PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state has ordered Memorial Hospital to cease accepting emergency sufferers, admitting new sufferers and performing surgical procedure.
A consent order was issued Thursday by Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the R.I. Division of Well being, to make sure affected person security whereas the state considers Care New England’s requests to shut Memorial’s emergency division and switch its main care license. The order takes impact Friday and lasts till the well being division decides on Memorial’s functions.
Care New England intends “to completely adjust to all measures set forth within the order instantly,” an announcement from Jim Beardsworth, spokesman for the Windfall-based nonprofit well being system, mentioned Thursday.
The hospital notified first responders on Nov. 11 that Memorial would not settle for emergency sufferers. On Nov. 13, the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit closed. The contract with the hospital’s anesthetist group expired Thursday.
Alexander-Scott mentioned the orders had been meant “to safeguard sufferers in opposition to any harm or hurt” throughout Memorial’s transition. “Even when somebody goes into the hospital for a routine process, the sudden can occur,” she mentioned within the launch.
As specialty physicians align themselves with different hospitals, Memorial loses its potential to offer a broad spectrum of care. For instance, Alexander-Scott’s launch mentioned, Memorial not has orthopedists or gastrointestinal physicians.
Care New England, which additionally owns Butler, Kent, and Ladies & Infants hospitals, wants the state’s permission to shut Memorial’s emergency division and switch Memorial’s main care license to one in every of its different hospitals. The concept is that main care providers may nonetheless be out there in Pawtucket, however underneath a license held by, say, Kent Hospital.
Absolutely functioning providers at Memorial embrace respiratory remedy, radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, the laboratory, and the pharmacy. Alexander-Scott’s order requires the hospital to help these providers with enough staffing.
United Nurses and Allied Professionals spokesman Ray Sullivan additionally issued an announcement Thursday calling the order “one other instance of a regulatory course of gone awry wherein the tail is wagging the canine.”
He mentioned the well being division was not holding Care New England accountable for sustaining providers and jobs whereas it seeks a reverse certificates of want.
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