healthcare en Parsing Out Rhode Island's Overdose Epidemic <p>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&nbsp;attention in recent days because of the surprising <em>number</em> of deaths this year alone. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin&nbsp;Gourlay has been at work on a documentary about drug overdose and addiction since well before the flood of recent headlines.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:30:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay & Elisabeth Harrison 30044 at Parsing Out Rhode Island's Overdose Epidemic Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later <p>The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he&#39;ll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.&nbsp; 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&rsquo;s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 22411 at Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later Women and Infants Hospital Hosts Party in Celebration of Premature Babies Now Healthy <p>Women and Infant’s Hospital held a party for four year olds Sunday.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p>Janessa’s mother, Vannesa Rodriguez, remembers the terror she felt that she might lose her severely underdeveloped child.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:24:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 22091 at Women and Infants Hospital Hosts Party in Celebration of Premature Babies Now Healthy National Advocate Praises Nursing Industry In Rhode Island <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:45:26 +0000 Catherine Welch 21611 at Kidney Stone Center Opens At Miriam Hospital <p>The Miriam Hospital has officially announced the opening of its new Kidney Stone Center.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:05:30 +0000 Catherine Welch 21536 at Former DOH spokeswoman Chadwick hired by HealthSourceRI <p><a href="">HealthSourceRI</a>, the effort to implement Obamacare in Rhode Island, has hired former state Department of Health spokeswoman Dara Chadwick as its director of communications.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:13:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 20293 at Bonus Q+A: Paiva Weed on Ethics, Tolls, HealthSourceRI + more <p>Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the legislative process; funding bridge maintenance; her future political plans; and much more.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:30:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 19390 at Future Docs: Live Forum at Brown <p>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.</p><p>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 series<strong> “<a href="">Future Docs</a>.”</strong></p><p>The forum is moderated by Kristin Gourlay, health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p><strong>Panelists include:</strong></p><p>· Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts</p><p>· Paul George, MD, Director of Year II curriculum at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University</p><p>· Second year medical students Peter Kaminski and Sarah Rapoport, featured on “<a href="">Future Docs</a>”</p><p>The forum is moderated by Kristin Gourlay, health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio.</p><p>Forum recorded at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on Tuesday April 23.</p><p>Before the forum, Dr. Stanley Aronson spoke to the audience about the advances in medical training. You can read his comments <a href="">here on his guest blog post</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:55:21 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14289 at