Pawtucket Mayor Calls For Governor to Intervene In Memorial Hospital's Sale

Oct 19, 2017

Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien has asked Governor Gina Raimondo to intervene in Care New England’s plan to close that city’s community hospital.

In a letter to Raimondo, Grebien said he’s “extremely concerned” about the hospital system’s plans to close Memorial Hospital and “forgo the future of the health care operation during their negotiations with Partners HealthCare…” He said he’s worried about the impact of the closure on the emergency care needs of residents and the jobs of Memorial employees.

Grebien is asking the governor to direct state health officials to appoint a “special master” -- as was done with other failing hospitals -- to oversee the planned sale from Care New England to Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts.

Raimondo could not immediately be reached for comment for this story.

Care New England announced earlier this week that negotiations to sell Memorial to a California-based company had fallen apart, and it could no longer afford to operate the hospital.

Grebien said Thursday he was “very surprised” and “very disappointed” to learn of plans to close Memorial.