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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Bradley Hospital Honors Humanitarians Bill and Tina Carr at Foundation Board Annual Meeting

On October 11, friends and supporters of Bradley Hospital gathered for the Annual Meeting of the hospital’s Foundation Board of Trustees at Agawam Hunt in Rumford.

Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees, highlighted the hospital’s unique position in the mental health field and lauded its service to families, both locally and nationally. Foundation Chair Lawrence B. Sadwin led a brief business meeting, during which a slate of new Trustees was presented. The audience warmly welcomed Lynne Barry Dolan, Diane M. Hunter, Anthony J. Landi, Jr., Michele Levy, and Tricia S. O’Neil to the Foundation Board.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

(From left) Bradley Hospital Foundation Chair Lawrence B. Sadwin, Tina Carr, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Bill Carr, and Bradley president Daniel J. Wall.

Special guest, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, attended this year’s Annual Meeting to personally join hospital leadership in honoring two extraordinary contributors to Bradley’s success, Bill and Tina Carr. The couple received the 2018 Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award at the event. “Rhode Island is a better place because Tina and Bill Carr are here,” said Governor Raimondo during her remarks. As the couple accepted their award, attendees rose to their feet and erupted in thunderous applause.

Added Bradley president, Daniel J. Wall, “The children and families we care for are truly fortunate that the Carrs chose to focus the lion’s share of their advocacy and personal philanthropy on advancing the mission of Bradley Hospital. It is with our deepest appreciation and thanks that we present them with this well-deserved honor.”

Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley’s Medical Director, delivered his annual State of the Hospital report, including a powerful statistic: In 2018, Rhode Island has been ranked with the lowest teen suicide rate in the country. He explained that through a myriad of programs, Bradley worked hard to move the needle to that position. It had been ranked 16th just two years prior.

Dan Wall returned to the podium to shine a light on the life-changing resources for children and families made possible through philanthropy and the contributions of everyone in the room, including the new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center, the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the new Co-Occurring Disorders programs. In addition, he noted that, “More than 130 days later, we’re still celebrating the incredible success of Bravo Bradley,” recognizing 2018 event co-chairs Betty and Joe Brito.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

Henry Sachs, MD, and Michele and Chris Levy.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

Tim O’Neil, Betty Brito, and Bradley Hospital Foundation Chair Lawrence B. Sadwin.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

Denise Dangremond, Greg Fritz, MD, and Tina Carr.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

Nancy Tsiaris, Gloria Hall, and Eiko Adams.

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting

Mehdi Khosrovani, Bill Tracey, and Felicity Silva.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

“Play4Kids” Golf Tournament Raises More than $60,000 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018Although rain forced the postponement of this year’s “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament from its original September date, the sky was a picturesque hue of blue for 18 gorgeous holes at Ledgemont Country Club on Wednesday, October 17.

Eager to hit the links in support of a great cause, enthusiastic golfers enjoyed friendly competition on beautifully-manicured fairways, coming together to raise more than $60,000 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY, southern New England’s leading bereavement program for children and adolescents.

(Right) Speaker Ashley Lawrence with Bradley Hospital President Daniel Wall.

The day’s program featured a moving speech by Ashley Lawrence, a Barrington High School senior who shared the story of her experience at Bradley Hospital. The young woman’s experience motivated her to coordinate a fundraiser for Bradley’s Healing Arts Program at Rocky Silva’s American Karate this past summer, and to invite fellow students to write letters of encouragement to patients being treated in various psychiatric programs.

“The Bradley partial program I was in, Journey, was a crucial element in getting me to where I am today,” said Ashley during her remarks after the tournament. “Although it was a difficult time in my life, the program made me want to get up every day, to show my inner self, and to enjoy and share my sense of humor and my smile. Not everyone may be ready to acknowledge the challenges of living with a mental illness, but I am grateful to Bradley and to FRIENDS WAY for the positive difference they’re making in the lives of kids like me. I know they save lives.”

During the pre-dinner cocktail hour, Lord Hobo Brewing Company joined players and guests, offering tastings of their award-winning craft beers.

