Partners HealthCare says it is withdrawing its bid to acquire Care New England, Rhode Island's second-largest hospital system.
The announcement Tuesday by Boston-based Partners came after Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo urged Care New England, Lifespan and Brown University to resume negotiations toward the establishment of a locally-run, academic medical center in the state.
Partners said in a statement that it supported Raimondo's goal of a "strong and supportable" medical system for Rhode Island. But the company added that it would be ready to "reengage" with the state at a later time.
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Lifespan, which operates Rhode Island, Hasbro Children's, Newport and Bradley hospitals, had been highly critical of the proposed merger of Partners and Care New England, which operates Kent, Butler and Women & Infants hospitals.