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ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...
Diane C. Fournaris in July was named state director for the R.I. Small Business Development Center at the University of Rhode Island. She previously served as associate state director of the program. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Develop a response plan

Diane C. Fournaris | R.I. Small Business Development Center state director Like the small-business owners we counsel, the R.I. Small Business Development Center prepared as...

Tourism desperate to get ARPA aid

A proposed $13 million investment in Rhode Island’s travel, tourism and events sectors would come as a well-timed boost, according to tourism leaders, but...
AT THE READY: Eileen Crudele, director of special education at Smithfield Public Schools, says each school has a full-time psychologist, and there are five social workers to handle an uptick in mental health issues among students. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mental health concerns intensify in classroom

Over the years, school administrators and mental health professionals have noticed a steady increase in mental health issues among young children and teens. For...
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: The Providence Public School District is dealing with a shortage of educators this academic year, with many openings created by resignations. That includes Matthew J. Buchanan, the former principal at Hope High School, who resigned last spring. / PBN PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Teacher shortages leave administrators at a loss

The rollercoaster ride of pandemic schooling has smoothed out and students are, for the most part, back in the classroom. Now it’s the teachers who...

Despite threats, few walk off jobs over vaccines

Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, N.Y., for example, had to shut down...

Helena B. Foulkes announces run for governor

PROVIDENCE - Former CVS Health Corp. executive Helena B. Foulkes, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy in Rhode Island's 2022 gubernatorial election. In a video...
EXPANSION PLANS: Gerald Carlson, left, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, recently spent $500,000 to expand operations and is considering buying more equipment. He’s pictured with manufacturing manager Karr Thang.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN survey: Businesses have adapted, looking beyond pandemic

When the pandemic will end is anyone’s guess, but most Rhode Island business owners believe the worst is behind them, according to results from...

Don’t crowd out pedestrians on sidewalks

Outdoor seating helped save countless restaurants across the state over the past year, including many that didn’t have the space on their properties to...
PREPPING FOR DINERS: Natasha Nichols, left, vice president of Chow Fun Inc., helps manager Antonio Galvao set up tables in Chow Fun’s new restaurant OZ Tacos & Tequila in Lincoln.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dining out: Employing a quirky formula

Although our focus is on an exciting new restaurant doing well in Rhode Island, it is still 2021. Therefore, the specter of the pandemic...

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