City strikes payment deal with hospital groups

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said two more local hospital systems have agreed to make voluntary payments to the cash-strapped city.

Taveras announced the agreements Friday. He has asked the city’s largest tax-exempt organizations to increase their voluntary contributions to help the city avoid bankruptcy.

Care New England, which operates Butler Hospital and Women Infants Hospital, will contribute $250,000 each year for four years.

CharterCARE Health Partners has agreed to pay $100,000 to the city annually for three years. The group operates Roger Williams Medical Center and St. Joseph Health Services.

Lifespan, another hospital group, has also agreed to make voluntary payments to the city. Brown University and Johnson Wales University have agreed to increase their voluntary payments.

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