Joint Statement from Shekarchi, Ruggerio on Proposed Lifespan, Care New England Merger

 

STATE HOUSE – Joint statement from Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio:

 

“We are excited that the long-anticipated merger of Lifespan and Care New England, our two largest health care delivery systems, has advanced for public review by the Department of Health, the Health Services Council  and the Attorney General’s office.  We have seen in other regions the tremendous advantages that stem from a strong academic health system as an anchor tenant in a capital city. The legislature will be reviewing the details to ensure that patient care and the health care jobs are not adversely impacted by the merger.”  

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