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McKee proposes $12.8B budget that targets housing, COVID recovery

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday released a $12.8 billion spending plan for next fiscal year that also seeks to commit over...

6 of R.I.’s 10 highest-paid state workers in 2021 employed by...

PROVIDENCE - The University of Rhode Island employed the top two bread winners in the state - and six of the top 10 -...
AT LEAST 28 PATIENTS recently got COVID-19 at Eleanor Slater Hospital, but state officials said it had nothing to do with a crisis-level staffing policy enacted on Dec. 31 allowing for COVID-19-positive employees to come into the workplace. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS

BHDDH: Bringing in COVID-positive staff didn’t lead to outbreak at ESH

CRANSTON – State officials said on Friday that a COVID-19 outbreak among patients at the Eleanor Slater Hospital is unrelated to the crisis-level staffing...
UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS

Should workers who are COVID-19 positive be allowed to work in...

The R.I. Department of Health on Dec. 31 began allowing medical facilities in the state to use employees who are positive for COVID-19 to...
UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS

DOH: COVID-19-positive medical workers allowed on job sites

PROVIDENCE – With staffing shortages hitting crisis levels, the R.I. Department of Health is allowing medical facilities in the state to draw on employees...

BHDDH seeks separate license for forensic psychiatric facility

CRANSTON – The R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals has announced plans to seek a separate license for a 52-bed forensic...
TAKING NO CHANCES: In November 2020, Elizabeth “Libby” Sarro, right, administrator at Bethany Home of Rhode Island, helps office manager Linda Wilson, center, and David Bragga, director of therapy, don protective equipment at the entrance of the Providence nursing home. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A time of upheaval and recovery

HEALTH CARE The health care system in Rhode Island, transformed by expanded health care insurance access, is preparing for further change as 2021 draws to...

Report: Undefined leadership, lack of diversity must be addressed in BHDDH...

PROVIDENCE – Undefined leadership, a lack of diversity and limited activity to educate and support communities of color are among the findings of a...

For big R.I. firms, Biden mandate doesn’t change vaccine plans

Many Rhode Island companies that have already committed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates say they’re sticking with their deadlines rather than waiting for President Joe...

Eleanor Slater receives national accreditation after preliminary denial

PROVIDENCE – After issuing a preliminary denial to accredit the Eleanor Slater Hospital system, The Joint Commission has reaccredited the state-run hospital system, Gov....

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