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Care New England Provides Update on Memorial Hospital
11/13/2017

Care New England (CNE) provides this update regarding its ongoing efforts to coordinate the announced closure of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. With its primary focus on ensuring patient care and safety during the transition process, hospital leaders are working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health both on its comprehensive Plan of Closure for Memorial and other changes in service as they develop.

At the request of the Governor and officials from the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, hospital leadership also continue to meet regularly with other state and local leaders to ensure open dialogue, information sharing, and details on the phased steps that are necessary for hospital closure planning. There is also a review and consideration of community-based primary and specialty care that may continue to be provided in Pawtucket following the hospital closure.

“We remain committed to our patients, Memorial colleagues, and the community as we continue to adapt to the shifting trends in health care and further our commitments to health care in this region and throughout the state,” said James E. Fanale, MD, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief clinical officer, Care New England. “Memorial Hospital is losing close to $2 million dollars each month that it continues to operate as an underutilized, full service hospital. While the decision to close the hospital is difficult, this will help us move the community in the best direction possible to better meet future health care needs and ensure the future viability of the larger health system and needs of the state.”

As part of the phased Plan of Closure, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Memorial Hospital has closed effective today. The closure of the ICU was determined to be in the best interest of patient care and was coordinated with the Department of Health.

The ICU at Memorial has been averaging one to two patients a day and was not able to admit and care for the most critically ill patients normally cared for in an ICU due to limited availability of specialty physicians. In recent months, such critically ill patients have been appropriately diverted or transferred to other ICUs that were able to better meet their medical needs. Any patients remaining in the ICU as of today have been provided with care options at other ICUs or step-down facilities including Kent Hospital, a CNE facility, or an appropriate location of the patient’s choosing.

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About Care New England

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent, affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; a home care and hospice agency, the VNA of Care New England; a community-based mental health and addiction provider organization, The Providence Center, including Anchor Recovery and Continuum Behavioral Health; and the Care New England Wellness Center.