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OCD Reunion Brings Together Former and Current Families in a Day of Sharing and Healing
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OCD Reunion at Bradley HospitalOn a warm, sunny day in September 2016, Bradley Hospital hosted the second ever reunion of its Intensive Program for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). An inspirational opportunity for patients and families to support one another, more than 150 patients and their families—past and present—came together to share and learn.

(Pictured) Left to right: Patient Kyri Barilone and milieu therapist Katlyn Hashway

“To see how the kids I’d worked with in the past are doing today gives me so much pride in our program,” says Abbe Garcia, PhD, the clinical director of Bradley’s Intensive Program for OCD. “It also helps our current patients so much when they see their peers, who once struggled greatly with OCD, doing so well.”

The reunion featured a variety of activities for all attendees… a mix of fun, silly and serious. Current and former patients partnered together in therapeutic art groups while their siblings engaged in similar artistic activities. In support groups led by clinicians who have worked closely with their children, parents shared stories of struggle and triumph. Following a lunch and ice cream social, patients and their siblings came together for a joint art project, painting large colorful rocks that now adorn the Bradley campus. As their children painted, parents attended a presentation on Bradley’s latest OCD research and outcomes of the Intensive Program.

“It’s absolutely amazing to see kids who previously suffered from intense anxiety enjoying themselves in such a big group—feeling completely comfortable about it,” says Dr. Garcia.

The day was punctuated by an inspirational speech from Brian Beneduce, the author of Scared to Death: Do It Anyway. The book chronicles Brian’s journey with severe panic and anxiety attacks, and the healing process that allowed him to triumph over the debilitating disorder. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book are generously donated to Bradley Hospital by Brian.

“My message is one of hope. To inspire people of all ages to believe there is a way to manage their affliction and find happiness,” says Brian. “When you’re in a dark place—and I know that place very well—you never think anybody understands. But in Bradley, we have this wonderful hospital that helps people on such an enormous level so they can live life the way they want to.”

Adds Dr. Garcia, “Aside from the camaraderie that is built, the day is simply good old-fashioned fun!”



Global Day of Joy Brightens Season for Patients and Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017

It was a day our patients won’t soon forget when employees from Hasbro, Inc. spent December 15th as volunteer “elves,” spreading cheer throughout Bradley as part of the company’s fourth annual Global Day of Joy. Bearing gifts of toys and games, the volunteers helped to brighten the season for every child they visited. The special day is part of Hasbro, Inc.’s global initiative to make the world a better place for children, and was reflected on the smiling faces of everyone involved.

“We hope to inspire the spirit of giving during the holidays and beyond,” said Karen Davis, Hasbro’s Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact. “When individuals put empathy into action, they can make an amazing difference in the world.”

Hasbro Inc. Global Day of Joy


Rhode Island Foundation Awards $41,800 for Crisis Line Grant
Monday, January 16, 2017

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded Bradley Hospital a Special Medical Program grant of $41,800 to improve the quality of care for children going through a behavioral health crisis. The funds will support a groundbreaking project to develop and implement a new screening tool for emergency service clinicians who answer calls on Lifespan’s crisis hotlines, Bradley’s Access Center and KIDS’ Link RI. Using only information provided by the parent or guardian calling in, the goal is to standardize how clinicians conduct and document risk assessment for a child in crisis. Calls to Lifespan’s dedicated crisis lines have increased dramatically, nearly doubling from FY14 (2,322) to FY16 (4,312).

The project is a collaboration of Lifespan Pediatric Behavioral Health Emergency Services, which includes Bradley Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. and Gateway Healthcare.

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New Statewide Pedi-PRN Program Provides Guidance Regarding Treatment
Monday, December 12, 2016

The new statewide PediPRN (Pediatric Psychiatry Referral Network) program based, at Bradley Hospital, supports pediatric primary care providers (PPCPs) who, due to a shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide and in Rhode Island, increasingly have to treat their patients with behavioral health concerns.  PediPRN provides phone consultations with PPCPs who need guidance regarding treatment for their patients.

At present, children requiring mental health care often wait months for an appointment. The project is funded through a three-year State Innovation Model grant and private grants from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation ($63,000) and the Rhode Island Foundation ($67,000). 


