This past month, it was announced that Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI will close. While it appears the low utilization and financial state of the facility support this clear choice, it is always disappointing to the local community that has depended on Memorial for generations.
Dr. Michael Fine notes in his article that we are healthier than we used to be, But he also provides a compelling alternative, which is to use the facility as a treatment center for those battling drug and alcohol addiction. There is such a great demand for these services, and having additional local access to high-quality treatment would be welcome in any community.
Now all we have to do is make it affordable and accessible. Who can come in and turn this Brewster St. facility into a place of treatment and recovery? Any takers?