Victoria M. Almeida was elected Chairperson of the new Health Services Council for the State of Rhode Island. Vicky was a long serving member of the previous Health Services Council and was reappointed by Speaker Mattiello to continue her widely recognized expertise in the area of health care law and regulation.
The mission of the Health Services Council is to serve as adviser to the Director of the RI Department of the Department of Health in those matters involving certificate of need, change in effective control of hospitals and nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities, the license reviews for home nursing care providers, rehabilitation centers, kidney disease treatment centers, freestanding emergency care facilities and hospice care facilities. as well as applications filed pursuant to the RI Hospital Conversion Act. Vicky brings a wealth of experience having served as Chairperson of the previous Council which was reconstituted by the General Assembly this year.
Vicky’s work as a member of the Health Services Council is yet another example of her lifelong dedication to public service having begun her public service as the first woman to serve as legal counsel to a governor, then Governor J. Joseph Garrahy. Vicky is also Vice-Chairperson of the Rhode Island Parole Board, a member of the Board of Directors of RI Legal Services, a member of the Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University and serves on many other boards for charitable organizations. She has received many honors and awards from various organizations including the Neil J. Houston Award from Justice Assistance for her “dedicated service and citizen contribution toward the criminal justice profession and the public interest.”