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Dr. Barry Lester Earns $4.9 Million to Participate in National ECHO Study.
Two Care New England hospitals – Memorial Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital – are among 35 pediatric cohorts who will together enroll more than 50,000 children to study the early environmental origins of health outcomes. The initial award to Memorial is a two-year grant of $6.2 million, and $4.9 million over two years to Women & Infants. Pending successful completion of this “feasibility phase,” an additional five years of funding is expected to be available. Details
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Women & Infants Participating in National Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
Women & Infants Hospital has been selected by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) to participate in the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) for a second consecutive five-year cycle. Women & Infants is one of just seven medical centers from across the US, and the only one in the Northeast, to work collaboratively to develop and perform research studies related to women with pelvic floor disorders.
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Swim Across America Raises More Than $158,000 for Women's Cancer Research.
More than 500 swimmers of all ages and skill levels participated in the seventh annual Swim Across America fundraising swim at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett this month, raising more than $158,000 for cancer research at Women & Infants.
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Certified Nurse Midwife at Women & Infants Recognized by Rhode Island Monthly.
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Risks of Postpartum Depression Higher in Mothers of Preemies.
Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting up to 15 percent of all women within the first three months following delivery. Research from Women & Infants has shown that mothers of infants born prematurely have almost double the rates of postpartum depression, particularly during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
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In Her Shoes Fundraiser Expands.
In 2006, Rehoboth artist and breast cancer survivor Sherrill Hunnibell launched the “In Her Shoes” project as a tribute to women with cancer and to give back to the Women & Infants Hospital Program in Women’s Oncology, which she credits with helping her through a dark period in her life. Now, she has two new pieces awaiting sponsorship.
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Three Nurses Recognized with DAISY Award.
Women & Infants recently presented three DAISY Awards to nurses Dacia Dailey, RN, of Pawtucket; Alicia Santilli-Pace, RN, of Johnston; and Sandi Liberti, RN, of Bristol. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the above and beyond efforts performed by nurses every day.
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How Effective Can a Smartphone App Be in Teaching Sexual Health to Teen Girls?.
New research suggests that a smartphone application vs. traditional methods can potentially connect teenage girls to more information about sexual health.
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Seeking Participants for Research Study on Bowel Control.
Are you a woman with a history of accidental bowel leakage for at least six months? You may be eligible to participate in the LIBERATE Study. Call (401) 274-1122, ext. 48228.
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Allen and Howard Brown Promotions.
Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH, FACOG, staff physician in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center, and Elisabeth D. Howard, PhD, CNM, FACNM, director of the Division of Nurse Midwifery, have both been promoted to the rank of associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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New Research: Preemies in Single NICU Rooms Benefit Long Term.
New research suggests that the single-family room NICU increases maternal involvement, which results in better short and long-term neurobehavioral outcomes in preterm babies.
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New gynecologic oncologist joins staff.

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PET Scans not Effective Enough in Identifying Lymph Nodes with Cervical Cancer.
Despite their popularity, positron emission tomography (PET) scans are not effective in uncovering cervical cancer in a woman’s lymph nodes, according to research recently published by a team of oncologists that includes a physician from Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
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Research Recommends Screening Women with Endometrial Cancer for Genetic Risk.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island was the fourth largest recruiter of women for a study in which the authors concluded that women with endometrial cancer should also be screened for genetic risk for Lynch syndrome, a hereditary colorectal cancer. The study reinforced the practice of pathological screening in this population that has been in place at Women & Infants for the past three years.
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Linda Nelson named fellow of American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Linda A. Nelson, PharmD, BCCCP, a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy, was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Dr. Nelson is also co-director of Women & Infants’ Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
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Breast Health Center Adds Breast Surgeon.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island announces the addition of Hannah A. Bansil, MD, MPH, to the staff at its Breast Health Center in the Program in Women’s Oncology.
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Research Confirms Anal Screenings Needed for HPV Patients.
Research recently published by a team from the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, underscored the need for physicians to consider screening patients for anal cancer when they present with a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
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CNE's Dr. James Padbury, Principal Investigator for $19.5M Grant.
With a new five-year federal grant, the Rhode Island Center for Clinical Translational Science will strengthen connections between scientific discovery and health around the state. CNE's Dr. James Padbury is principal investigator for the $19.5 million grant.
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Women Trust Their Own Instinct When Choosing Breast Surgery.
A research team led by Breast Health Fellow Rebecca M. Kwait, MD, at The Breast Health Center at Women & Infants, recently presented research indicating that when faced with a decision on the type of surgery to have to remove breast cancer, more women trust their own judgment over the input of their surgeon and even their partner.
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Dr. Kristin Jacobs to Serve as President of Research Network.
Kristin Jacobs, MD, a fellow in the Department of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, has been elected to serve as president of the Steering Committee for the Fellow’s Pelvic Research Network® of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS).
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Dr. Donald Coustan Appointed to Committee of American Diabetes Association.
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Donald Coustan has been appointed to serve a two-year term of the Professional Practice Committee of the American Diabetes Association.
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Melissa D'Abate, RN, Receives DAISY Award.
Congratulations to Melissa D'Abate, RN, a labor and delivery nurse who has worked at Women & Infants since 2005, on receiving the DAISY Award.

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Surgeon-in-Chief Invited to International Breast Cancer Groups.
Jennifer S. Gass, MD, surgeon-in-chief and co-director of the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, continues to be recognized as an international resource in the field of oncoplastic breast cancer surgery and cancer survivorship issues and was recently invited to participate in two key groups.
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Breast Specialist Moderates National Panel.
William Sikov, MD, FACP, of the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, recently led a panel comprised of experts in the fields of breast imaging, surgery, radiation oncology and medical oncology that reviewed recent advances in the evaluation and treatment of patients with breast cancer that have improved patient outcomes while avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments.
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Oncology Director Earns National Humanism in Medicine Award.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recently awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award to Cornelius “Skip” Granai III, MD, director of the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital.
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39 Women & Infants Physicians Named Rhode Island Monthly Top Docs.
Congratulations to the 39 physicians with privileges at Women & Infants Hospital who have been named to Rhode Island Monthly's 2016 list of Top Docs.

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More Latinas Seeking Treatment for Postpartum Depression.
Postpartum depression can be debilitating for moms and devastating for babies. It can rob them both of the ability to connect at a time when that’s crucial. Some data show that Hispanic women are at higher risk for postpartum depression. On this week’s The Pulse, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay reports how Women & Infants' Day Program is finding that more of them are seeking help.

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Dr. B. Star Hampton Honored by Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
B. Star Hampton, MD, FACOG, a board certified urogynecologist at Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has recently received the inaugural distinguished service award from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS).
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Dr. Betty Vohr Inducted into Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
In recognition for her contributions in pediatric and neonatal care, Dr. Betty Vohr has been inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

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Taunton Nurse Recognized with DAISY Award.
Heather Coelho, RN, of the Breast Health Center, was recently honored with the DAISY Award for above and beyond nursing.

