Busy Night Planned for City Government

City Council meets with School Committee, public hearing on Landmark purchase tonight.

It's a busy night for Woonsocket residents.

Tonight at 6 p.m., the second of two public hearings today on the purchase of Landmark Medical Center will begin at . Plus, the School Comittee meets with the City Council.

The RI Attorney General's office and the RI Department of Health are in the process of reviewing the sale of the medical facility to Steward Health Care System.

In a recent audio post, WRNI reports the AG's office intends to get feedback today on how the sale might affect residents. Last month, according to The Valley Breeze, Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik testified in Superior Court that the city's survival may depend on the sale.

Invested citizens who missed this afternoon's public hearing on the matter will have to choose between that and tonight's joint meeting between the City Council and School Committee at 7 p.m., at the to discuss pending legislation with the city's General Assembly delegation. (See the attached agenda.)

Tommy Tutone April 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Hope they plan a top of the line mental health unit,this city's so depressing.Gonna need it.
Meesh April 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
You got that right dead in the water!
la_mouffette April 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
You're reminding me of Tom Hanks' insane laughter in "the Money Pit"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yil2jWQ5Oqg anyone else remember that movie? They buy their dream home at an amazing price, and it turns into one long nightmare of hidden problems and financial disaster, lol?
DonQ April 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM
la_mouffette, I hadn't thought of that movie before, but you are so right. The movie dealt with a dream house that was bleeding the owners dry, while we have a city (not necessarily a dream city but it is our city) that is bleeding all of the owners dry.
Seymour April 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM
They are for profit and only interested in making money. The psych unit and the maternity ward will be the first to go. Along with all those jobs.
English first April 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Wow. What a group of complainers.
J. Head April 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM
A for-profit hospital pays taxes, which is exactly what this city needs! Some services will be scaled back, but if this falls through the hospital will close and we will be driving to Providence for all our services.
Tommy Tutone April 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Let's hear your positive spin on it.
Scott April 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Ohe of the problems with this hospital is the insurance industry. You have hundreds of city employess with good health coverage that won't go to Landmark for services. The insurance companies charge a substantial copay ($100.00) for using the ER at the hospital. So, everyone with good coverage goes to an urgent care ($25.00) instead and the hospital loses all that billable revenue. But on the other hand, patients of Thundermist who go to the ER or are refered to the ER pay no copay and the hospital gets whatever they can (substanially less) from Medicare or Medicaid. And that is just one problem they face.
Mike Kind April 10, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Now that's the type of thinking we need!!! You're so right, J.Head
Justin Time April 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
This from a person who has the nerve to review a business they have never shopped at or even been inside of. Who needs your two cents? The city is sinking deeper every day, you would have to be deaf,dumb AND blind not to see the downhill slide over the last few years. I love people who pretend a problem doesn't exist rather than confront or deal with it. Hey, English first... how about brains first?
Mew April 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Lets hope they do a complete cleaning of this once great hospital. I know I worked there for many years. It is a dirty place at this time. I pray everyday I don't need hospitalization!! Right now I would prefer going to Providence. It's very dad to see this once wonderful care facility going for profit.I know!!! we need the taxes!!!! But it wasn't always that way , and the care was great. AMEN!!!!!!!!!
la_mouffette April 18, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Mew, you're so right, it's sad and scary to see our hospital as it is today. Sadly, though Landmark is not yet a for-profit hospital, if I remember rightly, several departments were given to the management of for-profit companies years ago. I understand why it was done-- they were foundering, and thought it would help cut costs and maybe provide better service. Environmental (the janitors) and the Kitchen have both been for-profit for years now, but sadly the results seem to be poorer quality in those departments, and a much poorer quality of life for those employees as well. I'm grateful that the place will stay open, and we will get a PILOT from them! But I also hope that the management of Steward will be committed to providing the kind of hospital to which they would send their own parents or children. THAT would make a huge difference in our quality of life in Woonsocket. Imagine finally having a well-run hospital again? Maybe even the kind of place where people would WANT to work? I would literally be willing to kiss their CEO's feet if he or she gave us that.


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