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The Stars Shined for Women & Infants Hospital’s Bright Night for Little Stars Virtual Gala

Women & Infants Hospital’s “Bright Night for Little Stars” virtual event, held on Saturday, October 3, raised over $400,000, and was viewed by more than 4,000 people, including community leaders, grateful patients, friends, and colleagues. Proceeds of the event will support the hospital’s new Birth Center. The event, held at the Providence Performing Arts Center, was emceed by Joe Wilson, Jr.

“I am truly humbled by the generosity of our community, showing unwavering support for the birth center. I am also incredibly grateful to volunteers and committee members who worked so hard to make this year’s virtual event a great success, during these unprecedented times.” said Shannon Sullivan, President and COO, Women & Infants Hospital.


“Women & Infants Hospital is committed to advancing the quality of care it provides to women and families in our diverse community,” she added.


“The community of Women and Infants Hospital supporters demonstrated their loyalty and generosity through their donations totaling over $400,000 for Bright Night for Little Stars. And, we were so pleased that several hundred of our friends participated in this virtual event, safely from their homes with family or friends,” said Jack Dresser, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Care New England.


For more than 130 years, Women & Infants’ mission has been to provide exceptional health care to the families in our region. New technologies, personalized delivery options, and more patients with significant chronic illness have led to the need for an innovative model of care and a new Birth Center.


The event’s leadership contributors included Presenting Sponsor CVS Health/Aetna; Enlighten Sponsors Cox Business and Jack and Judith Remondi; Shine Sponsors (add)ventures, Atlantic-Plain Realty, LLC, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, IGT Global Solutions, Malcolm G. Chace, Jr., Medical Staff Association, Cynthia B. Patterson, Providence Performing Arts Center, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Southern New England Healthcare for Women, Webster Bank; and Sparkle Sponsors Harris and Julianne Galkin, Lynn and Dezi Halmi, Douglas L. Jacobs and Constance R. Pemmerl, Joan and Paul Sorenson, Patrick and Shannon Sullivan, Anne and Michael Szostak, Women & Infants Auxiliary, Nancy and Charles Dunn, ABM Healthcare, Bank of America, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Dimeo Construction Company, The Discovery Group, Inc., The Foundry, Hasbro, Inc., Hinckley Allen, Purity Linen Services, UnitedHealthcare, Verrecchia Family Foundation.


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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 ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,700 deliveries per year. Women & Infants is a Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, a U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked number 11 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty ranking.


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; Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Perinatal Biology and in Reproductive Health 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 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, Neonatal Research Network, and Pelvic Floors Disorders Network, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.