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
11:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Running In Rhode Island

A quick follow up to my "first 5K" post: I finished! Now, here's some fun watching, listening, and a few resources about running in Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
3:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

My First 5K

I'd like to share a personal experience, about getting back into an exercise routine after giving birth this past July. In a word, it's been tough.

Add to that recovering from an unexpected C-section, less time to myself, and no budget for a gym membership, and I've got some pretty good reasons to procrastinate. But there are many more reasons to exercise than not to exercise, and we seem to hear about more by the day. Check out some great reasons here.

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Health Care
4:40 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

HealthSource RI Working, But Bedeviled By Federal Database

Hiccups in a federal database have caused some problems for Rhode Island’s own online health insurance marketplace, health-source RI. That database is working again now. But there are ongoing issues with verifying an applicant’s identity.

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The Pulse
2:39 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts
Credit Office of the Lt. Governor

I spoke with Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts this afternoon about her work on the state Alzheimers plan, what she calls a "living document" meant to guide  and coordinate Rhode Island's efforts to care for those with Alzheimers and those who care for them.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

How Many "Fun Sized" Candy Bars Are Too Many?

Exhibit A...which the author will not be consuming all by herself. Maybe.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Parents everywhere may be looking forward to dipping into that plastic pumpkin to sneak a Halloween treat tonight – and for several nights to come. Is that so bad?

Not necessarily, according to Johnson and Wales University pediatric nutrition expert Barbara Robinson. She joined us in the studio to talk about Halloween candy, along with a giant bag of "fun size" treats.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.

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The Pulse
12:46 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains

Areas of the brain involved in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Credit National Institute of Mental Health

Stress can affect developing brains, including the kind of stress that poverty can create. But a strong caregiver can mediate those effects. Those are the findings of a new study in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects.

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The Pulse
12:32 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

What's Next For Landmark

The deal still has to close, which officials expect by sometime in December. But now some of the hard work begins. How exactly do you turn a faltering hospital around?

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Health Care
5:21 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Deal To Acquire Landmark Approved

Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center is about to turn the page on a long and challenging chapter in its history. The struggling hospital has received regulatory approval to be acquired by a for-profit hospital chain called Prime Healthcare. That means an end to five years of uncertainty for employees, patients, and the community.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Decision Expected On Landmark's Future

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket has been in receivership since 2008.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the deadline for state regulators to decide whether an out-of-state hospital chain can acquire Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center. The decision will mark the end of five years of uncertainty for the struggling hospital.

Landmark has been in receivership, a kind of bankruptcy, since 2008. It's flirted with several different potential buyers who got cold feet for one reason or another and pulled out. It's battled the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, for higher payments.

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