PROVIDENCE â€“ Steward Health Care has asked Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to extend yesterdayâ€™s deadline for the for-profit hospital chain to close on the sale of Landmark Medical Center.
Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Kilmartin, said the office will make a decision on Monday after reviewing the request. The attorney general had given Steward 60 days to close on the sale as a condition of approval under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Kempe suggested the attorney general was frustrated by the timing of the request, however, suggesting he would have expected Steward to have asked for it sooner, given the urgency of the sale.
"It's frustrating for the attorney general because we received this request late in the day on the 60th day," she said.
Kempe provided few details about why Steward was asking for the extension. Though she said the request from Steward was not open-ended, she declined to say how much more time the company wants or what it would mean for the sale if the request is denied.
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