- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - An interim management team has been appointed to run Eleanor Slater Hospital as a national search for new leadership begins.

The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals announced Friday that a consulting firm is set to begin Oct. 5.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced plans in July for changes in the hospital management, including a new chief executive officer and other managers.

Health officials say it’s important to improve patient care and reform leadership at the state-run hospital. Reviews released this year outlined a lack of training and experience among the hospital’s leaders.

The Providence Journal reported in February that state police were investigating the apparent abuse of three patients. No charges were brought.

A Health and Human Services spokesman said there’s no update.

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