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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. Details  
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. Details  
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). Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Dr. Ruben Alvero Named 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). Details  
Urogynecologist 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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Dr. Charles Rardin Sheds Light on Solutions for Common Sling Placement Complications
Dr. Charles Rardin, director of the Robotic Surgery Program and urogynecologist in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants recently published with Ob. Gyn. News Digital Network regarding common complications that come with sling placements for urinary incontinence. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Cranston Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants
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. Details  
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. Details  
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?" Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Women & Infants' Bigsby 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. Details  
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. Details  
Providers Collaborate to Remove Barriers to Early Cancer Detection for Rhode Island Women
Women & Infants Hospital and Lifespan Health System are set to collaborate with the annual See, Test, Treat cervical and breast cancer screening program, a free service delivering same-day results and treatment plans to women ages 30-65 in the surrounding community. Details  
Norton, MA, 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. Details  
Program in Women's Oncology Staff Edit, 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. Details  
Center for Surgical Weight Loss Announces New Women & Infants Site for 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. Details  
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. Details  
Women & Infants 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. Details  
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. Details  
Women & Infants' Physicians Bring Specialty Care to Women in Rwanda
Dr. Hampton has been travelling 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. Details  
W&I Receives National 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. Details  
Women & Infants Nurse Published for Research on Individualized 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. Details  
Wendy Baltzer-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. Details  
Women & Infants Physicians Present at Professional 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. Details  
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. Details  
Dr. Deborah Myers 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. Details  
Ann Daniels Honored with 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. Details  
Dr. Lindsay Maggio Honored by 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. Details  
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. Details  
Dr. Barry Lester Contributes to the Conversation on 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. Details  
Johnston, RI Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Hospital
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. Details  
Women & Infants Hospital Names Designated Institutional Official
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. Details  
Women & Infants Oncologist 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?" Details  
Residency Program Ranks Among Top Five 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. Details  
WIH Receives Women's Choice Award in Obstetrics
Women & Infants Hospital has received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. Details  
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). Details  
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. Details  
Seekonk Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Hospital
Jane Holden, RN, of the mother baby unit was recently honored among staff and patients as the fourth extraordinary nurse with the DAISY Award. Details  
Triple-Negative 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. Details  
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. Details  
Johnston Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Hospital
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. Details  
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. Details  
Women & Infants Employee Recognized at Hospital Association of Rhode Island 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. Details  
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. Details  
Jesse Bender, MD, and Simulation Lab Team Awarded Grant to Expand TESTPILOT 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. Details  
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. Details  
Road Race to Benefit Women & Infants Integrative Care Program
The annual Christmas 10K run and 5K Walk is set to enter its 31st year honoring all women who have been touched by cancer. Those wishing to participate can register online and are encouraged to seek sponsors. Details  
Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants - October DAISY Award Winner
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. Details  
Jazz Event Raises $460,000 for Women & Infants 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.   Details  
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. Details  
Hearing and Language Development Pioneer Named Landmark 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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Women & Infants Announces Addition to Center for Obstetric and Consultative Medicine
Working in partnership with the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy, Dr. Srilakshmi Mitta returns to the Women & Infants team in providing care for women experiencing medical problems during pregnancy as a new staff member with the Center for Obstetric and Consultative Medicine. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Nurse Recognized at Women & Infants Hospital
Infusion Center nurse, Ann Marie Coehlo, of Cranston, RI, was awarded the first ever DAISY Award for above and beyond care. Details  
Nurse Recognized at Women & 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.

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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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.” Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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). Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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." Details  
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. Details  
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.
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
Reproductive Coercion, Violence Prevalent Among Women Seeking 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. Details  
Dr. James Padbury earns March of Dimes 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. Details  
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. Details  
Clinician Contributes to Expert Series on 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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been published in the January 10, 2014 online edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Details  
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. Details  
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. Details  
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.
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. Details  
Roncarati 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. Details  
WIH 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. Details  
Richard P. Welch Awards 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. Details  
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). Details  
Behavioral Health Specialist Joins Women & Infants' Staff
CNE Representatives Selected for Innovation Advisors Program
Nancy Roberts, president and CEO of VNA of Care New England, and Dr. Betty Vohr, medical director of the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics at Women & Infants have been selected to be part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. Details  
Women & Infants Physician Promoted to Professor at Brown
Dr. Geralyn Messerlian, associate director of the Division of Medical Screening and Special Testing at Women & Infants, has been promoted to professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown. Details  
Employees Honored at Women & Infants Annual Meeting
Thundermist Partners with Women & Infants
Thundermist Health Center partners with Women & Infants Hospital for newborn and women's care Details  
Constance A. Howes Named "Leader to Know"
Researcher Launches Teen Contraceptive Website
In an attempt to provide a reliable and trustworthy source for reproductive health information for teenagers, one physician-researcher at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has launched the website Ask A Doc RI.
MFM Researcher Earns $3.7M NIH Grant to Study Preterm Birth
Physical Therapist at Women & Infants Receives Professional Award
Event attracts many swimmers with personal stories about cancer
Research Focuses on Well-Being of Cancer Survivors
Women & Infants Ranks 26th in Gynecology in U.S. News 2010-11 Best Hospitals
Women & Infants Leads the Way in Ovarian Cancer Monitoring
Women & Infants and Latino Public Radio Launch ESCUCHE Radio Program
Women & Infants Holds 126th Annual Meeting
Brown University and Women & Infants Announce Expansion of National Children's Study into Bristol County
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