Health Care
9:30 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Parsing Out Rhode Island's Overdose Epidemic

Opioids like oxycodone have contributed to the record numbers of overdose deaths in Rhode Island.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In the first 9 weeks of this year, 55 Rhode Islanders have died from apparent drug overdoses. Overdose has been the number one cause of accidental death in Rhode Island since 2008, but the problem has been drawing more attention in recent days because of the surprising number of deaths this year alone. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay has been at work on a documentary about drug overdose and addiction since well before the flood of recent headlines.

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1:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later

Sen. Jack Reed calls a government shutdown "an expensive, political gamble."
Credit file / RIPR

The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he'll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.  Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island’s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.

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Health Care
10:24 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Women and Infants Hospital Hosts Party in Celebration of Premature Babies Now Healthy

Patrick and Riley Yeadon were among about 100 premature babies who celebrated their fourth birthdays Sunday at Women and Infants Hospital.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Women and Infant’s Hospital held a party for four year olds Sunday.

Janessa Padella is a perfectly normal three year old with curly brown hair and big brown eyes. But when she was born in 2009 she weighed just 14 ounces.  She was the smallest of the premature baby class of 2009 invited to Women and Infant’s Hospital yesterday for a birthday party. Only children who weighed less than two pounds, 12 ounces were invited.

Janessa’s mother, Vannesa Rodriguez, remembers the terror she felt that she might lose her severely underdeveloped child.

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Health Care
8:45 am
Fri September 13, 2013

National Advocate Praises Nursing Industry In Rhode Island

Nurses need a place at the table as the nation reshapes its healthcare landscape. That’s according to Dr. Susan Hassmiller, the senior advisor for nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hassmiller has been touring the state this week, discussing the future of nursing.

She said because of the economy, older nurses are working longer, making it harder for recent graduates to land a job. Hassmiller applauds Rhode Island for helping nursing students with its state-wide residency.

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Health Care
9:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Kidney Stone Center Opens At Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital has officially announced the opening of its new Kidney Stone Center.

The center had a quiet opening a few months ago, but now The Miriam Hospital is letting the rest of Rhode Island know that its new center combines specialists such as urologists and dietitians to take a comprehensive approach for treating kidney stones.

Kidney stones are crystallized pieces of material that form in the kidney. Their size ranges from granular to the size of a pearl, and are often painful as they pass through the urinary tract.

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Former DOH spokeswoman Chadwick hired by HealthSourceRI

HealthSourceRI, the effort to implement Obamacare in Rhode Island, has hired former state Department of Health spokeswoman Dara Chadwick as its director of communications.

According to a statement, Chadwick "will serve as the primary media contact for HealthSourceRI and will play a key role in public outreach and education efforts around the newly-launched marketplace. She will also have a role in shaping policy for the new entity." HealthSourceRI plans to begin open enrollment on October 1.

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Political Roundtable
9:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Paiva Weed on Ethics, Tolls, HealthSourceRI + more

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the legislative process; funding bridge maintenance; her future political plans; and much more.

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Future Docs
2:55 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Future Docs: Live Forum at Brown

Today, who takes care of you, where, and how your care is paid for is shifting dramatically. Tomorrow’s doctors need to understand how to work in teams, how to balance quality and cost, and maybe even how to keep an entire population – and not just a single patient – healthy.

Broadcast Program
Future Docs Bonus Q&A

Hear how Brown’s medical school faculty are responding to this changing landscape through innovations in the curriculum. Plus, meet the two medical students who have been featured in Rhode Island Public Radio’s school-year-long documentary seriesFuture Docs.”

The forum is moderated by Kristin Gourlay, health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio.

Panelists include:

· Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts

· Paul George, MD, Director of Year II curriculum at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University

· Second year medical students Peter Kaminski and Sarah Rapoport, featured on “Future Docs

The forum is moderated by Kristin Gourlay, health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio.

Forum recorded at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on Tuesday April 23.

Before the forum, Dr. Stanley Aronson spoke to the audience about the advances in medical training. You can read his comments here on his guest blog post.