State OKs angioplasties at Kent Hospital;<br> Landmark asks to stop doing heart surgery

KENT HOSPITAL in Warwick has won state permission to begin performing angioplasties, despite its lack of a cardiac surgery program. But Dr. David R. Gifford, the state health director, imposed strict limits on the program. /
KENT HOSPITAL in Warwick has won state permission to begin performing angioplasties, despite its lack of a cardiac surgery program. But Dr. David R. Gifford, the state health director, imposed strict limits on the program. /
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health yesterday agreed to allow Kent Hospital to begin performing angioplasties without setting up a cardiac surgery program. In approving the Warwick hospital’s request, Dr. David R. Gifford, the state health director, was following a recommendation issued March 25 by the R.I. Health Services Council. The council, in turn,…

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