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Rhode Island Health Care

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The Rhode Island Department of Health is the guardian of healthcare of the people of Rhode Island. The mission of the department is to prevent disease, protect and promote the health and safety of people and coordinate public health activities across the state. The main areas of responsibility of the department are:

  • Community, family health and equity
  • Preparedness and response in emergency
  • Regulation of environmental and health services
  • Health data and analysis
  • Infectious disease and epidemiology
  • Public health communication

Contact Details
Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-5960
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Website: http://www.health.ri.gov/

Hospitals in Rhode Island

Hospitals in Rhode Island provide highly personalized and most effective clinical care to the patients. Hospitals in Rhode Island continuously strive to provide the highest levels of quality and safety. These hospitals are well equipped with state of art technologically and advanced facilities, providing 24-hour care to the people.

Rhode Island Hospital

Rhode Island Hospital is committed to providing quality care to patients. Services of the hospital include cancer, Hospitalcardiac, colo-rectal care, dental care, diabetes and endocrinology, mental health, neuroscience, orthopedics and rehabilitation among others.

Contact Details
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-4000
Website: http://www.rhodeislandhospital.org/

Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital has state of art technology to deal with a wide range of health challenges that can occur in the community. Services of the hospital include cardiac, cancer, bariatic surgery, mental health, orthopedics, surgery, urology, nephrology among others.

Contact Details
The Miriam Hospital
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Website: http://www.miriamhospital.org/

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

A 294-bed community teaching hospital, the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has served northern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts since 1901. The main campus of the hospital is in Pawtucket, where there is a state-of-the-art cancer program, the state’s only hospital-based Hernia Center and a cardiology program affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Contact Details
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: (401) 729-2000
Website: http://www.mhri.org/

Women and Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, is one of the leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns in the state. According to U.S.News & World Report 2014-15, the hospital is Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology. In 2009 the Women & Infants opened one of the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Contact Details
Women and Infants Hospital
Email Women & Infants
101 Dudley Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Phone: 401-274-1100
Website: http://www.womenandinfants.org/

Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital provides high quality and personalized health care to the people. The Hospital is an affiliate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical education.

Contact Details

Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
Phone: 401-737-7000
Website: http://www.kentri.org/

Some of the notable hospitals in Rhode Island are:

Eleanor Slater Hospital
111 Howard Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-3085
Fax: 401-462-5243
Website: http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/esh/

Landmark Medical centre
115 Cass Avenue Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: (401) 769-4100
Website: http://www.landmarkmedical.org/

Newport Hospital
11 Friendship Street
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-846-6400
Website: http://www.newporthospital.org/

Roger Williams Hospital
825 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Phone: 401-456-2000
Website: http://www.rwmc.org/

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
200 High Service Ave, North Providence, Rhode Island 02904
Phone: 401-456-3000
Website: http://www.fatimahospital.com/

South County Hospital
100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: (401) 782-8000
Website: http://www.schospital.com/

Hasbro Children's Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-4000
Website: http://www.hasbrochildrenshospital.org/

Westerly Hospital
25 Wells Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-596-6000
Website: http://westerlyhospital.org/

Providence VA Medical Center
Phone: 401-273-7100
Website: http://www.providence.va.gov/

Rhode Island Medicaid

Health Benefits

Also known as Medicaid, the Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program is a Federal and state funded program that pays for health and medical related services for the people of the state.

Medicaid services include

  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Preventive services
  • Other more medical and health services and benefits

Medicaid benefits provided to

  • Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program provide health coverage to more than 31 million children [1]

  • Medicaid provides health coverage to 11 million non-elderly low-income parents, pregnant women, other caretaker relatives, and other non-disabled adults

  • Medicaid coverage for pregnant women includes prenatal care throughout the pregnancy process and for 60 days postpartum and other pregnancy-related care

  • Medicaid provides health coverage to over 8.8 million non-elderly individuals with disabilities

  • Medicaid provides health coverage to more than 4.6 million low-income seniors

Eligibility criteria to qualify for Medicaid benefit program

  • Individuals must be a resident of the state of Rhode Island, U.S. national, permanent resident, citizen or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance

  • Individual whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income

  • Individuals must be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent children

  • Individuals under age 19, blind, have a disability or a family member in household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older

For more on Rhode Island Medical Assistance call 401-462-5300

Blood Banks in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Blood Center

The Rhode Island Blood Center, established in 1979, is a non-profit community blood center. It is the only source of blood and blood products for the hospitals of Rhode Island. The donor Centers located throughout the state are:

