PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge's ruling on a request to finalize the sale of Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket to a for-profit California hospital chain has been pushed back.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein was expected to issue a ruling Wednesday on a petition that seeks to close the sale of financially troubled Landmark to Prime Healthcare Services. Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer says the hearing has been rescheduled for Friday.

Landmark has been in receivership since 2008, and previous purchase agreements have fallen through.

The parties say they want to close no later than Dec. 31, but prefer to do so by Nov. 30.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has filed a limited objection related to $3 million it claims it's owed as a creditor.

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