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Dr. Vivian Sung Named President of Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
Vivian W. Sung, MD, FACOG, a board certified urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been named president of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS).
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Grant Enables Further Recruitment and Development of State-Wide Partnership for Autism Research .
The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) has received a $1.5 million renewal grant that will enable them to continue recruiting families for research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Maternal Mental Health Day Live Facebook Chat .
Tune in Wednesday, May 4th at 2 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/womenandinfants/ to hear from three busy moms about how they take care of themselves physically and emotionally.

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Dr. Robert Insoft Has Been Named to American Academy of Pediatrics Committee.
Robert M. Insoft, MD, a neonatologist at Women & Infants and associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Steering Committee for the Task Force for Guidelines and Protocol Sharing.
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Research Team Shows No Benefit to Weekly Treatments for Ovarian Cancer.
An article published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine evaluated the role of administering a commonly used chemotherapy drug for ovarian cancer on a weekly basis as compared to every three weeks in the hopes of improving survival without disease progression. The research team includes Paul DiSilvestro, MD, of the Program in Women's Oncology.

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Women & Infants and Brown Selected to Continue Participation in NIH's MFMU and NRN.
Following a rigorous review process, Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University have recently received notification that their participation in the NIH's Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network and Neonatal Research Network has been renewed for the five-year cycle that begins in 2016. Women & Infants/Brown is one of only a few sites nationwide – and the only one in New England – to be part of both networks simultaneously.
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Infant Daughters of Women with PCOS Show Early Signs.
A recent study indicates that infant daughters of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be at higher risk of developing this complex genetic disorder. Dr. Ruben Alvero, director of Women & Infants’ Fertility Center, was interviewed for a story that aired on WJAR-TV10.

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Elisabeth Howard Named Director of Nurse Midwifery.
Elisabeth D. Howard, PhD, CNM, FACNM, has been named the director of nurse midwifery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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Researcher Calls for More Studies Into Benefits of Medical Marijuana.
A medical oncologist and researcher at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, recently published the results of a study examining the potential benefits from medical marijuana use in oncology patients.
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Intimacy and Sexual Health Center for Cancer Patients Opens.
Many women experience sexual intimacy issues as side effect of battling cancer and undergoing treatment for it. For them, a diverse team of caregivers at Women & Infants Hospital has created the Women’s Intimacy and Sexual Health (WISH) Center to offer help and hope.
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Women & Infants Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists Present at SMFM Pregnancy Meeting.
Several specialists from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) annual Pregnancy Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The meeting convenes each winter to share the latest innovation in clinical research and care through seminars and presentations.

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Medical Screening and Special Testing Team from Women & Infants Publishes in Public Library of Science on Gestational Diabetes Findings.
According to Dr. James E. Haddow, their findings are the first to show that the well-known connection between obesity and gestational diabetes can be partially explained by altered thyroid hormone production.

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Research Shows Use of Steroids in Women at Risk for Late Preterm Delivery Reduces Rate of Neonatal Respiratory Complications.
New research shows that babies born in the late preterm period - between 34 and 36 weeks gestation - benefit from the use of antenatal corticosteroids to help mature the baby's lungs.

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Imaging Excellence Recognized.
Women & Infants has again earned a three-year accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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Rumford Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Women & Infants Hospital recently presented Rumford resident Sarah Luczkowski, RN, an antenatal care unit (ACU) nurse, with this month’s DAISY Award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the above and beyond efforts performed by nurses every day.

