Is the planned merging of Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System what’s best for health care in the state?

JOINING FORCES? After a 90-day exploratory period, the leaders of Lifespan and Care New England have agreed to a letter of intent to merge. A formal plan would need to be filed with the state, which must give regulatory approval. Above, on left, Lifespan CEO Timothy J. Babineau and Dr. James E. Fanale, president and CEO of Care New England. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/ DAVE HANSEN/MICHAEL SALERNO
Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System on Sept. 9 announced they would sign a letter of intent to merge into a single entity. This news came after the state’s two largest health care systems collaborated on several initiatives during the pandemic and spent 90 days exploring the possibility of a more formal partnership.…

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