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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Local leaders are urging the owner of the shuttered Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket to consider an offer from another company to buy and reopen the hospital.

WPRI-TV reports the letter was sent to Care New England by Democratic state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley and the mayors of Pawtucket, Cumberland and Central Falls.

Crowley says they’re encouraging the health care company to sell the hospital to “someone who wants it.”

CharterCare Health Partners announced a proposal last month to buy the hospital and commit to $10 million to improvements. Officials said the deal would be contingent on CharterCare negotiating better rates with insurance providers.

At the time, Care New England said it was surprised by the offer and was skeptical about its feasibility. A spokesman says they are still reviewing the proposal.


Information from: WPRI-TV,