Providence settles $4.3M hospital debt

By News Staff


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The city of East Providence has paid Bradley Hospital over $4 million it owes for special-education services, resolving what the hospital's top official called a crisis.
The Providence Journal reports that the $4.33 million payment was made on Wednesday. The city had owed about $4.5 million last fall, and the hospital threatened to stop providing services. The city then paid a portion of its debt.
Hospital President Daniel Wall says the situation had a “wonderful outcome.”
East Providence was placed under the control of a state-appointed budget commission last year. State lawmakers voted earlier this year to advance the city its share of state education funds to help resolve the cash crunch.
Mayor Bruce Rogers said the budget commission has helped the city develop a better cash flow.