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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

Babineau: ‘It is going to take us years to rebuild’

The COVID-19 pandemic left Rhode Island’s health care industry a shell of its former self, with a staffing crisis that continues to have massive...
WORKING TOGETHER: Dr. Christopher Ottiano, middle, medical director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, explains that health care stakeholders should join forces to improve the system. Panelists participating in the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6 included Dr. Amy Nunn, left, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Dr. Robert MacArthur, right, Commonwealth Care Allicance chief medical officer.  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: ARPA funds can help mend health safety net

Lindsay Lang sees trouble coming in maintaining health insurance for some Rhode Islanders, and she wants state lawmakers to act before it’s too late. Lang,...
Peter A. Mello joined Waterfire Providence in 2011. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Turn uncertainty into opportunity

Peter A. Mello | Waterfire Providence co-CEO and managing director In January 2020, we were preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary since the first WaterFire lighting 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...

Summit: Health system rebuild will take years

It can’t compare to the horror of a real war, such as in Ukraine, but health care systems have indeed been in a life-and-death...

U.S. added 431,000 jobs in March in sign of economic health 

America's employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy's resilience in the face of...

The doctor-patient relationship in a COVID world

Sitting barely 6 feet away from me, my patient yelled angrily, his face mask slipping to his upper lip: “No, I will not get...
MORE ACCESS: John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the General Assembly needs to pass legislation preserving remote access to public meetings after the pandemic ends. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Remote access to public meetings a pandemic legacy to celebrate

There are few positive things the pandemic will be remembered for, but the ability of government to be able to reach out to more...

Teacher turnover may not be as bad as expected

Every spring, school and district leaders ask teachers about their plans to return to teaching in the fall. They need to know how many...
WHITE-HOT: The $30 million sale of Newport’s Clarendon Court last year set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a home in the Ocean State. / 
COURTESY MIKE OSEAN

R.I.’s high-end home market has room to run in 2022

What goes up must come down, we’ve been taught, except apparently when it comes to high-end home sales in the Ocean State. Last year was...

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