At the end of 2012, Botelho graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a master's degree in nursing and was board certified two months later. She began work as a nurse practitioner in November 2014 at Coastal Medical Inc. of Providence, where she is now, after working for about 1 years as an occupational health nurse practitioner at General Dynamics Electric Boat, she said.
The change in moving from a hospital to an outpatient setting reflects a general industry trend and means Botelho, 31, of Cumberland, can diagnose conditions, formulate treatment plans and prescribe medications - responsibilities previously reserved for doctors.
"I still feel I'm a nurse," Botelho said. "I still look at myself as a nurse. I just had an opportunity to go back and get further education so I can service patients better."
Demand for RNs overall, including nurse practitioners, is forecast to be strong, with 4,125 openings between 2012 and 2022, the fifth highest class of jobs in demand in Rhode Island, according to the DLT's "Occupational Outlook." (Retail sales is the highest, with 6,834 projected openings.) Nursing assistants are right behind RNs, with 3,883 job openings projected in that same period.
Many of those openings in both nursing categories, however, are projected replacements for existing jobs. Only the typically lower-paid nursing assistant is on the state's list of the 50 fastest-growing occupations during the same time period, ranking second.
Mary Sullivan, interim dean at the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island, singled out nurse practitioners as the category for growth within nursing, noting RNs are seeking out more training to be able to do this work because they are aware of the "growing need for nurse practitioners in advanced [health care] practice."
With overtime, Botelho says she could make as much as a nurse as she does now as a nurse practitioner. The switch, she says, had more to do with the autonomy she has as a nurse practitioner as well as the holistic care delivered to patients.
"Work in a hospital is very episodic," she said. "You see a patient but you don't get to follow them. I really like having that therapeutic relationship and the continuity [as a nurse practitioner]."
She also likes being able to collaborate with nurse care managers, pharmacists and specialists at Coastal Medical.
She plans to stay in Rhode Island, where she sees health care as a field with a bright future.
"I feel like it's going to keep growing," she said. "We have a lot of patients that still need primary care, and there's a focus on working patients with diabetes and disease-specific populations."]]>
The appointment was announced in a press release by the chairman of Crossroads Rhode Island's board of directors, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr.
Santilli, 48, is succeeding Anne Nolan, who will retire after 14 years of service. She will start her new role June 1. She is chief marketing and strategy officer for the organization and a member of its senior management team.
Santilli, who joined the nonprofit Crossroads in 2008, recently led the organization through a strategic planning process. She also has led the marketing and development team to raise $2.8 million annually through a multi-media mix including direct mail, special events, grants, Web-based marketing, major donor development, planned giving and community outreach. Under her leadership, Santilli has doubled the active donor base over a five-year period, according to the news release.
"As president of Crossroads my first priority will be to continue to build on the strong foundation that Anne Nolan has built as well as ensuring that the organization's values continue to be the driving force behind everything we do," Santilli said in a statement. "I've had the opportunity to spend the past eight years actively engaging with Crossroad's board, management team, front-line employees and clients. I am honored to have the opportunity to now lead the Crossroads team as we move forward to ending homelessness."
McConnell said Santilli was selected for the position after a nationwide search, and was the unanimous pick for the position.
"She has been a key part of our success, and the board believes that Karen has the vision and leadership to guide our organization as we continue to put housing first and end homelessness in Rhode Island," McConnell said.]]>
The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, said that $1.078 million will be used to connect more than 900 graduating Pawtucket seniors with one of five post-graduation opportunities: education at a two- or four-year college; employment; military service; national service, such as AmeriCorps; or a paid internship, registered apprenticeship, or job training programs.
That funding is expected to generate an additional $450,000 in local cash and in-kind matching contributions, making the total two-year investment total worth more than $1.5 million, said Samantha Jo Warfield, a corporation spokesperson.
"It's making sure every high school senior has a pathway to opportunity when they're finished with high school," Warfield said.
Programming funding is valued at $826,600, Warfield said, while AmeriCorps members who complete their service become eligible to earn a total of $252,120 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to pay for higher education or pay back student loans.
