Department of Health

Health Care
1:27 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013

There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.

Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free.  Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.

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Health Care
9:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Department of Health Cracking Down On Ambulance Company

Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company.  The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.

The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat.  The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.

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RI News
9:54 am
Fri July 26, 2013

DEM Fears Spread of Rabies Following Bite By Calf

Gray's Ice Cream, in Tiverton. A Massachusetts resident sustained a bite from a calf in pasture nearby.
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A young calf has died of mysterious causes next to a popular Rhode Island ice cream stand.  Anyone who may have touched the animal is being urged to contact health officials.  

Earlier this month in a small pasture next to Gray’s ice cream shop in Tiverton, a Massachusetts resident was bitten by a three-month old steer, named Oreo.

The calf was quarantined; for fear that it might have rabies.

Just ten days later the animal died.

The Department of Environmental Management was unable to test for rabies, but rabies is a possible cause of death.

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Health Care
5:19 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prime's Application to Buy Landmark Now Complete

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island regulators have deemed Prime Healthcare’s application to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center complete.

Now the Attorney General and Department of Health can begin their official review of California-based Prime Healthcare’s bid to buy the troubled community hospital. That review begins July 1st and ends October 28th under Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act.

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RI News
2:18 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Block Island Nurse Mary Donnelly Honored by the State

Credit John Bender / RIPR

In commemoration of National Nurses Week a celebration was held today at the State House in honor of Block Island nurse, Mary Donnelly.

Donnelly retired from her position as a state nurse on the island after more than 55 years of work.  She recalled the beginning of her career, when there was no doctor on the island.

“Best time of my life was when there was no doctor.  Do you know?  Because you had to use your head, use whatever you could to help a person.  And that was innovation I’ll tell you, to work that way.”

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