Just two weeks ago, a Providence Superior Court judge approved the sale of Landmark Medical Center to Prime Healthcare Services, a for-profit hospital chain based in California.
It was a $60 million deal.
Prime Healthcare submitted a bid as Steward Health Care dropped its proposal to buy Landmark after 16 months of pursuing the purchase.
But a health care provider provided the NBC 10 I-Team with a record of Prime Healthcare's controversial past.
Dozens of news articles from across the country reveal in part:
Despite the articles, Prime Healthcare has won two awards for excellent care over the past several years.
It hopes to complete the acquisition process in Rhode Island by May.
In a statement to the I-Team, Prime Healthcare said, "Despite the peer-reviewed accolades, Prime Healthcare has had to defend itself for more than two years against an extortion campaign by the Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West."
And a Prime Healthcare spokesman said the company has always been approved for its acquisitions, despite what he called a union smear campaign.
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