The 2018 “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament was made possible by title sponsor, Cox Business; awards dinner sponsor, Epic Systems; and leading sponsors Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Bill and Tina Carr, Centerville Bank, The Claflin Company, and Marcum LLP, among all of the event’s generous supporters.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) The Cox Business tournament sponsor team, Marc Lataille, Suzanne Elsbecker, Mark Scott, and Joe Libutti.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Charlie and Mary Beth Riotto, and Bill and Tina Carr.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Bob and Sheila Greenbaum with Philip Weinstein.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(From left) Scott DiChristofero, Rich Wakefield, Bradley Hospital president Daniel J. Wall, Mike Fox, and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Play4Kids Golf tournament 2018

(Right) Brian Pontarelli and Rulla Nehme.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Kicking for Causes event raises more than $26,000 for Bradley's Healing Arts Program

Kicking for CausesBradley Hospital is honored to have been selected as the recipient of funds raised by Kicking for Causes, a non-profit fundraising and advocacy organization that engages families and children in leadership development, martial arts training, and creative fundraising in support of local charities.

Right: Avery Costa, of Swansea, MA, prepares to break a wooden board.

Led by founder Andrew Lazouras, the group recently hosted their annual fundraising event at Rocky Silva’s American Karate in Seekonk, Mass., raising more than $26,000 to benefit Bradley’s Healing Arts Program.

Breakthroughs for Bradley: Martial Arts to Support Healing Arts combined the passion of martial arts with giving back to the community. Leading up to the event, kids and families solicited sponsorships for thousands of boards to be broken throughout the day-long fundraiser, which also featured a variety of art activities, great food, raffles, music and demonstrations. A compelling performance by Emma Cinotti of “Cuts That Spell,” a spoken word and dance piece about self-harm and depression, underscored the importance of the event to the many families in attendance.

Kicking for Causes“We see kids from many different backgrounds at the studio, some with behavioral health challenges, and our mission is to work with each one individually to help build a healthy mind, body and spirit,” said Kicking for Causes founder Andrew Lazouras, who is also program director at Rocky Silva’s American Karate. “Many of our families benefit from the care provided at Bradley, and we see the important parallels between our work and that of the Healing Arts program. It’s a natural alliance for us.”

Above: Ryan Hession, of Barrington, looks to add to his pile of broken boards with a powerful kick during Breakthroughs for Bradley.

Bradley’s art therapy department and its Healing Arts Program serve patients who struggle with complex mental health conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and developmental disabilities that co-exist with behavioral health problems. Program evaluations have shown that the arts contribute significantly to the wellness of children, especially those who suffer from trauma and abuse. Bradley Hospital art therapists are skilled mental health professionals trained in the creative arts, psychology and counseling, and provide one-on-one and group treatment.

Funds contributed by Kicking for Causes will help the Healing Arts program further its reach by supporting expansion of its on-campus offerings to Bradley’s residential programs. Everyone at Bradley Hospital is deeply grateful to Kicking for Causes and everyone at Rocky Silva’s American Karate who made this extraordinary event possible!

Kicking for Causes

Novalee Andree practices her form as she gets ready to raise funds to benefit Bradley Hospital’s Healing Arts Program during Kicking for Causes.

Kicking for Causes check presentation

From left: Rebecca Jacobson, Art Therapist, Bradley Hospital; Andrew Lazouras, Founder, Kicking for Causes; Maegan Dubois, Art Therapist and Director of the Healing Arts Program, Bradley Hospital; Daniel J. Wall, President, Bradley Hospital; Henry Sachs, MD, Chief Medical Officer Bradley Hospital; Dr. Vareen O’Keefe-Domaleski, MSN, Ed.D., Chief Nursing Officer, Bradley Hospital; Anne Morton Smith, Chief Development Officer, Bradley Hospital; and Melissa Weaver, Art Therapist, Bradley Hospital, celebrate the results of Kicking for Causes’ Breakthroughs for Bradley Martial Arts fundraiser.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament Raises More than $25,000

To close Mental Health Month, Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital hosted the first annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, May 30 in the East Providence High School gymnasium.

Peterson Memorial Basketball

Participants in the first annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament, including the Adult and Children’s Psychiatry teams, Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital department leadership, and members of the Peterson family.

