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Brown U. President: Partners, CNE Deal Could Be Bad For RI

Earlier this month, Brown University and Prospect Medical Holdings confirmed they are interested in purchasing Care New England, amid a bid by Massachusetts-based Partners Healthcare to do the same.

By NTK Staff | 01.22.2018 @8:00am
Brown U. President: Partners, CNE Deal Could Be Bad For RI

In a new op-ed, Brown University President Christina Paxson warned of the potential consequences of an out-of-state takeover of Care New England. She expressed concern over a potential shift of high-quality care to Boston, price increases, and lost jobs in Rhode Island.

“Rhode Islanders should know that yielding to out-of-state consolidation efforts is not the only choice before them. Local options for a high-quality, affordable health system exist. Just last week, Brown announced its hope that, with Prospect Medical, the University would have the opportunity to present a proposal for a local acquisition of Care New England. Brown is committed to investing in Rhode Island health care. We invite other stakeholders — hospitals, physician practices, nursing organizations, policymakers and community members — to join us in a discussion of the future of Rhode Island health care.”

Earlier this month, Brown University and Prospect Medical Holdings confirmed they are interested in purchasing Care New England, amid a bid by Massachusetts-based Partners Healthcare to make the same purchase.

Gov. Gina Raimondo similarly praised the Brown-Prospect partnership.

“I’m encouraged that there might be even more options for Care New England’s future,” Raimondo said in an e-email. “Having a financially sustainable hospital system in Rhode Island is critical to the health and prosperity of our people.”

Lt. Gov. Dan McKee had a warm reaction to the news. Previously, he had voiced concerns about Care New England falling into out of state hands.

A more positive reaction came from Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, who several months ago expressed reservations about Care New England falling into out-of-state hands. “Rhode Island residents need a solution that will protect industry talent and jobs and promote maintaining health services right here in our state,” he said Thursday.

Congressman David Cicilline called the potential deal “an exciting idea.”

“I’m looking forward to learning more about this Brown proposal. But I think she’s raised some very serious issues that are of real concern. I think this is an interesting idea of Brown playing a role in preserving this important health care delivery system. So I’m going to learn more about it but I think its an exciting idea.”

Local leaders and Brown may be motivated by a similar fear of an out-of-state takeover by Partners, which is closely tied to Harvard Medical School. Letting Partners into Rhode Island could result in a talent drain from Brown Medical School, and maybe the entire health-care sector of Rhode Island.

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