Local Businessman, Joe Ruggiero, Sr., Makes $50,000 Donation to Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament
Thursday, November 17, 2016

This past October, Bradley Hospital joined forces with FRIENDS WAY, Rhode Island’s only bereavement program for children, to raise critically-needed funds for children’s services. The two organizations came together for the first time to share in the “Play4Kids” golf tournament at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Spurred by a $50,000 leadership donation from Joe Ruggiero, Sr., owner of Ledgemont Country Club, the outing raised an unprecedented $125,000 for children’s behavioral health and grief counseling services.

Mr. Ruggiero encouraged event organizers to share a day at Ledgemont to maximize the interest of golfers who care about children’s mental health. “Bradley and FRIENDS WAY are unique in that they help children and families when they need it most, in ways that no one else can,” said Ruggiero. “For many, mental health isn’t one of the first things to come to mind when thinking about ways to help children, but I feel strongly that it’s an area where we can make an enormous difference, and that’s exactly what these two organizations are doing.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Joe Ruggiero as a close ally to both Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY,” added Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital and Interim President of Gateway Healthcare, FRIENDS WAY’s parent organization and a fellow Lifespan affiliate. “These two organizations are natural partners, and having such a good friend in common makes a tremendous impact on the children we care for.”

Funds generated through the Play4Kids Golf Tournament—including Ruggiero’s donation—will support the areas of greatest need at both organizations, with a portion of Bradley’s funds restricted to supporting the hospital’s signature Healing Arts program. FRIENDS WAY’s services are not reimbursed through insurance, so all of the organization’s work is supported solely by philanthropy.

Joe Ruggiero, Sr. serves on the FRIENDS WAY Board of Directors, and on the Bradley Hospital Board of Governors. In addition to Ledgemont Country Club, he is owner of First Auto Group in Fall River and North Attleboro.

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Helping to Heal the Hearts and Minds of Children: In October, Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY joined forces for a shared “Play4Kids” golf tournament. Thanks to a $50,000 leadership gift from Joe Ruggiero, Sr., owner of Ledgemont Country Club and First Auto Group, the outing raised an unprecedented $125,000 for children’s behavioral health and grief counseling services.

Left to right: Susan Stevenson, Executive Director, FRIENDS WAY; Robert P. Andrade, Chair of the FRIENDS WAY Board of Directors; Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Renee Rixon, “Play4Kids” Committee Member; Daniel J. Wall, President, Bradley Hospital; and Joe Ruggiero, Sr.


“Play4Kids” Golf Tournament Raises $126,485 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY
Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 Play4Kids GolfVibrant fall foliage in bright reds and oranges served as the perfect backdrop at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk on October 17 for the annual “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament to benefit Bradley Hospital and its sister organization, FRIENDS WAY—Rhode Island’s only bereavement program for children. With unseasonably warm weather paving the way, 104 golfers came out in support of these synergetic programs, raising $126,485. The funds will support the most pressing needs of Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY, and also help to underwrite Bradley’s signature Healing Arts Program.

Right: Fore the Kids: Howard Lazarus,  Chuck McCarthy, Rick Granoff, and Tina Carr pause between holes for a photo during this year’s “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament.

The day began with participants practicing on the Club’s driving and putting ranges before lunch and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Following 18 holes, golfers returned to the Clubhouse for a stunning fall sunset, cocktails and dinner, followed by make-your-own ice cream sundaes. During a brief program, Bradley Hospital President Daniel J. Wall shared the fantastic news that Joe Ruggiero, owner of Ledgemont Country Club, doubled his commitment to the fundraising effort to $50,000. Thank you, Joe!

The event also featured remarks by Pamela Bhatia, a young woman who shared her experience of being a teenager in distress whose family was fortunate to find Bradley Hospital. Today, Pam enjoys a successful family life and career as a photographer, but she wishes that FRIENDS WAY had been available to her when she was younger, as her troubles likely stemmed from losing her father to suicide at a young age.

Bradley Hospital extends its appreciation to the entire “Play4Kids” committee for their leadership and hard work on behalf of the children. Bradley also expresses its sincerest gratitude to the event’s many sponsors and supporters, including Premier Sponsors, Joe Ruggiero of Ledgemont Country Club and First Auto Group; Title Sponsor, Cox Business; Gold Sponsor, RICOH; and Silver Sponsors, The Claflin Company, n|e|m|d architects, Marcum LLP, and TRAC Builders. 