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Researchers Find Gender Differences in Scholarly Productivity.
The differences between men and women seem to infiltrate yet another aspect of medicine with a study spearheaded at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, indicating that younger female gynecologic oncologists were less productive scholastically and, therefore, poorly represented in the higher academic ranks, than their male contemporaries.
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Women & Infants Among America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care.
Women & Infants has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care for the second consecutive year. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
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Researchers Publish on Connection Between Anal Cancer and HPV.
Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, recently published the results of a study demonstrating a connection between anal cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist at Women & Infants Speaks on Expert Panel About Zika at Brown University.
Dr. Brenna Hughes was one of four experts chosen to speak on the Zika virus at Brown University's Watson Institute on Wednesday. Dr. Hughes delivered a short presentation regarding the virus and pregnancy as well as testing and screening for the virus in pregnant women.
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Dr Renee Eger Joins Health Care Alliance.
Renee Eger, MD, has joined Bayside Ob/Gyn, a private practice affiliated with Women & Infants Health Care Alliance. She is now seeing patients at 235 Plain Street in Providence and 60 Messenger Street in Plainville, MA. Call (401) 421-1710.
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Researcher Helps Uncover More Inherited Genetic Mutations Linked to Ovarian Cancer.
A recent publication documents the efforts of a team of researchers affiliated with the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), including one from Women & Infants, to determine if inherited genetic mutations other than BRCA1 and BRCA2 can also put a woman at risk of developing these diseases.
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Pregnant Women To Be Screened for Depression.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued recommendations that all pregnant women should be screened for depression. According to Dr. Margaret Howard, director of Women's Behavioral Health, "Pregnancy is not protective against depression, which is all too common in the lives of women. Depression during pregnancy is becoming increasingly well-studied, and we are fortunate at Women & Infants to have a concentration of experts who are not only researching this important health issue, but are also providing exceptional care to women who are coping with postpartum depression."
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Zika Virus Risks Summarized by Chief of Women's Infectious Disease at Women & Infants.
Dr. Brenna Hughes, chief of the Women's Infectious Disease Consultative Service was recently interviewed by WJAR-TV10. Dr. Hughes also offers this summary of what you need to know as a pregnant woman.
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WIH Among America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics for Second Consecutive Year.
Women & Infants has been recognized for its obstetric care for the second consecutive year, receiving the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.
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Former NICU Family Gives Back Through Family Business.
Ken Rahn and family plan to give back to the Women & Infants neonatal intensive care unit with thankful hearts after they cared for his premature born children, Julia and William, through their new business venture, Bringeth the Meat BBQ. Two percent of sales each quarter will be donated back to the hospital's NICU.
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Coventry Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Barbara Gallagher, a 20 year nurse with Women & Infants, has been awarded this month's DAISY Award for above and beyond nursing. A recent NICU family nominated Barbara for helping them get through one of the toughest times of their family's life.
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Women & Infants Physical Therapist Earns Distinguished Service Award.
Wendy Fox is the first board certified women's health clinical specialist in the state to be honored with the Mary DuVally Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapists Association.
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Dr. Gary Frishman Elected to Board of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Gary Frishman of the Division of REI has been elected to the position of secretary/treasurer and will begin duties later this month. After one term, Dr. Frishman will then become vice president and then later president of the AAGL. The AAGL is the leading association in the world in promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
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Women & Infants Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition from the Joint Commission.
The recognition highlights the nation's premier hospitals for safety and quality. Women & Infants is one of only two hospitals in Rhode Island and 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the 2014 Top Performer Distinction.
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Dr. Amy Salisbury Published in American Journal of Psychiatry for Study Findings in Depression Medication and Pregnancy.
Dr. Amy Salisbury, a research scientist of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, finds that women treating depression with SSRIs during pregnancy could lead to negative effects for their unborn child.
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Laboratory Earns Accreditation from AABB.
Women & Infants Hospital has been granted AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) accreditation for transfusion services provided by the hospital’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
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WIH Earns Three Million Dollar Grant from National Institute of Health.
Women & Infants Hospital has earned a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to determine the efficacy of a neurobehavioral exam that may help to identify which infants are at greatest risk for developmental impairment.
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March of Dimes Grants Award to Women's Care, Inc..
The March of Dimes, Rhode Island Chapter has awarded a grant to Women's Care Inc., private practice affiliated with Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, to support a model of prenatal care aimed at enhancing maternal and child needs in Rhode Island.
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Tomosynthesis is Now Available in East Greenwich.
To bring the most advanced care closer to home for our patients, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island is now offering digital breast tomosynthesis at its medical office building in East Greenwich.
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Staff Earn Welch Awards.
Two staff members at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island were recently awarded the annual Richard P. Welch Award for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care.
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Physician Recognized by State Medical Society.
The Rhode Island Medical Society recently honored Patrick J. Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD, a long-time member of the medical staff at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, with the Herbert H. Rakatansky Award for Professionalism in Medicine.
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Obesity in Pregnancy Clinic Introduced.
Women & Infants now offers an Obesity in Pregnancy Clinic as part of the hospital’s Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy, a collaboration between the divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetric and Consultative Medicine.
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Constance A. Howes Women's Health Innovation Research Fund Awards Two $25,000 Grants.
The research fund awarded two $25,000 grants to Drs. Surrendra Sharma and Erika Werner for their studies revolving around preeclampsia, a common pregnancy complication in women. The research fund was established in 2014 with contributions from more than 150 donors to honor former hospital president Constance A. Howes and to support research studies that advance women’s health and gender-based research.
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MFM Specialists Offer Recommendations for Use of Aspirin to Prevent Preeclampsia.
To prevent preeclampsia, new research from Women & Infants suggests that low-dose aspirin should be given prophylactically to all women at high risk (those with diabetes or chronic hypertension) and any woman with two or more moderate risk factors (including obesity, multiple gestation and advanced maternal age). 
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Cranston, RI Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Mary Pepin, RN, is well known for going beyond the call of duty each and every day for every patient and their family. Read her story.
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Dr. Erika Werner Awarded Funding for Trial on Diabetes and Pregnancy.
Dr. Erika Werner has been awarded funding starting January 1, 2016 from the American Diabetes Association's Research Program for her research examining pre-diabetes and high blood sugar levels prenatally and postpartum.
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Dr. Christine Brousseau Elected Officer of Rhode Island Medical Society.
E. Christine Brousseau, MD, of the Department of Research has been elected as secretary of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) for the coming year.
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Bristol Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Women & Infants Hospital recently presented Bristol resident, Helina Skiba, RN, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse, with this month’s DAISY Award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the above and beyond efforts performed by nurses every day. Helina has been a nurse with Women & Infants for 17 years.
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Dr. Susan Koelliker Named Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at Women & Infants Hospital.
Beginning January 1st, Susan Koelliker, MD, will begin duties as Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Koelliker has been a radiologist with Women & Infants for 20 years.
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Pathologic Complete Response to Presurgery Chemo Increases Survival.
A researcher with the Breast Health Center recently presented the results of a study showing that women with Stage 2 or 3 triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have a pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy before surgery are more likely to survive compared to those who had more than minimal residual invasive disease during surgery at the prestigious San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
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Dr. Marcia VanVleet Earns 2015 RIAAP Special Achievement Award.
Dr. VanVleet, director of the newborn nursery at Women & Infants, received the 2015 Special Achievement Award for her contributions to children's health in Rhode Island through research, service, and educational endeavors. Dr. VanVleet has been a leader in pediatric care in Rhode Island for more than 15 years.
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Women & Infants Physician Awarded Best Surgical Paper Honors at AUGS Annual Meeting.
Dr. Charles Rardin and team garnered Best Surgical Paper Honors at the 2015 AUGS Annual Meeting in mid-October. Their study examined surgery methods that accommodate a woman’s wish to not have her uterus removed when the decision is made to surgically repair uterine prolapse.
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Women & Infants Offers Sound Therapy for Cancer Patients, Survivors.
Sound therapy group session provides a unique feeling of wellness to women who have battled, or continue to battle, cancer. Using holistic sound, a non-invasive blend of healing modalities using sound, music and frequency to restore balance and harmony, the therapy heals the physical, mental and emotional parts of the body.
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Dr. Deborah Myers has been selected to serve on the FDA Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel.
Dr. Deborah Myers was recently selected to serve on the FDA Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices for use in the obstetrics and gynecology and makes appropriate recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.  
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Advanced Hereditary Cancer Testing Now Available.
Many women with a personal and/or family history of uterine, colon, ovarian, breast and other cancers choose to undergo genetic testing to see if they possess a genetic mutation that predisposes them to the disease.
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Active Duty Military Women May Have Higher STI Risk.
Military women may be more likely to engage in high-risk sexual practices, be less likely to consistently use barrier contraception, and, therefore, more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to research recently released by a physician at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
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Abnormal Stress Response Seen in Toddlers Exposed to Meth in Womb.
Some two-year-olds whose moms used methamphetamine during pregnancy may have an abnormal response to stressful situations, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Women & Infants Unveils New England's First March of Dimes NICU Family Support Bright Space for Siblings.
Families of babies being seen in Women & Infants Hospital’s Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic now have an educational and developmentally appropriate space to promote self-healing through play, thanks to an innovative partnership with the March of Dimes and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.
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WIH Participates in Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
Women & Infants has partnered with the New England Organ Bank to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
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Program in Women's Oncology Earns National Accreditation.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer recently announced that the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island earned a three-year accreditation with commendation.
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Parental Stress in Teen Moms Increases Chance of PPD.
A team of researchers - including two affiliated with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island - has concluded that increased parental stress faced by adolescent mothers increases their chance of suffering from postpartum depression (PPD).
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Awards of Excellence Presented.
Two staff members at Women & Infants Hospital were recently awarded the annual Richard P. Welch Award for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care.
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SIM Program Plans Open House.
The Care New England Simulation Program at Women & Infants Hospital will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 8 am to 5 pm, in the new space. At 10 am, Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England, will ceremoniously cut the ribbon on the facility.
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Women and Infants Launches Woman to Woman Program for Cancer Patients.
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) recently awarded a $50,000 grant to the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants for the creation of a Woman to Woman patient to patient mentoring program at the hospital.
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Women & Infants Staff Member Earns Award of Excellence.
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.
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Dr. Maureen Phipps Appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England Health System, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as one of its newest members.
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Psychiatrist Added to Staff.
Women & Infants announced the recent appointment of Carmen E. Colomer, MD, as a psychiatrist with the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health in the Department of Medicine.
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REI Fellow Earns National Award.
Lynae M. Brayboy, MD, a third-year fellow in the Division of Reproduction and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, was recently awarded a Physician Scientist Award to participate in the Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) beginning July 1.
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WIH Participating in Eat Healthy RI 2014.
Women & Infants' WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health) is participating in Eat Healthy RI 2014, a celebration of health and wellness sponsored by The Picture of Children's Health.
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Targeted Way to Treat Ovarian Cancer Discovered.
Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have developed a biologic drug that would prevent the production of a protein known to allow ovarian cancer cells to grow aggressively while being resistant to chemotherapy. This would improve treatment and survival rates for some women.
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Clinical Opinion Published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
A clinical opinion written by third year resident Maureen Hamel, MD, along with maternal-fetal medicine specialists Brenna Anderson, MD and Dwight Rouse, MD has been published in the January 10, 2014 online edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Study Shows that Premature Infants Benefit from Adult Talk.
Research led by a team at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been published in the February 10, 2014 online edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The research indicates that premature babies benefit from being exposed to adult talk as early as possible.
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WIH Participating in Eat Healthy Rhode Island Campaign.
Women & Infants' WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health) is participating in Eat Healthy RI 2014, a celebration of health and wellness sponsored by The Picture of Children's Health.
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WIH Introduces Women's Infectious Disease Consult Service.
Women & Infants has introduced one of the nation’s only Women’s Infectious Disease Consult Service, a collaborative service of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Department of Medicine, and the hospital’s Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy.
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
To commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, The Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health at Women & Infants Hospital, in association with the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island and the American Cancer Society, will host an education and awareness event.
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Higher Risks Among Perinatal Women with Bipolar Disorder.
Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author said.
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Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence Prevalent Among Women Seeking Medical Care.
Enough women experience reproductive coercion – male behavior to control contraception and pregnancy outcomes – that a research team now recommends health care providers address the subjects with their patients and tailor family planning discussions and recommendations accordingly.
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Co-Authors Obstetric Care Consensus.
Dr. Dwight J. Rouse has co-authored the first in a new, joint series called “Obstetric Care Consensus” that is being introduced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). This issue addresses the rapid increase in cesarean birth rates and outlines a multifaceted approach that addresses indications for primary cesarean delivery.
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Dr. Brenna Anderson Contributes to Clinical Expert Series on Group A Strep Infection in Pregnancy.
Dr. Brenna Anderson, director of the Women’s Infectious Diseases Consultative Service, has published an article as part of a Clinical Expert Series in the April 2014 edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology, now available online. The article, entitled “Puerperal Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infection: Beyond Semmelweiss,” offers a description of the recommended approach to diagnosing and treating GAS in pregnant and postpartum women.
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Hypnotherapy Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients.
A team of researchers affiliated with the Program in Women's Oncology and Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently revealed study findings indicating that hypnotherapy effectively reduces hot flashes in breast cancer survivors by 80 to 85 percent.
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Dr. James Padbury Earns March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative Grant.
With the help of funding from the March of Dimes, James F. Padbury, MD, is one of five scientists whose work toward discovering the causes of and reducing the rates of prematurity will be supported by March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) grants in 2014.
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Sixth WRHR Scholar to Study Postpartum Emergency Visits.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently named E. Christine Brousseau, MD, its sixth Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Scholar.
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Less Invasive Technique Possible for Vulvar Cancer.
A team of researchers from Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island commanded a national stage today to present the results of a study evaluating the use of sentinel lymph node dissection in women with vulvar malignancies, and then follow the patients for complications and recurrence.

