Mixed reactions: Anger, relief over Lifespan-CNE merger denial

WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL is in danger of getting scooped up by an out-of-state, for-profit corporation as a result of the merger between its current owner, Care New England Health Systems, and Lifespan Corp. being denied by the Federal Trade Commission and Rhode Island's attorney general, according to Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEMS
CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM CEO and President Dr. James E. Fanale says his company is receiving more interest beyond the recent offer from StoneBridge Healthcare LLC to acquire the Rhode Island hospital company. Above, CNE's Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. /COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEMS
PROVIDENCE – Reactions to the denial of a merger between Rhode Island’s major nonprofit hospital systems were mixed on Thursday, as stakeholders and critics debated the merits of a combined Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health Systems: Would it provide much needed stability in the market or simply create a powerful monopoly that inflates…

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  1. The big Massachusetts hospital and health care companies could not be more delighted at the merger denial. Watch how fast they move in to buy up and buy out the medical industry in Rhode Island. Worried about competition or choice? Thanks Mr. Attorney General