Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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The City of Providence wants to turn its fire departments into sanctuaries for people caught in the opioid epidemic. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza made the announcement Monday.

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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CVS Health has reportedly agreed to buy Aetna, the nation’s third-largest health insurer for $69-billion.

CVS is a lot more than a pharmacy. The Woonsocket-based company operates a giant retail chain – including 69 Rhode Island stores that sell everything from shampoo to potato chips. 

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The Rhode Island Department of Health has ordered Memorial Hospital to stop accepting emergency patients, new patients and performing surgeries, citing concerns for patient safety.

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A Superior Court judge has ordered the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to turn over documents on the troubled St. Joseph’s pension plan.  

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Care New England Health System reported a $47-million operating loss for the fiscal year, nearly half attributed to Memorial Hospital.

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Virginia Iacono stood at the podium, a hospital bracelet around her wrist. She is 73 and undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

“There are hundreds of us that rely on that cancer center,’’ she said. “Where are we gonna go…?” 

The Rhode Island Department of Health is seeking public input at a meeting Monday evening on Care New England Health System’s plan to close Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

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Care New England’s plan to relocate Brown University’s medical residency program to Kent Hospital in Warwick has some in the medical community breathing a sigh of relief.   

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Care New England Health System announced plans Tuesday to relocate Brown University’s medical residency programs to Kent Hospital in Warwick after Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket closes.

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Rhode Island has the ninth-highest rate of deaths in the nation from drugs, alcohol and suicides, according to a report released Tuesday by the Washington-based nonprofit, Trust for America’s Health.

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Uncertainty shrouds the future of Care New England Health System, which this week moved one step closer to closing Pawtucket Memorial Hospital when it stopped accepting patients into its intensive care unit.

But a top Care New England executive says Memorial employees can rest assured about one thing: their pension plan.

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Rhode Island Hospital has won a nearly $8 million grant to build a program to address disparities in health outcomes among children with asthma.

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Care New England Health System closed Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit Monday, prompting accusations by the hospital’s union that it violated state regulatory procedures.

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Rhode Island's new gun laws aim to prevent shootings by domestic abusers like the gunman in Texas’s church massacre.

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