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BUTLER HOSPITAL in Providence was one of the places where health care workers conducted  informational picketing recently because of what they say is subpar working conditions, which includes understaffing. COURTESY BUTLER HOSPITAL

Labor unrest simmers at hospitals

Health care workers across the state are grappling with a mix of low pay and poor working conditions that is driving colleagues away from...

UNAP holds informational picket to demand fair contract for Prospect CharterCARE...

PROVIDENCE – The United Nurses and Allied Professionals held an informational picket at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital on Nov. 3 to demand a...

Registered nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center vote to join union

PROVIDENCE – Registered nurses at Roger Williams Medical Center voted last week by a 2-1 margin to join the United Nurses and Allied Professionals,...
WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL is in danger of getting scooped up by an out-of-state, for-profit corporation as a result of the merger between its current owner, Care New England Health Systems, and Lifespan Corp. being denied by the Federal Trade Commission and Rhode Island's attorney general, according to Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEMS

Mixed reactions: Anger, relief over Lifespan-CNE merger denial

PROVIDENCE – Reactions to the denial of a merger between Rhode Island’s major nonprofit hospital systems were mixed on Thursday, as stakeholders and critics...
UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS

Should workers who are COVID-19 positive be allowed to work in...

The R.I. Department of Health on Dec. 31 began allowing medical facilities in the state to use employees who are positive for COVID-19 to...

Rhode Island Hospital nurses call for pay raises

PROVIDENCE (AP) – The union that represents nurses at Rhode Island's only Level 1 trauma hospital is calling on its parent company to increase...
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...
UNAP Local 5067 workers reached a three-year contract agreement with Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket last week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

UNAP Local 5067 ratifies 3-year deal with Landmark Medical Center

WOONSOCKET – Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Local 5067, at Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island voted...

Lifespan grows operating income 23% in FY18

PROVIDENCE – Lifespan Corp.’s income from operations grew 22.7 percent to $17.9 million in fiscal 2018, as the hospital group weathered a four-day strike...
UNAP LOCAL 5098 announced that its members have "unanimously" approved a contract deal with Rhode Island Hospital. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL

UNAP approves negotiated Rhode Island Hospital contract

PROVIDENCE – The United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 approved a five-year contract with Rhode Island Hospital late Wednesday night. The vote ends a...
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