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
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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Future Docs
5:14 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Med Students: Feeling Your Pain?

The medical students we've been following this year, Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski, are about to wrap up their second year of medical school and, with it, their time in the classroom. They'll spend their third and fourth years in the hospital, learning on the job.

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Health Care
3:46 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Study: Rhode Island Has Too Many Hospital Beds

How many hospital beds do we need?
Credit US Navy

Rhode Island could do with the equivalent of one fewer hospital. That’s the conclusion of a draft report meant to guide the state’s health care planning.

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Health Care
12:34 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lifespan Facing "Significant" Budget Shortfall

The state’s largest hospital system is facing some unanticipated budget shortfalls. Lifespan isn’t saying yet whether the fix will include layoffs.

Lifespan released a statement saying it had asked employees and physicians to review their budgets and look for ways to trim expenses. No word yet on what immediate steps the organization might take to stem the financial losses - but Lifespan says they won’t compromise patient care and that they’ll "work hard to minimize the impact on...employees."

Health Care
1:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Fatima, Roger Williams Ink Deal with For-Profit Firm

CharterCARE, the umbrella organization for Our Lady of Fatima and Roger Williams hospitals, has announced its intent to partner with Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit health care firm based in California. The deal is in its infancy. But it's the fourth proposed hospital merger/acquisition under Rhode Islands Hospital Conversions Act. And it's yet another sign of the shaky financial ground on which many of the state's hospitals now find themselves.

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The Pulse
1:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Is Your Hospital Safe?

Here's a new online tool to help you decide: www.hospitalinspections.org.

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Future Docs
6:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Download a Future Doc, Listen on the Go

Missed a Future Doc? You can always listen online. Or here's a way to download a story and listen later: just click on the story you're interested in, and look for the download link above it, to the right.

The Pulse
2:28 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Health Journalism Needs a Healthy Dose of Skepticism

This Thursday and Friday, I've been attending the annual Association for Health Care Journalists conference, which happens to be in Boston this year. It's such a privilege to rub elbows with some of the nation's most talented health journalists and medical minds. If you want to get a sense of the big health care stories now and on the horizon, just have a look at a few of the panels and workshops:

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Are You an Older Learner?

School lockers
Credit RIPR

If you're over 60, have you decided to go back to school? Why?

Please join the discussion in our comments section!

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