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DR. ROBERT CALDAS, chief medical officer of Southcoast Health, says St. Luke’s, Charlton Memorial and Tobey hospitals have diagnosed more than 40 cases of flu so far and the peak of the season is still ahead. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH

Doctors urge vaccinations as flu season begins

NEW BEDFORD – The annual peak for flu season is still ahead, but already doctors at Southcoast Health are seeing an increase in the...
JEAN MARIE ROCHA, vice president of clinical affairs at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, was named “Nurse of the Year in a Nontraditional Setting” earlier this year by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association and Rhode Island Monthly. / COURTESY HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF RHODE ISLAND

Rocha named ‘Nurse of the Year in a Nontraditional Setting’

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island State Nurses Association and Rhode Island Monthly named Jean Marie Rocha “Nurse of the Year in a Nontraditional Setting”...
TRISTA PICCOLA, R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families director, says the department faces a $10 million deficit in 2018. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

R.I. child-housing agencies decry DCYF’s planned 12.5% reimbursement rate cut

PROVIDENCE — Two weeks ago, Marty Sinnott, president and CEO of social service agency Child & Family, said he got a call from the...

Rhode Island Hospital joins national Alzheimer’s disease imaging study

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Hospital has joined phase four of the $40 million Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, an international clinical trial studying the rate...
SURPLUS: With most Rhode Island hospitals experiencing a decline in patients since 2006, and falling demand for inpatient services, the state has a surplus of hospital beds. Shown above is a patient room from The Miriam Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY ­LIFESPAN CORP.

Hospital demand falls, industry groups differ on whether to embrace trend

Officials and an expert analysis agree Rhode Island has a hospital-bed surplus coupled with a trend toward diminishing demand for inpatient services, but local...
A DIAGRAM showing the difference between a healthy brain and one with advanced Alzheimer's disease. / COURTESY NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Butler Hospital, Rhode Island Mood & Memory Research Institute join Alzheimer’s...

PROVIDENCE — Butler Hospital’s Memory and Aging Program and the Rhode Island Mood & Memory Research Institute are participating in Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ international Alzheimer’s disease prevention...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 40 in the nation for state spending as a percentage of CDC recommended spending for tobacco use prevention and quitting programs. / COURTESY CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS

Report: R.I. ranks 40th for tobacco prevention program funding

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island ranked No. 40 nationwide in funding tobacco use prevention and quitting programs, and will spend less than one percent of...
HEALTHSOURCE RI reports a growing number of younger ACA enrollees this year.

HSRI reports more, younger Affordable Care Act enrollees

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI, the state-based Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange, reports more than three times the number of new enrollees since this...
LIFESPAN CORP. and GE Healthcare will collaborate through a risk-sharing model in an effort to save the nonprofit hospital system $182 million over six years.

Lifespan teams with GE Healthcare in risk-sharing effort to save $182M

PROVIDENCE – GE Healthcare is collaborating with Lifespan Corp. to help the nonprofit hospital system save $182 million in organizational savings over the next...
UNITED NURSES AND ALLIED PROFESSIONALS Local 5082 has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court seeking a delay of the Memorial Hospital closure process pending a review of the filing of the reverse certificate of need as required by the Hospital Conversions Act. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND

UNAP lawsuit seeks to halt Memorial closure, appoint special master

PROVIDENCE – United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5082 filed a lawsuit in Superior Court Dec. 7 seeking a special master to oversee Care New...
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