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Release Date: 05/27/2016

We are very appreciative that Rhode Island Department of Health Director (DOH) Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott approved our request to relocate obstetrical services from Memorial Hospital to Women & Infants and Kent hospitals. We know this was not an easy decision and applaud DOH for its diligent process.

We are fortunate that Care New England could relocate obstetrics patients to two hospitals within the system that provide outstanding care. Women & Infants is one of the largest and most respected obstetrics services in the world and Kent offers a high-quality program known for its community hospital atmosphere and warm personal touch. Women & Infants is 6.9 miles, or 12 minutes, from Memorial and Kent is 16.5 miles, or 21 minutes, away.

Our plan is to follow the conditions set forth by the DOH in the decision, including making this a seamless transition for all of our patients, with no interruption in care. Our target completion date for relocating the Memorial obstetrics service is August 1. Communication – in English and Spanish - will go to all women who had been scheduled to deliver their babies at Memorial from that date forward, inviting them to visit and tour our other facilities.

About Care New England

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. 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; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center. For more information,visit

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