Final RI regulatory approval for sale of Landmark

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state health chief has granted final regulatory approval for a California-based hospital chain to buy the troubled Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island.

The decision by Department of Health Director Michael Fine takes Prime Healthcare Services closer to acquiring the hospitals based in Woonsocket and North Smithfield.

Fine announced Friday that he’s approved the “change of effective control” application as well as the conversion application.

The Rhode Island attorney general’s has to approve the conversion application.

Still, Fine welcomed Prime Healthcare Services to Rhode Island, saying his department is thrilled that the hospital chain is joining efforts to make it the healthiest state in the nation.

Landmark President Rick Charest says the regulatory approval caps five years of uncertainty for hospital workers and people living around Woonsocket.

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