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Brown University Football Team’s “Bench Press for Cancer” Raises $23,336 for The Miriam Hospital
Friday, March 03, 2017

Bench press for cancer logoFlexing their muscles in support of The Miriam Hospital, members of the Brown University Football Team—joined by fellow students, members of the community and hospital staff—took turns “raising the bar to raise the hope” during their annual “Bench Press for Cancer” event this past October.

On Wednesday, March 1, event organizers made a special trip to The Miriam, presenting hospital leadership with a donation of $23,336 to benefit The Miriam’s Cancer Survivorship Program and help young adults battling cancer.

“Bench Press for Cancer” made its first appearance at Brown in 2004, when members of the football team created the event to help former teammate and team captain Lawrence Rubida, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma while at Brown. Lawrence sadly passed away in 2005, but his Brown football family has continued the event on an annual basis to honor his memory and help others. Since its inception, the event has now raised more than $130,000.

Benchpress for Cancer 2017

A True Team Effort: Organizers of the Brown University Football Team’s most recent “Bench Press for Cancer” fundraiser stand proudly with leadership of The Miriam Hospital while presenting them with a donation of more than $23,000 to support the hospital’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Throughout the day of October 24, 2016, dozens upon dozens of participants bench pressed a weight of either 75 or 165 pounds for as many repetitions as they could to raise money for young adults battling cancer.

Left to right: Arthur Sampson, President, The Miriam Hospital; Scott Cordischi, Director of Football Operations at Brown University; Dr. Fred J. Schiffman, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director at The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, part of the Lifespan Cancer Institute; Dr. Louis Rice, Physician-in-Chief of Medicine at The Miriam Hospital; and Brown University students and “Bench Press for Cancer” organizers Brett Estes, Jacob Wozniewski, and Logan Winders.

 

Miriam People Society—A Celebration of Philanthropy
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Miriam People EventComing together in celebration of philanthropy and the generous community support central to the success of The Miriam Hospital, hospital President Arthur Sampson and Foundation Chair, Marie J. Langlois, welcomed more than 120 members of The Miriam People Society and their guests on September 29 for this year’s Miriam People celebration.

(Right) Enjoying a Special Night: Joseph M. Brito, Jr. (far left) and his wife, Elizabeth (far right), pose for a photo with Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, Marie J. Langlois, during this year’s event.

Co-chaired by Susan and Saul Kaplan and held at the Providence Marriott, the longstanding Miriam tradition—more than four decades strong—recognized donors who have made annual gifts of $1,000 or more, or have given $25,000 or more in their lifetimes. In thanking donors whose support made The Miriam’s accomplishments of the past year possible, Foundation chair Marie J. Langlois shined a spotlight on The Miriam as one of just four hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet designation five times, the opening of the new Center for Weight & Wellness in East Greenwich, and the nearly $2 million in research funding committed to The Miriam by the National Institute of Health.

The evening featured Dr. Terrie Fox Wetle, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, as the keynote speaker. Delivering a thought-provoking presentation titled, “Missed Opportunities for Promoting Personal and Population Health,” Dr. Wetle spoke to ways to improve the overall health of communities. Her remarks focused on the prevention of infectious diseases, injury prevention, promoting a healthier food supply, and enhanced physical activity. At the conclusion of the event, guests enjoyed a special reception in the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom.

“Everything we are able to accomplish at The Miriam is a direct result of the unparalleled support we receive from the best donor community a hospital could ask for,” said Arthur Sampson, President of The Miriam Hospital. “Philanthropy is what really helps bring a hospital to the next level of excellence, and no one supports philanthropy more than friends of The Miriam. Hosting this event to celebrate our donors is truly an honor.”

Miriam People Event

Celebrating Philanthropy: Arthur J. Sampson, President of The Miriam Hospital; Dr. Terrie Fox Wetle, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health; Marie J. Langlois, Chair, The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Susan and Saul Kaplan, event chairs; Nancy E. Broude, Chief Development Officer, The Miriam Hospital; and Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and Chair of The Miriam Hospital Board of Trustees.

Miriam People Event

A Generous Donor Community: Robin Engle, Miriam Hospital Governor and Honorary President of the Women’s Association; Sherry Cohen, President of the Women’s Association; Mary Kitzes, Honorary President of the Women’s Association; and Mitzi Berkelhammer, member of the Foundation Board of Trustees enjoy the 2016 Miriam People Celebration of Philanthropy event.