Woonsocket Donor Center
2168 Diamond Hill Road Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: (401) 767-4003

Providence Donor Center
405 Promenade Street Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 453-8360

Warwick Donor Center
615 Greenwich Avenue Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 739-3162

Aquidneck Donor Center
688 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 848-7422

South County Donor Center
14 Woodruff Avenue, Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: (401) 792-2207

Westerly Donor Center
143 Franklin Street, Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: (401) 223-3980

Nursing Homes in Rhode Island

Nursing Homes

Nursing homes in Rhode Island provide superior quality and personalized care to the patients. The numerous nursing homes in Rhode Island are well equipped with superior technology, quality of medical care, nurse staffing and cost effective services.

Notable Nursing Homes in Rhode Island are:

Westerly Nursing Home
79 Beach St.
Westerly RI 02891
Phone: (401) 596-4925
Fax: (401) 596-2967
Website: http://www.westerlynursinghome.com/

Chestnut Terrace Nursing & Rehab Center
100 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: (401) 438-4275
Email: admissions@chestnutterrace.com
Website: http://www.chestnutterrace.com/

Greenwood Center
1139 Main Avenue
Warwick , RI 02886-1940
Phone: 401 739-6600
Website: http://www.genesishcc.com/Greenwood

Kent Regency
660 Commonwealth Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401 739-4241
Website: http://www.kentri.org/

Saint Elizabeth Community
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401.471.6060
Website: http://www.stelizabethcommunity.org/

Briarcliffe Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation
49 Old Pocasset Road Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401.944.2450
Website: http://www.briarcliffemanor.com/

Grace Barker Nursing Home
54 Barker Avenue, Warren, RI 02885
Phone: (401) 245-9100
Website: http://www.gracebarkerandthewillows.com/

Sunny View Nursing Home
83 Corona Street, Warwick,
Rhode Island 02886
Phone: (401) 737-9193.
Websitte: http://sunnyviewnursing.com/

Forest Farm Health Care Center
193 Forest Ave, Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: 401-847-2777
Website: http://forestfarmhealthcare.com/

South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 307
2115 So. County Trail
W. Kingston, RI 02892
Phone: 401-783-8568
Fax: 401-792-8930
Website: http://www.healthconceptsltd.com/eldercare-West-Kingstown-RI/

Vital Records of Rhode Island

The Office of Vital Records is the authority responsible for the statewide vital records system developed to protect public health, safety and welfare. The office works for the registration and permanent filing of all vital records related to births, deaths, marriages, and civil unions for the state. The office is also the in charge of the periodic publication of statistical data derived from the records.

How to obtain a record

One can apply for a certified copy of a birth, death, marriage, or civil union record in person or by mail. All the records of births, deaths, marriages and civil unions are with the city and town clerk offices from where records could be obtained.

  • To obtain a certified copy of a record, one must present valid picture identification issued by a governmental organization which includes Driver's License, Passport, Military Identification, Certificate of Naturalization and Alien Registration Card

  • The fee for a certified copy of a vital record is $20 [2].

  • It takes six to eight weeks to process the request and mail certified copy to the requested person.

Office of Vital Records
Room 101
Time: 12:30 PM - 4 PM, Weekdays
Recorded Message: 401-222-2811

Contact Details
Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-5960

Infant Mortality in Rhode Island in 2012

  • 71 infant deaths among 10,854 live births resulting in an infant mortality rate of 6.5 per 1,000 live birth[3]

  • Low birth weight was associated with 272 of the 361 infant deaths during 2008-2012

  • Infants who died within 28 days of birth accounted for 270 of the 361 infant deaths during 2008-2012

  • In 2012 low birth weight rate was 8.0%

  • During 2012, of the 10,854 births, 1,183 were born preterm

Leading Causes of Death in Rhode Island in 2009[4]

  • Heart Disease: 24%
  • Stroke: 4%
  • Cancer: 24%
  • All others: 26%
  • Alzheimer's Disease: 4%
  • Diabetes Mellitus: 2%
  • Nephritis: 2%
  • Influenza & Pneumonia: 2%
  • Septicemia: 2%
  • Unintentional Injury: 5%
  • Chron. Low . Respiratory Disease: 5%


  1. Rhode Island Medicaid
  2. Vital Records
  3. Infant mortality
  4. Leading cause of death
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