"I salute the city of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket School Department, Serve Rhode Island, and the business and community partners for this visionary project that will have a transforming impact on the community and its young people," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the corporation. "Through Operation AmeriCorps, this city will come together to ensure more Pawtucket students graduate from high school and get connected to opportunities that help them reach their full potential in life."
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said in a statement that the programming will help address the skills gap in Rhode Island.
"I am thrilled to see these stakeholders collaborate in order to increase graduation rates for high school students in Pawtucket," said Raimondo. "This is a great step toward building the skills needed for a 21st century economy."
Mayor Donald R. Grebien said the funding will help foster volunteerism and community service for city youth and "aid in keeping the positive momentum that Pawtucket has going for it right now. By allowing our kids access to mentors who can help them reach their goals of going to college, we are making a significant investment in the workforce of tomorrow as well as the future of Pawtucket."
Pawtucket is the third of 10 communities across the country to receive funding. The first was New York City, with a total of $5.8 million; the second was Tucson, Ariz., with a total of $2 million, and the others will be announced later this month and in May, Warfield said.
An earlier story had incomplete information about the program.]]>
The radiothon is a partnership of Cumulus Providence radio stations (92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO and Hot 106), Hasbro Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The April 16 event was broadcast live from Warwick Mall and took place across 15 hours.
"Words alone cannot express our hospital's gratitude for the community's incredibly generous outpouring of support and for our partnership with Cumulus Providence to make the Radiothon a reality," Margaret M. Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, said in a statement. "Every emotional story shared over the airwaves by our patients and their families gave listeners a glimpse of the miracles that happen at our hospital each day; miracles that are made possible in large part thanks to philanthropy."
Throughout the radiothon, listeners heard stories from patients, families and hospital physicians. The stories discussed conditions including pediatric cancer, surgery, kidney transplantation, rare birth disorders and more.
The event also featured visits from Eliot Tatelman, CEO of Jordan's Furniture; Miss Rhode Island Ivy DePew; Miss Teen Rhode Island USA Mary Malloy; Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia; players from the Providence Bruins; and New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Gostkowski spent time taking photos and signing autographs for 6-year-old Braylon O'Neill, who was born without the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs --; a condition that affects fewer than 1 in 1 million people.
Braylon had his lower legs amputated at Hasbro Children's Hospital when he was 3 1/2. Braylon, who is now fitted with mechanical prostheses, appeared in Microsoft's Super Bowl ad this past February.
Said Barbara Haynes, market manager of Cumulus Providence radio stations, "I am grateful to all the families for sharing their stories and to Cox Business Solutions for making it possible for all the stations to broadcast live from the Warwick Mall. A big 'thank you' to the many sponsors and donors for their generosity and their desire to improve the lives of children and families treated at Hasbro Children's Hospital."
Among the Radiothon's many sponsors, several of which matched gifts during special "power hours" and volunteered to answer calls at the phone bank, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Alexander's Uniforms, Chelo's Hometown Bar & Grille, Cox Communciations, Cox Business, David D. Schuller, Dunkin' Donuts, East Commerce Solutions Inc., Hasbro Inc., Jordan's Furniture, Lamar, Murray Outdoor Communications, Pepsico, Rhode Island Air Show, Rhode Island Credit Union, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Walmart, and Warwick Mall.
Since its inception in 2005, the radiothon has raised more than $6.8 million in support of Hasbro Children's Hospital.]]>
The department released March revenue figures Friday, showing that for the first nine months of the fiscal year, revenue totaled $2.4 billion, which is $60.8 million, or 2.6 percent, higher than expected revenue of $2.3 billion for the period.
Among the revenue categories, personal income tax increased 2.4 percent to $818.3 million from a projected $799.1 million. Other general revenue sources increased 10.1 percent to $441.9 million from $401.2 million, and departmental receipts grew 3 percent to $134.8 million from a budgeted total of $130.9 million.
