Care New England agrees to merge with Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts

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Care New England Health System of Providence announced Wednesday it has elected to join Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts, signing a Letter of Intent and agreeing to negotiate exclusively with Partners.

The Care New England Board of Directors has selected Partners after an expedited review of more than 12 state, regional and national health care organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

This is one of two important announcements being made today by Care New England relative to both its system affiliation plans and next steps for Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Collectively, they represent a strategic and definitive step forward ensuring continued access to high-quality care close to home, opportunity for increased economic development, and ongoing commitments to the critical importance of academics and research locally and throughout the region.

Care New England has maintained a close working relationship with Partners HealthCare since 2009 through a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (one of the founding members of Partners) in cardiology, and vascular, thoracic and colorectal surgery. In addition, there has been a longstanding collaborative and collegial relationship between McLean Hospital (a Partners hospital) and Care New England’s Butler Hospital to provide high-quality behavioral health care and innovative research locally within the Rhode Island community.

The letter on intent sets forth a process to negotiate a transaction pursuant to which Care new England will become part of Partners. Both organizations will continue to work together as the process moves into the next phase developing and signing a definitive agreement. Following this phase, it is expected the organizations would move forward with the needed state and federal regulatory approvals.

The letter of intent announced Wednesday includes Kent Hospital in Warwick; Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence; the VNA of Care New England, based in Warwick; Butler Hospital in Providence; and The Providence Center in several Rhode Island locations. Under the proposal, the strong educational and research relationship that Care New England has fostered with Brown University will continue to play a critical role in the health care landscape and its future development.

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