The fundraiser was held to honor the memory of John Peterson and his dedication to patients struggling with mental illness. John, who served as the director of clinical business operations at Bradley Hospital, passed away unexpectedly this past March. Prior to his untimely death, John had been collaborating with colleagues James Florio, Jr., MBA, director of psychiatry operations and business development at Rhode Island Hospital, and Michael Montella, outpatient operations analyst for Bradley and Rhode Island Hospital outpatient psychiatry, to organize a charity basketball game.

Making sure John’s vision became reality, the event featured a friendly – yet competitive – basketball game between colleagues from Rhode Island Hospital Adult Psychiatry and Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Child Psychiatry, as well as a three-point contest with donations for every basket made during a two-minute period.

In what was a nail-biter, the Adult Psychiatry team squeezed out a single-digit win on an evening that raised more than $25,000 for transportation and other support services for adult psychiatry patients, and for the healing arts programs in children’s psychiatric residential settings. The night of fun and reflection attracted fans from across Lifespan behavioral health services.

John was a beloved staff member at both hospitals, and friends and colleagues look forward to continuing to raise funds in his honor for programs that were of significant meaning to him. Nothing could be more fitting for this long-time basketball fan that what will now become a much-anticipated annual event. To contribute to the Peterson Memorial Fund at Bradley Hospital, please click here.

Peterson Memorial Basketball

James Florio, Jr. (far right) and Mike Montella (center) present the Peterson family with what would have been John Peterson’s #1 jersey.
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Bradley Hospital Opens Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Thanks to an extraordinary million-dollar gift to the Every Child, Every Day campaign for Bradley and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals from Al and Gerrie Verrecchia and their family, the nationally-renowned Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has extended its continuum of care to include a dedicated outpatient clinic.

Verrecchia Family

On April 10, 2018, Bradley celebrated the opening of the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The service is a crucial one and timing couldn’t be better: estimates show 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. And children with developmental disabilities are more than four times as likely to experience behavioral and psychiatric issues.

“Families are greatly in need of specialized services to assist their children and to help them learn behavioral strategies to support them at home,” said Karen Cammuso, PhD, clinical director. “I am so pleased this new clinic can offer what they need.”

The Verrecchia Clinic offers individual and family therapy, parent training in behavior management, group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management. Its clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse specialist, and psychiatrists. The Verrecchia Clinic team works collaboratively across the Lifespan system, including the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to the generosity of the Verrecchia family, their gift will allow Bradley staff to spend important time on case management, as well as specific work to assist families as they transition their children into adult care settings. It also allows the hospital to build on its legacy of autism research and breakthroughs for the future.

“Children have been very good to us,” said Al Verrecchia, the former Chairman of Hasbro, Inc. “And because we have been so fortunate, it’s important to us to give back to the children in our community,” added Gerrie.

Since 1986, Al and Gerrie have been integral members of the Bradley and Hasbro Children’s Hospital family. Their commitment to the future of every child through their generosity and leadership is an inspiration to all. Al took their commitment one step further by chairing the Every Child, Every Day campaign.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Special Ocean State Job Lot Donation Brings Smiles to Bradley Hospital Patients

Ocean State Job Lot Gift to Bradley HospitalFor many of us growing up, having a favorite stuffed animal for a best buddy provided some of childhood’s fondest memories.

And now, thanks to Ocean State Job Lot, kids in Bradley Hospital programs can enjoy what sadly isn’t a universal experience for all children. In early April, the local company generously donated a truckload of stuffed animals to be embraced by the arms of children treated at Bradley’s main campus and in its residential homes.

Amanda Pelletier, clinical director of the residential Compass Program, was hesitant at first to accept the oversized plush toys, thinking, “I run a house for teenage girls – not small children.” Then, she saw one of her girls hugging a giant unicorn and knew immediately it was just what they all needed. Many of the residents have endured significant trauma, including abuse and neglect, during their early childhood.

“These girls didn’t grow up with cozy bedrooms filled with familiar stuffed animals to help them to fall asleep at night,” she says. “When I watched each girl select their animal, name it, hug it, and carefully put it on their bed, I was reminded that the Compass Program not only provides cutting-edge treatment, we also provide a safe, comfortable home.”

At the Compass Program, residents practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which teaches safe and effective skills to tolerate distress and regulate emotions. This leads to effective problem solving strategies and making healthy choices.

