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RECOVERY MODE: R.I. Department of Health Interim Director Dr. James McDonald, left, talks about the health care industry’s workforce woes at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond O. Powrie, Care New England Health System executive chief of medicine; Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan Corp. CEO and president. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing, moderates. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Babineau: ‘It is going to take us years to rebuild’

The COVID-19 pandemic left Rhode Island’s health care industry a shell of its former self, with a staffing crisis that continues to have massive...
WORKING TOGETHER: Dr. Christopher Ottiano, middle, medical director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, explains that health care stakeholders should join forces to improve the system. Panelists participating in the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6 included Dr. Amy Nunn, left, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Dr. Robert MacArthur, right, Commonwealth Care Allicance chief medical officer.  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: ARPA funds can help mend health safety net

Lindsay Lang sees trouble coming in maintaining health insurance for some Rhode Islanders, and she wants state lawmakers to act before it’s too late. Lang,...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS' 2022 Spring Health Care Summit on Wednesday featured two panel discussions at the Providence Marriott Downtown in Providence. The second panel included, from left, Dr. James McDonald, interim director of the R.I. Department of Health; Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer of commercial products at Tufts Health Plan; Dr. Raymond Powrie, chief clinical officer and executive chief of medicine at Care New England Health System; Dr. Matt Collins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island chief medical officer; and Dr. Timothy Babineau, CEO and president of Lifespan Corp. At far right, PBN Editor Michael Mello moderated. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: Lifespan, CNE explore a partnership short of full merger

PROVIDENCE – The proposed unification of Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System may have been rejected by the Federal Trade Commission and...
EXPERT INSIGHT: Providence Business News Editor Michael Mello, right, moderates a discussion among PBN Workforce Development Summit panelists, from left, Lisa Abbot, Steve Duvel, Nina Pande, Doug Sherman and Matthew Weldon. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit panel: Companies need to fine-tune their perks

In today’s job market, companies that hold strictly to pre-pandemic work expectations, such as rigid schedules and full-time office hours, tend to struggle to...

Business leaders encourage flexibility, creativity to meet workforce needs

PROVIDENCE — With employers in nearly every industry reporting recruitment and retention as among their largest challenges – if not the largest – employers...
THE FORECASTERS: Panelists participating in PBN’s Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 10 discuss what the future holds for Rhode Island’s economy. Clockwise from top left are PBN Editor Michael Mello, who served as moderator; Thomas Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Real Estate and Appraisal; Jeffrey Diehl, CEO and executive director for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank; Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research for Strategas Research Partners; Elizabeth “Betty” Robson, CEO of J.F. Moran Co.; and Craig Pickell, chairman and CEO of Bullard Abrasives Inc.

Plenty of challenges ahead, but which to solve first?

Inflation. Supply chain bottlenecks. Worker shortages. The pandemic-induced fires are spreading fast, and companies are struggling to figure out which ones to put out first. Local...
UPHILL CLIMB: A chart from Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research for Strategas Research Partners, shows that the consumer price index has shot up from near 0% at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to about 7% in January. / COURTESY STRATEGAS RESEARCH PARTNERS

Economist: Inflation isn’t going to fade soon

To those grappling with skyrocketing prices, Thomas ­Tzitzouris has bad news: price hikes aren’t going away anytime soon. Inflation will continue to be the story...

PBN Economic Trends Summit to be held Feb. 10

PROVIDENCE – The PBN Economic Trends Summit will be held on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual summit will discuss the...
DEEP IN DISCUSSION: Lawrence E. Wilson, far right, managing director at The Wilson Organization LLC, speaks during a panel talk at Providence Business News’ 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Awards program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Dec. 2. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriguez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Kevin Matta, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsh Engineering Inc.; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Summit panel: ‘Knock on those CEO doors’ to ensure workplace equity...

Everyone has a role to play in boosting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace – from rank-and-file employees to the top executives –...
KEVIN MATTA, center of the stage, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsch Engineering Inc., leads the discussion among panelists at Providence Business News' 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Award program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriquez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director at The Wilson Organization. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: ‘Every conversation is crucial’ in diversity efforts

WARWICK – Top-down leadership, organizational involvement, empathy and persistent efforts are essential to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, according to business...
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