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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

Is Rhode Island facing a leadership “brain drain” amid a wave...

On June 2, the state said its interim health director, Dr. James McDonald, will be leaving the department next month. The announcement is the...

McDonald leaving R.I. Department of Health July 29

PROVIDENCE – Less than six months after the former longtime leader of the state agency resigned, the interim director of the R.I. Department of...
NEIL D. STEINBERG, Rhode Island Foundation CEO and president , told attendees Thursday at the foundation's annual meeting that the state is "at risk" of not having the workforce it needs to properly operate in 10 years if societal issues aren't immediately addressed. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Steinberg warns R.I. workforce ‘at risk’ if societal issues not addressed

PROVIDENCE – During the Rhode Island Foundation’s annual meeting on Thursday at the R.I. Convention Center, CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg gave attendees...
FROM LEFT, former R.I. Department of Health director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be among eight individuals receiving honorary degrees from Brown University later this month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN

Alexander-Scott, Pelosi among upcoming Brown University honorary degree recipients

PROVIDENCE – The former R.I. Department of Health director, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a reggae icon are among eight...
ABOUT 200 PEOPLE attended Providence Business News' 2022 Book of Lists Premier Event at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN officially debuts 2022 Book of Lists at Graduate Providence

PROVIDENCE – Approximately 200 local business individuals gathered Thursday at the Graduate Providence to network with one another during Providence Business News’ 2022 Book...
SUDDEN CHANGES: Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, former director of the R.I. Department of Health, has not said why she abruptly chose to announce her resignation Jan. 13. Her second-in-command, Thomas McCarthy, announced his resignation less than a week later.  / PBN PHOTO/ 
MICHAEL SALERNO

More answers needed on health department leadership changes

The public deserves to know more about the sudden change in leadership at the R.I. Department of Health and the response from Gov. Daniel...
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1. Former Ann & Hope property in Warwick sells for $7M POSTED ONLINE: JAN. 10. A former section of the now-closed Ann & Hope curtain and...
DR. JAMES MCDONALD, left, newly named interim director of the R.I. Department of Health, and Gov. Daniel J. McKee speak about the leadership transition at the department since the resignation of former Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott during a COVID-19 update press conference on Jan. 27. / SCREENSHOT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ON WPRI-TV CBS 12

Interim RIDOH Director McDonald doesn’t rule out permanent role

EAST PROVIDENCE – The new interim director of the R.I. Department of Health didn't rule  out accepting the job on a permanent basis when...

McDonald to head interim leadership team at state health department

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday named Dr. James McDonald to head an interim leadership team at the R.I. Department of Health,...
SOME PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS say they're concerned with the loss of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott as the longtime director of the R.I. Department of Health amid a politically charged pandemic, and they're keeping a close eye on the search for a replacement. / COURTESY WPRI

Public health leaders concerned as McKee searches for new RIDOH chief

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of the resignation of the R.I. Department of Health’s widely respected director, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the office of Gov....

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