State Government Press Releases

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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 Islandís 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...
11/17/2010
On September 30, the Department of Health (HEALTH) received notification from Women & Infants Hospital of two separate cases of a patient with a retained foreign object (RFO) after surgery. The first incident occurred on July 24 when a piece of rolled gauze was left inside a patient following...
11/05/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises Rhode Islanders that decorative contact lenses (i.e., theatrical opaque contact lenses) are being sold in Rhode Island to people who do not have a prescription. HEALTH received a report of a high-school student who had corneal abrasions and...
10/29/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announce that recent test results have led them to lift a temporary advisory issued on August 27, 2010 regarding contact with water from Melville Pond in Portsmouth. In August, a...
10/26/2010
On August 9, 2010, the Department of Health (HEALTH) received notification from Rhode Island Hospital that during a neurosurgery procedure at RIH on August 4, 2010, a piece of a broken drill bit was left in the patientís skull after the surgery was completed. HEALTH conducted a joint...
10/21/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are alerting the public that a stray calico cat that has been seen in the Route 102 (Victory Highway) area of Coventry and West Greenwich was caught and has tested positive for rabies.
10/21/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) today presented Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) with a silver Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award for support of breastfeeding mothers and promoting breastfeeding among employees and clients...
10/12/2010
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announce that recent test results have led them to lift a temporary advisory issued on August 24, 2010 regarding contact with water from the Turner Reservoir, Ten Mile River, and Omega...