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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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8 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – City officials say they don't believe they are being given the whole story on facility fees being charged at an express care clinic opened at Memorial Hospital after the hospital's closure at the beginning of the year, saying they're now considering next steps. Residents have complained about the fees of late, saying they've been told these are facility fees being charged for upkeep. It wasn't imme- diately clear how much money each patient is being charged, but one resident said his bill was for $140. Hospital officials have said that num- ber seems high and it could include other fees. Fire Chief William Sisson notified Mayor Donald Grebien on Oct. 4 about an increase in service fees to patients utilizing the urgent care facility at 111 Brewster St. "Patients are now charged a clinic fee or facilities fee," he wrote. "The added cost to patients will have a detrimental effect not only financially but also on their health and safety. "I am concerned that patients may be inclined to not seek the needed health care and treatment they require due to an increase in fees," he added. "Many of our citizens are not able to pay an increase for ser- vice." Sisson said Memorial Hospital previously did not charge a clinic fee, and that these fees were added once Care New England took over management of the clinic. Patients only learn about the cost once they receive their bills, he said. Grebien spokesman Wilder Arboleda said Monday that officials are aware of the situation. Health care remains of utmost importance to the administration, he said, "and we will not tolerate hidden fees to our residents." "We are a bit confused as to how Care New England states that they have always billed professional and technical fees, yet, at the same time, were not always billing and collect- ing for the services," he said. "We do not believe that we are being given the entire story and are working to Officials: We're not getting whole story on Memorial facility fees By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Continues on next page Dining Guide 434-8899 Open 7 Days 7a.m.-3 p.m. 140 Newport Ave., Rumford On Veteran's Day we offer a complimentary meal including the drink to all Active, Retired and Veteran military to honor those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Please join us and let us give a little something back as our way of saying Thank You! APPETIZERS • Antipasto: prosciutto, salami, sharp provolone, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, roasted peppers & much more • Large Stuffed Artichokes: Bread stuffing with olives, Fully cooked • Stuffed Mushrooms: Tasty cracker stuffing with roasted pepper & olives SOUPS • Chicken Escarole PASTA • Lasagna • Stuffed Shells & Manicotti STUFFINGS • Bread Stuffing • Italian Bread Stuffing • Cranberry Orange Stuffing DESSERTS • 10" Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Custard, Pecan, Coconut Custard or Squash • Cream Pies: Chocolate, Banana, Apple Pauly Penta's G o u r m e t I t a l i a n D e l i 722-3222 Too busy to call? E-mail your order: FARM FRESH PREPARED TURKEY We will clean, stuff, season & tie the turkey of your choice. You just place it in the oven. We will give you baking instructions. VEGETABLES • Peas w/ Rice & Onion • String Bean Almondine • Mashed Potatoes: Traditional Mashed Potatoes: Red Bliss Oven Roasted Potatoes • Glazed or Roasted Carrots • Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes • Glazed Sweet Potatoes • Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole • Mashed Butternut Squash • Mashed Turnips & Carrots-mixed • Cranberry Sauce • Orange Cranberry Sauce 1290 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence Please Please Please Support Support Support these Local these Local these Local Advertisers Advertisers Advertisers Sundays are for Tuscan Family Style Chicken Dinner We are more than just Pizza WOOD OVEN PIZZA & BAR (401) 353-7110 1874 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI Dining Hours: Sunday Dinner 12-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Bar Open Later Nightly Now available for delivery using our UberEats app Featuring our Chefs Autumn Menu Great Appy Hour & Buck a Shuck Oysters Daily 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Perfect place to host your next Holiday, Birthday or Business Gathering, School S ports Banquet or Pizza Party On-Site or Off-site Catering Pick-up or Drop-off All You Can Eat $12.95

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