Sales and use tax declined one-tenth of a percentage point to $714.6 million from an estimated $715.7 million, while lottery transfer dropped eight-tenths of a percentage point to $245.9 million from $247.9 million.
Acting Director of Revenue David M. Sullivan described revenue through March as "strong," and said it reflected the "highest nominal spread that the state has experienced since March of 2012, when [fiscal] 2012 year-to-date adjusted revenues through March were $62.5 million more than [fiscal] 2012 year-to-date expected revenues through March."
Revenue exceeded expectations based on revenue estimates adopted at the November 2014 Revenue Estimating Conference. At that conference, fiscal 2015 total general revenue was revised up by $15.8 million.
For the month of March, revenue was 4 percent higher than projections at $357 million, despite several categories experiencing declines, the department said.
Personal income tax was 16.1 percent lower than what was expected at $47.7 million, and departmental receipts also were 9.4 percent lower than what was projected at $13 million. Lottery transfer declined 8.7 percent over what was expected to $28.5 million and sales and use tax dipped 2 percent to $69 million. Other general revenue sources increased 16.6 percent, however, to $198.8 million.
"When you look at the major components of adjusted total general revenues, you would get a bleak picture of revenues, however, that would be incorrect. Strong performance in most general business taxes, led by financial institutions tax revenues, and estate and transfer tax revenues more than offset weaker performance in these major components," Sullivan said in a statement.
"The fact that both adjusted sales and use tax, and adjusted lottery transfer revenues were below expectations in March is not really surprising given that revenues received in March reflect the prior month's shopping and gaming activity and February 2015's weather wasn't exactly conducive to either of these activities," he added.]]>
The University of Michigan said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment climbed to 95.9 this month from 93 in March. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for an increase to 94.
Consumers were more upbeat about the economy, their current financial situations and the buying climate, indicating spending will pick up after a lackluster performance in the first quarter. At the same time, households have a dimmer view about their income prospects, meaning shoppers will keep seeking out discounts from merchants.
The report "is encouraging given that the March payroll report was a little bit weaker and some of the other data around the consumer has been softer," said Michelle Meyer, deputy head of U.S economics at Bank of America Corp. in New York. "The fact that consumers are feeling better hopefully will translate into greater expenditures over time and that's been a missing link to the economic recovery this year."
Forecasts for the Michigan index in the Bloomberg survey of 68 economists ranged from 91.8 to 100. The index averaged 84.1 last year.
The sentiment survey's current conditions index, which measures Americans' assessment of their personal finances, rose to 108.2 this month, also the second-highest since January 2007, from 105. The measure of expectations six months from now increased to 88 from 85.3 in March.
Americans expected an inflation rate of 2.5 percent in the next year, matching the lowest level since September 2010 and down from 3 percent in March. Over the next five to 10 years, they expect a 2.6 percent rate of inflation, compared with 2.8 percent in the previous month.
"There's hardly a person that thinks prices are now expensive, but they think that they need to go down before they become more attractive to buy," Richard Curtin, director of the Michigan Survey of Consumers, said on a conference call after the report. "That's what's holding back more aggressive buying."
A report Friday from the Labor Department showed inflation is starting to firm. The consumer-price index excluding food and fuel climbed 0.2 percent in March, reflecting broad-based gains in rents, medical care, clothing and used vehicles. Including the volatile costs of food and energy, the index also advanced 0.2 percent.
Gas prices are playing a big role in shaping consumers' outlooks on the economy. Lower fuel costs are translating into more disposable income that can be spent paying down debt or buying goods and services. A gallon of regular gasoline cost an average $2.43 on Thursday, down from last year's peak of $3.70.
The average U.S. household is expected to spend $1,817 on gasoline this year, the lowest amount in a decade and about $700 less than in 2014, according to the Energy Information Administration. Outlays on gas are expected to rise to $2,058 per household next year.
That means job gains -- and more importantly, wage growth - - will be even more crucial to consumers. Payrolls rose by 126,000 workers in March, the fewest since December 2013, after 12 straight months of gains of 200,000 or more. The Labor Department's figures also showed a 2.1 percent gain in hourly pay in the year through March, in line with the pace since the recovery began in June 2009.
