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R.I. researchers identify gene linked to Parkinson’s

PROVIDENCE – Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University say they have discovered a gene that could...

Quality Partners holds first public annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – Quality Partners of Rhode Island, which since 1995 has worked with health care providers, payers and policymakers to improve quality across the...
URI RESEARCHER Judith Mercer, a clinical professor of nursing and certified nurse-midwife,  has received a $2 million grant to study the health of pre-term infants. /

NIH awards $2M for URI research project

KINGSTON – A nursing professor at the University of Rhode Island has been awarded a $2 million, five-year grant by a division of the...
SUE MUSSO, a registered nurse at Rhode Island Hospital, washes an intensive-care unit patient’s mouth with chlorhexidine, a
practice aimed at reducing ventilator-acquired pneumonia. /

ICU Collaborative yields results

Dr. Mitchell M. Levy has worked internationally to promote patient safety, reduce hospital-acquired infections and improve treatment of life-threatening conditions. Within the medical intensive-care...

CVS will pay $38M to settle drug-switching claims

CVS Caremark Corp. last week agreed to pay $37.8 million to the U.S. government and states including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, to settle...

Companies struggling to contain health care costs

Changes in federal regulations and in the health care industry, in particular, have many businesses turning to benefits consultants for help. PBN spoke last...
Rita Brennan, a nurse at Memorial Hospital, is slated to become the hospital’s union president and is opposed to mandatory
overtime. A new law blocking mandatory overtime for nurses has been in place for three weeks in the state. /

Nurses no longer forced to work O.T.

A law that forbids hospitals from ordering nurses to work overtime to cover staffing shortages has been in place for three weeks, but there...

UnitedHealth shareholders can sue firm over stocks

UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s shareholders will be allowed to sue the largest U.S. health insurance company as a group over claims of improper backdating of...

Amgen patent case revived by federal judge

A federal appeals court revived a bid by Amgen Inc. to have a U.S. trade agency block Roche Holding AG from importing and selling...
LIFESPAN DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY Gertrude Jones said that the company has modeled some practices after American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity. /

Lifespan aims to be a leader on workplace diversity

For more than four years, Gertrude Jones has led the charge for diversity in the work force at Rhode Island’s Lifespan hospitals. The Providence-born...
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