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Providence VA Medical Center study finds telehealth may be effective treatment...

PROVIDENCE – A Providence VA Medical Center study has found that video telehealth visits may be an effective treatment for nonepileptic seizures. Researchers measured the...

Five Questions With: Dr. Betty Vohr

Dr. Betty Vohr, a neonatologist at Women & Infants Hospital, has received the 2020 Virginia Apgar Award. The annual honor represents the highest level...

2 Women & Infants Hospital NICU nurses honored by Congressional Coalition...

PROVIDENCE – Two nurses in Women & Infants Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit have received national recognition for their involvement in adoption. Kimberley Maynard and...

Thrive Behavioral Health honored for support of employees in recovery

WARWICK – Thrive Behavioral Health Inc.’s efforts to support its employees who are recovering from substance use disorder has led to a new designation...

Rhode Island Medical Imaging donates $10K to state cancer screening program

PROVIDENCE – A $10,000 donation from Rhode Island Medical Imaging to the R.I. Department of Health’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program is to go toward...

Are you satisfied with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s ongoing response to...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and other elected officials received strong support from PBN readers back in March for the job they had done up...
INDEPENDENT-MINDED: Aaron Robinson, CEO and president of South County Health, acknowledges that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a big strain on the small, independent health care company. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Amid hospital mergers, some still going it alone

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. Landmark Medical Center. Westerly Hospital. Memorial Hospital. Over the last decade, mergers, acquisitions, affiliations and closures have consumed all but...
THE NEW PLACE: Dr. Jeanine Giovanni, left, and Dr. Lindsay Tse, are two bariatric surgeons based out of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at the Care New England office in South Kingstown that opened in September. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Bariatric surgery benefits both patients and hospitals

Bariatric surgery options are expanding in Rhode Island, but practitioners say that many more people could benefit from the weight-reduction procedures than actually seek...
CLOSE WATCH: Registered nurse Jessica Pace, left, who works in the Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, checks the intravenous line of Dolce Contreras, 32, of Central Falls, who is receiving convalescent plasma therapy as part of a clinical trial on its effectiveness against COVID-19. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./WILLIAM MURPHY

Clinical trial on plasma makes headway in R.I.

Rhode Island Hospital is one of 30 medical facilities nationwide testing whether a plasma-based treatment for COVID-19 that has been approved for emergency use...
THE PAPER TRAIL: Melissa Szymanski sits with some of her medical bills at home in Glastonbury, Conn. Szymanski got sick earlier this year and wound up with a $3,200 bill because she wasn’t diagnosed initially with COVID-19. Later, tests showed she had it, and she is fighting to have her bills reduced. / AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL

Coverage safety net has plenty of holes

COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. Even though many insurers and the U.S. government have offered to pick...

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