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Care New England Faces Criticism Over Partners Deal

In an op-ed published in the Providence Journal Tuesday, John Miskovsky, a Rhode Island doctor and member of the executive committee at Memorial Hospital, criticized the CEO of Care New England on a number of issues.

By NTK Staff | 02.22.2018 @5:00am
Care New England Faces Criticism Over Partners Deal

As Care New England moves forward with their deal to be bought by Massachusetts-based Partners, the hospital system and its leadership face criticism over whether the deal will be in the best interests for the people of Rhode Island.

In an op-ed published in the Providence Journal Tuesday, John Miskovsky, a Rhode Island doctor and member of the executive committee at Memorial Hospital, criticized James Fanale, the interim CEO of Care New England, over a number of issues.

Miskovsky went after Fanale for turning down an earlier offer on CNE from Prospect, which he argued could have stabilized Memorial Hospital:

At meeting after meeting, Dr. Fanale asserted that CNE lacked resources to invest in Memorial while rebuffing an offer from Prospect Medical Holdings that included hundreds of millions of dollars of cash and capital improvements that could have stabilized Memorial and all of CNE.

Miskovsky also took Fanale to task over the decision to sell to Partners and close Memorial Hospital, claiming hundreds have lost their jobs as a result:

With his eye on the prize, he made rounds at the State House with his lobbyist, proclaiming CNE’s survival depended upon the Partners merger and the merger could only proceed if Memorial closed. State and local officials took Dr. Fanale at his word and facilitated his request…Since then, hundreds of people have lost their jobs.

Miskovsky is not the only individual to link the sale to Partners with losing jobs.

Brown University’s President Christina Paxson has warned against the potential loss of Rhode Island jobs that would come with CNE being sold to an out-of-state entity like Partners:

“In addition, the full economic benefits of a strong local academic health system — one that brings in federal grants, generates spin-off companies and creates new jobs in Rhode Island— would be lost, perhaps forever.”

Paxson’s warning seems to have been prescient, as Partners announced this week they would outsource about 100 jobs to India. According to a report in the Boston Globe:

Partners HealthCare, the largest private employer in Massachusetts, has told about 100 employees they are being let go and their jobs outsourced to India, where workers will perform the same tasks for a much smaller paycheck.

The large outsourcing of work was a bad sign for those hoping Partners would keep jobs in Rhode Island after it acquires CNE.

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