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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Health Care
3:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care

Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.


With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Future Docs 8: Should Med Students Know the ACA?

Anne Kuritzky, MD, second from right, tends to an emergency room patient at Rhode Island Hospital
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

What do doctors need to learn in school to take the best care of you? Clearly, they need advanced medical and scientific knowledge. But should we expect doctors to know something about how our health care system works? How about the Affordable Care Act – one of the most important changes in health care policy in a generation? We continue our ongoing series Future Docs with some answers.

Dr. Anne Kuritzky is about five hours into her shift on the trauma unit at Rhode Island Hospital when the next call comes.

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Health Care
4:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Day One Marks 40 Years Serving Sexual Assault Victims

Rhode Island’s only agency focused on helping victims of sexual assault is observing its 40th anniversary. Day One hopes the state’s congressional delegation can secure the federal funding they need to continue.

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Future Docs
4:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New Med School at Quinnipiac Focused on Primary Care

Close up of medical illustration by the school's namesake
Credit Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine / Quinnipiac University

This fall the new medical school at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University welcomes its first class of incoming students. And the school is apparently focused on turning out a particular kind of doctor. From their web site:

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The Pulse
2:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher

Credit Hurd MD et al. / New England Journal of Medicine

News from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.

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Health Care
1:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

First Medical Marijuana Compassion Center Certified

The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued the state's first certificate to operate to a medical marijuana retail store. The Thomas C. Slater compassion center must tell the department when it expects to begin selling marijuana to patients who qualify. But today's announcement means the center can officially open for business.

Thousands of patients with qualifying medical conditions have registered to be able to buy the drug. They don't need a prescription but do need a doctor to certify they're eligible.
 

Health Care
5:13 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nursing Residency Program Launches for Unemployed Nurses

Rhode Island College nursing students gain practice during a simulation
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new program has launched to help place new and unemployed nurses in health care facilities statewide for up to nine-month-long paid residencies. It's expected to start with 20 nurses and expand to 40 by the second year, with the first placements beginning this fall.

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Health Care
4:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

No Delay for Rhode Island's Health Insurance Exchange for Small Businesses

The federal government is pushing back the launch of an online health insurance marketplace for small businesses that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. But there will be no delay in Rhode Island.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Debrief: Can We Afford Fewer Hospital Beds?

A new report finds the Ocean State might have more hospitals than it needs.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

How many hospital beds does Rhode Island really need?

That’s one question being considered in a new report from a state health care planning council. It comes at a time when a number of hospitals in the state are either up for sale, looking at new partnerships or struggling financially.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about the health of the state’s hospitals and some of the surprising findings from this report.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Possessing Small Amounts of Pot Decriminalized

A state law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana takes effect today. But support for the new law is mixed.

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