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Constance A Howes Women's Health Innovation Research Fund Established.
Women & Infants has announced the launch of the Constance A. Howes Women's Health Innovation Research Fund. Watch a tribute video.
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Obstetric Evaluation Unit Unveiled.
Women & Infants has unveiled its new Obstetric Evaluation Unit in the Division of Emergency Obstetrics and Gynecology. This new, state-of-the-art, seven-bed unit, an expansion to the hospital's current Emergency Department, will serve as a dedicated space to provide high quality, efficient care to obstetric patients.
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Mark R. Marcantano Named President and COO.
Congratulations to Mark R. Marcantano who has been named president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
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WIH Hosts 20th Annual RIHAP Seminar.
Women & Infants Hospital, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP) will present their 20th annual seminar, entitled “Creating Positive Environments for Children with Hearing Loss” on Friday, May 9th from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI.
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Dr. Margaret Howard Named Director of Division of Women's Behavioral Health.
Congratulations to Margaret Howard, PhD, who has been named director of the Division of Women’s Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital.
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Women & Infants "Makes Time for Reading".
Women & Infants has received a donation of books for babies in the hospital's Carter Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The book is entitled "Making Time for Reading: A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children."
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Clinical Opinion Published in AJOG.
A clinical opinion by Dr. Charles Rardin about the use of robotics for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery has been published in the May edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Dr. James Padbury Receives Mentor of the Year Award.
Dr. James F. Padbury was recently presented with the Mentor of the Year Award at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research.
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Dr. Margaret Howard Honored by Families First RI.
Margaret Howard, PhD, director of the Division of Women’s Behavioral Health and of the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital, was honored last week at Families First Rhode Island’s Moms for Moms Spring Gala. Dr. Howard was recognized for her role in championing the diagnosis and proper treatment of postpartum depression.
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Women & Infants Earns National Achievement Award.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons announced recently that Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island is one of 74 accredited cancer programs nationwide – and one of just two in Rhode Island – to earn its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.
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Nurses Honored During National Nurses Week.
Congratulations to Karen Kennally, RN, BSN, CHSE, Erin Cote, RN, and Elaine Torman, RN, on receiving Women & Infants' 2014 awards of nursing excellence.
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Social Worker Named to Board of Social Work Examiners.
Clinical social worker Lynn Finocchiaro, LICSW, has been appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.
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Nurse Earns RI Environmental Sustainability Award.
Mary Bucco, RN, was recently presented with the Rhode Island Environmental Sustainability Award at the organization's Blue Wrap Jean Ball. Mary led a team which represented the staff in the hospital's Operating Room, along with Jennifer Braz, RN.
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Integrative Care Program Invites Cancer Patients to Garden.
Recognizing that there are healing powers to working the earth in a garden – not to mention the nutritional benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables – staff with the Integrative Care Program in the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has launched a community-style gardening program for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
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Clinical Review Published in Journal of the American Medical Association.
Many women experience mixed urinary incontinence, urine loss with laughing, coughing and sneezing (stress urinary incontinence) AND on their way to the bathroom (urge urinary incontinence). Dr. Deborah Myers has published a clinical review on on the topic in JAMA.
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Women & Infants Named a Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology.
Women & Infants has been named a 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology by U.S. News Media Group.
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Women & Infants Launches National Endometriosis Study.
Researchers in the Center for Reproduction and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital have launched an arm of the national SOLSTICE clinical study, evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug to help women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain symptoms.
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Dr. Gary Frishman Appointed to Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Gary N. Frishman has been appointed to the Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
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Swim Across America Making Waves in The Fight Against Cancer.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the national non-profit organization Swim Across America (SAA) will make waves in the fight against cancer with the fifth annual SAA Rhode Island Swim on Saturday, September 6. Registration is now open for teams and individuals.
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Dr. Judith Mercer Receives Highest Honor from ACNM.
Judith S. Mercer, CNM, PhD, FACNM, a research scientist at Women & Infants, was recently honored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) as the recipient of the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, the ACNM’s most prestigious award.
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Dr. Robert Insoft Named Senior Vice President, Quality and Clinical Effectiveness.
Robert M. Insoft, MD has recently been named senior vice president of quality and clinical effectiveness at Women & Infants. A neonatologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Insoft most recently served as the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neonatal Respiratory Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where he was also the quality officer in the NICU.
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Dr. Surendra Sharma Honored by ASRI.
Dr. Surendra Sharma, a research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Reproductive Immunology.
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Dr. Brenna Hughes Publishes Commentary in International Journal.
Brenna Hughes, MD, of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has published a commentary in the current issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, now available online. The commentary is entitled “The time has come to consider neonatal outcomes when designing embryo transfer policies.”
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Dr. Charles Rardin Contributes to the Debate Over the Techniques Used for Specimen Extraction.
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Women & Infants Breast Cancer Specialist Reports Advance in Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
Medical oncologist Dr. William M. Sikov publishes national study aimed at combating aggressive form of disease.
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WIH Researchers Examine Role of Hormone in Patient Responses to Ovarian Cancer Treatment.
Women & Infants Hospital’s Program in Women’s Oncology publishes work detailing improved methods of therapy to address ovarian cancer.
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Women & Infants Family Van Receives Community Grant.
Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education center awards grant to W&I Family Van Program to address health disparities in the surrounding community.
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Research Evaluates Outcomes in Single Family Room NICU.
Research led by Drs. Barry Lester and James Padbury finds that single family room NICU offers more opportunities to provide care that improves outcomes, such as increased maternal involvement and increased developmental support.
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Nurse Recognized at Women and Infants.
Ann Marie Coehlo, RN, of Cranston, RI and W&I's infusion center is the first DAISY Award winner for above and beyond care.
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Women & Infants Researchers Examine Gynecologic Cancers and HPV Link.
Katina Robinson, MD, of the Program in Women's Oncology recently presented research that demonstrates a link between gynecologic cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
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Residency Program Ranks Among Top 10 in the Country.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program garners top honors in mix of over 50,000 applicants under direction of Dr. Gary Frishman, MD.
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Women & Infants Announces Addition to Center for Obstetric and Consultative Medicine.