"You've seen plenty of jobs created over the last year, but the problem is we haven't seen any perceptible acceleration in wage growth," said Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies LLC in New York. "The energy savings have been a little bit of a boost, but that's not sustainable."
As the job market improves and inflation shows signs of moving toward their goal, Federal Reserve policy makers are considering when to begin raising interest rates for the first time since 2006.
"Few consumers now anticipate that the Fed would raise rates enough to affect their current purchase plans," Curtin said.
Fatter paychecks and higher confidence would help lift spending, which has failed to extend a fourth-quarter pickup. Retail sales climbed 0.9 percent in March, less than the 1.1 percent gain expected by economists surveyed by Bloomberg, as Americans used the savings from cheaper prices at the gas pump to shore up finances.
At 5.8 percent, the saving rate is at the highest level since November 2012. That explains why companies like casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday Inc. are relying on promotions and discounts to bring people through the door.
"It's still pretty choppy," CEO James Buettgen said on a April 9 earnings call. "A lot of people have been talking about things like gas prices and wondering if that's going to translate into a stronger consumer environment. We haven't seen a change there."]]>
This was the second consecutive month of passenger declines, following an uptick in passengers in January.
There were 305,434 total passengers in March, a drop of 2.97 percent from March 2014's 314,784, the airport reported.
Passenger traffic also fell on a year-to-date basis. Through March, there were 768,578 total passengers, a drop of 2.3 percent from 786,966 during the same year-ago period.
Southwest Airlines held the largest market share at 50.9 percent, with 155,585 total passengers in March, followed by US Airways at 22.5 percent with 68,654 total passengers; Delta Airlines at 11.1 percent with 33,801 passengers; JetBlue Airways at 8.5 percent with 26,045 passengers; United Airlines at 6.7 percent with 20,339 passengers and charter flights, at 0.3 percent with 1,010 passengers.
Among the large carriers, JetBlue had the largest increase in passengers year over year at 11.6 percent. Delta also showed an increase in passengers year over year at 1.5 percent.
The other large carriers reported decreases, however, with United Airlines showing the largest year over year drop at 13.1 percent, followed by US Airways at 11.6 percent and Southwest, 0.19 percent.
Cargo also decreased in March by 7.3 percent, to 1.9 million lbs. from 2.1 million lbs. a year earlier.]]>
Herb Chambers was one of 52 dealerships recognized out of more than 900 nationwide
for high customer satisfaction, professionalism and commitment that exceeded Cadillac's "Standards for Excellence" for the year.
This was the third consecutive year that Herb Chambers Cadillac of Warwick was recognized. It is the only Cadillac dealership in New England to receive the award in 2014.
"Herb Chambers Cadillac of Warwick was recognized as an elite 2014 Cadillac Master Dealer for the dedication and professionalism they exhibited throughout the year," Jim Brunnell, vice president of Cadillac Sales & Service, said in a statement. "As we move forward providing the best customer service ... it's dealerships like this whose hard work and dedication propels us to continue."
Herb Chambers said he was proud that his dealership was recognized.
"Our team strives to achieve excellence in every facet of the business, and their passion shines through every day, especially in our unwavering commitment to our customers," Chamber said.]]>
The fifth annual awards were presented on April 15 at the Park Theatre.
The 2015 Excellence Awards were judged by a PRSA Chapter in California and scored based on research, planning, execution and evaluation of the tactic or campaign.
"Each year, we continue to be amazed by the talent and accomplishments of the public relations experts in our region," Michael Masseur, PRSA/SENE president and senior account executive at RDW Group Inc., said in a statement. "This year's Excellence Awards winners and their clients represent a wide range of public relations professionals who executed some incredible work. ... We look forward to recognizing and engaging these individuals for years to come."
