regulators.

As part of the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital will be able to provide more comprehensive services for patients and will be positioned for the shifting health care environment, according to hospital staff.

Memorial and Care New England "share similar cultures and envision the partnership will strengthen clinical programs, maintain strong academic and research platforms, and develop an integrated delivery system of coordinated patient services across the continuum of care."