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MFM Specialists Publish Expert Series on Fetal Surgery.
Drs. Katharine Wenstrom and Stephen Carr have published an expert series on fetal surgery in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Women & Infants Hospital Publishes Book on Contraception for Medically Challenging Patients.
Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has published a book that offers advice on how to meet the contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems. In the book, Dr. Allen explains that these women need more family planning care than most so that their specific needs can be appropriately addressed ahead of delivery.
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Hearing and Language Development Doctor Named 2014 Landmark Award Winner.
Dr. Betty Vohr was recently awarded the annual Landmark Award of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics for her efforts in establishing the first Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program in the United States. Dr. Vohr, a pioneer for universal screenings, has watched the program be replicated in states all over the country.
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Study Examines How Mothers and Fathers Converse with Their Infants.
Research led by Dr. Betty Vohr has shown the importance of reading, talking and singing in infant and toddler language development, and a new study examines the role of gender in these parent-child conversations.
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Jazz Event Raises Funds for Minimally Invasive Surgery Program.
Hundreds fill Cafe Nuovo to support minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Over two dozen major contributors played host to an evening of live, local music.
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Nurse Recognized in the Month of October.
The nursing department celebrated Janet Asprinio's nomination and win on Tuesday afternoon in the 5 East mother/baby unit. A nurse for nine years with Women & Infants, Janet is well respected by her co-workers and revered by her patients.
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Should Pregnant Women Eat Fish?.
To eat fish or not to eat fish? That is the question for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Dr. Katharine Wenstrom clarifies this complicated issue in a Viewpoint in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Simulation Lab Team Awarded Grant for Study.
A method for pre-implementation first organized prior to the opening of the Women & Infants single-family room neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Dr. Bender and his team have been awarded a substantial grant to broaden the impact of this study on other disciplines in any hospital.
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Director of Inpatient Obstetrics Receives Edward J. Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence.
The inaugural Hospital Association of Rhode Island award recognizes James O'Brien, MD, and his team for their implemented quality and patient safety initiative. Dr. O'Brien accepted the award on behalf of his team at the 25th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Hospital Care on November 6th.
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Women and Infants Employee Recognized at HARI Celebration.
Iris Sian, a care assistant in the NICU, recently accepted the Award for Excellence in Hospital Care. A bilingual care associate since 2009, Iris is well known by her patients and peers as a professional, pleasant and courteous provider with a position attitude.
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Dr. Glenn Palomaki Contributes to Debate on Breast Cancer Screening.
What are the risks and benefits of screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in the general adult population? Dr. Glenn Palomaki has published an invited commentary in Genetics in Medicine on this issue.
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WIH Awarded Coveted 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction.
For the first time, The Leapfrog Group has named Women & Infants Hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.
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Johnston Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
A second Murray Family Infusion Center nurse was honored with the DAISY Award this month. Ivone Burgess is best known by her patients for spoiling them with an ability to make them forget they are even receiving treatment at all. Ivone is also greatly appreciated for her enthusiasm in her working relationship with all of her peers.
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Breast Cancer Presurgery Chemotherapy Benefits.
Dr. William Sikov, associate chief of clinical research with the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants and associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, found that adding either carboplatin or bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy treatment before surgery helped triple-negative breast cancer patients.
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Seekonk Nurse Mother Baby Unit Daisy Award.
Jane Holden, RN, of the mother baby unit was recently honored among staff and patients as the fourth extraordinary nurse with the DAISY Award.
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Urogynecology Book Earns Recognition.
A book co-edited by Vivian W. Sung, MD, has earned Highly Commended Distinction by the British Medical Association (BMA), ob/gyn category of the BMA Book Awards 2014. The book is entitled Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery: Clinical Practice and Surgical Atlas.
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Dr. James O'Brien Chairs CWISH Committee.
James A. O’Brien, MD, director of inpatient obstetrics at Women & Infants Hospital, has been selected to lead the physician subcommittee of the Council of Women’s and Infant’s Specialty Hospitals (CWISH).
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WIH Receives Women's Choice Award.
Women & Infants Hospital has received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.
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High Ranking Residency Program in the Northeast.
After previously being ranked among the top 10 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs in the country, Doximity releases new list ranking the joint program of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital obstetrics and gynecology residency program among the top five in the Northeast region.
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Oncologists Wins National Research Award.
The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) Foundation recently announced that Cara Mathews, MD, of the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants earned its national Young Investigator Award for 2015 for her presentation, "Survival in advanced endometrial cancer: Does time to chemotherapy matter?"
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Designated Institutional Official Named.
David A. Carcieri, MD, FACOG, immediate past president of the medical staff, is named hospital DIO, responsible for administration and oversight of all hospital graduate medical education programs.
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Johnston Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Daisy Award.
Celeste Barnes, RN, of the ACU is the fifth nurse recognized for her above and beyond work each day with the DAISY Award at Women & Infants.
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Barry Lester Contributes to Epigenetics.
Dr. Barry M. Lester, along with James F. Padbury, MD, chief of pediatrics at Women & Infants and the Oh–Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics and Perinatal Research at Brown University, and epigeneticist, Carmen Marsit, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University, have been working together researching epigenetic and environmental factors that lead to the development of many mental health disorders in children.
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Women's Heart Health Program Launched at WIH.
Women & Infants Hospital announced the establishment of a new women’s cardiovascular program from Care New England Cardiovascular Care. Women’s Heart Health of Women & Infants, located at 90 Plain Street in Providence, is designed to meet the cardiac needs of women, while helping them to take the right steps in preventing all aspects of heart disease.
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Research by Dr. Lindsay Maggio Selected as Best Among Thousands Submitted to SMFM.
Research by Dr. Lindsay Maggio, a fellow in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was selected as the nation's best fellow research paper at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting. The research focused on the use of prophylactic antibiotics with obese pregnant women.
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ACHE Distinguished Service Award.
Ann Daniels was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives Rhode Island Chapter. She currently serves as the director of administrative operations in the Department of Medicine at Women & Infants.
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Drs. Rebecca Allen and Brenna Hughes Rank Among Top Ten Percent of Peer Reviewers of Journal .
Drs. Allen and Hughes are found to be most knowledgeable, dedicated and prompt as national peer reviewers of submissions to Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Official Publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists Present at Conference.
Maternal-fetal specialists from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital recently shared their expertise with colleagues at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual Pregnancy Meeting.
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Fox Appointed to RI Board of Physical Therapy .
Wendy Baltzer-Fox, supervisor of Women's Health Physical Therapy Services at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, has been appointed to the Rhode Island Department of Health Board of Physical Therapy.
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Nurse Published for Research on Postnatal Care in Australia .
Tracey Savage, RN, BSN, MS, clinical education for the Mother Baby Units at Women & Infants recently published a study with her team in Australia on their study regarding care provided to postpartum women. Home visits in conjunction with shorter hospital stays are the future of outpatient care in the United States, explains Savage.
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Women's Choice Award for Breast Health.
Women & Infants earns its second Women's Choice designation for 2015 with the Women's Choice Award for its Breast Health Center. This evidence-based designation identifies the country's best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital.

