- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - One of the largest hospital chains in Rhode Island says it will close Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket after a deal to sell it to a California-based health system fell through.

Care New England on Tuesday said its board voted Monday night to close the facility.

The Providence-based nonprofit health system had taken over the struggling hospital in 2013. It had been working to sell the hospital to Prime HealthCare, which owns a hospital in Woonsocket. But negotiations recently fell apart because the two sides could not agree on terms.

The state Department of Health will need to sign off on the closure.

Dr. James Fanale, Care New England’s incoming CEO, tells WPRI-TV he’s “disappointed” by the outcome.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says he thinks the closure could “have been avoided.”

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