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Zambarano Hearing Today at 5:30pm

The Senate Oversight Committee in Rhode Island will be hearing the current status of the Eleanor Slater Hospital System on Monday, March 22nd (tonight) at 5:30pm. Attorney RJ Connelly III has just submitted his written testimony (the statehouse is still closed) for inclusion into the record. Below is the text of that testimony.

Dear Senator De La Cruz,

My name is RJ Connelly III, a certified elder law attorney licensed to practice in the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. My main office is in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with satellite offices in Mystic, CT, and Oak Bluffs, MA.

As an elder law attorney, I handle a wide variety of legal matters affecting older adults and their families as well as those with disabilities. These include issues related to long-term care planning, estate planning, guardianships, probate, and Medicare/Medicaid assistance. My office often handles situations involving those with disabilities and because of this, I have regular contact with residents, their families, and those who provide the specialized care offered at Zambarano Hospital.

Let me start out by saying that the majority of Rhode Islanders have no idea of the treasure that they have in this facility located in the northwestern corner of the state. Many of those I encounter during the course of business “know of Zambarano” but few have any knowledge of the work that goes on there day in and day out.