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HELPING HAND: John Schreiber is one of about 50 travel nurses who have been hired temporarily to fill open positions at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick. The use of travel nurses at hospitals has increased because of a labor shortage. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Hospitals find good, bad in hiring travel nurses

For most hospitals, employing travel nurses isn’t new: before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick typically had eight to 10 travel...
CHECKING IN: This is a sample screen of the Papa Inc. mobile app that allows independent contractors called pals to connect with seniors in their areas who need assistance or companionship. The service is offered through certain health insurance plans provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO

Health insurers offering ‘grandkids on-demand’

Now in partnership with health plans in Rhode Island, a company called Papa Inc. is providing a service that’s been marketed as “grandkids on-demand,”...

4 Big Health Benefits Trends to Watch in 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, the health care industry has been continuously challenged to evolve. Even the very definitions of consumer health and...
SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...

Doctors, ditch the white coats

On a warm August 2004 day in Philadelphia, I joined 150 first-year medical students on stage at the University of Pennsylvania to celebrate the...

State offering $7.5M in grants for pediatricians impacted by pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee and the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services are providing $7.5 million in federal relief dollars...

ARPA spending

If eligible, does your company plan to apply for American Rescue Plan Act financial assistance? No: 67% Yes: 33% Unsure: 0% What sector do you feel is in...
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Jodi Glass, an audiologist and trustee of Aldersbridge Communities, which operates assisted living facilities in Rhode Island, says the organization’s sites have been certified LGBTQ Safe Zones since 2019. Part of the requirements are gender-neutral bathrooms. / PBN PHOTO/MICHEAL SALERNO

More health care settings become LGBTQ Safe Zones

Imagine moving into a nursing home, after living proudly for years as an openly gay, lesbian or transgender person, only to be forced back...
A LITTLE COMFORT: Dr. Peter F. Graves, associate chief of emergency medicine at South County Health, is pleased about a recent executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee offering some legal protection for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lawsuit protection offers some relief for hospitals

Lawsuits are not just an abstract threat for Dr. Peter F. Graves. The associate chief of emergency medicine at South County Health has been sued...

LunaYou launches public benefit corporation, plans staff expansion

PROVIDENCE — LunaYou, a Business Innovation Factory-launched platform focused on pregnancy and postpartum care, is continuing to scale as its team works toward public...

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