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Steward Health Care Hires Lobbyist for Dealings Over Landmark Merger

Boston-based Steward Health Care System has hired lobbyist Joseph Walsh of Government Strategies Inc., and former mayor of Warwick, R.I., to assist the for-profit hospital operator in its dealings with regulators over its planned merger with Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I., according to a Woonsocket Call report.

Steward received a one-time extension from state regulators to resubmit its merger application with Landmark after its first application was deemed incomplete. The health system has until Jan. 11 to resubmit the application; supporters of the deal argue it is needed to keep the Woonsocket hospital up and running. Landmark has been in receivership since 2008, according to the report.

Related Articles on Landmark Medical Center:

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Landmark, Steward Merger Application Deemed Incomplete by Rhode Island Officials

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