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Rhode Island Hospital Guild Supports Nursing Education with Generous $25,000 Gift

Rhode Island Hospital GuildFor those who have dedicated themselves to being a nurse, there is perhaps no adage more meaningful than, “Once a nurse; always a nurse.”  At Rhode Island Hospital, it’s a motto that thousands have lived by throughout our storied history. And for Mary Killaron, President of the Rhode Island Hospital Guild, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’ve been retired for years, but my heart is still in this building,” says Mary. “Having an opportunity to come back with the Guild and support the different departments of the hospital provides me with a lot of personal satisfaction.”

Mary spent decades working at our hospital as a nurse and remembers vividly the impact of attending the National Nurses Conference early in her career. Now thanks to a $25,000 gift from the Guild—a volunteer organization that raises money for our hospital through special fundraising events and other programs—our nurses will have similar opportunities to continue their education and pursuit of the prestigious Magnet status.

Under the leadership of Barbara Riley, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Rhode Island Hospital, the Department of Nursing will use the Guild’s gift to create innovative training and education programs for nurses, offering educational seminars that support certification, access to national conferences, and the development of simulation and nursing research programs.

“This gift offers so many possibilities, all of which will further our hospital’s environment of caring,” says Riley. “One of the things I’m most excited about is bringing nationally-known presenters to Rhode Island Hospital so our nurses can be part of the national conversation about what’s going on in healthcare and nursing across the country.”

One of Riley’s focuses and an area critical to achieving Magnet status—considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—is to enhance not only our already strong commitment to caring for the whole patient, but caring for one another as colleagues.

 “Our caregivers are wonderful to our patients and we want to promote the effects of that by furthering the caring environment that exists across the entire Rhode Island Hospital family,” says Riley. “We’re truly focused on creating a culture of caring that extends to everyone.”

Adds Riley, “What the Guild has done for us in making this gift is absolutely amazing. Nurses, like Mary, give back their entire life and we’re so thankful to be the recipient of their generosity to continue the tradition they’ve started.”

RI Hospital Guild Check Presentation

A Commitment to Caring: Paula Tartaglione-Hall (left) of the Rhode Island Hospital Guild and Mary Killaron (right), Rhode Island Hospital Guild President, present Barbara Riley, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Rhode Island Hospital with a check for $25,000 in support of continuing education and innovative training opportunities for the hospital’s nursing staff.

Rhode Island Hospital Guild Fulfills $1 Million Pledge to Rhode Island Hospital

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RIH Guild CelebrationOn May 23, Rhode Island Hospital celebrated the incredible generosity and dedication of the Rhode Island Hospital Guild. The guild, a volunteer organization that raises money for the hospital through special fundraising events and other programs, was honored at a special reception in the hospital cafeteria. Guild president Mary Killoran presented Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and CEO, Lifespan, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, with a check for the final payment to fulfill the guild's $1 million pledge.

"For over 50 years, the guild has played a major role in supporting Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital and their employees," said Babineau. "Members of the guild help the hospitals maintain their quality of care in many ways, including raising funds for equipment and patient services; providing continuing education materials for employees; and refurbishing the Chapel of Hope to ensure that patients and employees have a peaceful haven in which to seek spiritual comfort."

To learn more about the guild, please call 401-444-8970.

Guild president Mary Killoran Paula Tartaglione-Hall with Dr. Timothy Babineau