Health Services

Green light for two big projects

The state Health Services Council last week unanimously approved a $44 million plan to move and dramatically expand the Tockwotton Home and a $7.3...
DR. FRANCIS S. COLLINS, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, says genetics is redefining medicine. /

Envisioning a future built on genetics

Mapping the human genome was only the beginning. Since then, scientists around the world have probed deeper and deeper into our DNA, looking for...
DR. CHANG LEE, a retired surgeon, volunteers at the Rhode Island Free Clinic twice a month. The clinic, which serves about 1,600 uninsured patients, has a large new facility, but not enough volunteers to meet a fast-rising demand for services. /

Facing a rising tide of uninsured

As Lisa Smolski walks through the cheerful yellow hallways of the Rhode Island Free Clinic’s new space on the third floor of 655 Broad...
BRAND NEW DIGS: Kathleen Hittner, president and CEO of The Miriam Hospital, leads a tour last week of the new inpatient and surgical services center set to open today. /

Miriam gets new inpatient/surgical center

After just over two years of construction, The Miriam Hospital’s brand-new inpatient and surgical services center is preparing to open its doors.Last week, Miriam...

Struggling to revamp primary care

Dr. Albert Puerini Jr. loves his job. He leaves home by 7:15 every morning to visit patients in the hospital, then heads to his...
QUALITYMETRIC has developed an international reputation by designing surveys that can quickly guage a person's overall health,. the impact of a specific illness or the efficacy of a given treatment. Above, the company's Asthma Control Test. /

Gauging health by patients’ views

If you give a new drug to a patient with arthritis, how do you gauge its effectiveness? You can measure how far each finger...
'RHODE ISLANDERS need a bold vision that offers long-term budget solutions,' said Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts, but 'the governor's proposal for broad personnel cuts does not assure greater government efficiency.'   /

Broader restructuring is needed,<br> says Lt. Gov. Roberts

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts offered a mixed response to the budget plan released yesterday by Gov. Donald L. Carcieri.To help close...
THOMAS M. RYAN, CVS Caremark's chairman and CEO, said:  'We remain confident that we will achieve significant earnings growth in 2008 even without FEP's mail service program.' /

CVS Caremark wins $12B PBM contract renewal

WOONSOCKET – The Caremark Pharmacy Services division of CVS Caremark Corp. (NYSE: CVS) has been awarded a three-year renewal of its contract to provide...
DORCAS PLACE students were the first to try the health literacy curriculum last year, talking about the challenges they face navigating the health care system. /

R.I. literacy project aims<br> to educate patients – and doctors

The challenge is greatest for people who don’t speak English, or for those whose education is so limited that reading anything is difficult, so...

Shape Up RI and promoting worksite wellness

This year, 7,000 participants across the state exercised for 282,046 hours and walked more than 2 million miles – losing 26,082 pounds in...
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