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Physicians Bring Specialty Care to Women in Rwanda.
Dr. Hampton has been traveling to Africa each year since 2005, when she was a Urogynecology fellow at NYU, and she is now the team leader and lead surgeon for the IOWD mission. Two graduates from the Women and Infants fellowship, Dr. Blair Washington and Dr. Peter Jeppson, are now attendings on the surgical team after experiencing this as senior fellows with Dr. Hampton.
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Local Women Donate Bags for Women Undergoing Chemo.
Tracey Cheney of Manville, RI, recently donated 25 specialty bags loaded with goodies for women undergoing chemotherapy at the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Cheney and her friends each sponsored a bag from Thirty-One, an accessory company for which Cheney works as a representative, and filled them with such things as small fleece blankets, hand lotion, warm socks, hard candies and other items.
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Renee Eger Named Medical Director of Women's Primary Care Center.
Renee Eger, MD, has been named medical director for the Women’s Primary Care Center of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The Women's Primary Care Center (WPCC) offers a full array of health services for women of all ages, including primary and preventive health care for women of reproductive age, as well as obstetrical services and routine and specialty gynecologic services for women of all ages.
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Pediatrics Physicians Present at Professional Conference.
James F. Padbury, pediatrician-in-chief at Women & Infants is set to present multiple abstracts at the Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) annual meeting at the end of April with his colleagues from the hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in San Diego, CA.
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Alliance Providers Receive Brown Recognition.
Congratulations to the following providers with Women & Infants Health Care Alliance who were recognized at the Rounds and Recognition ceremony of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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Surgical Weight Loss Site Free Info Sessions.
The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is pleased to announce that it will now offer free public information sessions at Women & Infants Hospital. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is aimed at helping patients who suffer from obesity and other weight-related diseases obtain optimal weight and a healthier lifestyle. Surgical weight loss procedures include the lap band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.
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Program in Women's Oncology Staff Write Sections for Textbook.
A handful of staff members from the Program in Women's Oncology have been tapped to edit and develop sections of the second edition of "Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine." It serves as a resource for clinicians, residents and medical students.
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Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Leslie Rosa, RN, of the division of urogynecology at Women & Infants was the most recent nurse honored by the DAISY Foundation for her contributions to community victims of domestic violence.
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Women & Infants Hosts 21st Annual Seminar for Professionals and Families of Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program will present their seminar entitled, "Creating Positive Environments for Children with Hearing Loss" on Friday, May 15th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Rhode Island hearing impaired students will also be participating in the 11th Annual Art Competition alongside the conference.
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Women & Infants Honored for Contributions to Neonatal Care .
Rosemarie Bigsby has been awarded the inaugural Pioneer Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) for her contributions to helping advance neonatal therapy. Bigbsy is the coordinator of neonatal intensive care services for the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk/Center for Children and Families of Women & Infants.
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Betty Vohr, MD, Receives Award for Contributions to High-Risk Infant Care.
The Women & Infants medical director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program in Pediatrics was awarded the Stan and Mavis Graven's Leadership Award for her contributions to exploration and advancement in neonatal care and support for high-risk infants.
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Study: Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Conservation Therapy Experience Greater Intimacy, Sexual Fulfillment.
Surgeon-in-chief and co-direction of the Breast Health Center, Dr. Jennifer Gass, presented research at the annual meetings of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and the Society of Surgical Oncology.
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Women & Infants Pathologists Shine at 2015 USCAP Annual Meeting.
Dr. Mike He and Stuart C. Lauchlan Fellow shined internationally for Women & Infants at the 2015 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting. The 104th USCAP annual meeting was attended by more than 5,000 pathology professionals from around the world.
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Women & Infants Mental Health Clinician to Speak at International Trauma Treatment Conference.
Dr. Sandra Salzillo will join some of the world's leading experts on the faculty of the upcoming Assisi Institute international trauma treatment conference in Mystic, CT. The conference will highlight the latest research and needs of those affected by trauma.
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Dr. Shannon Marie Erisman Named Director of Day Hospital .
Dr. Shannon Marie Erisman has been named clinical director of the national recognized Day Hospital of the Center for Behavioral Health at Women & Infants. She joins ranks with Center director, Dr. Margaret Howard.
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Dr. Vivian Sung Named President-Elect of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons .
Dr. Vivian Sung, elected President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons for the 2016 year, will be responsible for presiding over all meetings of the Society. The SGS aims to promote dissemination of knowledge revolving around gynecologic surgery; advance the understanding of the female reproductive system; and encourage improvement in surgical skills and techniques.
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Women & Infants Gynecologic Oncologist Earns Prestigious Research Funding.
Dr. Katina Robinson, a gynecologic oncologist with the Program in Women's Oncology was awarded more than $2.7 million in contracted funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The study, "Cancer of the Uterus and Treatment of Stress Incontinence (CUTI)" is focused on improving the quality of life for women who undergo surgery for endometrial cancer by screening for and offering treatment of existing stress urinary incontinence at the same time as their cancer surgery.
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Breast Surgeon First in RI to Use Margin Probe in Lumpectomy.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is the first in the state to offer breast cancer patients access to the MarginProbe™ System, which is three times more effective in identifying cancer on the margin of a breast mass during a lumpectomy than traditional methods.
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Ob/Gyn Specialists Present at ACOG Conference.
Several specialists from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology shared their expertise with colleagues earlier this month at the Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). 
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Dr. Gary Frishman Authors Editorial in Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.
Dr. Gary Frishman recently published an editorial entitled "Is it time to Take a Second Look at Second-Look Laparoscopy?" in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, a professional journal for which he is the deputy editor.
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Women & Infants Honors Nurses During National Nurses Week .
Women & Infants awards Christina Ribeiro-Ourique, Heather Murphy and Leslie Rosa for nursing excellence during National Nurses Week 2015.
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Research About Unexpected Complications of Low Risk Pregnancies Published in AJOG.
When a woman becomes pregnant or is planning a pregnancy, one of her first decisions is where she will deliver her baby. With options ranging from birthing centers to small community hospitals to regional health networks to academic medical centers, the decision can be confusing. The question, especially for a woman with a low-risk pregnancy, is "What is the likelihood that something could go wrong?"
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WIH Receives $5 Million Grant from NIH to Continue Work on Perinatal Biology.
Women & Infants has recently received a nearly $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Perinatal Biology. Of the more than 100 COBREs across the country, Women & Infants is the only one specifically focused on developmental research.
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Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Labor Delivery Recovery.
Karen Bucci, RN, of Cranston, of Labor/Deliver/Recovery is the winner of the month of June for the hospital-wide DAISY award. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the above and beyond efforts performed by nurses every day.
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Dr. James F. Padbury Honored with Silver Rattle Award.
Dr. James F. Padbury joins a long list of Women & Infants doctors with his honor of the Silver Rattle Award at Health Mothers, Healthy Babies RI May Breakfast. He also gave the keynote address where he outlined the lessons to be learned as well as successes with the single-family room NICU model at the hospital.
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WIH Receives Third 2015 Women's Choice Award.
As acknowledgement of its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment for women with cancer, Women & Infants has earned a 2015 Women's Choice Award® for its Program in Women's Oncology, making it one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care.
