State Government Press Releases

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03/02/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that packages of Arnica Flowers sold at Price Rite grocery store in Cranston are mislabeled and should not be eaten or mixed with food or beverages. This product was manufactured by NACfoods and distributed in Rhode Island,...
02/28/2011
On March 1, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will launch an improved quitline service for smokers. 1-800-Quit-Now is a national quitline system that refers callers to free resources in their local communities. The program currently helps 45 million Americans who use tobacco. With...
02/28/2011
On Friday, a child from Cumberland was admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with elevated levels of mercury. The child was treated and is being monitored by physicians. Staff at the Department of Health (HEALTH) traced the source of the exposure to the family’s residence and then worked with the...
02/18/2011
For mothers enrolled in the WIC program, breastfeeding upon returning to work or school may now be just a little bit easier. WIC’s recent expansion of its breast pump program now provides hospital-grade breast pumps to eligible mothers at no charge. The hospital-grade breast pumps help mothers...
01/21/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers that a sample of Northeast Spring Mix salad mix sold at McQuade’s Market in Jamestown has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is an organism that can cause serious or fatal infections in young children, elderly or...
12/21/2010
As of December 21, 2010, UnitedHealthcare (United) and Care New England Health System (CNE) have not reached an agreement on their contract that is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2010. If United and CNE do not reach an agreement by December 31, 2010, patients will still be able to use CNE...
12/10/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has received reports that several restaurants throughout the state have received telephone calls from someone stating he or she is from the Department of Health. The caller often is requesting personal information so an inspection can be scheduled....
12/01/2010
Wrapping presents. Decorating the house. Visiting family and friends. With the holiday season upon us and the fact that the flu virus has officially arrived in Rhode Island this year, the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) strongly encourages anyone who has not already received a flu shot...
11/23/2010
In Rhode Island, the average influenza vaccination coverage rate for hospital employees is 61%. Of employees who provide direct patient care, the state average for is 56.4% for CNAs, 56.5% for nurses, and 58.4% for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. During the 2009-2010...
11/23/2010
The 11th annual The Health of Rhode Island’s Hospitals (2009), published by the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), shows that overall, the financial performance of the 13 acute-care hospitals in the state has improved. In 2009, hospitals as a whole in Rhode Island improved their...