Care New England Claims They Will Continue in Pawtucket Area, But Refuse to Give Details
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Care New England (CNE) issued a press release claiming that the healthcare company had developed plans for the continuation of "community-based care in the Pawtucket region." But, when pressed for specifics CNE refused to respond to answer any questions. The floundering hospital group is now in negotiations to be acquired by Partners HealthCare in Boston.
When asked how many jobs would be retained, what would happen to those employees not retained, where the new facility would be located
"We will continue to provide more details as we work to solidify these plans," said Jim Beardsworth, spokesperson for CNE.
This announcement comes as Care New England is set to close Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
“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. 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,” said RI Governor Gina Raimondo in the press release, but her office refused to answer how these jobs would be retained. Over 800 employees are slated to lose their jobs at Memorial.
Rhode Island has had three consecutive months of jobs losses.
Care New England’s Plan
“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. We all recognize the significant challenges in the hospital services. I will continue to advocate that CNE provide for the essential needs of our community and be inclusive and transparent throughout the process,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien in the release. His press spokesperson unavailable to answer if a location has been determined and how many jobs would be retained.
For those in medical residencies, Care New England says they “will seek to maintain these residencies and this affiliation under Kent Hospital.”
They add that the “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.”
Care New England continued, “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. CNE has lost nearly $120 million in the past two years.
Closure of Memorial Hospital
CNE submitted the Memorial Hospital application for closure earlier this month.
According to the application, “At 9.3 percent occupancy, Memorial’s daily census has been significantly below capacity and below what is required to be financially viable. Due to service readiness, staffing, and operational requirements to meet licensure conditions, Memorial loses approximately $2 million per month. Given such under-utilization and unsustainable chronic financial losses, Memorial cannot continue to adequately staff and deliver patient care services in a clinically safe and financially viable manner and intends to cease all operations as soon as possible.”
Last week, United Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (UNAP) General Counsel Chris Callaci joined GoLocal LIVE and talked about Care New England's (CNE) effort to close Memorial Hospital without state approval on GoLocal LIVE's Business Monday.
He blasted CNE for their failure to meet the minimum standards of the closure process.
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Russell Carey - A name few outside of Brown’s campus know, but Carey is the power source at the Providence Ivy League institution.
Today, his title is Executive Vice President and he has had almost every title at Brown short of President. Carey is a 1991 graduate of Brown and has never left College Hill.
While Brown’s President Christine Paxson — who is functionally invisible in Rhode Island — is managing alumni affairs and fundraising, Carey is influencing almost everything in Rhode Island.
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Nicole Alexander-Scott - MD, MPH, and rock star in the making. As Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, she is fast developing a reputation as someone in the Raimondo Administration who can get things done. Her counsel and leadership on developing a strategy on opioid addiction has been widely been lauded.
In addition, she has handled the mundane - from beach closings to food recalls - with competency. An expert in infectious disease, it may be time for her to become a strong leader on Zika.
Ronald Machtley - Bryant University's President rightfully deserves to be on a lot of lists, but what few understand is that Machtley’s influence extends far beyond Bryant’s campus in Smithfield. Machtley could make this list as a business leader or as a political force as much as for education.
Machtley is recognized for transforming Bryant University from a financially struggling regional college to a university with a national reputation for business.
Machtley serves on Amica’s Board and the Rhode Island Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Fantex Brands.
Larry Purtill - While Bob Walsh gets the face time as the Executive Director in the media for the NEA of Rhode Island, NEARI President Purtill tends to be the inside man who gets things done.
The teachers' largest union is formidable, but is still reeling from the beat down it took when Gina Raimondo’s pension reform cut the benefits of teachers disproportionately over other employee groups.
Make no mistake about it - not much happens in education in Rhode Island without Purtill's sign-off.
Mim Runey - While Rhode Islanders wait, and wait some more, for development on the 195 land, Johnson and Wale's University's Runey is watching it come to fruition, as JWU is set to open the first completed building on the former Interstate on September 1, when it will host a ribbon cutting for its John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation.
Under Runey, JWU continues to establish its foothold as one of the country's top schools for culinary training. Now Runey will oversee the addition of the new building on the old 195 which will house the university's School of Engineering and Design and its biology program.
In 2015, students from the School of Engineering & Design participated in the construction of the Holocaust Memorial on South Main Street, a collaboration between the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Rhode Island.
A true community partner in every sense, JWU under Runey's watchful eye is expanding to an even greater presence in Providence.
Chairman of the Board
Edwin J. Santos - The former banker is Chairman of the Board of CharterCare, after having been a top executive at Citizens Bank. He has been a board leader for Crossroads, Washington Trust, Rocky Hill School -- you name it and Santos has helped to lead it.
His best work to date just might be at CharterCare, where he has helped the once fledgling hospital (Roger Williams Medical Center) into a growing hospital system.
Weber Shill - He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of University Orthopedics, or in other words, dozens and dozens of oh-so-confident docs.
Shill has a background in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Whitemore School at the University of New Hampshire. Experienced in managing medical groups, but this group is big and influential.
Timothy Babineau - President and CEO of Lifespan, Rhode Island's biggest healthcare organization, where financial challenges make the job that much more complicated.
Now, the critics (GoLocalProv included) are raising concerns about the multi- billion dollar organization's refusal to make any contribution to the City of Providence. Lifespan is like General Motors, big and hard to innovate the organization.
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