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Constance A. Howes Named "Leader to Know"
09/14/2011

Constance A. Howes, president and chief executive officer of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list, “291 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know,” which recognizes individuals leading prominent American health care organizations.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Armed with impressive accomplishments, extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the health care industry, these men and women continue to guide their respective organizations through change and innovation.” Leaders were selected for inclusion on this list based on nominations, inclusion in previous Becker’s Hospital Review lists, and research conducted by the Becker’s editorial team.

“This is truly an honor to be recognized by an organization as highly respected as Becker’s Hospital Review and to be included on a list of so many of my health care executive colleagues,” said Ms. Howes. “I have been blessed to be part of the family at Women & Infants for the past 28 years and to have the opportunity to lead this incredible hospital for nearly a decade. I am so proud of the work that we do at Women & Infants Hospital each and every day to provide the highest quality, most compassionate care to the women and newborns of our region.”

Ms. Howes has been president and CEO of Women & Infants Hospital since 2002, where she has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, she was vice president and general counsel for Care New England Health System, the health system comprised of Women & Infants Hospital, Kent Hospital and Butler Hospital. Before joining Women & Infants, Ms. Howes was an attorney with Tillinghast, Collins & Graham for 17 years where she practiced primarily in the area of business law and served as chairman of the Corporate Department.

Ms. Howes is chair of the Governor’s Workforce Board and the Innovation Providence Implementation Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, a member of the Board of Directors of Day One, Roger Williams University School of Law and the Providence Economic Development Partnership, a member of Providence College President’s Council, the Rhode Island Commodores and past member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 1 and a past member and past chair of the American Hospital Association Maternal Child Health Governing Council. She served on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Research and is active with CWISH, the Council of Women and Infants Specialty Hospitals.

Ms. Howes graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College and received her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

About Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high level hospital leaders to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 15,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A U.S.News Best Hospital in Gynecology and Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, Women & Infants was ranked number one in the Providence metro area and a top-performer in cancer, and has achieved a 5-star rating in Maternity Care for 2011 from HealthGrades. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 8,500 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.

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