After more than 30 years of leadership influence at Women & Infants Hospital, Constance A. (Connie) Howes, now executive vice president of women’s health at Care New England, recently stepped down from her position as president and CEO of the hospital. Women & Infants hosted an event this week to commemorate her three decades of leadership on behalf of the women, newborns and families in our state, our region and the nation.
At the event, Dennis Keefe, president and chief executive officer of Care New England, announced the launch of the Constance A. Howes Women’s Health Innovation Research Fund. The fund has already received donations totaling $200,000 from more than 140 donors.
Mr. Keefe said, “This fund honors Connie’s legacy by providing seed funding to our rising stars in the area of women’s health research, and, we believe it will help to attract residents and fellows to Women & Infants to continue the tradition of research that has thrived under Connie’s leadership.”
In addition to the establishment of the fund, Ms. Howes’ name has been engraved on the cornerstone of Women & Infants Hospital’s South Pavilion.
“This cornerstone is a fitting tribute to Women & Infants’ former president and CEO whose visionary leadership, along with Board Chair Anne Szostak and the entire Women & Infants Board, resulted in the opening of the nationally and internationally recognized Carter Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, located in the hospital’s South Pavilion,” said Mr. Keefe. “On behalf of the CNE Board and its Governance and Nominating Committee, I want you to know how very much we appreciate all that you have already accomplished in your career on behalf of our patients and their families, the faculty, caregivers and employees.”
Jack A. Elias, MD, dean of medicine and biological sciences at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Frank L. Day Professor of Biology at Brown University, presented Connie with an official Brown University chair in “gratitude and admiration for our long and valued partnership.”
Connie was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Women & Infants Hospital and a citation from Mayor Angel Taveras on behalf of the City of Providence.
To donate to the Constance A. Howes Women’s Health Innovation Research Fund, visit womenandinfants.org/waystogive or call (401) 274-1122, extension 42020.