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Lifespan Philanthropy

Lifespan Delivering Health With CareLifespan, Rhode Island’s first health system, was founded in 1994.  Originally a partnership of Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital, Lifespan today also includes Rhode Island Hospital’s pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Bradley Hospital, Newport Hospital and Gateway Healthcare.  Lifespan is a comprehensive, integrated academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  A not-for-profit organization, Lifespan is overseen by a board of voluntary community leaders who are guided by its mission to deliver health with care.  

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Rhode Island Hospital

Our mission is to be at the forefront of patient care by creating, applying and sharing the most advanced knowledge in health care, from unparalleled clinical service and education to leading-edge research and technology. We exist to provide the best possible experience for our patients, and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to receive lifesaving care regardless of their ability to pay.

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Meet Terry

Imagine you’re 53 years old and are struggling to breathe. You don’t know if you will survive the night. You are devastated you may never kiss your children again.

At 53, Terry Perrotta was literally facing death. Diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary hypertension known as pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD), her only hope for survival was a double-lung transplant. Read more >>


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Rhode Island Hospital Patient Terry Perrotta

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Caleb at Radiothon
Hasbro Children's Hospital

There is no greater joy than to heal a child.  At Hasbro, our mission is “All for One”, which means our entire team of doctors, nurses, clinicians and administrators is dedicated to providing each child and their families with the best individual medical care available. To that end, we educate world-class physicians and nurses and conduct groundbreaking research to discover tomorrow's cures.”

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This is the story of Caleb Smith.

Caleb was six when he started to complain of “brain aches,” which were followed by an inability to cope with almost any sound--a crayon rolling on a desk would have him screaming in pain. Caleb would stay in his dark room and his mother, Dawn, would play quiet games with him, but his behavior was becoming as dark as the room and she was afraid she was losing him. Read more>>


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Meet our patient Mary
The Miriam Hospital

Extraordinary generosity has been the constant theme for The Miriam Hospital since its beginnings. In 1902, it was the kindness of the surrounding community that enabled our founders to fund the creation of our institution. Throughout the years, it has been the ongoing philanthropy of our supporters that has allowed us to continuously provide the highest quality care. Our donors have contributed to enhancing our hospital by funding critical research, structural projects, state of the art equipment and many other programs and services.


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Meet Mary

Imagine a cold January in Rhode Island. The snow is coming down in big beautiful flakes … and the plows still haven’t made it to the side streets, let alone your driveway. But you’re safely inside, warmed by a glowing fireplace, no place else you need to be.

It has all the makings of a cozy New England winter’s day.

But what happens to this storybook image when someone in the family becomes deathly ill at 2 a.m. … and the giant snowfall becomes your worst enemy as it stands in the way of getting your loved one to the hospital before it is too late? Read More >>


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meet Maggie and her brotherBradley Hospital

Today, children who struggle with behavioral and psychiatric health issues have more options than ever before. And children, and their families, have a place to go to for help: Bradley Hospital, the leading pediatric behavioral health resource in the region.

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Meet Maggie

One day, Maggie was like any nine-year-old girl you might know.  But seemingly overnight, sweet, bright Maggie’s mind became overrun with thoughts – terrible, horrible thoughts – that she didn’t understand and couldn’t control. Read more>>

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Newport Hospital Patient - Andy McIntyreNewport Hospital

A hospital created by and for the community.

Founded in 1873, Newport Hospital offers a wide range of health care services to its community, including the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, and diagnostic imaging services.

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Meet Andy

Andy MacIntyre from Jamestown, Rhode Island, was a 48-year-old husband with a wonderful wife and three very active teenagers. Life was full.

The last thing he expected while out walking his dog before going work was to have a massive stroke. Read more >>

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