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State Approves CNE Partnership with Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
The proposed affiliation of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (MHRI) and the Care New England Health System (CNE) has earned state approval. The approvals were issued by Director of Health Michael Fine, MD and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

This milestone clears the way for MHRI to become the fourth hospital partner in CNE, joining Butler, Kent and Women & Infants hospitals. CNE also includes the Care New England Wellness Center and the VNA of Care New England.

“This is a tremendous step forward for the entire State of Rhode Island!” says Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England. “In joining Memorial Hospital with our other partners in Care New England, we are confident that not only will the system be positioned for the changes that are already taking place in the health care arena, but we will lead the transformation.

“The future of health care will focus on primary care. In Memorial, we have a partner with highly evolved clinical and academic programs in primary care, and who is a leader in the development of the Patient Centered Medical Home in Rhode Island. This is a true center of excellence and an invaluable asset for the community. Through Memorial’s lead, we will create leading-edge primary care systems that will return benefit to all of Rhode Island.”

Approval by the Rhode Island Departments of Health (DOH) and Attorney General (AG) was granted following a rigorous yet highly collaborative and constructive review process which included public review by the Health Services Council as part of the DOH‘s Change in Effective Control review and review by the DOH and the AG’s Office under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversions Act. Based on their reviews, the state officials determined that the affiliation met the criteria and standards set by state law. The affiliation was endorsed by physicians, civic leaders and organizations, businesses, public officials, and other members of the community who spoke at a June 11 public hearing or submitted letters of support during the review process.

The new CNE-MHRI partnership includes the organizations’ commitment to provide ongoing clinical excellence through a comprehensive range of services, as well as sustain the strong academic and research programs at MHRI, a community hospital that has served the greater Pawtucket community for more than 125 years. CNE and MHRI envision that their partnership will bring to the expanded and enhanced CNE system:
  • Improvement of quality of clinical programs and services
  • Patient access to a broader continuum of services over an expanded service area
  • Development of signature service lines, including women’s health, behavioral health, primary care, and home health
  • Maintenance of the strong academic and research platform that is essential to fostering clinical excellence and innovation
  • Enhancement of physician recruitment, retention and integration initiatives
  • Improvement of facilities, technology and information technology platforms
  • Development of an integrated delivery system in which patient care is coordinated across the full continuum of care for population health management
  • Operational efficiencies to improve performance and reduce costs
“We are very pleased that the future of Memorial Hospital will be integral to the future of Care New England and its transformational plans for Rhode Island’s health care delivery system,” said Arthur DeBlois III, interim president and CEO of MHRI. “Not only will this partnership provide a strong continuity of care for our patients, it will also expand the specialty services available to them. “

“The new future will be one which moves us from a disease-based, fee-for-service model to a wellness-focused, population health approach which will include behavioral health,” Keefe summarizes. “This is a future where providers promote health and disease prevention, and they are rewarded for improving health outcomes and for more prudent use of resources.”

The closing of the transaction between CNE and MHRI is expected in early September.

About Care New England
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; two teaching hospitals affiliated with Brown Medical School, Butler and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center. For more information, visit carenewengland.org.

About Memorial
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is a 294-bed teaching center affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Memorial is the chief site for the medical school’s primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services at facilities in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, and operates an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.
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