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$126,485 Reasons to Give Thanks: Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY extend special thanks to the event committee of this year’s “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament for their dedication and tireless efforts in making the event an overwhelming success.

Left to right: Bill Tracey, Anne Smith, Mehdi Khosrovani, Renee Rixon, Daniel J. Wall, Rulla Nehme, Scott DiChristofero, Melinda Gaudreau and Joe Ruggiero. (Not pictured: Larry Sadwin and Doreen Wiggins.)

2016 Play4Kids Golf

Showing their Support: Dr. David McConville, Dr. Dan Spencer, Dr. Jeff Hunt, and Dr. Matt Willis.


Bradley Hospital Foundation Holds 2016 Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 20, 2016

With Bradley Hospital continuing to celebrate its 85th year of caring for children and their families, October 13th brought together many of the hospital’s friends and supporters for the Annual Meeting of the Bradley Hospital Foundation. The evening was marked with the inaugural presentations of the Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award.

The Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Susan and David Brown, recognizing their more than four decades of involvement with our hospital. From serving in volunteer leadership roles on the Foundation Board of Trustees to being generous donors and spearheading fundraising efforts, the Browns are passionate advocates for children’s mental health.

In recognition of her unwavering commitment to Bradley Hospital, the Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Carol A. Peterson, who serves as Vice Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. A long-time, significant supporter of our hospital’s programs and research efforts, Ms. Peterson took her philanthropy to unprecedented levels in 2016. This past year, Ms. Peterson pledged $1 million to Bradley Hospital in support of the renovation of the main entrance to the Laufer Building—the single largest gift to our hospital since it was founded through the estates of George and Helen Bradley.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking our award recipients for their commitment to Bradley Hospital and support of our work to heal the hearts and minds of children and families.

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Honoring a Deep Commitment to Healing Children: This year’s Annual Meeting of the Bradley Hospital Foundation featured the inaugural presentations of the Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Left to right: Recipients of the Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award, David Brown and his wife, Susan Brown; recipient of the Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award, Carol A. Peterson; Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital; and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.


Bradley Hospital Receives Artwork from Art Connection RI Grant
Friday, August 19, 2016

Art ConnectionWhen Bradley Hospital expanded and renovated its outpatient services department, hospital leadership—working closely with the designers at Uphealing Interiors—believed strongly in using original artwork as the décor families would enjoy.

With this goal in mind, we applied to The Art Connection RI, a nonprofit clearing house for established local artists to contribute works of art to worthwhile causes. We were thrilled to learn we were selected, and to go through the process of choosing from an amazing array of artwork with help from staff and families we care for.

Art ConnectionThen, a few weeks ago, we were honored to welcome three artists to see their pieces in their new home, Janet Alling, Priscilla Cane, and Maria Termini. They were joined by The Art Connection RI director Wendy Ingram and her RISD roommate, Alice. “We went to college in the last century, you know,” quipped Wendy.

Art is truly a source of healing, and at Bradley Hospital we live this belief through our commitment to supporting the provision of art therapy and access to the broader healing arts, as well as by enhancing our physical spaces with original works by adults and children alike.

Art Connection 

Art Connection 



Casper Makes Generous Gift to Bradley Hospital Sleep Lab
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Casper GiftCasper, a boutique mattress company based in New York and Los Angeles, and available nationwide online and in West Elm stores, has made a generous gift of new twin mattresses to the Bradley Hospital Sleep Lab.

Internationally-recognized director, Mary Carskadon, Ph.D. is just thrilled by the donation. “We had a terrific conversation with the folks at Casper who are interested in how sleep science can help Casper contribute to better sleep, and when I mentioned that some of our mattresses just might be as old as I am, they surprised me with the offer of a donation.”

You may be familiar with one area of Dr. Carskadon’s research, as it is the basis of national interest in changing school start times to ensure the best health for our young people.

Click here to watch a little “thank you video” the Bradley sleep research team sent to Casper. As you will see, the staff are overjoyed with this gift! And no doubt our research participants will rest much easier as they help further the science that makes kids’ lives better.

