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Release Date: 03/27/2014

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 or call (401) 274-1122, extension 42020.

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 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

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 first 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 Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 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 Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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