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CDC: Flu Vaccine 59 percent effective for kids against most common...

PROVIDENCE — This year’s flu vaccine is 25 percent effective for all ages and more than 59 percent effective for children up to eight-years-old...
THE NUMBER OF outpatient positive influenza tests for the 2017-18 flu season far outweighs inpatient positive tests across all age groups except for those 65 and older. / COURTESY RIDOH

R.I. weathers intense flu season short Memorial Hospital’s emergency room

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island hospitals are handling increased emergency calls during a flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “intense,” rivaling...
THE SALE OF West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to a Delaware LLC that includes the owner of Worcester-based Eden Healthcare has been approved by the R.I. Department of Health.

West View Nursing Home sold to Delaware company

WEST WARWICK — On Tuesday night the R.I. Department of Health’s Health Services Council approved the sale of West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center...
CARE NEW ENGLAND and Partners HealthCare announced today the companies plan a definitive agreement, with an open-ended, exclusive letter of intent to merge.

CNE, Partners plan definitive merger agreement

PROVIDENCE — Care New England Health System and Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts have agreed to enter into a definitive agreement to merge, the next...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott urges Rhode Islanders to consult their doctor before going to the hospital for flu treatment. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH advises most to seek doctor’s visit, not hospital, for flu...

PROVIDENCE, RI — R.I. Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is urging Rhode Islanders to consult their doctor before going to the hospital...
DR. ROXANNE VREES, medical director of emergency obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants, with the hospital's new Level 3 opioid treatment certification. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS

Women & Infants’ emergency room earns Level 3 certification in opioid...

PROVIDENCE — Women & Infants Hospital’s Emergency Department has earned Level 3 Certification in opioid treatment, the first in the Levels of Care for Rhode...
CONDITIONS SET FOR APPROVING THE closure of Memorial Hospital's emergency department don't address the full loss of those services, Pawtucket officials say. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND

Pawtucket officials: RIDOH conditions won’t fully blunt loss of Memorial emergency...

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket’s state senators say R.I. Department of Health’s conditions on Care New England’s closure of Memorial Hospital’s emergency department don’t fully address...
RIDOH has approved a reverse certificate of need to close emergency services at the site. / COURTESY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

RIDOH approves CNE closure of Memorial Hospital emergency department

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Health has approved Care New England’s reverse certificate of need application to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, leaving...
LANDMARK MEDICAL Center in Woonsocket. /PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

RIDOH approves Prime Healthcare’s conversion of Landmark, Rehabilitation Hospital to nonprofits

WOONSOCKET — The R.I. Department of Health has approved Prime Healthcare’s conversion of Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 40 in the nation for state spending as a percentage of CDC recommended spending for tobacco use prevention and quitting programs. / COURTESY CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS

Report: R.I. ranks 40th for tobacco prevention program funding

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island ranked No. 40 nationwide in funding tobacco use prevention and quitting programs, and will spend less than one percent of...
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