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Dr. Vivian Sung to Serve on Professional Committee.
Vivian W. Sung, MD, a urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, has been selected to serve on the International Urogynecological Association Terminology and Standardization Committee. 
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Center for Reproduction and Infertility at Women & Infants Earns Nursing Center of Excellence Distinction.
The Center for Reproduction and Infertility (REI) at Women & Infants has earned the status of a Nursing Center of Excellence through ASRM. Active for the next three years, the Center earned this distinction through its nurses furthering their training and education by completing certificate courses through eLearn REI.
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AUGS Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery.
Urogynecology fellow, Dr. Annetta Madsen, has been awarded a two-year, $25,000 grant through AUGs for her project "Improving Patient-Centered Care for Pelvic Floor Disorders through Perioperative Peer Support." Dr. Vivian Sung, director of urogynecology research, is serving as Dr. Madsen's mentor for the duration of the project.
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Dr. Christy Dibble Earns Award.
Christy Dibble, DO, director of Women & Infants' Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Health, has received the Dr. Joseph DiMase Memorial Healthcare Professional Award from the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Health.
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors Publish in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
A collaborative team of Women & Infants and University of Texas Medical School physicians were recently published in Obstetrics & Gynecology for their maternal-fetal medicine research regarding fetal growth restrictions and suggested management of elevated dopplers.
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Dr. William Oh Honored as Legend by Los Angeles Biomedical .
Dr. William Oh, considered one of the founders of the field of neonatal medicine was honored as a "Legend" by LA Biomed at the Institute's reception in May. Dr. Oh is the former pediatrician-in-chief of Women & Infants Hospital and former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Brown University.
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Drs. Kenneth Chen and Raymond Powrie Deliver Lectures at ISOM Annual Course.
Drs. Kenneth Chen and Raymond Powrie delivered lectures on obstetric medicine to delegates of the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions from various medical specialties at the International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) Regional Course in Singapore in May.
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New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Awards Women & Infants NICU Volunteer $5,000 Grant .
Corin Nava, a family resource specialist with the Partnering with Parents Program and a volunteer in the NICU, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. Nava was selected as a third prize winner for her work with Project Sweet Peas, a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers provide support to families with infants in intensive care and those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
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East Providence Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Hospital .
Mother/Baby Unit nurse, Ruth Laine, earns DAISY Award honors for the month of July. Laine was noted as caring for her patients and their baby as if they were her own family members.
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Women & Infants Team Publishes Research About Treatment for Obese Women Undergoing Cesarean Deliveries .
Lindsay Maggio, MD, Melissa DaCosta, PharmD, Dwight J. Rouse, MD, and Brenna L. Hughes of Women & Infants Hospital with David P. Nicolau, PharmD at the Center for Infective Research and Development at Hartford Hospital recently published their clinical trial in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Their findings suggest that obese women undergoing cesarean delivery do not need a higher dose of antibiotics to prevent surgical site infection.
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Dr. Shibin Cheng and Team Win Best Poster at American Society for Reproductive Immunology Annual Meeting.
Drs. Shibin Cheng, James Padbury and Surendra Sharma won Best Poster Award at the ASRI Annual Meeting for their poster presentation on similarities in development between preeclampsia and Alzheimer's. Both diseases are thought to have a common link in protein misfolding and aggregation and process similarly. The work is part of a long-term project in the laboratory of Dr. Sharma at the Kilguss Research Institute of Women & Infants.
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Research Fellow Receives Honorable Mention for Paper Submission.
Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Valery Danilack, received an Honorable Mention for her SPER Student Prize Paper Award submission at the Annual Meeting in June. Her paper explored best models to predict cesarean delivery after labor induction based on risk scores of 10 characteristics.
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Maureen G. Phipps Elected to Professional Board.
Dr. Maureen Phipps, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants and Care New England, is now an elected member of a six member executive board of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG) through 2017. The main purpose of the group is to promote the development of excellent medical students, residents, fellows as well as clinical practice, research and advocacy for women's health.
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Women & Infants Names New Development Foundation Directors .
Care New England Board appoints four new directors for the Women & Infants Hospital Development Foundation. The volunteer members, Oliver Bennett, Joanna Davis, Tony Fonseca, and Nicki Maher, are elected to three-year terms and responsible for raising funds for the hospital and its programs.
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Urogynecologist at Women & Infants Named Vice President of Professional Society.
Dr. Charles Rardin is set to be named vice president of the American Urogynecologic Society. This appointment starts a four-year process that will culminate in Dr. Rardin being named president of AUGS in 2017. Dr. Rardin currently serves as a urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery as well as director of the Robotic Surgery Program for Women at Women & Infants.
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Ruben Alvero Director of REI.
Women & Infants Hospital is pleased to welcome Ruben Alvero, MD, newly-appointed director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility(REI).
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Women & Infants Achieves Baby-Friendly Designation.
Women & Infants Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility. Women & Infants is the second-largest hospital in the nation to achieve this designation, and Rhode Island now ranks number one in the country in the percentage of babies born at Baby-Friendly® hospitals.
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Woonsocket Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Donna McDonald, RN, a nurse at the Program in Women's Oncology, was presented with this month's DAISY Award. Donna, nominated by her colleagues, is recalled as a nurse that exemplifies what nursing and patient care is all about.
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Dr. Victoria V. Snegovskikh Joins Division of REI.
After completing her fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology with Women & Infants, Dr. Snegovskikh joins the staff in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology.
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Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Welcomes New Physician.
The Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery continues to grow and expand with the addition of Nicole Korbly, MD. Dr. Korbly completed her residency and fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology with Women & Infants Hospital.  
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Veteran Research Nurse at Women & Infants Hospital Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar.
Angelita Hensman, MS, RNC-INC, has been awarded a Rhode Island Foundation grant totaling $75,000 and a $50,000 scholarship from URI. The university selected her for the nursing scholars program. The Future of Nursing Scholars program began last year with an inaugural cohort of 16 scholars. This new cohort brings the number of nurses it is supporting to 62.
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Women & Infants Joins the Conversation on State HPV Vaccine Mandate.
Dr. Katina Robison of the Program in Women's Oncology has kept Women & Infants in the thick of the conversation on the new Rhode Island state mandate of the HPV vaccine by the Department of Health.
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Brown Center Clinician Receives Grant to Study Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Dr. Stephen Sheinkopf of the Brown Center has been awarded a grant totaling close to half a million dollars to pursue research around early interventions for those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
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Women & Infants Physician Selected into the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program.
Dr. Beth Cronin of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been selected to participate in the APOG Scholars and Leaders Program. Starting in January 2016, Dr. Cronin will begin the 15-month program that focuses on curriculum design, clinical instruction, management and leadership skills, and much more in workplace leadership.
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Dr. Raymond Powrie Named Chief of Medicine.
Dr. Raymond Powrie has been named chief of medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and will also be taking on a new role as the hospital's senior vice president for population health.
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Surgeon Helps Pioneer New Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment.
A surgeon with the Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is among the first in New England to adopt an innovative new device that improves the treatment of breast cancer by more precisely targeting radiation treatment and providing for better follow-up exams.

