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BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
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Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts.Now, Mitchell...

Slader reelected RISCA chair

ELIZABETH “LIBBY” SLADER, owner of Providence-based design firm Libby Slader Interior Design, was recently reelected as chairman of the Rhode Island State Council on...
RHODE ISLAND was granted $17.1 million in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis, HHS announced Wednesday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES

R.I. to receive $17M in federal funds for opioid crisis

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $17.1 million in federal funds to combat the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...
THE FIRST case of EEE in Rhode Island since 2010 has been confirmed in a resident in West Warwick, according to RIDOH.

First human case of EEE in R.I. since 2010 confirmed

PROVIDENCE – The first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Rhode Island was found in a person over the age of 50 in...
SIX MUNICIPALITIES in Bristol County, Mass., were determined to have a "critical" risk level for EEE. / COURTESY MASS. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

EEE risk in Bristol County, Mass., ranges from moderate to critical

PROVIDENCE – As of Aug. 29, the risk of Eastern equine encephalitis was declared critical in the Bristol County, Mass., municipalities of Acushnet, Easton,...
INTERNAL FOCUS: After Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare pulled its application to acquire Care New England and CNE withdrew from talks with Lifespan and Brown University to develop a unified, statewide health care system, Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO and president of CNE, says the company will now focus on internal priorities, including renovations at Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, over the next couple of years.
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CNE plots solo course (for now)

Care New England Health System’s proposed acquisition by Massachusetts health care giant Partners HealthCare ended abruptly in June when Partners pulled its application, after...

Healthcentric Advisors uses $175K grant to target high blood pressure

PROVIDENCE – Healthcentric Advisors, a nonprofit based in the city, is launching a project focused on reducing uncontrolled high blood pressure in medically underserved...
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Sandra Robinson, right, is the family preservation supervisor for Children’s Friend in Providence. The organization received a six-month grant through the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Human Services, which it will use to expand parent and child access to culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms.
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Grants promote cultural inclusion

Culturally and linguistically responsive teaching is coming to more early-childhood education classrooms in Rhode Island.As part of a grant program through the R.I. Department...
BRADLEY HOSPITAL will receive $225,000 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island over five years for the Pediatric Psychiatry Resource Network over five years. / COURTESY LIFESPAN

BCBSRI grants $225K to Bradley for youth mental health services

PROVIDENCE – Bradley Hospital will receive $225,000 in support from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to enhance and expand the Pediatric...

DHS, DOH partner to award preschool-development grants

PROVIDENCE – As a result of a partnership between the R.I. Department of Human Services and the R.I. Department of Health, five health equity...
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