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 WFPL 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 music, cooking, and spending time with her family.


10:59 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Lawmakers Find Public Schools Bearing More Costs Than Charter Schools

A new legislative report finds public schools bear more costs than charter school counterparts.

State lawmakers say public schools may be paying more than their fair share to support charter schools. That’s the major finding of a legislative report about the school system’s "fair funding formula."

The fair funding formula requires public schools to pay charter schools a certain amount per student that opts to attend a charter school instead. That amount is calculated on how much public schools spend per pupil. But it includes expenses charter schools haven’t had to worry about.

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The Pulse
10:58 am
Thu May 14, 2015

New "Neighborhood Health Station" For Central Falls

Central Falls' community health center is at capacity, officials say, in its current building. Now, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care has acquired a three-story medical building from Memorial Hospital for $720,000 at 1000 Broad St. in Central Falls.

Health center officials say they plan to move in toward the end of 2016, when $5 million dollars in renovations are complete. The new center will be able to accommodate more than 10,000 patients and will add about a dozen new clinicians.

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Health Care
4:32 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

SEIU Says Medicaid Savings Could Include Boosting Home Care Worker Pay

Health care workers rallied at the Rhode Island Statehouse today to call for better wages. The Service Employees International Union has concerns about budget cuts for Medicaid.

The union represents about 4000 nurses, CNAs, and service employees who work in nursing homes and hospitals. The union has issued a list of proposals it says could help the state trim millions of dollars from Medicaid and boost pay for low wage workers.

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Health Care
11:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Historic Nursing Home Keeps Doors Open With Cash From Suitor

The South Providence nursing home entered receivership to keep from closing its doors.
Credit Bannister House

There’s a potential buyer for a nursing home in Providence that’s facing financial difficulties. Bannister House first opened its doors in the 1890s to care for elderly African Americans. 

Now, Centers Health Care, a New York-based company, has agreed to provide a cash infusion for Bannister House. Centers is waiting for an answer on its bid to buy the bankrupt facility. Court-appointed receiver Rick Land says Bannister House was on track to run out of money in the next few weeks.

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Health Care
3:40 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

$25M Awarded To RI Couple For Malpractice At Rhode Island Hospital

Jurors have awarded more than $25 million dollars to a Rhode Island couple for medical malpractice at Rhode Island Hospital. It’s one of the largest negligence verdicts ever in the state.

In august 2009, Carl Beauchamp went to Rhode Island Hospital after hitting his head. He left with severe and permanent injuries, so severe his wife asked a judge to make her Beauchamp’s legal guardian.

They sued the hospital for malpractice. In their complaint, the couple accuses doctors of misdiagnosing Beauchamp and missing signs his condition was worsening.

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