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.


Health Care
11:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Historic Nursing Home Keeps Doors Open With Cash From Suitor

The South Providence nursing home entered receivership to keep from closing its doors.
Credit Bannister House

There’s a potential buyer for a nursing home in Providence that’s facing financial difficulties. Bannister House first opened its doors in the 1890s to care for elderly African Americans. 

Now, Centers Health Care, a New York-based company, has agreed to provide a cash infusion for Bannister House. Centers is waiting for an answer on its bid to buy the bankrupt facility. Court-appointed receiver Rick Land says Bannister House was on track to run out of money in the next few weeks.

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Health Care
3:40 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

$25M Awarded To RI Couple For Malpractice At Rhode Island Hospital

Jurors have awarded more than $25 million dollars to a Rhode Island couple for medical malpractice at Rhode Island Hospital. It’s one of the largest negligence verdicts ever in the state.

In august 2009, Carl Beauchamp went to Rhode Island Hospital after hitting his head. He left with severe and permanent injuries, so severe his wife asked a judge to make her Beauchamp’s legal guardian.

They sued the hospital for malpractice. In their complaint, the couple accuses doctors of misdiagnosing Beauchamp and missing signs his condition was worsening.

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The Pulse
2:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New Data Show Minority Health Lags Behind Whites

Maternal/infant health indicators, by group
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

More than half of Native American children in Rhode Island live in poverty. The infant mortality rate for blacks is twice that of whites in Rhode Island.

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RI News
8:11 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Increased Use Of Hospice Care, Driving Up Healthcare Costs

Brown University researchers have found that the increasing use of hospice care at the end of life has increased health care spending. That’s contrary to what experts expected.

Hospice is for patients with a terminal illness who are ready to forgo more aggressive treatments. It’s supposed to be less expensive. But Brown University researcher Pedro Gozalo says the numbers tell a different story. He found more people entering hospice, staying longer, and driving up costs. Gozalo said he supports the use of hospice care.

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Health Care
4:27 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Montanaro: Eleanor Slater Hospital Faces "Myriad Problems"

Recently appointed director of the state’s behavioral health agency Maria Montanaro says Eleanor Slater Hospital is facing serious problems. She told members of the House finance committee this week that the state-run hospital is costing more than it should, particularly in personnel.

“The recent study we completed shows our overtime hovers at 11 percent," said Montanaro, "while a private hospital system would expect overtime at two to three percent of its personnel hours.”