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Rhode Island Hospital Celebrates 150 Years of Caring
with Gala Event

Musical tributes and expressions of caring mark hospital’s historic anniversary

On November 16 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th Anniversary Celebration of Caring highlighted the hospital’s past and present accomplishments and shined a spotlight on the future of Rhode Island’s premier academic medical center.

“This historic event is truly a momentous occasion, as it caps off our year-long celebration of 15 decades of medical innovation and exceptional care of our patients and their families,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and CEO, Lifespan, and president, Rhode Island Hospital. “Thanks to our talented colleagues and our generous family of supporters, Rhode Island Hospital has set the standard for medical excellence in southeastern New England. As the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, we treat the most seriously ill and injured patients each day. We are also the principal teaching hospital for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, a premier academic medical center, and a hub of groundbreaking research. ”

Guests enjoyed musical performances by The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra Chamber Choir, Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band, and classical pianist Lance Eskelund. Guests also heard expressions of caring and appreciation from Rhode Island Hospital philanthropists including descendents of the hospital’s founding families, staff, and grateful patients. Proceeds from the event will support Rhode Island Hospital’s legacy of providing exceptional clinical care, research and education. The honorary tri-chairs were Elfriede A. Collis; Michael G. Ehrlich, M.D.; and Barbara P. Riley, R.N., M.S., NEA-BC. The presenting signature sponsors were the Rhode Island Hospital Guild; Mr. and Mrs. H. James Field; and Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Laurans. The platinum sponsors were University Orthopedics and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collis.

“The hallmark of Rhode Island Hospital has always been its ability to rise to every challenge, never give up, and find answers to the seemingly impossible,” said Scott B. Laurans, chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors. “That kind of dedication and sophistication has allowed Rhode Island Hospital to emerge ever stronger with each passing decade—always ready to face the next challenge. And it’s our generous donors who have always helped make our work possible.”

Event photos by Al Weems Photographer


L-R. Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan, and Scott B. Laurans, chair, Lifespan Board of Directors, with descendents of the founding Ives family: William Goddard; painting of Robert H. Ives, hospital founder; Moses Goddard; Joan Goddard; and Katharine Goddard


L-R. Tom Ryan; Ted Fischer; Timothy J. Babineau, M.D.; Paul Salem; and Brad Faxon


Brad Faxon, PGA Tour professional, and Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan


Honorary tri-chairs Michael G. Ehrlich, M.D.; Elfriede A. Collis; and Barbara P. Riley, R.N., M.S., NEA-BC, with Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president, Rhode Island Hospital, and president and CEO, Lifespan


Scott B. Laurans, chair, Lifespan Board of Directors, and Monica Laurans


L-R. Dr. and Mrs. Edward Iannuccilli with David Duffy and Heidi Kirk Duffy