Author Donates Portion of Book Proceeds to Support Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Brian Beneduce and bookWe at Bradley Hospital are so excited to have been invited to the official launch party of Brian Beneduce’s new book, Scared to Death…Do It Anyway!, earlier this summer.

With a topic that hits close to home, not only for our staff, but also for the children and families we care for, Brian’s book chronicles his own journey with severe panic and anxiety attacks and the healing process that allowed him to triumph over this debilitating disorder.

Best of all, Brian will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his book to Bradley in support of our Pediatric Anxiety Research Center and our Intensive Program for OCD. Thank you, Brian, for your kindness and generosity!


Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital's Annual Gala, Raises Record $557,425
Monday, June 06, 2016

Bravo Bradley 2016As music filled the air at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 3, setting the tone for what would be an inspirational night, Bradley Hospital welcomed more than 350 supporters to its 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala, Feel the Power of Music. Chaired by Marcy and Rick Granoff, the signature event raised a Bradley record $557,425 to advance the hospital’s pioneering pediatric mental health care, education and research.

(Above) Bringing Down the House: This year’s Bravo, Bradley opened with a special musical performance by The 18 Wheelers of The Wheeler School, who left the stage to a rousing ovation!

Of the total raised, the event’s live auction Fund-a-Need generated $160,250 to help establish an outpatient clinic for young patients with autism and developmental disabilities.

“Every day at Bradley, we heal the hearts and minds of children and their families who often have nowhere else to turn for help, and so much of that work is possible thanks to the generosity of our donor community,” said Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital. “As we mark the 85th anniversary of Bradley opening its doors, it was philanthropy that fueled our creation and remains the fuel that keeps us on the leading edge of care, cures and hope—our sincerest thanks to everyone who made this event a success.”

Bravo Bradley 2016

A Night of Record-Setting Support: Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; and Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital, join Rick and Marcy Granoff, Chairs of 2016 Bravo, Bradley, Feel the Power of Music. Representing Bradley’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised a record $557,425.

With an overarching theme that captured music’s intrinsic ability to bring forth powerful emotions and connect people, guests were treated to a special musical performance by The 18 Wheelers and Sidy Maïga to kick-off the evening. After a moving video about a young boy’s challenges with mental illness, autism and other developmental disabilities, and the impact Bradley Hospital has had on his life, professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group presented the event’s live auction and Fund-a-Need.

As Mr. Zekos introduced an impressive array of items, spirited bidding surrounded each with two experiences generating a level of friendly competition that resulted in additional packages being added mid-auction. Three sets of guests bid $12,000 individually, each landing a 7-night trip to Tuscany for four to stay in a Cortona Villa, while two in-home dinners for 10 prepared by Chef Ben Lloyd of The Salted Slate in Providence sold for $8,500 each. At the end of the auction, guests dined on dinner expertly prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering and danced to the sounds of Steve Anthony & Persuasion.

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to chair such an important event and work alongside a committee whose unprecedented involvement and dedication paved the way for the record amount raised,” said Rick Granoff, who chaired this year’s Bravo, Bradley with his wife, Marcy.

“Helping children live life to the fullest is what Bradley is all about—this is a hospital near and dear to our hearts—and thanks to the community’s outpouring of support, more children and families will benefit from its life-changing care,” added Marcy.

Bradley Hospital extends special thanks to title sponsors, Susan and David Brown, and Richard and Susanne Baccari and family; presenting sponsor, AECOM; leadership donor, Amica Companies Foundation; and platinum sponsors, Marcy and Rick Granoff, and Transdev.

Bravo Bradley 2016

Feeling the Power of Music: Abbe Garcia, PhD, Bradley Hospital; Kristine Colardo; Patrick C. Lynch, former Attorney General of Rhode Island and his wife, Cynthia; and Albert Garcia enjoy Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala.

Bravo Bradley 2016

Helping to Heal the Hearts and Minds of Children: Long-time Bradley Hospital supporters, Carol Peterson and Chris and Ed Caron pose for a photo upon entering Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 3 for the hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala, Feel the Power of Music.

Bravo Bradley 2016

We Jammin’: Bravo, Bradley Chair, Rick Granoff (center, in white) and his son, Jonathan (far right), joined Steve Anthony & Persuasion on stage during the band’s performance at Feel the Power of Music.

