By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Steward Health Care filed its application on Oct. 14 for state regulatory approval under the Hospital Conversion Act for its purchase of Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, state officials announced Monday.
The document, which was filed with both the R.I Department of Health and the R.I. Office of Attorney General, was some “seven binders full,” according to Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman with the R.I. Department of Health.
Under the Hospital Conversion Act, regulators now have 30 days to determine if the application is complete.
“We will be going through a very long list of things that they are required to include as part of this review for completion,” said Beardsworth. “There is no quality or evaluation judgment at this point.”
Upon completion of the review, if there is anything found to be missing, Steward will have up to 10 days to provide the missing documentation, according to Beardsworth.
Once the application is deemed to complete, the state attorney general’s office and the R.I. Department of Health will have up to six months, or 180 days, to review the document and make a determination.
In May, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein approved the purchase of Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, pending state approval, about three years after the community hospital had entered receivership.