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Dr. Michael Fine to serve as Rhode Island’s interim Director at Health Department

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Dr. Michael Fine appointed interim head of R.I. Department of Health

25 February 2011

Providence Business News

PROVIDENCE – The director of Medical Services for the R.I. Department of Corrections will serve as the interim director of the R.I. Department of Health, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s office announced Thursday.

Dr. Michael Fine takes the place of Dr. David R. Gifford, whose resignation takes effect Friday. Fine will serve until a successor is named to permanently fill the position.

At the corrections department, Fine supervised about 100 employees that cared for 10,000 to 20,000 people annually and 3,700 people at any given time. He took the reins of the $23 million department last year.

At the Department of Health, Fine will oversee a roughly $115 million budget that comes largely from the federal government but faces reductions as the state struggles with a tight budget.

Fine, a former primary care physician, takes charge as the department prepares to decide whether to allow controversial allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open. He also arrives less than two weeks before Chafee is expected to unveil his first state budget.

Fine is a graduate of Haverford College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency with the Brown University Program in Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket.

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  1. I don’t know much about him….whats up with this guy? does he support medical marijuana or is he gunna keep having the doh dragging patients around?

  2. sounds like where gona get better use out of are money from are budgets.. Still unsure how he feels about the MMP will.find out soon

  3. Hopefully ths gentlemen is going to spearhead the program into a more positive light.

  4. How is he gonna change minds and opinions?

  5. Hopefully this is what happens. I am a patient and wondering when are they going to start telling OUR kids in school & DARE,That marijuana is not a drug but a prescription for a better life for chronic pain etc.. Kids don’t need to think Grandpa is doing drugs??? Will he fix that??

  6. I was very fortunate to have Dr. Fine as a doctor for several years until he retired. He is a well rounded family man, smart, friendly, concerned, just the best you could ask for as a personal physician. I am sure he will be great in this position and more than able to run the show. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. FINE!

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