Education

Pharmacies trial new role providing medication, care for opioid use disorder in Rhode Island Hospital study

Lifespan affiliate awarded $ to help curb national opioid epidemic; will partner with pharmacy chain Genoa, treatment provider CODAC, URI, state health agencies PROVIDENCE, – Rhode Island Hospital has been awarded $ million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effectiveness of providing medication and care at pharmacies to people with opioid use disorder, compared to usual care pathways at specialty clinics and doctors’ offices. The unusual approach could mean a major expansion of treatment at a time when the crisis is claiming the lives of 120 Americans every day and six Rhode Islanders every week, according…
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New EMS Data Indicate Continued Need for Community Naloxone Use

Report released as Rhode Island remains on downward overdose trend New Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) data indicate that more than a third of the opioid overdose calls to which Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded in Rhode Island in 2018 occurred in public places. Public health leaders are again urging all Rhode Islanders who are comfortable doing so to carry naloxone, the overdose reversal data, published on March 1, 2019 in the Rhode Island Medical Journal, indicate that of the opioid overdoses that EMS responded to in 2018 occurred in public places. That figure was in 2016. Examples of public…
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Health

Update on NIH’s Efforts to Address Sexual Harassment in Science

by Dr. Mike Lauer Today we released a very important statement outlining actions NIH is taking to become part of the solution to address sexual harassment in science. I am including the full text of the statement below, as it speaks for ;For additional information please visit our NIH Anti-Sexual Harassment: for NIH Awardee Organizations and Those Who Work There webpage. As the NIH Director stated in September, sexual harassment is about power. The goal of the perpetrator, most commonly but not exclusively a man, is to objectify, exclude, demoralize, diminish, and coerce the victim, most commonly a woman, to exert power over ; It’s morally…
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Community

March Is Red Cross Month: Be a Hero in Your Community

Volunteer, give blood, learning lifesaving skills or donate to #help1family on American Red Cross Giving Day PROVIDENCE, – March 7, 2019 — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross Rhode Island asks people to be a hero for families in Rhode Island by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day, March 27. “During Red Cross Month, we are proud to recognize our volunteers who provide hope and urgent relief to families in need every day,” said Susan Roberts, Executive Director, American Red Cross Rhode Island. “These heroes are our…
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Statement from RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom On Reproductive Privacy Act Floor Vote

Providence, RI - The House of Representatives is poised to make history by voting on the Reproductive Privacy Act (H 5125A) on the House Floor today. This a monumental moment in Rhode Island. The last time a vote on a bill to codify Roe v. Wade happened in Rhode Island was 1993 when it passed out of the House of Representatives, but did not pass the Senate. The Coalition thanks Chairwoman Williams and the cosponsors of the Reproductive Privacy Act for listening to the concerns of our members and finding common ground. The sponsors worked with the Coalition and others…
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Cicilline Chairs First Antitrust Panel Hearing on Soaring Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) hosted the subcommittee’s hearing today to investigate the harmful effects of consolidation and anticompetitive behavior in the health care market. The following is footage and a transcript of Chairman Cicilline’s opening remarks: ;feature= Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) House Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee Hearing: Diagnosing the Problem: Exploring the Effects of Consolidation and Anticompetitive Conduct in Health Care Markets Opening Remarks as Delivered March 7, 2019 Our healthcare system is in a state of crisis. The cost of prescription medicine has increased by 200% over the past decade. Americans…
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Education

New England dairy farmers provided $85,000 in grants to support school breakfast in the 2017-2018 school year

Student breakfast participation linked to improved behavior and academic performance. *Boston, MA (March 4, 2019)—* During the 2017-2018 school year, dairy farmers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont provided a little over $85,000 in funding to eligible schools who also participate in the National School Meals program to implement or enhance their breakfast programs. Schools used the funds to purchase equipment such as mobile breakfast carts, refrigerators, insulated cooler bags, smoothie machines, and more to increase access and offerings for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of…
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Featured

The Miriam Hospital named among IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospitals

PROVIDENCE, -- The Miriam Hospital has been named among the Top 100 hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health. The annual report “spotlights the best–performing hospitals in the based on a balanced scorecard using publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics.” Divided into four categories, the list grouped The Miriam, a major affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as among the top 25 “major teaching hospitals” in the nation. “While our top priority is to always deliver the best care possible to our patients -- not to seek honors – I am…
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Health

Lifespan Board of Directors elects two new members

PROVIDENCE, – The Lifespan Board of Directors recently elected two new members – Ziya L. Gokaslan, , FACS and Sarah T. “Sally” Dowling, , The volunteer board, which includes clinical, business and community leaders, oversees the leading health care system and largest employer in the state, guided by its mission: Delivering health with care. Gokaslan, Ziya MD Gokaslan is the neurosurgeon-in-chief at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, co-director of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute and director of the Comprehensive Spine Center. He is also director of the Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown…
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Health

Delta Dental of Rhode Island CEO to retire, successor announced

PROVIDENCE, , March 4, 2019 — Joseph A. Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island, has announced that he will retire as of July 1, 2019 after successfully leading the state’s largest dental insurer for 27 years. “I am privileged to have been at the helm of Rhode Island’s leading dental benefits provider during a time of unprecedented growth, financial success and strategic diversification. During this time, Delta Dental’s membership more than tripled, annual revenues surpassed $270 million and financial reserves increased more than seven fold to $137 million. However, I am most proud of our commitment to philanthropy, having contributed more than $10 million to…
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