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Warwick Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants.
Sheila Enderby of the Program in Women's Oncology has infusion patients excited to visit with her for their appointments. A nurse with Women & Infants for the past six years, Sheila is this month's DAISY Award honoree.
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Women & Infants Physicians Win Best Poster Award at IDSOG Annual Meeting.
Dr. Brenna Hughes of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine presented a winning poster at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) in Portland, OR. The study presented examined the association of HIV infectivity with pregnancy.
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Dr. Robert Insoft and Team Publish Next Edition of Book with American Academy of Pediatrics.
Senior Vice President of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Dr. Robert Insoft along with Elizabeth Trailburns, RN and Dr. Jessica Slusarski and 30 other contributors from around the world publish the 4th edition of "Guidelines for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients" with the AAP.
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Dr. Jessica Pineda Joins Center for Women's Medicine.
Dr. Jessica Pineda comes to Women & Infants from the midwest to join the Center for Women's Medicine. She will be seeing patients in the Center for Primary Care and the Center for Women's Behavioral Health.
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Women's Care Introduces Four New Providers.
Women's Care, Inc. welcomes Jennifer Hopley, RN, Lisa Pile, RN, Tania Richardson, RN and Christian Roman-Rodriguez, MD. The Alliance is a group of four obstetrics/gynecology practices who have partnered with Women & Infants Hospital. Women's Care, Inc. has offices in Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket and East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
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Women & Infants Introduces Menopause Program.
Women & Infants has introduced The Menopause Program to promote the health and quality of life for all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and health aging.
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Dr. Sarah M. Davis Joins Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital.
Joining the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dr. Davis is now seeing patients at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center and the Women's Primary Care Center. Dr. Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology nationwide as well as maternal-fetal medicine.
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Four Women & Infants Nurse-Midwives Earn National Recognition with Clinical Star Award.
Diane Angelini, Debra Erickson-Owens, Judith Mercer, and Linda Nanni received the Clinical Star Ward of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation. They will be recognized nationally in May of 2016 with other winners from around the country at the ACNM national meeting.
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Dr. Juan Sanchez-Esteban Awarded $25,000 to Investigate Fetal Lung Development.
"Role of Exosomes in Fetal Lung Development," plans to investigate what forces contribute to or hinder fetal lung development. The results of these investigations regarding the administration of exosomes to fetus or preterm newborns could be the next step in accelerating lung development in high-risk cases.
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