Rhode Island healthcare providers are considering merger moves that, if successful, would consolidate 10 of the states 13 hospitals among two systems.
The moves include a potential merger between 146-bed Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, 295-bed St. Joseph Health Services in North Providence and 159-bed Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Weve hired a consultant to look at a possible affiliation, but we dont know what form it would take at this point, said Brett Davey, a spokesman for Roger Williams.
The announcement comes just three months after Rhode Islands Care New England and LifeSpan systems began revisiting plans to merge. That proposed deal would consolidate seven Rhode Island hospitals and 1,645 patient beds under the LifeSpan banner. The agreement would create a not-for-profit corporation with more 17,000 employees and $2 billion in annual patient-care revenue, according to news reports. The Federal Trade Commission is currently reviewing the two systems merger application. -- by Shawn Rhea