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WEDDING MECCA: A renowned culinary scene along with mansions and beaches have helped Rhode ­Island become a wedding-destination mecca. Pictured, Christen and Peter Amenta celebrate their marriage at the Castle Hill Inn & Resort in Newport on June 16, 2013.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Weddings and small businesses – a Rhode Island love affair

Home to mansions and beaches, museums, historical ­architecture and a renowned culinary scene – Rhode Island has everything you’d want in a wedding-destination mecca,...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management are warning Rhode Islanders to take precautions against Lyme disease.

State agencies offer Rhode Islanders advice on Lyme disease

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management have teamed up to encourage Rhode Islanders to take precautions...
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS participate in the Zombie Walk in Providence's Burnside Park before proceeding to the Rhode Island Statehouse, where an awards ceremony was held. /COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DOH: Providence youth turning away from tobacco use

PROVIDENCE – Fewer Providence teenagers report using e-cigarettes and flavored-tobacco products than do their peers from other Rhode Island cities following Providence’s 2013 tobacco...
Peter F. Kilmartin

Kilmartin seeks expanded Medicaid-fraud authority to fight home health care abuse

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined attorneys general from 36 states and the District of Columbia to urge the federal government...
CharterCARE Health Partners

CharterCARE Health Partners buys Blackstone Valley Surgicare

PROVIDENCE – Blackstone Valley Surgicare, Rhode Island’s largest freestanding ambulatory surgery center, has been acquired from Surgical Care Affiliates by CharterCARE Health Partners. The...
Terrie Fox Wetle

Wetle steps down as dean of Brown University’s School of Public...

PROVIDENCE – Seventeen years after helping to launch Brown University’s School of Public Health, Terrie Fox Wetle is stepping down as dean. A search...
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

March of Dimes recognizes R.I. for reduction in preterm birth rates

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received the March of Dimes Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award on May 1 for the state’s dramatic reduction in...
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott

Providers treating acute pain subject to tougher opioid-prescription rules

PROVIDENCE – Medical providers prescribing opioids to individuals with acute pain are subject to new, tougher regulations, according to the R.I. Department of Health,...
U.S. SEN. Sheldon Whitehouse said he has "heard from countless Rhode Islanders whose lives and communities have been turned upside down by the opioid addiction crisis … This money will be put to good use in Rhode Island to address this public health crisis we’re facing,” / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

R.I. receives $2.2M to fight opioid epidemic

PROVIDENCE – Approximately $2.2 million in federal funding has been awarded to the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to use...
IN DEMAND: Michael Bigney, administrator and co-owner, Home Health & Hospice Care of Nursing Placement, goes over paperwork with Kari Raposa, a registered nurse and hospice clinical manager, at the hospice center in Pawtucket.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Low wages, Medicaid imperil hospice services

Hospice service, which includes nursing care, assistance with daily living activities, light housekeeping and companionship, can be a salvation for individuals who are expected...
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