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THE RHODE ISLAND current conditions index for March was 50, indicating neither expansion nor contraction. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: No growth in R.I. economy in March

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s current conditions index showed improvement in March, but still ended the first quarter with no sign of growth, University of...
DR. CHRISTOPHER DURIGAN is the director of clinical pharmacy at Thundermist Health Center. / COURTESY THUNDERMIST HEALTH CENTER

Five Questions With: Dr. Christopher Durigan

Dr. Christopher Durigan, director of clinical pharmacy at Thundermist Health Center, was recently recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers with the...
BETTER ACCESS: Following 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, to improve women’s access to contraceptives.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should pharmacists prescribe birth control?

A proposal to allow Rhode Island pharmacists to prescribe birth control is intended to increase access to contraceptives by eliminating the need for a...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Debra Moretti

5Q: Debra Moretti | President, the Squantum Association 1. You are the first woman president in the 146-year history of the East Providence association....
BREAKFAST DISCUSSION: R.I. Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins and Kevin Gallagher, senior deputy chief of staff for Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, will be guest speakers at a breakfast discussion hosted by Local Initiatives Support Corp. Rhode Island in Providence on May 16.
 / COURTESY COURTNEY HAWKINS AND LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORP. RHODE ISLAND

Editor’s Choice: Road to universal pre-K

EDITOR’S CHOICE Road to universal pre-K LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORP. Rhode Island will hold a breakfast discussion on the plan for Rhode Island’s new...

Lifespan adds physician signatures to open letter against CNE-Partners merger

PROVIDENCE – As part of a public campaign against a proposed merger between Care New England Health System and Boston-based Partners HealthCare, 165 Lifespan...

Five Questions With: Rebecca Boss

Since 2017, Rebecca Boss has served as director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. She came to the department...
BIGGER IMPACT: Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, a former cancer surgeon, said he used to care for patients one at a time, but now as president and CEO of Lifespan, “I take care of them 10,000 at a time.”
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Babineau: ‘Health care is local’

Dr. Timothy J. Babineau misses seeing patients, but as Lifespan Corp.’s president and CEO for the past seven years, the former cancer surgeon has...
SOLE FACILITY: Above, from right, parents Garcel Felisor, father, and Yanida Awlvarado, mother, are pictured with their son, Giovanni E. Felisor, and a nurse at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Hasbro is the only hospital in New England to perform in-utero surgery and other complex fetal procedures.
 / COURTESY HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL/RICHARD SCHULTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Hospital affiliations boost business and care

Last spring, a team of doctors at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence performed surgery on a fetus diagnosed with spina bifida. Surgeons covered the unborn...

Is GA tipping scales toward labor?

Republican Rep. Brian C. Newberry thinks unions wield too much power in Rhode Island and worries the General Assembly, controlled by Democrats, will tip...

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