Public to weigh in on RI's Westerly Hospital sale

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WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Attorney General's office and the state Department of Health have scheduled two public meetings to discuss the proposed sale of troubled Westerly Hospital to a nonprofit hospital based in southeastern Connecticut.

The meetings are designed to share information with the public and to seek feedback on the proposed sale of Westerly Hospital to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital of New London, Conn. The state is reviewing the applications for purchase.

Afternoon and evening sessions are scheduled for March 27 at Westerly Middle School.

The attorney general's office and health department are also accepting written comment on the proposed sale. They must be received by April 3.

Westerly Hospital went into receivership in 2011. A Superior Court judge approved the sale to Lawrence & Memorial for $69 million last year.

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