 

 

Brown University Football Team Flexes Muscles during “Bench Press for Cancer” Fundraiser in Support of The Miriam Hospital
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Benchpress for Cancer 2016Beginning bright and early on Monday, October 24 as students wrapped up their first class of the day, members of the Brown University Football team welcomed their Ivy League peers to the school’s Main Green for this year’s “Bench Press for Cancer” event. The annual effort began in 2004 to help former teammate and team captain Lawrence Rubida, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma while attending Brown.  It raises funds for the Cancer Survivorship Program for Young Adults at The Miriam Hospital.

(Right) First Up: Henry Flannery, a freshman from New Providence, NJ, was the first Brown football player to flex his muscles at this year’s “Bench Press for Cancer” fundraiser. The 6’4” offensive lineman put up an impressive 26 reps.

With a rally cry of, “Raise the bar, raise the hope,” members of the Brown Football team—joined by fellow students, members of the community and Miriam staff—took turns flexing their muscles by benching a weight of either 75 or 165 pounds for as many repetitions as they could. Prior to the event, team members secured a “per rep” pledge from friends and family, so the more repetitions they were able to bench, the more money was raised to help young adults fighting cancer. The event also raised funds through the sale of special t-shirts, and from students and individuals who made donations to take their turn on the bench.

“This event has become an incredible demonstration of how active, not only our team, but the entire Brown University family, is in our community,” says Brett Estes, one of the event’s organizers and the Football team’s punter/kicker. “All of us feel blessed to have the health to play a sport we love, so it means a lot to everyone on the team to give back and continue to honor Lawrence’s memory.”

Lawrence Rubida sadly passed away in 2005, but the Brown football team has continued the event on an annual basis to honor his memory. Donations to this year’s Bench Press for Cancer will continue to be collected on the Brown campus through the end of the semester. Since the event’s inception, more than $110,000 has been raised. 

Benchpress for Cancer 2016

One of the Boys: Not to be outdone, Dr. Fred J. Schiffman, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director of The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, took his turn on the bench in support of this year’s fundraiser.

Benchpress for Cancer 2016

No Pain, No Gain: A torn ACL in his right knee couldn’t stop 20-year-old sophomore Logan Winders from taking part in “Bench Press for Cancer” on October 24.

Benchpress for Cancer 2016

Grateful for the Support: During a break in the weight-lifting action, Sue Korber, MS RN OCN NE-BC, Administrative Director of the Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center (far left); Nicholas Dominick, Jr., Senior Vice President, Lifespan Clinical Service Lines & Facilities Development (second from left); and Dr. Fred Schiffman (far right), pose for a photo with Brett Estes, one of the organizers of Brown University’s “Bench Press for Cancer” fundraiser.

Benchpress for Cancer 2016

Donations in Droves: As students filled the Main Green at Brown in between classes on Monday, October 24, lines quickly formed to purchase “Bench Press for Cancer” t-shirts.

 

 

Miriam Trustees, Governors, and Friends gather at Pawtucket Country Club to celebrate hospital accomplishments and learn about Lifespan's Lyme Disease Center
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PPC inviteMore than 50 Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees members, Governors, and friends gathered at Pawtucket Country Club on June 23 for an informal summer evening program and cocktail reception.

Following a warm welcome by Board Chair Marie J. Langlois, hospital president Arthur Sampson gave an update on the latest Miriam Hospital news.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan, whose presentation was titled “Lifespan Lyme Disease Center: Why, What and How?” Dr. Flanigan detailed the different types of tick-borne illnesses, prevention, symptoms, and treatment options. He also announced the recent opening of the Lifespan Lyme Disease Center located at Newport Hospital. Its goal is to bring together and educate clinicians about the misconceptions of Lyme disease; to serve as a resource to patients and the community; and to conduct research on the various tick borne illnesses that are prevalent in our area.

The feedback from attendees was very positive and future events with this similar format will be offered for Trustees, Governors and donors to The Miriam.


