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5/27/2016 Rep. Coughlin is ‘disgusted’ with Health Department decision to close Memorial Hospital birthing center
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin Jr. (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) has issued a statement regarding the breaking news that the Rhode Island Department of Health has given its approval for Care New England and Memorial Hospital to close down the hospital’s birthing center.

“I am disgusted and frustrated with Governor Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott’s cold-hearted decision to side with corporate special interests over the needs of Pawtucket’s middle class and underserved families.  The Health Department’s approval of Care New England’s request to close its birthing unit is a sad day for our community.  It is incredibly disappointing when the leaders of this state favor corporate greed over the health and well-being of an entire community.  I am hopeful that the lawsuit being brought forth by Pawtucket and Central Falls will have a positive impact on this dire situation and I pledge to continue to fight for the mothers, children, and families who rely on Memorial Hospital for necessary health services,” said Representative Coughlin.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903