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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Business
11:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

RIEDC overestimated America's Cup haul

Credit PHOTO: RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation estimated this summer’s America’s Cup sailing event would pump more than $70 million into the state’s economy. But the actual haul was much less.

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RI News
4:06 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Power still out in parts of northern RI

Braving the rain downtown Providence
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

Hundreds of homes and businesses are still without power in Rhode Island. That’s down from about 25,000 early this morning.

National Grid spokesman David Graves says last night was a wild one in Rhode Island. 60-mile-an-hour winds ripped through trees and snagged power lines. He says crews are still working on restoring power to thousands of customers, mainly in southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
5:22 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

The great irony of private insurance and mental health coverage

This week, our neighbors in Connecticut began hearings about mental health care in the state after the Newtown shooting. Lawmakers and a couple of task forces convened by Gov. Dannel Malloy are reviewing the state's mental health services and looking at the kinds of public policy and legal fixes that might make it better. Should we mandate outpatient treatments for the mentally ill? Can we truly assess someone's risk before it's too late? Should gun buyers face a mandatory mental health evaluation?

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Health Care
2:56 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Health director's priorities: end overdose deaths

Dept. of Health director Dr. Michael Fine
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Health director Dr. Michael Fine says Rhode Island must address prescription drug abuse. Fine’s comments come as part of a list of priorities he’s shared with lawmakers.

Topping the list: ending deaths from prescription drug overdoses and colorectal cancer, as well as curbing the transmission of new HIV cases in Rhode Island. Fine also wants to reduce the number of premature births and C-section deliveries.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Application to buy Westerly Hospital heads for formal review

Westerly Hospital is another step closer to being acquired by New London-based L&M Hospital.

Rhode Island’s department of health and the attorney general’s office say they’ve received a complete application from L&M. The state agencies now have 90 days to review it. If they accept L&M’s offer, Westerly could be the first hospital acquired under the state’s new Hospital Conversions Act.

Health Care
2:18 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Brown to offer new primary care MD program

Brown University's medical school plans to launch a new program for medical students who want to focus on primary care. The program also aims to boost the number of primary care doctors in Rhode Island.

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Business
1:40 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Hasbro to cut 10% of workforce, consolidate facilities

Hasbro offices downtown Providence
Credit Photo by: Catherine Welch / RIPR

Pawtucket-based toy maker Hasbro says it will lay off about 10 percent of its workforce and consolidate some facilities to offset lower than expected revenue growth.

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Health Care
12:36 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Deloitte to build RI's health insurance exchange

Rhode Island has selected Deloitte Consulting to build its online health insurance exchange. It’s the next step in the state’s effort to get the exchange up and running by October.

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Health Care
5:34 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

New agreement with Blue Cross could make health costs transparent

The Rhode Island Business Group on Health says it has struck an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island that will increase transparency about health care costs. What insurers pay health care providers for the services they cover has, until now, been kept private.

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Health Care
2:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Residents to protest Westerly Hospital maternity ward closure

Some local residents say they plan to protest Westerly Hospital’s recent decision to stop delivering babies later this summer.

Westerly resident Susan Kenyon has organized the Thursday evening candlelight vigil to take place at Westerly Middle School, right before a community meeting about Westerly Hospital’s future. She says she and other local residents are worried that shutting down the maternity ward could be dangerous for pregnant women.

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