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Release Date: 11/04/2014

On Saturday, October 18th, Women & Infants Hospital raised more than $460,000 for the hospital's minimally invasive surgery suite in the form of All That Jazz, an evening of live jazz music entertainment at Café Nuovo in Providence. Approximately 370 guests were in attendance to benefit the program.

"I want to thank all of our generous sponsors for their partnership. This support is essential in order for Women & Infants to continue its legacy of care and innovation, while at the same time finding new ways to improve our work," said Women & Infants President and COO Mark Marcantano.

The evening's contributors included, Alex and Ani, LLC; Malcolm G. Chace Jr.; Collette; Covidien; Cox Business; CVS Health; Joanna & Angus Davis; De Ramel Foundation – in honor of Stacey P. Nakasian; GTECH Corporation; Hinckley Allen; LIFEcycle's Ride 'Round Rhody; Cynthia B. Patterson; Providence Journal Charitable Fund; Jack & Judith Remondi; Rhode Island Medical Imaging; Roberts Carroll Feldstein & Peirce, Inc.; the Women & Infants Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics and Women & Infants' Medical Staff Association.

Proceeds from the event will directly support the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. Minimally invasive surgery, which includes laparoscopic and robotic surgery, allows doctors to operate through multiple tiny incisions. This type of surgery can be virtually scarless compared to open surgery and can result in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and improved outcomes.

Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Women & Infants and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is happy to see the program be able to grow and expand. "Four years ago, Women & Infants opened the first robotic surgery program dedicated to women's needs. Now, thanks to the leadership of Women & Infants surgeons like Dr. Gary Wharton and Dr. Charles Rardin, who oversee the program, and the generous support of our donors, we are taking the program at Women & Infants to a whole new level," expressed Dr. Phipps.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Beantown Swing Orchestra featuring American Idol finalists John Stevens and Siobhan Magnus, Josh Rosen, and Boston jazz scene natives, Laszlo Gardony John Lockwood and Stan Strickland.

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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