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SAFE ZONE: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has added West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Warwick to its growing list of LGBTQ Safe Zone certified providers. From left, Matthew Cooper, activities and social services; Pam Masciarott, social worker; Rachel Rodas, dietary aid; and Erica Lewis, social worker. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

West View earns LGBTQ Safe Zone certification

Effective relationships with doctors and care facilities require trust, which is difficult to come by for many in the LGBTQ community. But West View...
KEVIN SPLAINE was recently named executive vice president of care integration and management at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. / COURTESY BCBSRI

Five Questions With: Kevin Splaine

Kevin Splaine, recently named executive vice president of care integration and management at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, is now leading...
NINE MAJOR Rhode Island employers were announced as founding participants in the new Supply RI initiative that aims to connect Rhode Island companies with Rhode Island suppliers, according to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

9 major R.I. employers commit to Raimondo’s Supply RI initiative

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced that nine Rhode Island's largest employers have pledged to participate in the Supply RI initiative, which will...
KEVIN SPLAINE has been named executive vice president of care integration and management at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. / COURTESY BCBSRI

Splaine to lead BCBSRI care integration effort

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has named Kevin Splaine executive vice president of care integration and management, leading the...
COLD CURE: Katie McDonald, corporate health coach and owner of bnourished, sits at her kitchen counter enjoying a green juice, a remedy/prevention for winter colds. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Managing stress team effort in workplace

The average American adult gains 1-2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, which is weight that isn’t ever likely to be lost.That’s according to...
COMPANY PRIORITY: Jeff Guilbert, product-quality leader at Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich, receives a flu shot from University of Rhode Island pharmacy student Kate Syder during one of the company’s in-office clinics this past fall. / PBN PHOTO/­RUPERT ­WHITELEY

R.I. companies offering in-office flu shot clinics for employees

Health and wellness, specifically preventative care, is a major concern for companies throughout the year, but especially so during cold and flu season.It is...
STEPHANIE VITO, team leader in the corporate affairs division of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, was named 2017 BlueAngel of the Year by the company for donating $500 from BCBSRI to Children’s Friend, a Providence-based youth social services nonprofit organization. Pictured, from left, with the check: Carolyn Belisle, BCBSRI managing director of community relations; Vito; and Kim Keck, BCBSRI president and CEO. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

BCBSRI names Vito 2017 BlueAngel of the Year

PROVIDENCE – In its annual celebration of employees who give back to the community, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island named Stephanie...
CONVERSING: Crossroads Rhode Island members, from left, Heather Fortin, human resources and individual volunteer coordinator; Cicely Dove, vice president of family services; and Robert Upham, director of human resources, attend the PBN Workplace Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion Summit held Dec. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SKORSKI

‘Unconscious bias’ barrier to workplace inclusion

“If we tolerate intolerance, then tolerance will become extinct,” warned Stephanie Huckel, manager of culture and diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue...
THE YOUR BLUE STORE location in East Providence. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers advisers to assist customers with buying health insurance at its Your Blue Store locations in East Providence, Warwick and Lincoln. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

BCBSRI offers health insurance buying advice

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has staff available at three Your Blue Store locations in East Providence, Warwick and...
THE PROVIDENCE CENTER will open a teen-oriented substance use disorder recovery center in January, thanks in part to a $20,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. / COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE CENTER

BCBSRI pledges $20K for R.I.’s first substance use disorder recovery center

PROVIDENCE – A $20,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has helped The Providence Center raise the full $400,000 needed...
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