Welcome! Login | Register
 

The Scoop: Fung Blasts Raimondo on RI Housing, Taylor Calls McKee on Flip-Flop, and More—Welcome back to The Scoop, the 4 p.m.…

PC Men’s Basketball Picked to Finish 5th in Big East—Providence College Mens Basketball Picked to Finish 5th…

RI Foundation Begins Accepting Applications for 2015 “Genius” Grants—The Rhode Island Foundation has announced it will…

Guest MINDSETTER™ Richard Ferruccio: Cost of Incarceration vs. the Cost of Crime—In a time of difficult state budgets, questions’…

It’s All About Education: Playing in the Woods Can Help Kids Reach Their Full Potential—A couple of months ago, I wrote a…

Chef Walters Flavor + Knowledge: Pan-Seared Scallops with Arugula Pesto—Cooking scallops requires a hot pan so that…

The Scoop: Michelle Obama’s Raimondo Video Message, Gorbea’s New Ad, and More—Welcome back to The Scoop, the 4 p.m.…

Victorian Mourning Customs on Display at Hearthside this Weekend—Lincoln's Hearthside House hosts its annual exhibition on…

RI Building & Construction Trades Council to Hold Walk-a-Thon for Big Brothers Big Sisters—Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council will…

Report: Patriots Bolster Roster With Two Moves—Tuesday's are generally off days at Gillette Stadium.…

 
 

PowerPlayer: Dr. Michael Fine

Monday, March 14, 2011

 

Tapped to be the interim head of the Health Department under a new administration - all the while keeping up with his permanent job at the Department of Corrections, Dr. Michael Fine certainly has his hands full these days. Easily one of Rhode Island's most powerful doctors, Dr. Fine recently spoke with GoLocalProv for our latest PowerPlayers feature.

1. You've just changed roles. What's your new post, and how's that going?

Interim Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
.
2. Take us through a day in your life.

Usually starts with the morning huddle at DOH. Lots of meetings at DOH , the State House, and sometimes site visits to community health centers and other health care facilities. Lots of learning, lots of phone calls, and lots of email. There is no better or smarter set of public servants than those at HEALTH (other than those at DOC). Then I go over to DOC in the afternoon, for meetings, to review cases and answer inmate letters and families’ phone calls. I've been finishing up between 730 and 8 pm, and get to take all sorts of interesting reading home.

3. If you hadn't heard, Rhode Island is small, which means everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing. Are you conscious of your role as a public figure? No.

4. What's the most difficult/disappointing part of your job?

Trying to do two jobs at once.

5. If you could change one thing about the state, what would it be?

The amount of sick time state employees get and how it is structured, which impairs our collective effectiveness.

6. Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I stopped being a Yankees fan when George Steinbrenner fired Reggie Jackson. Steinbrenner died last year, and Jackson became a Yankees VP, but I still bear a grudge. A good grudge is hard to find.

(Quick Hitters)

Role Model: Lucuis Garvin, MD

Favorite Restaurant: 1. Sue's 2. Cindy's

Best Beach: Misquamicut

Best Book You’ve Read In The Last Year: Anna Karenina

Advice For The Next Michael Fine: There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
 

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.