State suspends review of Landmark sale

By News Staff


WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island attorney general's office and health department have suspended their review of a California hospital chain's application to purchase Landmark Medical Center, saying it is incomplete.        

State officials sent a letter about the suspension Friday to the court-appointed special master overseeing the troubled Woonsocket hospital and attorneys for Prime Healthcare Services. The letter cited missing documents, unclear answers to some questions and other problems.

Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer said the medical center is reviewing the letter, and remains committed “to seeing this process through to a successful conclusion.''        

Prime already once submitted an amended initial application – with 1,400 additional pages – after the state said it was incomplete.

A Superior Court judge last year approved the purchase, which requires state approval.

The deadline for resubmission is April 19.

Special master Jonathan Savage couldn't be reached.