 

The Douglas and Tracy Dame Orthopedic Education Endowment Established to Honor Memory of Former Employee
Saturday, July 16, 2016

As a lifelong student and educator, Douglas Dame valued the importance of lifelong learning.  He took advantage of programs offered through the hospital to further his own knowledge of orthopedic and surgical care.  He was an incredible preceptor to new scrub techs who joined the Miriam team and a valuable colleague to all who had the opportunity to work with him.

Surgical technicians are vital to a smooth and efficient surgery, anticipating every move the surgeon is going to make while handing off instruments and supplies and maintaining sterile conditions. “Doug just loved learning and always sought to improve himself and share the knowledge he had with others,” explains Tracy Dame, of her late husband.

After Doug’s unexpected passing last year, Tracy and her daughters wanted to do something meaningful to honor Doug’s passion for learning and his love for The Miriam Hospital. With a $25,000 gift, they recently created The Douglas and Tracy Dame Orthopedic Education Endowment. The fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship annually to a member of the orthopedic surgical services team for continuing education such as: attendance at a regional or national conference; completion of a specialty course that will benefit the orthopedic patient; or participation in a continuing education (RN to BSN or similar collegiate program).

“Doug always said, if we ever win the lottery, this is something he would want to do,” explains Tracy. “We wanted to create something lasting that honors both Doug’s memory and what he cared about deeply.”

Doug’s passion for his career has rubbed off on his youngest daughter, Emily, age 21, who is following her father’s footsteps by going to school to become a surgical technician.

“Doug was a spirited, meticulous and skilled technician. On difficult and unusual cases, he was the one we all turned to for input and help,” says John A. Froehlich, MD, program director of the Total Joint Center. “It is so fitting that The Douglas and Tracy Dame Orthopedic Education Endowment was established to promote the high value he placed on continuing education for those he worked with on a daily basis.”

 

Rhode Island College Basketball Program Supports Cancer Research at The Miriam Hospital
Monday, May 23, 2016

During Rhode Island College's winter sports season the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams participated in a fundraising effort to support cancer research through the sale of special “Play for Cure” t-shirts, Anchor Strong bracelets and pins.

"Rhode Island College Athletic Director, Don Tencher, chose The Miriam Hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center as the recipient for the funds raised because of a strong relationship with Dr. Mega and the Cancer Center," stated Greg O’Connor, Assistant Athletic Director at RIC.

Student athletes presented a check for $500 towards cancer research. This support of The Miriam Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center began in 2011 and over $4000 has been raised to date for cancer research and quality patient care.

RIC Athlete Donation

(Left to right): Dr. Anthony Mega, Jr., Devin Hill (RIC student athlete), Dr. Joseph Renzulli, Amber Decristofaro (RIC student athlete), and Dr. Tom DiPetrillo.

 

Age of Aquarius Gala and Auction Raises $628,760 for The Miriam Hospital
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TMH Gala Age of AquariusIt may have been 2016 outside Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Saturday, April 16, but for the more than 450 guests of The Miriam Hospital inside, it was the ‘60s again during the hospital’s 2016 gala and auction, Age of Aquarius. Serving as The Miriam’s largest annual fundraiser, the event generated $632,660, the net proceeds of which will support The Miriam Fund for a New Generation and The Patient Assistance Program at The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital. The gala was co-chaired by Susan and John Froehlich, MD.

(Right) A Blast from the Past: David Greenberg, DPM and his wife Elizabeth (far left) pose for a photo with guitarist Tim Sullivan and fellow guests, Mara and Stuart Feldman alongside a vintage Volkswagen Super Beetle before entering The Miriam Hospital’s Age of Aquarius Gala and Auction at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

Of the total raised, the live auction, silent and super silent auctions, and Fund-a-Need resulted in $246,785 for The Patient Assistance Program, which serves to help ease the financial burden of patients’ cancer treatment in a multitude of ways.

“For five years now, our gala has supported the creation and expansion of critical programs at the Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Arthur J. Sampson, President of The Miriam Hospital. “I cannot thank everyone enough—our co-chairs, event committee, donors, sponsors and staff—for the tremendous amount of work that went into making this a night that once again will have an enormous impact for our patients.”

Upon entering Rhodes, guests were welcomed by the soothing sounds of guitarist Tim Sullivan, a vintage Volkswagen Super Beetle, go-go dancing reminiscent of the times and performers posing as human lava lamps. 60s-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were followed by welcome remarks from hospital leadership and the event’s co-chairs.  Guests were introduced to two of The Miriam’s patients who shared their cancer experiences in a moving video that shined a spotlight on the “fiscal toxicity” of a cancer diagnosis and the importance of helping patients through this part of their journey through The Patient Assistance Program.

