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HELP NEEDED: Dr. Michael Wagner, left, CEO and president of Care New England Health System, discusses the health services industry in Rhode Island, including workforce development, with other panelists at Providence Business News’ Fall 2023 Health Care Summit on Oct. 25. Others on the panel include, from left, Brown University’s Dr. Scott Rivkees, Dr. Raj Hazarika from Point32Health Inc. and John Fernandez, CEO and president of Lifespan Corp. Moderating is PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing. 

For hospital executives, solving labor shortages a top task

When asked whether the lingering workforce shortages are affecting access to care, Rhode Island’s health care leaders had a clear answer. “Yes, period, end of...
TALKING MODE: Lifespan Corp. CEO and President John Fernandez says the hospital group is in negotiations with the city of Providence over its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, but he’s unwilling to detail the progress of the talks in the press. 

A healing touch? Lifespan’s new CEO aims to cure what ails...

It’s been almost a year since John Fernandez was named CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., so he’s had plenty of time to develop...
PREPPING FOR CHANGE: Lindsay Lang, director of HealthSource RI, says the organization is taking steps to ease the change in health care coverage for the hundreds of people who will no longer be eligible for Medicare. 

Medicaid renewals put state leaders on alert

Lindsay Lang feels a certain amount of pride that the rate of Rhode Islanders with health insurance coverage is among the highest in the...
ON THE MEND: Anna Rezk, a Warren Alpert Medical School student, checks the casting work of a youngster who was assigned to treat a teddy bear with a broken arm at the Black Men in White Coats youth summit at the Brown University medical school in October. 

Opening a Pathway: Slate of programs exposing young people of color...

In medical school, Emmanuel Asiedu was one of the very few students of color in a sea of white students. That did not change...
COVID CONVERSATION: Dr. Claire Levesque, second from right, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point 32Health, the parent company of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, speaks during one of two panel discussions at PBN’s Fall Health Care Summit on Oct. 27. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, medical director at CVS Health Corp./Aetna Inc.; Dr. Louanne Giangreco, senior medical director at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer at Brown Medicine; Dr. Alexis Kearney, consultant medical director for Project Firstline RI, Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, R.I. Department of Health; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health. 

PBN summit panel: ‘This virus is here to stay’

Fewer people are wearing masks these days, and the COVID-19 vaccination rates have plummeted. Even President Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over. But health...
THE PANDEMIC EFFECT: Dr. Annie Gjelsvik, director of Brown University’s Master of Public Health program, says every person who applied for the program this year referenced the COVID-19 pandemic in their application. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Students increasingly seeing future in public health

The pandemic may have had a silver lining. It opened many people’s eyes to the possibilities of a career in public health. After more than...
SIGNING UP: Kayla Amado, an occupational therapist, is one of the growing number of people applying to the Community College of Rhode Island nursing program. She is in the CCRI lab at the Warwick campus.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many nursing schools see spike in applications

Kayla Amado has seen the ­horrors of the coronavirus up close as a front-line worker. Amado worked in a Providence-based rehabilitation facility when COVID-19 cases...

Brown University plans expansion of School of Public Health

PROVIDENCE – Brown University has purchased the Packet Building on South Main Street with a long-term plan to expand its growing School of Public...
DOUBLE DOSE: A panel of state legislators has been meeting to discuss plans for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but General Assembly leaders insist the House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force isn't competing with a committee of vaccine advisers formed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Calling the shots on a new COVID-19 vaccine

A task force of state lawmakers has started meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution in Rhode Island, but House leaders say...

Five Questions With: Dr. Ashish K. Jha

Dr. Ashish K. Jha | Dean, Brown University School of Public Health 1. How will you use your new role to shape COVID-19 policy...
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