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 music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Redesigned Queen Anne Square Opens in Newport

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and artist Maya Lin at the dedication of the redesigned Queen Anne Square in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A newly redesigned Queen Anne Square opened to the public in downtown Newport today, with much fanfare. But the project  nearly divided the city.

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Health Care
4:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

RI Health Dept. Identifies Killer Synthetic Drug

State health officials say they have solved the mystery of a synthetic drug that’s now killed 12 people.

Department of Health officials say those who died appear to have been intravenous drug users. Most came from northern Rhode Island. It took the department’s own scientists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an independent testing lab to identify the drug the deceased were injecting. It’s a synthetic opioid called acetyl fentanyl, similar to morphine. It’s man-made, illegal, and doctors don’t prescribe it.

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The Pulse
5:10 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Majority Support Medical Pot in New NEJM Poll

To recommend, or not to recommend, medicinal marijuana? That's the question recently posed in a New England Journal of Medicine interactive online poll. To get a feel for physicians' opinions, NEJM presented readers with a fictional clinical situation. Here's the scenario:

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy

Seth Bock, owner of the Greenleaf compassion center.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In April, Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center - opened for business in Providence. This weekend, the second is scheduled to open in Portsmouth. We visited the Greenleaf compassion center as workers rushed to finish the stylish interior.

The marijuana might be medical, but the retail space is anything but.

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The Pulse
4:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Funding Yet for Pilot to Divert "Frequent Fliers" From ER

Providence emergency rescue units
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Perhaps you remember hearing or reading about a plan to divert so-called "frequent fliers" - meaning frequently intoxicated emergency room users - from ERs to some kind of sobering center?

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Health Care
3:40 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

RI Health Care Reform Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Rhode Island's state capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A comprehensive health care reform bill is headed for a full vote in the Rhode Island Senate. The bill aims, in part, to increase the transparency of health care costs.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

RI Insurers Must Disclose Prices to Doctors

For the first time, Rhode Island’s insurance commissioner has directed health insurers to disclose what they pay for health care services. But that information won’t necessarily be directly available to patients.

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Health Care
2:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

More Layoffs As Lifespan Tries to Trim $150M

Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau
Credit Lifespan

The state’s largest hospital network is making another attempt to trim nearly $150 million in expenses over the next two and a half years. Lifespan has announced another round of layoffs.

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The Pulse
1:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Tracking This Session's Health Legislation

Dozens of bills have been introduced in the General Assembly this session that, if passed, could affect your health, your family's health, or the state's health care system.

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Health Care
3:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI's Latest Health Care Merger: Good for You and Your Bottom Line?

BCBSRI chief medical officer Dr. Gus Manocchia says it's too soon to tell how a Lifespan/Gateway merger will affect premiums.
Credit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Lifespan hospital system’s recent acquisition of Gateway, a mental health care network, may be a sign of more to come. But it could be too soon to tell what it means for a patient’s pocketbook.

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