Health Care

Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Debrief: Can We Afford Fewer Hospital Beds?

A new report finds the Ocean State might have more hospitals than it needs.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

How many hospital beds does Rhode Island really need?

That’s one question being considered in a new report from a state health care planning council. It comes at a time when a number of hospitals in the state are either up for sale, looking at new partnerships or struggling financially.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about the health of the state’s hospitals and some of the surprising findings from this report.

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Health Care
5:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Attorney General and Department of Health officials say they’re suspending their review of Prime Healthcare’s application to buy the Woonsocket-based Landmark Medical Center.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Stem Cell Research Targets Cancer, Lung Disease

Rhode Island Hospital researcher Jason Aliotta in his lab
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Lifespan Hospital system’s growing research complex in Providence’s Jewelry District will benefit from a large National Institutes of Health grant to open new labs and fund new projects. Some of that research could translate into new treatments for Rhode Island patients.

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Health Care
8:28 am
Thu March 28, 2013

New Lab Focuses on Stem Cell Research

Rhode Island Hospital has added another major research center to its portfolio. The new center will focus on stem cell biology.

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Westerly Hospital Sale
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Public has Two More Chances to Comment on Westerly Hospital Sale

The public will be allowed to comment on the proposed sale at two meetings on Wednesday.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island authorities have until the end of April to make a decision about whether to allow the sale of Westerly Hospital to Connecticut-based Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, but on Wednesday members of the Westerly community will have the chance to comment on the proposed sale.

The Department of Health and the attorney general’s office have final say on the deal, but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says public input helps to inform the decision.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs

Credit Medical School / Tufts University

Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital have opened what they say are the state’s first emergency rooms designed to take better care of the elderly.

Hospital officials say it’s taken a year to renovate and retrofit both emergency rooms so that the physical environments are safer and more welcoming for seniors. Think non-skid floors, large print hospital forms, and portable devices to help the hard of hearing.

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Health Care
3:46 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Study: Rhode Island Has Too Many Hospital Beds

How many hospital beds do we need?
Credit US Navy

Rhode Island could do with the equivalent of one fewer hospital. That’s the conclusion of a draft report meant to guide the state’s health care planning.

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Health Care
2:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness

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A professor of pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island has just received a grant from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer; the grant will be used to boost the rate of pneumonia vaccines in the state.

According Dr. Kerry LaPlante there has been a rise in cases of invasive pneumonia in RI, reaching 11.9 percent of the population, about 3 points higher than the national average.

LaPlante and her team plan to use the $700,00 grant to increase awareness and availability of the vaccine to those most at risk.

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Health Care
12:34 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lifespan Facing "Significant" Budget Shortfall

The state’s largest hospital system is facing some unanticipated budget shortfalls. Lifespan isn’t saying yet whether the fix will include layoffs.

Lifespan released a statement saying it had asked employees and physicians to review their budgets and look for ways to trim expenses. No word yet on what immediate steps the organization might take to stem the financial losses - but Lifespan says they won’t compromise patient care and that they’ll "work hard to minimize the impact on...employees."

Health Care
1:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Fatima, Roger Williams Ink Deal with For-Profit Firm

CharterCARE, the umbrella organization for Our Lady of Fatima and Roger Williams hospitals, has announced its intent to partner with Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit health care firm based in California. The deal is in its infancy. But it's the fourth proposed hospital merger/acquisition under Rhode Islands Hospital Conversions Act. And it's yet another sign of the shaky financial ground on which many of the state's hospitals now find themselves.

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