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RI Department of Health Approves Application to Close Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

In accordance with Rhode Island Department of Health’s (RIDOH) regulatory processes and measures, Care New England’s (CNE) Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (MHRI) filed a reverse certificate of need application with RIDOH to close MHRI’s Emergency Department and cease primary care services last month. With today’s approval from RIDOH regarding the Emergency Department, CNE is grateful for their careful consideration of this application, and the support it received from the state and local government, local unions, and residents.

CNE recognizes the significant impact this decision has, and will continue to have, on residents and hospital employees. While today’s approval represents the functional closure of Memorial Hospital, CNE remains committed to ensuring access to community-based, outpatient care that meets the future health care needs in the Blackstone Valley. CNE will continue to work with transitioning employees elsewhere across CNE’s system, or in other available health care opportunities in the region.

“Care New England remains steadfast in its commitment to the development and implementation of our recently outlined comprehensive plan of care for the community moving forward,” said James E. Fanale, MD, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief clinical officer of Care New England.

“CNE’s collaboration with the Governor’s Office, the mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls, the union, and community representatives demonstrates our commitment to the Blackstone Valley and health care throughout the entire state for many years to come. Future services will be implemented to preserve Memorial Hospital’s legacy, and the dedicated professionalism of those who have provided care and support for which Memorial was known for more than 100 years,” he said.

Access to services beginning January 2, 2018: 

  • Patients with previously scheduled outpatient appointments should still plan to attend unless you have been personally notified of any change.
  • The Care New England Express Health Care, located in the Ambulatory Care Center at 111 Brewster Street, provides walk-in services for medical conditions that do not require hospital-level care, such as cuts, sprains and strains, minor trauma, cold, flu, and headache.
  • Other services located at the Ambulatory Care Center 111 Brewster Street include the Family Care Center, Internal Medicine Center, Center for Rehabilitation, and consultations with physician specialists. Lab work and other ancillary services such as x-rays and mammograms will still be available in the Ambulatory Care Center.
  • The Pediatric Primary Care Center and New England Pediatric Institute of Neurodevelopment (NEPIN) remain open at 555 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.

Click here for the list of Care New England services that are currently available on the Memorial campus.

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