THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH has named the eight health care professionals who are receiving help in repaying educational loans by committing to two years of work in medically under-served communities.
PROVIDENCE - In a bid to recruit top health care talent to Rhode Island’s medically under-served communities, the R.I. Department of Health has partnered with five local nonprofits to help fund its Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program.
The program rewards primary care, dentistry and mental health professionals with education loan repayment assistance in exchange for a two-year commitment to practice in medically under-served communities in Rhode Island, as identified through the Health Professional Shortage Area process.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, The Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Health Center Association and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan each contributed $25,000 to the fund.
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and the Department of Health announced eight new recipients of the program at the Statehouse Tuesday, representing several health care organizations around the state. Awards are distributed to eligible health professionals by the Health Professional Loan Repayment Board in hopes to recruit and retain talented healthcare professionals in the state.
This year’s loan repayment recipients:
Nurse Practitioner Maeve D. Bennett, Thundermist Health Center of South County
Dr. Eric N. Berard, Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket
Registered Nurse Alice S. Eyo, Blackstone Valley Community Healthcare of Pawtucket
Dr. Altug Koymen, Providence Community Health Centers at Capitol Hill
Dr. David A. Sam, Notre Dame Ambulatory Center of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Nurse Practitioner Nicole J. Saquet, Providence Community Health Centers at Olneyville
Nurse Practitioner Adedamola Solawon, Thundermist Health Center of West Warwick
Dr. Emily M. White, Providence Community Health Centers at Prairie Avenue.