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AT HER EXPENSE: It’s been three years since Barbara Baker was diagnosed with colon cancer. While her treatment was successful, it has cost her thousands of dollars and counting. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Cancer patients finding costs are overwhelming

Barbara Baker went to Rhode Island Hospital in 2017 for a routine colonoscopy and was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. “I had to put...

Rhode Island Medical Society announces 2020-2021 leadership

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Medical Society has announced new leadership for 2020-2021, including its president, president-elect and vice president. Dr. Catherine Cummings, an emergency...
THE NEW PLACE: Dr. Jeanine Giovanni, left, and Dr. Lindsay Tse, are two bariatric surgeons based out of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at the Care New England office in South Kingstown that opened in September. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Bariatric surgery benefits both patients and hospitals

Bariatric surgery options are expanding in Rhode Island, but practitioners say that many more people could benefit from the weight-reduction procedures than actually seek...

The Miriam honored for reducing patient falls with use of monitoring...

PROVIDENCE – The Miriam Hospital has been recognized for dramatically reducing the number of patients who fall during their hospital stay. AvaSure, a Michigan-based patient-monitoring...

Schwengel named president of Southern New England American Heart Association board

DR. ROBERT H. SCHWENGEL was named president of the Southern New England American Heart Association board. Schwengel, who has served on the board for...

Lifespan recruits volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial via new digital campaign

PROVIDENCE – As part of Lifespan Corp.’s effort to support a federal push toward developing a COVID-19 vaccine, the health system has launched a...
UNDER PRESSURE: Dr. Raymond Powrie, Care New England’s chief of medicine, acknowledges that financially “hard decisions have been made” during the pandemic.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Lifespan, CNE move toward merger, leaving many to wonder about side...

For decades, Rhode Island’s two largest hospital systems have been rivals, each enduring similar financial pressures on their own in a small but competitive...
TEAMWORK: Subsalve CEO Richard Heath, left, and Subsalve Chief Growth Officer Richard Fryburg, right, adjust an oxygen-treatment hood on Lombardi Undersea LLC owner Michael Lombardi. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Diver, R.I. firm create life-saving oxygen hood

Middletown-based diving contractor Michael Lombardi is used to solving challenges underwater, immersed in 500 feet of ocean water or a shallow sewer in places...

U.S. News ranks The Miriam Hospital No.1 in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The Miriam Hospital was named the best hospital in Rhode Island and the Providence metropolitan area in U.S. News & World Report’s...
LEADING THE CHARGE: Dr. Susan Duffy, left, and Susan Korber, associate chief nursing officer, both with Lifespan, are working to implement telemedicine for the long term. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitals see benefits of adding telemedicine

Christopher Cowan has left his house only twice since COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March. The North Stonington, Conn., resident has serious underlying conditions that...

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