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WOONSOCKET – The R.I. Department of Health has approved CVS Caremark Corp.’s application to open seven MinuteClinic facilities throughout Rhode Island. more
Lending to small businesses through U.S. Small Business Administration programs is on the upswing in Rhode Island, thanks in large measure to the efforts of community banks, although a traditional SBA powerhouse is back on course in the Ocean State. more
Allan Tear, a co-counder and managing partner at the startup accelerator Betaspring, has seen firsthand how government can boost the economy by providing a little capital for private enterprise. more
Despite relatively strong growth in the number of women-owned businesses in the state, Rhode Island ranks near the bottom of the nation in the overall strength of that segment of the state’s economy. more
Over the past few years 21 states have adopted laws allowing medical use of marijuana, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Seven more states are considering such legislation. Those changes to the once-taboo drug’s legal status have sparked concerns among parents and physicians that the new laws could lead to an increase in the number of teens using it. more
PROVIDENCE – A new 14-bed inpatient unit at Rhode Island Hospital is bringing together the services offered by the state’s largest hospital and the individual patient-centered care provided by the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Both are part of the Lifespan health system. more
CRANSTON – Rhode Island hospitals’ participation in a national patient-safety program during the past two years has saved more than $18.7 million by avoiding unnecessary treatments, according to the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. more
PROVIDENCE – Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is providing new health care services at the Providence Health Center at 111 Point St. Illnesses being treated at the location include: colds, the flu, ear infections, sinus infections, seasonal allergies and strep throat. more
Big Brothers Big Sisters recently announced that two Rhode Island residents have been named Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year in recognition of their work with youth mentees. more
PROVIDENCE – The American Lung Association of the Northeast announced the launch of the largest Wood Stove Changeout Program in the United States. The program will cover all counties in Rhode Island; New London and Windham counties in Connecticut; and Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts. more
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