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Rhode Island’s largest hospital network -- Lifespan -- will now join with Care New England in its negotiations with Boston-based Partners Health Care.

South County Health

Rhode Island’s last independent hospital will remain independent for now.

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Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.

The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.  


Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative

A new study co-led by a Rhode Island epidemiologist found that a simple drug testing strip -- similar to a home pregnancy test --  accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.


A top CVS Health executive is leaving the Woonsocket-based pharmacy chain to become chief executive of a company that owns upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Helena Foulkes, vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, where she currently oversees the company’s retail stores, will become CEO of Toronto-based Hudson Bay Company effective Feb. 19, according to company news release. Foulkes will be responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations, including more than 480 stores.


Rhode Island’s health director has ordered Care New England Health System to pay a half-million dollars a year to the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls for costs associated with transporting patients to area hospitals following this month's closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

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Care New England Health System announced Thursday it is moving ahead with its planned sale to Massachusetts-based Partners Health Care.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR


The Rhode Island Medical Society says it is time to consider a new approach to reducing drug overdose deaths: supervised spaces where drug users can inject heroin or other drugs.

The professional association -- representing some 5,000 physicians, physician assistants and medical students -- organized a private meeting at its offices last Friday to vet the idea.

Flu Strains RI Emergency Rooms

Jan 17, 2018

Nearly 300 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Rhode Island this season, and emergency rooms at two local hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.


Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  


Two private foundations announced Thursday donations totaling $95,000 to support Rhode Island’s efforts to expand the state’s foster care system.


A not-for-profit prisoners' rights group is suing Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for holding prisoners with serious mental illness in segregation cells.

Playwright Tackles Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Jan 9, 2018
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Playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell was studying for a master’s degree at New York University when the opioid epidemic hit home.  Friends in their 20s began dying of drug overdoses.


Rhode Island health officials on Thursday approved Care New England’s plan to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, effectively shutting down the hospital.

The decision, effective Monday, includes a number of conditions – such as maintaining a walk-in clinic open seven days a week in Pawtucket -- designed to ensure services to area residents and off-set costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals, according to a statement released by the state Department of Health.