Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island held its 126th Annual Meeting on December 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick to a standing-room-only audience of community leaders, physicians and hospital staff.
Anne Szostak of Providence, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, presided over the business meeting. In her opening remarks, Ms. Szostak commented on the successes of the past year, noting the opening of the hospital’s new South Pavilion, the hosting of national conferences, and the strides that the hospital has made in quality and patient safety.
Hospital president and chief executive officer, Constance A. Howes of Providence, remarked, “This past year was a nice balance of success and challenge – and I’m sure that the future will hold more challenges for us, but also more rewarding opportunities to help people, improve lives, and share our knowledge and talents.”
Financially, Women & Infants finished fiscal 2009 with a $13.7-million gain from hospital operations.
In other business at the meeting, it was announced that the name of the hospital’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – would be changed to the Livingston Distinguished Service Award to honor the spirit of volunteerism and active community engagement of former board member Stanley Livingston and his family. This year, the award was presented to Anne Szostak, who has completed her term as the chairman of the Board of Trustees. The incoming chairman is Douglas Jacobs of Providence.
In addition, Terrence Cahill, MD of Lincoln, president of the Medical Staff Association, presented Women & Infants’ Medical Staff Award to Donna LaFontaine, MD, of Cumberland, medical director of the Emergency Department/Triage.
This year, Women & Infants continued its tradition of recognizing excellence at the hospital with special awards created in honor of a pair of dynamic and dedicated individuals. The Richard P. Welch Award for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care was presented to Mauricio “Moe” Toro of Pawtucket, security officer at Women & Infants, who received the non-clinical award, and Jacquelyn Halliday of Scituate, senior genetic counselor at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center, who received the clinical award. In addition, oncology case manager Wendy Bergren of North Kingstown received the Mary Dowd Struck Award for Excellence in Nursing.
William F. Hatfield of Barrington, chair of the hospital’s Governance and Nominating Committee, announced the election of John Galvin of Lincoln, Linda McGoldrick of Newport, and Doug Jacobs, and the re-election of Lisa Churchville of Narragansett, Stephen Lynch Jr. of Cumberland, Cynthia Reed of Providence, and Anne Szostak as trustees of the hospital.
Elected as new corporators of the hospital were: Ashley and Peter Barrett of Saunderstown, Marguerite Brown of Smithfield, John and Karen Galvin of Lincoln, Leslie and Thomas Gardner of Providence, Matthew Lenehen and Jill Samale, MD of Wakefield, Lisa Lewis-Dunbar and Bartlett Dunbar of Newport, Mark and Deborah Marcantano of Natick, MA, Linda McGoldrik, Avery Seaman Jr. and Judith Seaman of Portsmouth, and Julie and Timothy Shocksnider of Coventry.
Throughout the business meeting was the presentation of a video tribute to 12 physicians from Women & Infants history who have helped create the premier institution that Women & Infants Hospital is today. “On the Shoulders of Giants” featured historical photographs and interviews about Drs. George W. Anderson, Yusef Barcohana, Bertram H. Buxton Jr., Edward M. Cardillo, John J. Coughlin, Herbert Ebner, Richard E. Frates, William MacDonald, David H. Nichols, William Oh, Sumner I. “Sonny” Raphael, and Don B. Singer. The video can be viewed on Women & Infants’ website at www.womenandinfants.org.