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Office of the Health Care Advocate

The Office of Health Care Advocate advocates for Rhode Islanders through the following duties that the Attorney General may direct: to appear as an amicus curiae in civil actions, to intervene in or request initiation of administrative action related to health care and health insurance, to investigate complaints to assure the delivery of quality health care, to educate the public, to engage in legislative advocacy, to initiate formal legal actions concerning health care and to advocate for changes to support quality and affordable health care. Many patients, family members and providers turn to the Office of Health Care Advocate for assistance.

The Health Care Advocate is appointed to or attends several health care-related boards and committees, and reviews proposed regulations and legislation. The Health Care Advocate also assists consumers with various issues, including access to medical records, privacy questions and assistance with navigating the various agencies governing health care complaints.

Within the past year, the Office of the Health Care Advocate has participated in four hospital conversion reviews. The first was the continued review of the purchase of the Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. In addition to the review, this matter included attending numerous court appearances in order to protect the public interest as these entities were in special mastership. An approval of the sale pursuant to the Hospital Conversions Act was rendered on October 28, 2013.

In addition, the Office of Health Care Advocate participated in the special mastership of the Westerly Hospital and conducted an Expedited Hospital Conversion review of the sale of the Westerly Hospital. An approval of the sale was rendered on April 17, 2013. Also, an Expedited Hospital Conversion review was conducted for the sale of Memorial Hospital, with the approval reached on July 2, 2013. Finally, the Office of the Health Care Advocate is currently working on its fourth Hospital Conversions review of the year, the sale of Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. Hospital Conversion reviews involve a substantial amount of work, including document review, conducting interviews and holding public meetings.

To Contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate please call 401-274-4400.

Public Notice

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Hospital Conversions

Click here for a link to the Attorney General Hospital Conversions page.