Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Dec. 6

Dec 6, 2016

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Dec. 6:

THUNDERMIST CEO: Thundermist Health Center President and CEO Chuck Jones is stepping down in February. Jones joined Thundermist in 2008. He moves on to be CEO of Harbor Health Services in Dorchester, MA. Thundermist will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Hasbro Children’s Hospital has opened a new “short-stay” unit for patients with acute conditions who need treatment and some observation but not necessarily a long-term inpatient stay. Generally, the kinds of cases that might benefit from the short-term unit will include asthma, gastroenteritis and dehydration, cellulitis, falls, pain, seizures, and headaches or allergic reactions, hospital officials say. They say part of the goal is to help open up beds in the emergency department for new patients and reduce the rate of patients leaving without being seen.

PREMIUM TAX CREDITS: A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows more than 30,000 Rhode Islanders are receiving a premium tax credit, or a monthly amount to help pay for health insurance through Obamacare. The average monthly premium tax credit received by those Rhode Islanders this year: $250. If Obamacare is repealed and/or replaced, those credits could be in jeopardy. 

FOSTER KIDS: The Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families meets (today) Tuesday, December 6th at 4:30 pm at Child & Family in Providence. The Coalition wants to restore the Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ jurisdiction over children through the age of 21 (instead of 18, to which it was changed in 2007). In a statement the Coalition says children need more support after 18 to make a successful transition into adulthood. For more information, contact executive director Tanja Kubas-Meyer, tanja.kubas-meyer@riccf.org.

BULLYING: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has new guidance on preventing bullying in schools. The organization says bullying affects many kids in Rhode Island and that those involved can experience higher rates of mental health problems, aggression, and substance abuse problems through adolescence and adulthood. RI Kids Count will gather (today) Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30 at the Rhode Island Foundation building in Providence to discuss.