Lifespan completed its merger last week with New England Medical Center of Boston, expanding the Providence, R.I.-based regional network to Massachusetts and bulking it up to $1.6 billion in assets and $1 billion in annual revenues.
The transaction followed final approvals by the attorneys general of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
New England Medical will serve as the Boston anchor of Lifespan's patient-care activities in Massachusetts and will operate under a separate division, Lifespan Massachusetts, that also will coordinate the operations of future partners.
"Our top priority . . . is to build a strong network here in Massachusetts," said George Carmany, New England Medical's board chairman, who becomes vice chairman of the parent Lifespan board.
Lifespan includes founding partners Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital, both in Providence. Additional facilities include Bradley Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in East Providence; Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence; and Newport (R.I.) Hospital.
The system also is awaiting clearance to add St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, a two-hospital organization in North Providence.