After a dinner exquisitely prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering and inspired by the event’s theme, professional auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group presented the live auction and Fund-a-Need in support of The Patient Assistance Program. Featuring an impressive array of travel excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences, including a trip for two to the 41st Ryder Cup at prestigious Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, bid numbers were raised high and often. Following the auction, guests danced to the sounds of World Premier Band.

“We are thrilled to have served as co-chairs of this year’s Miriam Hospital Gala and Auction,” said John Froehlich, MD, who co-chaired Age of Aquarius with his wife, Susan, and also serves as program director of The Miriam’s Total Joint Center.

“Cancer not only takes its toll physically and emotionally, it can be devastating financially. Thanks to the outpouring of support from everyone involved with this event, we’ll be able to make a difference for The Miriam’s cancer patients so they can focus on what’s most important—getting well,” added Susan.

The Miriam Hospital extends its sincerest gratitude to presenting sponsors, Amica, Nortek, and University Orthopedics; leadership donor, the Amica Companies Foundation; and platinum sponsors Amaral Revite General Contractors and Med Tech Ambulance Service.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

A Warm Welcome: Event co-chairs Susan and John Froehlich, MD welcome guests to The Miriam Hospital’s Age of Aquarius Gala and Auction at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Saturday, April 16. Representing the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised $628,760.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

Feeling Groovy: (Left to right) Arthur J. Sampson, President of The Miriam Hospital, joins John Loerke and his wife, Marie J. Langlois, Chair of The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and gala co-chairs John Froehlich, MD and his wife, Susan, at Age of Aquarius.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

Full House: More than 450 guests were transported back to the ‘60s during The Miriam’s recent Age of Aquarius Gala and Auction, coming together to raise critical funds in support of The Miriam Fund for a New Generation and The Patient Assistance Program at The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

Having a Blast: Steven Issa, who served as Corporate Sponsorship Committee Chair for Age of Aquarius, with his wife, Patricia.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

A Great Way to Spend the Offseason: New England Patriots offensive guard, Josh Kline, poses with his wife Natalie upon arriving at Age of Aquarius. Josh generously donated a personal meet and greet for the Gala’s live auction.

TMH Gala Age of Aquarius

An Evening to Remember: After spending countless hours securing auction items for Age of Aquarius, Auction Chair Grace Dugan and her husband, Greg Pizzuti, enjoyed all the Gala had to offer.

(Photos by Al Weems Photographer)

 

Click HERE to watch the video presentation shown at The Miriam Gala and Auction.

 

 

The Miriam Hospital Receives Two Gifts from the Baxt Family
Thursday, March 10, 2016

A legacy of extraordinary generosity from Victor and Gussie Baxt continues to benefit The Miriam Hospital in new ways.  Since Victor’s passing in 2012, his wife Gussie has continued to reach out to leadership at The Miriam to discuss programs in need of support.  Last month, two gifts were received to benefit nursing education and the advancement of humanistic medicine.

A $20,000 gift will provide funding for the Nursing Leadership Program, which provides tuition assistance to employees at The Miriam who are pursuing an advanced degree in nursing. Additionally, a $10,000 gift was made to establish The Baxt Medical Humanities Fund in honor of Dr. Fred Schiffman, recognizing his passion for teaching medical students to embrace the theory of treating the whole person while practicing medicine. 

We are greatly appreciative of the continued support and generosity that Gussie Baxt has shown The Miriam and for the positive impacts these gifts will make on advancing the education of the next generation of caregivers at our hospital.
 

The Miriam Hospital Awarded $52,000 by The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation
Monday, January 25, 2016

The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation has awarded The Miriam Hospital $52,000 in support of expanded physical therapy services for women with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). A new suite at the West River Center will provide much-needed additional space to treat PFDs with specialized physical therapy.

It is estimated that one in four women experience significant discomfort and diminished quality of life due to pelvic floor disorders. Symptoms can be difficult to talk about, even with a doctor. The new suite will ensure greater access to The Miriam’s specialized physical therapy program, so that women with PFDs no longer need suffer in silence.

 

 

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