Care New England, the operator of Memorial Hopsital, has submitted an application to the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) to close the emergency department at Memorial Hospital. The intensive care unit, obstetrics and other units have already been closed. Care New England has also applied to transfer their primary care services currently provided under Memorial Hospital's license to Kent Hospital's license. They are currently reviewing the applications and held a public meeting on November 27th in Pawtucket to hear from the community.
Mayor Donald Grebien has been opposed to any reduction in services for the community. He has expressed his opposition to any type of closure since discussions of a possible merger began and more recently with the announcement of the closure. Our community relies on these critical health care services. The City is advocating for the retention of as many health care services to remain in tact as possible for the residents.
Care New England recently announced initial plans to continue community-based care in Pawtucket, including the family care and internal medicine centers. The City requested that RIDOH make this and other services a requirement. The Mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls with the Governor requested a written proposal identifying which specific heath care services would remain at the Hospital campus; how those services would be operated and capitalized; the number of doctors, nurses and other personnel that would be committed to operate these services; and the duration of Care New England's commitment.
Let the Department of Health know why Memorial Hospital is so important to you and to our community. Written comment can be submitted via email or postal mail until December 11th to:
Paula Pullano, Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Room 410, Providence, RI 02908
Information from RIDOH and Care New England's applications: http://www.ri.gov/press/view/31951
A second meeting has been scheduled to give the public an additional opportunity to provide comment on Care New England (CNE)'s application to close the emergency department at Memorial Hospital, as well as CNE's application to transfer the primary care services currently provided under Memorial Hospital’s license to Kent Hospital’s license. The meeting will take place on Monday, December 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Baldwin School, located at 50 Whitman Street in Pawtucket. The meeting will take place in the cafeteria.
The first community meeting was held on November 27th.
The purpose of the meeting will be to allow the public to provide input on the potential effects on the community of these changes. RIDOH officials at the meeting will not be able to answer questions about the applications. Copies of the applications to close the emergency department and to transfer the primary care services to Kent Hospital’s license can be found online (Emergency Department application | primary care application).
In addition to speaking at this meeting, members of the public can submit written comment. Written comment can be submitted in person on December 4th or it can be submitted via email or postal mail until December 11th to Paula Pullano, Rhode Island Department of Health; 3 Capitol Hill, Room 410; Providence, RI 02908 | Paula.Pullano@health.ri.gov.
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