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
To Contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate please call 401-274-4400.
Click here for a link to the Attorney General Hospital Conversions page.