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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...
TRAINING DAYS: Brown University medical students Anthony Formicola, left, and Thi My Linh Tran talk while on duty on the labor and delivery floor at Care New England Health System’s Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.  / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Brown’s prescription: Will latest failed merger end the university’s bid for...

The dream, as Brown University leaders described it, included Providence’s Jewelry District filled with biotech companies spun off from discoveries made by an “integrated...
MEMBERS OF the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 328 hold a one-day strike outside the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth last June to protest what union members said was an unfair labor practice. Federal labor data indicates union membership among Rhode Island's workforce declined in 2021. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Pandemic causing shifts in R.I. union membership

Rhode Island remains one of the most unionized states in the country, but the percentage of union members among its workforce dropped from 17.8%...
WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL is in danger of getting scooped up by an out-of-state, for-profit corporation as a result of the merger between its current owner, Care New England Health Systems, and Lifespan Corp. being denied by the Federal Trade Commission and Rhode Island's attorney general, according to Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEMS

Mixed reactions: Anger, relief over Lifespan-CNE merger denial

PROVIDENCE – Reactions to the denial of a merger between Rhode Island’s major nonprofit hospital systems were mixed on Thursday, as stakeholders and critics...

Raimondo flexes political muscle

By halting a proposed acquisition of Care New England Health System by Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is showing leadership despite the...
WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL is seeking new office space, as the lease on its medical office at 2168 Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket runs out July 1. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Women & Infants seeks new spot as medical office lease expires...

WOONSOCKET — Women & Infants Hospital’s lease on its Woonsocket Medical Office at 2168 Diamond Hill Road expires July 1, and the hospital, which is...
STUNNED: Although Linda McDonald, a veteran registered nurse and president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals union, knew a merger was coming with Care New England, she was stunned at the size of CNE’s new partner, Boston-based Partners Healthcare, and the number of jobs at stake. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Health care mergers impacting local union members

In one night Care New England dumped a proposed merger with Lifespan Corp. for a deal with Boston-based nonprofit Partners Healthcare, but the idea...
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