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Alexa Gagosz joined the Providence Business News as an enterprise reporter covering health care, workforce, hospitality and tourism in May 2020. Before joining PBN, she was freelancing for The Boston Globe, the Bay State Banner, El Mundo Boston, Storybench, and previously served as the digital director of the Scope magazine and editor-in-chief of The Suffolk Journal. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Suffolk University, and a master's degree in journalism with a concentration in media innovation from Northeastern University. Connect with Alexa by emailing Gagosz@pbn.com.
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
MODERNA INC Vaccine arrived at Rhode Island Hospital Dec. 22, which will also help prevent the spread of a new COVID-19 variant that was recently identified in the U.S. [Above] Richard Emery, Lifespan's pharmacy supervisor and Karen Nolan, Lifespan's pharmacy manager. / LIFESPAN CORP./ BILL MURPHY

COVID-19 variant means it’s time to ‘double down’ on protections, say...

PROVIDENCE – A new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., but officials from the R.I. Department of Health on Wednesday said...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 995, with 17 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said Wednesday./ COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. cases of COVID-19 rise by 995, with 17 more deaths

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 995, with 17 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said Wednesday. Hospitalizations of COVID-19...
LIFESPAN CORP. Pharmacy Supervisor Richard Emery unpacks the first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to arrive at Rhode Island Hospital on Dec. 22. / LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

RIDOH: First phase of COVID-19 vaccinations to last through Feb.

PROVIDENCE – The first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will last in Rhode Island through at least February, said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,095, with 18 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said on Tuesday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. cases of COVID-19 rise by 1,095, with 18 more deaths

PROVIDENCE – Cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,095, with 18 more deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said on Tuesday. Hospitalizations of...
ACCESS ADVOCATE: Shannon Sullivan, Women & Infants Hospital president and chief operating officer, says she’s concerned that fewer women have sought health screening during the pandemic and the effects that might have in the future.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Redoubling focus on women’s health

When cases of COVID-19 were spreading quickly across the country in the spring, Kent County Memorial Hospital executive Shannon Sullivan was tasked with assembling...
NOT QUITE SHOWTIME: J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, Providence Performing Arts Center president, says getting the theater up and running to the level it was before the pandemic won’t be “like turning the light switch on.” / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Curtain will go up again, but slowly

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, president of the Providence Performing Arts Center, has had to overcome hurdles since joining PPAC nearly four decades ago. The COVID-19...
David Osborne  / COURTESY VIRGIN PULSE INC.

Beyond COVID – Virgin Pulse’s David Osborne

David Osborne | CEO and president, Virgin Pulse Inc. Virgin Pulse provides a digital health and wellness platform for employers. How has the company responded...

Five Questions With: Meredith LeBlanc

Meredith LeBlanc recently took over as president of Rebuilding Together Greater Newport, a nonprofit that repairs homes to fulfill its mission to revitalize communities...
MARIE L. GANIM, Rhode Island's health insurance commissioner, signed a letter Wednesday, pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health policy recommendations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELY

R.I. health insurance commissioner joins other states in supporting ACA recommendations

PROVIDENCE – Marie Ganim, Rhode Island's outgoing health insurance commissioner, signed a letter on Wednesday pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health...

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