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3/30/2021 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Oversight Committee to hear overview, status of Eleanor Slater Hospital
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Oversight is scheduled to meet Thursday to hear an overview of the current status of the state’s Eleanor Slater Hospital, including admission and discharge practices as well as compliance with federal and medical standards.

The committee will meet Thursday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the House Lounge on the second floor of the State House.

The meeting comes in the wake of reports that the hospital’s administrators stopped all medical admissions starting in February 2020. Since then, an unknown number of patients have been discharged.

According to recently-retired physician administrator/medical director Normand L. Decelles Jr., M.D., hospital administrators began planning the closure last year under the guise the services were not needed, when in fact administrative failure to modernize health records led to federal funding being cut off.  They began pressuring physicians to discharge patients even though doctors could find no facilities to accept them.

The State House remains closed to the public due to the pandemic. The meeting will be live streamed at

Members of the media wishing to arrange for coverage or interviews are asked to contact Larry Berman at (401) 447-2655.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903