PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal
Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has announced the
approval of the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital)
and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation.
The two organizations submitted
an application for expedited review June 11 and held a public meeting about
the affiliation Aug. 2. This is in accordance with the Hospital
Conversions Act, which gives the state’s attorney general 90 days to review
"This is the second
time in three years my office has reviewed a sale of Westerly Hospital, which I
believe is representative of the continuing shift in the health care landscape
from stand-alone community hospitals to larger health care networks,” Kilmartin
He noted that Westerly
Hospital plays a critical role in the region’s community through its health
care services and the economic engine it provides.
“The affiliation with
Yale-New Haven Health Services will ensure the hospital continues to play that
role,” Kilmartin said. "I commend the transacting parties for their
efforts in providing our team with the necessary information to make this
decision within the expedited time frame of 90 days."