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
1:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On HealthSource RI

As you may know, there's a debate in the Rhode Island Statehouse over how to fund the state's online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, after the Obamacare money runs out. Some say the $17 - $23 million dollar price tag to fund the site, customer service reps and centers, and infrastructure needed to negotiate for health insurance plans for sale on the site is just too much for a state with anemic coffers.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years.
Credit Aaron Read

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Health Care
2:51 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Health Dept. Approves CharterCare, Prospect Deal

The Rhode Island Health Department has approved the affiliation of CharterCare with the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The state’s attorney general approved the deal last week.

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The Pulse
1:49 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

"The Pulse" Takes A Break

Esteemed readers - The Pulse, your friendly neighborhood health care blog, is going dark for a few days while I'm on vacation.

You can enjoy previous posts to your heart's content here. And keep up with my colleagues' blogs about education and politics.

California, here I come!

Health Care
1:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

20 More Primary Care Practices To Join CSI-RI

A statewide effort to link more Rhode Islanders with primary care is expanding.

The effort is called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, or CSI.CSI promotes the patient-centered medical home model of health care. In a patient centered medical home, a team of health care professionals coordinates a patient’s care. It’s especially helpful for patients with chronic illnesses, although anyone can join.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Flu? Rash? The Doctor Will See You Now (At Planned Parenthood?)

Planned Parenthood is set to start offering primary care services.

Planned Parenthood clinics are known for family planning – everything from testing for sexually transmitted diseases to prescribing birth control and performing abortions. But now, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England plans to offer more comprehensive primary care services at its Providence clinic. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with the organization’s president and CEO Judy Tabar about the news.

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Health Care
4:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Providence VA Audited Friday; Auditors Find No Scheduling Irregularities

The Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted audits of medical centers around the country after allegations emerged that some centers had concealed appointment wait times. The Providence VA was audited on Friday last week. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki ordered the audits to uncover any other scheduling problems or misconduct. Providence VA spokeswoman Leslie Pierson says auditors spent all day Friday interviewing staff about scheduling practices.

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Health Care
2:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pilot Program Links Doctors With Addiction Experts

State officials have announced another tool to help physicians spot and treat drug abuse.

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Health Care
5:05 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

RI AG Approves CharterCare/Prospect Deal

Rhode Island’s Attorney General has approved the affiliation of the nonprofit CharterCare Health system and the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. CharterCare operates Roger Williams, St. Joseph’s, and Our Lady of Fatima hospitals.

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The Pulse
3:28 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

MinuteClinics And The Future Of Primary Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health's recent decision to grant approval, with 22 conditions, to CVS to open seven retail health clinics in pharmacies throughout Rhode Island came down in the form of a 43-page document. In my humble opinion, it's a well-written, even eloquent ode to the importance of primary care and the challenges of regulating health care in a state where for-profit health care is no longer around the corner but setting up shop on it.

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