Department of Health http://ripr.org en Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013 http://ripr.org/post/lead-levels-ri-children-dropped-2013 <p>There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.</p><p>Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. &nbsp;Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 30644 at http://ripr.org Department of Health Cracking Down On Ambulance Company http://ripr.org/post/department-health-cracking-down-ambulance-company <p>Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company.&nbsp; The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat.&nbsp; The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:10:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 26097 at http://ripr.org DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf http://ripr.org/post/dem-fears-spread-rabies-following-bite-calf <p>A young calf has died of mysterious causes next to a popular Rhode Island ice cream stand.&nbsp; Anyone who may have touched the animal is being urged to contact health officials. &nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this month in a small pasture next to Gray’s ice cream shop in Tiverton, a Massachusetts resident was bitten by a three-month old steer, named Oreo.</p><p>The calf was quarantined; for fear that it might have rabies.</p><p>Just ten days later the animal died.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Management was unable to test for rabies, but rabies is a possible cause of death.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:54:43 +0000 John Bender 19056 at http://ripr.org DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete http://ripr.org/post/primes-application-buy-landmark-now-complete <p>Rhode Island regulators have deemed Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center complete.</p><p>Now the Attorney General and Department of Health can begin their official review of California-based Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy the troubled community hospital. That review begins July 1<sup>st</sup> and ends October 28<sup>th</sup> under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:19:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17618 at http://ripr.org Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete Block Island Nurse Mary Donnelly Honored by the State http://ripr.org/post/block-island-nurse-mary-donnelly-honored-state <p>In commemoration of National Nurses Week a celebration was held today at the State House in honor of Block Island nurse, Mary Donnelly.</p><p></p><p>Donnelly retired from her position as a state nurse on the island after more than 55 years of work.&nbsp; She recalled the beginning of her career, when there was no doctor on the island.</p><p>“Best time of my life was when there was no doctor. &nbsp;Do you know?&nbsp; Because you had to use your head, use whatever you could to help a person.&nbsp; And that was innovation I’ll tell you, to work that way.”</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:18:30 +0000 John Bender 14748 at http://ripr.org Block Island Nurse Mary Donnelly Honored by the State Another RI Doctor Sanctioned for Prescribing Practices http://ripr.org/post/another-ri-doctor-sanctioned-prescribing-practices <p>In the past year and a half, according to Rhode Island Department of Health records, seven physicians have been <a href="http://www.health.ri.gov/lists/disciplinaryactions/">disciplined</a>--some even forced to stop practicing medicine--for improperly prescribing narcotics.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:38:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14245 at http://ripr.org RI Dentists Sue Health Dept. Over Investigations http://ripr.org/post/ri-dentists-sue-health-dept-over-investigations <p>The Rhode Island Dental Association has filed suit in Superior Court against the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The suit alleges the state is abusing its power to regulate the dental profession.</p><p>The dentists’ group claims that state investigators illegally raided some dentists’ offices, interrupting one surgery in progress. The complaint also alleges that the state’s Board of Examiners in Dentistry failed to give dentists a clear set of regulations for handling anesthesia, controlling infection, and other practices.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:37:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14048 at http://ripr.org State Officials Sign Off on Westerly Hospital Sale http://ripr.org/post/state-officials-sign-westerly-hospital-sale <p>Rhode Island regulators have given their final approval for the sale of Westerly Hospital to the New London-based Lawrence &amp; Memorial Hospital.</p><p>The head of Rhode Island’s Department of Health and the state's Attorney General have signed off on the deal to sell Westerly to L&amp;M. Now, the deal is expected to close June first. Westerly Hospital has been in receivership since 2011 and under the leadership of a special master. L&amp;M spokesman Michael O’Farrell says the special master will stay on through the closing date.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:39:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13806 at http://ripr.org State Officials Sign Off on Westerly Hospital Sale Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime http://ripr.org/post/landmark-deal-stalls-again-missing-info-prime <p>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.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:18:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12801 at http://ripr.org Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness http://ripr.org/post/uri-grant-winner-hopes-spread-vaccine-awareness <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>LaPlante and her team plan to use the $700,00 grant to increase awareness and availability of the vaccine to those most at risk.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:53:32 +0000 John Bender 12515 at http://ripr.org URI Grant Winner Hopes to Spread Vaccine Awareness