Prime acquisition of Landmark receives initial approval by Health Services Council

Prime acquisition of Landmark receives initial approval by Health Services Council

WOONSOCKET – A subcommittee of the RI Health Services Council voted to approve Prime Healthcare Services application for purchase of Landmark Medical Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17, marking the health care chain's first major hurdle in the extensive state regulatory process governing change of control of the facility.

“We are extremely pleased with today’s vote and the time and commitment council members and department of health staff have lent to this process,” said Rick Charest, president of Landmark Medical Center. “Today’s vote by the subcommittee allows the regulatory process to continue moving forward and we are another step closer to preserving the operations of both Landmark and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. This could not happen without Prime Healthcare’s commitment to Landmark and the greater Woonsocket community.”

The council has a held a series of meetings on the proposed acquisition of Landmark Medical Center by Prime Healthcare Services. Any hospital acquisition in Rhode Island requires the approval of two separate and distinct regulatory reviews. The first is the approval of a Hospital Conversion application overseen jointly by the Department of Health and the Department of Attorney General. The second is a Change of Effective Control application overseen exclusively by the Department of Health. These regulatory reviews have been running in parallel the past few months.

Local residents will have their chance to weigh in on the change on Monday, Sept. 30, when a pubic hearing will be held at 4 p.m. at Woonsocket High School.