Head of Care New England Health System announces retirement

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PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — The head of Rhode Island’s second largest hospital group announced Wednesday that he will retire early next year.

The announcement from Care New England Health System President and CEO Dr James Fanale comes nearly three months after the state attorney general’s office rejected a bid by the organization to merge with Lifespan, the state’s largest health care company.

Fanale did not give a reason for his retirement other than to say he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“Now, after spending my career doing what I love and feeling like I’ve effectively improved access to state-of-the-art healthcare for everyone who comes to CNE, it’s time to leave the office. and to be with my wonderful wife and children,” Fanale, a geriatrician, said in a statement.

Fanale, who has led the CNE since 2018, will continue to play an advisory role, said Charles Reppucci, chairman of the CNE board.

CNE operates Butler, Kent and Women & Infants hospitals.

Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau previously announced he would retire at the end of this month.

Attorney General Peter Neronha, in rejecting the merger offer, cited less competition, rising health care costs and reduced quality and access.

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