RIDOH approves birthing proposal

By News Staff


Providence, R.I.- The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has approved Care New England’s proposal to transfer the birthing center from Memorial Hospital to Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital.

The decision authorizes Care New England to begin closing Memorial’s obstetrics services on August 1st.

The RIDOH found that the majority of women in Memorial Hospital’s service area receive obstetrical care at Women & Infants Hospital.  In 2015, more than 92% of the 3,687 children born to women who lived in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence were delivered at Women & Infants.

Care New England facilities include Butler Hospital, Care New England Wellness Center, Kent Hospital, Memorial Hospital, the Providence Center, VNA of Care New England, and Women & Infants.

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