Lifespan CEO speaks out against proposed Partners-CNE deal

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Boston-based Partners Healthcare is seeking to takeover Care New England, which operates Women and Infants Hospital.

In recent weeks, Lifespan has gone on the offensive, urging state regulators to kill the deal. The details of the deal are complex, but the bottom line is the final outcome could impact thousands of jobs in Rhode Island.

State regulators are now reviewing the proposed takeover of Woman and Infants owner Care New England by Partners.

Lifespan, which owns Rhode Island Hospital, has recently become a vocal critic of the deal.

In his first extended interview, Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau explained why he opposes the deal.

“What would really be lost is the opportunity to create something spectacular,” Babineau explained on this week’s episode of Newsmakers.

Babineau denies their opposition is about losing patients to Partners.

“This isn’t about competition… this is about doing what we think is in the best interest of our community,” Babineau said. “We have real concerns based on past experience. If Partners does come into the market, more care will leave the state and our ability to provide that care will really be severely diminished.”

Lifespan and Care New England have tried and failed to merge twice before, but Babineau said it’s time to try again.

“Think about it for a minute. Finally, after all these years, the folks at Care New England, the folks who work at Lifespan, being on the same team for our patients, being on the same electronic health care record, being on the same set of protocols. That would be spectacular,” Babineau said.

In a statement sent to Eyewitness News, a spokesperson for Care New England said in part: “This acquisition will keep care local and affordable, improve infrastructure and create opportunities for the expansion of ambulatory care and jobs.”

Watch this week’s episode of Newsmakers

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