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Test-to-Treat clinic serves 250 people in first 2 weeks

PROVIDENCE – In its first two weeks, Rhode Island’s Test-to-Treat clinic on the West Side – the first of its kind in the U.S. –...

U.S. inflation hit a new 40-year high last month of 8.6% 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The costs of gas, food and other necessities jumped in May, raising inflation to a new four-decade high and giving American...
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
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CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston...
MANY OWNERS: Kristin Allain, director of human resources at Newport Restaurant Group, says the employee-ownership model has allowed the company to weather the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Employee-owned firms display their resiliency

Chloe Chassaing had seen the news reports in April 2021 about businesses struggling to find enough people to fill positions, particularly in the hospitality...
Shuttered: Elderwood at Riverside, in East Providence, last month became the fifth nursing home in the state to close since the pandemic began in 2020. 
COURTESY ELDERWOOD 
AT RIVERSIDE

Nursing homes in peril across R.I. need a financial lifeline

The worst of the deadly health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be behind us, but nursing homes across the state continue to be...
TIGHT-KNIT STAFF: Members of Embrace Home Loans Inc. in Middletown gather for a team-building event at Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Fall River in October 2021. / COURTESY EMBRACE HOME LOANS INC.

Family-like approach, charity at the core of Embrace Home Loans culture

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Large Company 1. Embrace Home Loans Inc. Employees in R.I. 450 CEO: Dennis Hardiman Full-service, nationwide mortgage lender Embrace Home Loans Inc.,...
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: 
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Human Resources Business Partner Jess Nunez represents the company at the Dominican Parade of Rhode Island in Providence. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS 
& BLUE SHIELD OF 
RHODE ISLAND

Dedicated employees help Blue Cross weather COVID-19 storm

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Enterprise Company 1. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Employees in R.I. 768 CEO and President: Martha L. Wofford Throughout...
CONNECTED: Pictured are members of the Edward D. Jones & Co. LP branch team of Ronda Warrener in North Kingstown, from left: Branch Office Administrator Cindy Roy, Warrener and Branch Office Administrator Jessica Jimenez. / COURTESY EDWARD D. JONES & CO. LP

Building connections with clients and staff

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Midsize Company 1. Edward D. Jones & Co. LP Employees in R.I. 61 Managing Partner: Penny Pennington Contrary to the saying, sometimes big...
TOP DESIGNERS: Brave River Solutions Inc. President Jim McAssey, left, and Director of Client Services Rebecca Arsenault celebrate their recently earned website design award for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development in the Best Photography Website category from the Web Marketing Association’s annual Web Awards competition with KingBirder.com founder and CEO Tom Younkin. / COURTESY BRAVE RIVER SOLUTIONS INC.

Diverse team at Brave River Solutions positions company for continued success

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Small Company 1. Brave River Solutions Inc. Employees in R.I. 30 President: Jim McAssey Brave River Solutions Inc. President Jim McAssey describes...
CAMPING OUT: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island employees last year attend a family day celebration event at Camp Meehan in North Providence. / COURTESY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Small Company 2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Employees in R.I.: 36 CEO: Katje Afonseca Questions answered by: Katje Afonseca What three...

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