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Lawrence + Memorial Bid to Acquire The Westerly Hospital Gains Further Approval

The Rhode Island Department of Health approved New London, Conn.-based Lawrence + Memorial Hospital's application to acquire The Westerly (R.I.) Hospital, according to a report by The Day.

The department's chief of health systems development must give the final determination on L+M's bid. The system is addressing issues that arose after a recent state health department inspection found deficiencies in quality management pertaining to patient care and data submission, although a physician consultant who was hired to prepare a report on the merger said the violations were commonly found in hospital inspections, according to the report.

Three unions at L+M have criticized the hospital for laying off or cutting hours of 22 employees last month, following other layoffs in November last year.

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