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Coalition weighs in on Landmark

August 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH), a coalition of more than 70 employers in Rhode Island representing over 50,000 employees, is weighing in on the pending sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Boston-based Steward Health Care System, saying negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center/Steward Health Care must abide by several considerations, including establishment of a statewide coordinated health care plan.
“This plan would address key issues in the delivery of health care in Rhode Island such as overcapacity of hospital beds, cost efficiency, community engagement, quality of care, access to care and transparency of cost and quality data,” said Kate Kennedy, RIBGH’s interim executive director, who provided the RIBGH’s perspective on the current negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center/Steward Health Care.

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