The Eastern Connecticut Health Network, which includes Rockville General and Manchester Memorial hospitals, has scheduled community discussions about the proposed sale of the hospitals to a for-profit chain.
Under the plan, ECHN, a not-for-profit corporation, would become part of a joint venture majority owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp., based in Texas. The Yale New Haven Health System would have a minority ownership and would be a “clinical partner,” helping to coordinate care.
Many are wondering how the sale would affect local employees and medical services. My in-depth column published Sunday makes it clear it’s too soon to know, but that there is no clear evidence that for-profit conversions lead to service reductions in former not-for-profit hospitals.
Eastern Connecticut Health Network has signed a letter of intent with Tenet but has not yet negotiated a sale agreement — which could be a crucial way of protecting services. Representatives of ECHN, Tenet and Yale New Haven will be at the meetings.
The public sessions are tonight, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at Rockville High School and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Memorial Hospital auditorium, which has limited seating.