PRSA/SENE 2015 Excellence Award Winners are:
Business-to-business - Ebola Seafarer Safety Training Awareness
Community relations/cause marketing - Rhode Island IT and Bioscience Skills Gap Reports and Forum Series
Roger Williams University
Local newspaper placement - Community Connections - A Day of Giving and Learning
Jai Communications Group
Media event - Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation at 10 Years: A Cause for Celebration
(add)ventures and CVS Health
Multimedia release - CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Public affairs - Engineering Rhode Island's Future
Certificates of Recognition also were given to:
Community relations/cause marketing - Take Charge!: Cox Partners with RI Attorney General to Delete Online Bullying
Gray Matter Marketing
Community relations/cause marketing - Crossing the Bridge: Bettering the Community through the Pell Bridge Run
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Community relations/cause marketing - Providence #1 Party
Salve Regina University
Video - Mask Man - Dominic DiSano '14
Video - Story in the Public Square: 2014 Pell Center Prize
Video - Digging Deeper: 2014 Field School in Archaeology
Video - Banned]]>
The increase in the core consumer-price index reflected broad-based gains in rents, medical care, clothing and used vehicles, a Labor Department report showed Friday in Washington. The advance matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Including the volatile costs of food and energy, the index also rose 0.2 percent.
A strengthening labor market may be giving workers the confidence to seek bigger wage concessions, which would prompt companies to raise prices for goods and services. Federal Reserve policy makers want to see inflation on a trajectory toward their 2 percent goal as they weigh the timing of their first interest rate increase since 2006.
"Things are beginning to percolate," Robert Sinche, global strategist at Amherst Pierpont Securities LLC in Stamford, Conn., said before the report. "By later this year, the Fed will have enough evidence that inflation is moving back toward their target to begin to normalize policy."
Estimates for core consumer prices in the Bloomberg survey of 83 economists ranged from gains of 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent. On a year-over-year basis, core prices climbed 1.8 percent in March, the biggest 12-month advance since October, after rising 1.7 percent in February.
The forecast for CPI including all costs ranged from no change to a 0.5 percent increase, with the median at 0.3 percent. Consumer prices dropped 0.1 percent in the 12 months ended March after being little changed in the year through February.
Fed officials are monitoring inflation as they seek reasonable confidence in the trajectory of price growth toward their 2 percent target. The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee was split at its meeting last month on the timing of lift off. Several participants wanted to normalize policy starting in June, while others favored later in the year, according to minutes of the March 17-18 meeting.
Disappointing payrolls data were among weaker-than-forecast economic reports since then that have cast doubt on expectations that the central bank will increase borrowing costs in June, making September more likely, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
The Fed's preferred measure of price pressures, linked to consumer spending, climbed by 0.3 percent in February from a year before, the Commerce Department reported last month. It hasn't been at the central bank's 2 percent goal since April 2012.
The Labor Department's report showed costs for medical-care services climbed 0.4 percent, the biggest increase since August 2013. The category designed to track the rental value of owner occupied housing increased 0.3 percent, the most this year. The cost of clothing also advanced by the most this year, while the gain for used vehicles was the biggest since June 2011.
The increase in the headline price index was spurred by energy costs, which climbed 1.1 percent in March after increasing 1 percent the month before. Food costs dropped 0.2 percent.
Low inflation has been helping boost consumer buying power. Average hourly earnings climbed 2.2 percent in the 12 months ended in March, a separate Labor Department report showed Friday.
The CPI is the broadest of three price gauges from the Labor Department because it includes all goods and services. About 60 percent of the index covers prices consumers pay for services from medical visits to airline fares, movie tickets and rents.
The Labor Department's gauge of wholesale prices, which includes 75 percent of all U.S. goods and services, climbed in March for the first time in five months, reflecting higher costs for fuels and motor vehicles, according to data issued Wednesday.
In the Northeast region, prices declined by four-tenths of a percentage point in March for all items. Food and beverages increased 2.1 percent, while housing costs increased eight-tenths of a percentage point. Transportation costs decreased 8.9 percent and energy costs fell nearly 20 percent.]]>