Denise Roncarati, CAVS (certified administrator of volunteer services), of Cumberland, director of Volunteer Services at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, was recently presented with the New England Award for Professional Excellence from the New England Association of Healthcare Volunteer Services.This award is given annually to someone who has demonstrated extraordinary service and contributions to the advancement of the health care volunteer management profession, the Association, and their local health care facility and community.
Roncarati has worked in volunteer services for more than 30 years, 25 of which have been at Women & Infants Hospital, where she provides leadership of a department that supports and integrates the services of more than 750 volunteers per year.
She is past president of the Rhode Island Association of Healthcare Volunteer Administrators and the New England Association of Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services, where she also serves on the board of directors.She has served on the Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals Committee of the American Hospital Association.
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 major 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 eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 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 of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; 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 and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.