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Release Date: 11/21/2017

Care New England today announced initial plans for the continuity of community-based care in the Pawtucket region as it works with the Rhode Island Department of Health through the reverse certificate of need process. CNE has also started to engage and work collaboratively with Governor Raimondo’s office and Mayors Donald Grebien and James Diossa.

Family and Internal Medicine:

While CNE continues to address key next steps, these plans call for maintaining family care and internal medicine offices in Pawtucket. The Family Care and Internal Medicine Centers, delivering primary care to thousands of community residents, will continue to see patients in a similar fashion as they currently do. The ability for residents to have access to high-quality family care and internal medicine practices is crucial to meeting the health care needs of the community.

Medical Residencies:

Currently, the Family Care and Internal Medicine Centers serve as training sites for residencies affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. CNE will seek to maintain these residencies and this affiliation under Kent Hospital. This transfer will require approval by both the American College of Graduate Medical Education and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. CNE is hopeful that it will be able to obtain these approvals. Physician practice-based training for these residencies would continue to be performed at office sites in Pawtucket and hospital-based training would be done at Kent Hospital and other hospitals in the region.

“Care New England is dedicated to meeting the needs of the population that have historically been served by Memorial Hospital in a way that honors and continues the legacy of this institution, while acknowledging the industry-changing dynamics and future of health care,” said James E. Fanale, MD, CNE executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief clinical officer.

“As soon as Care New England announced it would be closing Pawtucket Memorial, I said clearly that no one should lose their job and Care New England could not just walk away from the property,” said Governor Raimondo. “I am pleased that Care New England will continue to provide primary care services on the Memorial campus to ensure that Pawtucket residents still have access to the care and services they need. I look forward to working with their leadership team to identify a long-term use for the hospital building.”

Specific to these changes, it is important to note that they include the positive shift from volume-based to value-based reimbursement. This simply means ensuring that patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place while reimbursing providers for the quality of care rather than the quantity.

“My first priority is to ensure that the people of our community, particularly our underserved community, have access to health services here in Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “We all recognize the significant challenges in the hospital services. I will continue to advocate that CNE provide for the essential needs in our community and be inclusive and transparent throughout the process.”

The steps announced today are a key component in this shift towards the future of health care. Memorial’s primary care providers are frequently the first patient contact and their preventive care is related to better outcomes for patients, including fewer emergency department visits and hospital admissions, ultimately contributing to CNE’s and the communities’ long-term health care goals.

“Access to health services for all of our residents in the Blackstone Valley is of utmost importance,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. “The Office of the Governor, the two cities, and CNE will continue to work together to find the best solutions for our community.”

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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.