Rep. Coughlin meets with Attorney General’s staff to discuss halting Memorial Hospital closures
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) met with the Attorney General’s Chief of the Civil Division and the Healthcare Advocate at the Attorney General’s office today to discuss halting the Care New England proposed cuts to Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Care New England, which has owned Memorial Hospital since 2013, has proposed closing critical services, such as their birthing unit and intensive care unit, and has already begun the process of laying off a significant number of frontline healthcare workers at the hospital.
“I’d like to thank Attorney General Kilmartin and his staff for the very productive meeting we had today concerning the horrendous proposal by Care England to deprive the people of Pawtucket the essential medical services they have relied on at Memorial Hospital for over 100 years,” said Representative Coughlin. “When Care New England was granted approval to acquire Memorial Hospital, it was under the condition that the surrounding community’s public health would not be negatively affected. Three years later, this penny-pinching proposal will most certainly have a negative effect on Pawtucket’s mothers, on its children, on its patients in need of intensive care, and on its loyal and compassionate healthcare workers. They are going back on their promise and that is unacceptable. This proposal must be stopped for the sake of the citizens of Pawtucket.”
The meeting discussed whether Care New England is undermining the certificate of need process for Memorial Hospital by slowly closing units and laying off key front-line staff before approval has been granted by the Department of Health.
Sen. James E. Doyle II (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) wrote to Attorney General Kilmartin last week seeking a meeting and was also present today. Rep. Raymond H. Johnston Jr. (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence), and Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) were also in attendance at today’s meeting.
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Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903