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
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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Health Care
5:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Attorney General and Department of Health officials say they’re suspending their review of Prime Healthcare’s application to buy the Woonsocket-based Landmark Medical Center.

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The Pulse
4:11 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Will Health Insurance Costs Rise for Rhode Islanders Under the ACA?

You may have seen some headlines about a new report from the Society of Actuaries (the super-smart, nerdy folks who figure out how much risk, say, an insurance company can afford to take on), decrying the near-certain rise in the cost of health insurance for newly insured folks under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Stem Cell Research Targets Cancer, Lung Disease

Rhode Island Hospital researcher Jason Aliotta in his lab
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Lifespan Hospital system’s growing research complex in Providence’s Jewelry District will benefit from a large National Institutes of Health grant to open new labs and fund new projects. Some of that research could translate into new treatments for Rhode Island patients.

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Health Care
8:28 am
Thu March 28, 2013

New Lab Focuses on Stem Cell Research

Rhode Island Hospital has added another major research center to its portfolio. The new center will focus on stem cell biology.

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Future Docs
2:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Brown and JWU to Partner on Medical Education

2nd year Brown med student Peter Kaminski talks to a "standardized patient" during an interprofessional training exercise.
Credit Photo by: Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Brown University's medical school and Johnson & Wales University's new physician assistant program are going to look for ways to collaborate, the schools announced today. What might that look like? According to the announcement: "sharing training facilities, jointly arranging lectures, pursuing educational grants, and engaging in cost-sharing."

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Westerly Hospital Sale
2:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Public has Two More Chances to Comment on Westerly Hospital Sale

The public will be allowed to comment on the proposed sale at two meetings on Wednesday.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island authorities have until the end of April to make a decision about whether to allow the sale of Westerly Hospital to Connecticut-based Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, but on Wednesday members of the Westerly community will have the chance to comment on the proposed sale.

The Department of Health and the attorney general’s office have final say on the deal, but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says public input helps to inform the decision.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs

Credit Medical School / Tufts University

Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital have opened what they say are the state’s first emergency rooms designed to take better care of the elderly.

Hospital officials say it’s taken a year to renovate and retrofit both emergency rooms so that the physical environments are safer and more welcoming for seniors. Think non-skid floors, large print hospital forms, and portable devices to help the hard of hearing.

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