New hearing date set in Landmark hospital sale

By News Staff

The Associated Press

A Rhode Island judge is now expected to rule later this month on the sale of Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit California hospital chain.      

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein is scheduled to hold a hearing Nov. 26 on a petition seeking permission to close the sale of Landmark to Prime Healthcare Services. The financially troubled hospital in Woonsocket has been in receivership since 2008.      

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island supports the sale but has filed a limited objection related to $3 million it claims it's owed as a creditor.        

Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer said Thursday the parties are prepared to complete the sale.   

He said they have informed Silverstein their goal is to close Dec. 31. He had said the parties had preferred to close by Nov. 30.

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