State officials step up monitoring of departing Steward Health Care

Massachusetts officials are stepping up monitoring of Steward Health Care as they plan for the potential closures of facilities operated by the embattled for-profit hospital that many vulnerable patients rely on.

Steward, the third-largest hospital owner in Massachusetts, said last month that financial challenges are jeopardizing its ability to continue providing services.

“I am frustrated with where we are right now as a state, and what Stewards have done,” Gov. Maura Healey said Wednesday at a virtual meeting of the Public Health Council.

Healey said her administration is working to protect patients, hospital employees and the stability of the state’s

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