Needed Slater overhaul will be costly

WOMAZETTA JONES, the secretary of R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services, right; Gov. Daniel J. McKee, center; and Richard Charest, the newly named director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, answer questions about a state report on the Eleanor Slater Hospital on June 30. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
The price of transforming Eleanor Slater Hospital into a well-run, well-appointed hospital for Rhode Islanders with significant psychiatric or medical needs is unknown, but it’s likely to be as outsized as the problems facing the state-run hospital. When he became governor on March 2, Gov. Daniel J. McKee inherited a redevelopment plan for the hospital…

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