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SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Jodi Glass, an audiologist and trustee of Aldersbridge Communities, which operates assisted living facilities in Rhode Island, says the organization’s sites have been certified LGBTQ Safe Zones since 2019. Part of the requirements are gender-neutral bathrooms. / PBN PHOTO/MICHEAL SALERNO

More health care settings become LGBTQ Safe Zones

Imagine moving into a nursing home, after living proudly for years as an openly gay, lesbian or transgender person, only to be forced back...
THE RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL SOCIETY held a press briefing on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, calling on residents of the state to voluntarily mask up, stopping short of telling Gov. Daniel J. McKee to reestablish an indoor mask mandate. / PHOTO COURTESY RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL SOCIETY

R.I. Medical Society calls for voluntary masking, warns of low booster...

PROVIDENCE – The state is at a “critical medical crossroads in this pandemic” due to a low booster shot rate as life-threatening COVID-19 infections...
LOSING CONNECTION? Dr. Kevin Baill, associate chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Nikole Kennedy, operations coordinator. Baill says telehealth has been crucial during the ­COVID-19 pandemic, but he worries about more-stringent cross-border regulations.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Out-of-state telehealth visits hit some snags

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine was hailed as a lifesaver, allowing patients to see their doctor virtually without the risk of...
A PANEL of health care specialists offered advice on Thursday to health care workers and their employers during the “Summit for Health Care Professionals: Self Care Strategies for Enduring the Pandemic." From left is Kathleen Boyd, physician health program director at the Rhode Island Medical Society; Diane Mahoney, integrative therapy nurse at The Miriam Hospital; and Dr. Shideh Shafie, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Summit: Work-life balance paramount for wellness of health care providers

PROVIDENCE – It’s not enough for health care companies to make self-care resources and wellness initiatives available to their workers, especially during a stressful,...

Summit to highlight self-care for health workers during pandemic

PROVIDENCE – A virtual summit planned for next month will focus on the well-being of health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. “Self-Care Strategies...

Virtual summit addresses physician burnout

A second summit in this series on Sept. 9 will focus on all workers in the health care industry. Encouraging health care professionals to take...

Virtual summit addresses physician burnout, advises steps to restore health

PROVIDENCE – Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, United States physicians had been experiencing job-related burnout at rates of 40%, and many have dropped out...

Virtual summit tackling physician burnout to be held June 15

PROVIDENCE – Doctors and those close to them are invited to an online summit that will focus on physician burnout this week. “Addressing Physician Burnout...

McKee opposes levy on sugary beverages; PPP tax threshold under review

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday said he opposes legislation in the General Assembly calling for a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on bottled and...

Sugary beverage tax stirs up debate

New tax legislation could make buying sugary soft drinks costlier in Rhode Island, and it’s stirring up a debate over the measure’s potential positive...

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