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Conn. nonprofit system says things are ‘dire’

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Rather quaint-looking Rockville General Hospital, in Vernon, Conn.

Eastern Connecticut Health Network, the nonprofit  that runs Connecticut’s Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals, says that increasing taxes, debt and regulations are drowning it.

“I can’t express enough the dire situation we are in,” Eastern Connecticut Health Network President and CEO Peter J. Karl told state hearing officers.

But Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings has proposed to buy ECHN’s assets for $105 million. The state Office of Health Care Access and the attorney general’s office will decide  whether to approve the  proposed sale in June. ECHN leaders voted for the sale last year as a way to survive as a community healthcare provider.

The Hartford Courant noted that  Prospect owns hospitals in California, Texas and Rhode Island and seeks to buy the eastern Connecticut hospitals and Waterbury Hospital, in the south-central part of the Nutmeg State. Those same hospitals and two others had agreed to merge with Texas-based Tenet Healthcare but the deal fell apart in 2014 after Tenet rejected state regulators’ proposed conditions.

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