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Hospital merger raises concerns

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SHARON — Winsted’s Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie is raising concerns about a proposed hospital merger that she says looks more like a takeover that is not being properly reviewed.

In a letter to state Attorney General George Jepsen last month, LaVoie noted that an announced “merger” between RegionalCare Partners and Essent Healthcare, which owns Sharon Hospital, looks more like an acquisition to her, and that such transactions require greater oversight than has been given to the deal.

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