Kristin Gourlay

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Gourlay earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA in anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

She’s won multiple national, regional, and local awards for her reporting, and her work has aired on NPR and stations throughout the country. She’s particularly proud of the variety of protective clothing she’s had to wear on assignment, including helmets, waders, safety goggles, and snowshoes.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Gourlay loves making music, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat.

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RI News
8:35 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kids Count Factbook Finds Minority Children Still Disproportionately At Risk

The latest Kids Count Fact Book comes out Monday. That’s an annual report about the health and well-being of children in Rhode Island. Researchers find many of the state’s minority children are still disproportionately at risk.

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Health Care
4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

RI Hospitals Must Report Overdoses Within 48 Hours

Oxycodone is just one of many highly addictive prescription painkillers.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island health department has issued more emergency regulations to deal with the state’s rising number of deaths from opioid overdoses. The new regulations require hospitals and health care professionals to report any overdoses from prescription painkillers, heroin, or other opioids to the department within 48 hours.

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RI News
2:05 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fung Calls For Firing Police Captain Who Ordered Parking Ticket Blitz

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced the findings of an investigation into a parking ticket blitz.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced Thursday that the investigation into a police parking ticket scandal has been concluded. State police confirm a Cranston police captain violated police regulations.

Fung took the podium at a press conference to break the news: “Today we are announcing the

recommendation, and that is the recommendation of termination for Cranston police captain Stephen Antonucci.”

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns

These newborns are both being treated for withdrawal from opioids in a nursery at Women & Infants. They've been swaddled tightly to help them feel safe and calm, and these "swings" rock them gently from side to side.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women & Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Sorting Through Shifting Advice On Mammography

Mammogram showing a small lesion.
Credit National Institutes Of Health

Recently, the results of a study that followed Canadian women for 25 years cast some doubt on the value of mammography in helping to reduce deaths from breast cancer. Add to that news the recently updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women should get a mammogram every other year from age 50 to 74, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion

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The Pulse
4:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

What's Next For HealthSource RI?

As you may know, today is the deadline for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI, if you don't already have coverage. But what happens tomorrow?

Well, if you're an individual or a family without coverage now, and you can't get it through your employer or via Medicaid, you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period, November 15, 2014. Also, you might face a tax penalty.

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Health Care
3:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Fatima Hospital Posts ER Wait Times

Fatima Hospital is now posting on its web site the approximate wait time to be seen in the emergency room. But lots of factors could change that wait time.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Nurse Residency Program Finds Early Success

What organizers call a first-of-its-kind residency program for registered nurses in Rhode Island is about to graduate its first class of 19. Director of Workforce Development at Care New England, Michael Paruta, says about two-thirds have already been offered full time jobs – sooner than expected.

“To me it was surprising because they hadn’t yet completed their residency, number one," said Paruta. "And number two, we had heard that employers were really wanting to see people had experience.”

Health Care
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Last Chance To Enroll On HealthSource RI Is Monday

Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthSource RI, the state’s online insurance marketplace. That’s the last chance to enroll until November.

The push is on to attract as many eligible Rhode Islanders to HealthSource RI to sign up for a health insurance plan. March 31st is the deadline to enroll in coverage in order to avoid a tax penalty for the year. And the next open enrollment period doesn’t start until mid-November for coverage that begins the following January. So if you were waiting until the last minute, now’s the time.

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Health Care
4:23 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

RI Hospital: Rise In Antibiotic Resistant Urinary Tract Infections

RI Hospital found an increasing number of urinary tract infections resistant to antibiotics.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A Rhode Island Hospital study has found a rise in the number of antibiotic resistant urinary tract infections. That’s coupled with an overall increase in these kinds of infections throughout the state.

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