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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The Pulse
4:37 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled

Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.

But first, what's it about?

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RI News
9:21 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Heather Abbott Speaks About Her Recovery

Heather Abbott at an event at Salve Regina University in Newport.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Newport resident and survivor of the Boston marathon bombings Heather Abbott gave her first formal presentation Wednesday to a packed lecture hall at Salve Regina University.  Abbott told the audience how she recovered from the partial amputation of her left leg. She’s continuing physical therapy for that injury but she must still undergo surgery for another.

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The Pulse
1:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

What It Takes To Curb Rx Overdose Deaths

That's the question vexing public health directors - and anyone with a loved one who's experienced one -  everywhere. That includes Rhode Island, where health department chief Dr. Michael Fine named combating prescription drug overdose deaths one of his top priorities.

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Health Care
1:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

RI Using Some Promising Tools to Combat Overdose Deaths

A new report finds that while deaths from prescription drug overdose have doubled in Rhode Island, the state has implemented many of the measures experts say can prevent those deaths.

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Health Care
1:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

House Committee to Investigate Failure to Win Pain Pump License

Lawmakers will review an application to refill pain pumps in patients' homes.

A Rhode Island House committee aims to find out why a health care company failed to win a license to provide home pain management services in the state. Pentec withdrew its application, but the controversy continues.

Pentec is a company that provides specialty services for patients using complicated medical devices, such as pain pumps. These are devices that are implanted to help control pain that’s otherwise unmanageable. Pentec nurses can visit patients at home to refill their pain pumps. And some say that’s critical for patients who find it too painful to travel for a refill.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

For-Profit Medical Marijuana Consultancy Applies for License

Rhode Island authorities are considering a new application for permission to open a medical marijuana consultancy. B & B Consulting bills itself as a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana "evaluation center."

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The Pulse
3:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Affordable Are Affordable Care Act Options?

That depends.

If you're uninsured or the health insurance your employer offers costs more than 9.5% of your income, you can now shop for a plan on Rhode Island's newly launched healthsourceri.com. That's the Ocean State's version of the online marketplaces now open for business across the country under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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Breaking
3:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

RI Delegation Safe: Lockdown Lifted After Shots Fired on Capitol Hill

Map of Capitol Hill
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Most of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has confirmed they’re safe after reports of shots fired on Capitol Hill. Congressman David Cicilline says he and his staff hunkered down behind closed doors in his office, a block from the U.S. Capitol Building.

“We were advised through an emergency announcement system to the building that the building was on lockdown," said Cicilline, "and advised to shelter in place and lock doors of your offices and make sure all of your employees are accounted for and remain there in place until further instructions.”

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Health Care
2:57 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Regulators Accept More Public Comment on Landmark Deal

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

State agencies are allowing more public comment, until October 7, on the proposed sale of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit chain as the deadline for a decision on the deal approaches.

Though previous deals have fallen through, Woonsocket officials are still hopeful about a yes vote.

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Health Care
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New President for Women & Infants

Mark Marcantano, acting president of Women & Infants Hospital in Providence
Credit Care New England

Women and Infants Hospital has a new president after Constance Howes announced her decision to step down.

Executive vice president and chief operating officer Mark Marcantano has taken the helm, according to a hospital statement. He’s been with Women and Infants since 2010, and before that held an executive post at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Like his predecessor Constance Howes, Marcantano is a lawyer by training.

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