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 WFPL 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 music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Health Care
4:20 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Medicaid: What's Saving Money Now?

Health and Human Services secretary Elizabeth Roberts leads the group tasked with cutting some $180 million in medicaid spending.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In less than a month, a task force appointed to find nearly $180 million dollars in savings from Medicaid must deliver their recommendations to the governor.

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Health Care
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

New Phase Begins For Group Tasked With Cutting Medicaid Spending

Health and human services secretary Elizabeth Roberts leads the group tasked with cutting some $180-million dollars from the Medicare budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A group charged with finding nearly $180 million dollars in savings from Rhode Island’s Medicaid program begins the second phase of its work Monday.

Throughout March Governor Gina Raimondo’s Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid held town hall meetings across the state to gather public input. Now they must get down to the hard work of finding ways to save money. They have until the end of the month to deliver recommendations to the Governor.

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RI News
6:36 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Raimondo Says Pension Deal Helps RI Move Forward

Gov. Gina Raimondo addresses reporters about the proposed settlement agreement. State treasurer Seth Magaziner (left) joined her.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A proposed settlement agreement has been reached on public employee pensions. Gov. Gina Raimondo says she’s pleased with the deal.

The settlement agreement resolves six of nine lawsuits against the state of Rhode Island over retirees’ pensions. It preserves most of the savings Raimondo won from an earlier pension overhaul. But it gives back some benefits to retirees. Now, says Raimondo, the state can begin to put the issue in the rear view mirror.

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RI News
4:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Settlement Presented In Pension Case; May 18 Deadline For Implementation

NEARI executive director Robert Walsh talks with reporters regarding the proposed settlement.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

A Superior Court judge has set a timeline to move forward with a settlement in the court case over the state pension overhaul.

The agreement still needs approval from the General Assembly, and it would not completely end the long-running legal dispute. The deal would cost taxpayers roughly $32 million more each year to pay for pension costs, while preserving, according to Governor Gina Raimondo, about 90 percent of the savings from the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011.

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Health Care
4:25 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lifespan Debuts Single Electronic Health Records System

The Miriam Hospital in Providence is part of the Lifespan hospital network.

  Rhode Island’s largest health care system, Lifespan, has just thrown the switch on a new electronic medical records system. Now there’s a single record for every one of the organization’s hundreds of thousands of patients. Dr. John Murphy, Executive Vice President of Physician Services at Lifespan, said that should help doctors better coordinate patient care and recommend only what’s needed.

“There will not be unnecessary testing," said Murphy, "because you can see what was done for every patient just by looking in their record.”

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