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RIAG and RIDOH to hold second public comment


meeting today from 3-5 on proposed Lifespan-CNE




Third public comment meeting scheduled for February 10; written comments now being accepted through February 11, 2022


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Attorney General and the Rhode Island Department of Health will hold a second virtual public comment meeting concerning the proposed merger of Lifespan and Care New England Health System (CNE) today from 3pm-5pm. A third copmment meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 6pm-8pm.


The first public comment meeting last week welcomed more than 250 people looking to share their input on the proposed merger.


Sign up here to provide public comment at one of these meetings.



Virtual meeting access information:


·                     January 26, 2022


+1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 US Toll


If joining from an H.323/SIP room system: Dial: (US West) or (US East)


·                     February 10, 2022

6pm – 8pm

+1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 US Toll


If joining from an H.323/SIP room system: Dial: (US West) or (US East)




Written comment


The Attorney General and RIDOH are also accepting written comments regarding the proposed transaction. The date has been extended from now through February 11, 2022. Written comments may be forwarded to:


Maria R. Lenz

Assistant Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General

150 South Main Street Providence, RI 02903

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Fernanda Lopes, MPH,

Chief, Office of Health Systems Development

Rhode Island Department of Health

Three Capitol Hill, Room 410 Providence, RI 02908

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Merger application available online for public review


The transacting parties’ application is available on the RIAG web site here: and the RIDOH web site here:


The Lifespan/CNE application was deemed complete and accepted for review on November 16, 2021. Prior to being made public, the application and all attached documents were subject to a confidentiality review, which is required by the Hospital Conversions Act. As part of this review, Lifespan and CNE requested that documents or parts of documents they consider confidential be withheld from public disclosure. Those requests were reviewed by the Attorney General and anything deemed to be confidential, such as confidential business/propriety information and personally identifiable information, was redacted or withheld from this public disclosure. 


A complete list of all the documents submitted as part of the application – including documents deemed confidential and the reasons why – is available here. (Application_confidentiality_review.pdf)


At this stage in the process, the Attorney General and RIDOH continue the review process, which involves requesting information from the transacting parties.


Under the HCA, the deadline for a decision approving, approving with conditions, or denying the transaction falls 120 days from the date of completeness. In this case, the deadline remains March 16, 2022. 





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