Bravo Bradley 2016

All Smiles: Gerrie and Al Verrecchia with Lynda Adams-Robitaille and John Robitaille at Feel the Power of Music, Bradley Hospital’s 2016 Bravo, Bradley gala.



Michaels of Seekonk Annual Book Drive Benefits Bradley Hospital
Friday, March 25, 2016

Michaels Arts & Crafts of Seekonk hosted its annual Book Drive this past March, benefitting the children in all Bradley Hospital programs and Bradley Schools. Upon checkout, customers were given an opportunity to purchase new copies of classic works, such as Little Women, Call of the Wild, Treasure Island, and Black Beauty, educational workbooks, or from a great selection of everyone’s favorite Disney stories. All told, more than 1,300 books were collected for Bradley kids!

“When people heard that the program was for the kids and families of Bradley Hospital, they bought more,” said Kimberly Perry, Michaels’ Customer Experience Manager. “The response was just fantastic.”

Michaels of Seekonk

(Left to right) Curtis Potter; Kimberly Perry, Customer Experience Manager, Michaels; Trish Martins, Director of Education, Lifespan School Solutions; Sheri Menard, Store Manager, Michaels; Sara Brehm; and Elly Stephens.


Bradley Hospital Awarded Grant from The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bradley Hospital was recently awarded a grant of $10,000 from The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. to support the purchase of a van to transport transition-aged students with autism to worksite job training, community-based experiences, and life skills outings.

Our students are in the community every day. However, their opportunities are limited at times by the availability of transportation provided by vans that belong to Bradley Hospital. Not only are the vans aging and at times unreliable, the demand for their use among our non-developmental students has been increasing.

This funding has made it possible to purchase a van that will be used exclusively for young adults with autism. With transportation no longer an obstacle, we will be able to add new job sites and community-based placements for our students to experience.

The addition of the van will enhance transition programming for approximately 39 students with autism, primarily aged 14 to 22, from Bradley’s Providence and East Providence partnership sites. Students are admitted throughout the year, thus we expect an additional 10 students will also benefit from the van.


Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust Awards Bradley Hospital a Grant in the Amount of $37,000
Monday, January 25, 2016

The Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust recently awarded Bradley Hospital a $37,000 grant to purchase a new van for the residential treatment program operated by the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). CADD’s community-based program serves children and adolescents, ages 8 to 21, with chronic behavior disorders in addition to a developmental disability.

Safe, reliable transportation is essential for our residents, who regularly travel to school, doctor appointments, social events, community activities, home visits with their families and more. The Shriners’ grant will allow Bradley Hospital to replace an aging vehicle with a new 12-passenger van that will ensure ready and reliable transportation for our residents at all times.



Bradley Hospital Receives $20,000 from CVS Healthcare Charity Classic
Monday, January 25, 2016

Bradley Hospital has been awarded a grant of $20,000 from CVS Health Charity Classic to help fulfill the hospital’s mission of providing a range of family-focused, high-quality mental health care for infants through adolescents.

This year’s grant is specifically directed toward Bradley’s signature Healing Arts program, an important modality in the treatment of a wide population of our patients – inpatients, outpatients, partial hospital (day) and residential patients. Program evaluations indicate the arts contribute significantly to the wellness of these children, many of whom have never experienced the gentle nurturing of the arts.

The healing arts can be as valuable as medications and talk therapy in the mental health environment. Bradley’s own licensed art therapists are joined by experts in the fields of art, dance, circus, yoga, music and improvisational theater, including the nationally renowned Trinity Repertory Company and PeaceLove Studios.

We were happy to be joined by our nonprofit partners (pictured below) as the announcement was made that the 2015 Charity Classic will donate $1.3 million to organizations throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern New England!

CVS Healthcare Charity Classic 


Save the Date!

Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz

Join Gala chairs Dede and Larry Madeira for Bravo Bradley Putting on the Glitz, an evening of glamour, gaiety and goodness to benefit Bradley Hospital’s most crucial funding needs and the launch of an intensive outpatient program for young people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse. Learn more>>

Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY Play4Kids 2017 Golf Tournament

Play 4 Kids Golf Tournament 

Please join us on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 as Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY join forces for the 2017 Play4Kids Golf Tournament at the spectacular Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Learn more...

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