Susan Lantz, RN, clinical nursing director of Adolescent Services, remarked that many of the children in her area have little to call their own. “With friends like Ocean State Job Lot helping to heal the hearts and minds of children and their families, it makes our work here at Bradley Hospital a little easier,” says Susan. “We are truly grateful!”


Monday, February 26, 2018

Bradley Celebrates Opening of Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center

Peterson Welcome CenterAfter months of diligent planning, hard work, and an outpouring of community generosity, Bradley Hospital dedicated the new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center on Thursday, February 22.

The celebration marked the completion of a $2 million renovation project that created expanded and enhanced waiting areas for children and families, as well as a new art studio for the hospital’s signature Healing Arts program and a new space for training and conferences.

Spearheading the effort to make the renovation possible was Carol A. Peterson, of Cranston, who made a $1 million lead gift to the project. The gift is the single largest gift received by the hospital since its founding in 1931 through the wills of George and Helen Bradley in honor of their only child, Emma Pendleton Bradley. The project was also supported generously by Tina and Bill Carr, Paula and Joe Ruggiero, and The Manton Foundation, among others.

“There is no question that this is a very special moment in the history of Bradley Hospital, and one that would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of Carol and all our donors,” said Dan Wall, President of Bradley Hospital. “When families come to Bradley filled with anxiety and fear, a bright and welcoming area helps let them know they’ve come to the right place.”

Bradley’s main lobby was last renovated four decades ago, when annual discharges were just 300 patients, all of whom were there on an inpatient basis. Today, the hospital sees more than 5,000 children and families annually, through seven different levels of care and many unique programs. Combine that with what is arguably the most popular academic training program for child psychiatry in the country and an outstanding department of behavioral education, and the hospital’s volume of traffic far exceeded its capacity.

“The transformation of this space sends an incredibly powerful message,” added Wall. “As Carol has said many times, Bradley’s lobby is essentially our front door to the public. The new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center is just that. We’ve put out a beautiful welcome mat that tells families they’ve arrived at a place of hope.”

Peterson Welcome Center


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grateful for Bradley’s Care, Family Makes Gift in Daughter’s Memory

In 2015, Gloria Ormonde Rodrigues established the Tiffani Ormonde Memorial Fund to honor the life of her daughter, Tiffani, who was a longtime Bradley Hospital patient. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support programs that helped Tiffani during her life and continue to benefit patients today.

Last November, Tiffani’s family and friends hosted the 4th annual Tiffani Ormonde Memorial Fundraiser at the Rhode Island Shriners Hall in Cranston. Featuring a ranch-themed party and exciting auction, enthusiastic guests dressed in their finest western-wear raised $9,000 to benefit the Center for Autism and Development Disabilities (CADD).

Earlier this winter, Bradley was honored to host Gloria, and her extended family and friends, for a check presentation and luncheon with the CADD staff who deliver the outstanding care that helped Tiffani thrive. Our entire staff remembers Tiffani with great affection.

“We were all so fond of Tiffani—that her family remembers her in this beautiful way is very touching,” said Margaret Klitzke, MD, CADD Unit Chief. “We are so grateful to the family for their generosity, which will have a tremendous impact on the experience of children while they’re in our care.”

Tiffani Ormonde Check Presentation

Tiffani Ormonde Check Presentation


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cardz for Kidz Help Lift Spirits of Bradley Hospital Patients in More Ways than One

Few things have the ability to brighten a child’s day more than receiving a greeting card and knowing someone is thinking of you. Sadly, the stigma of mental illness may be what keeps many from sending get well cards to kids when they’re in the hospital for a psychiatric issue. But thanks to Cardz for Kidz, Bradley patients are receiving cards filled with inspirational messages that bring a smile to their face.

Founded by Ike Nwankwo and based in Chicago, Cardz for Kidz is dedicated to uplifting the spirits of hospitalized and traumatized children across the globe by delivering cards handmade by volunteers. For the past year, Bradley has been honored to be a Cardz for Kidz site, with patients having received hundreds of beautiful cards.

The cards arrive for holidays and every day enjoyment, and offer inspiring messages like, “You’re incredible,” “I believe in you,” and “There’s only one you!” They come in a variety of languages, and often feature pop-outs, stickers, and even crayons and pictures to color. The response from Bradley patients has been amazing, with some wanting to give their cards to fellow patients when they leave the hospital.

“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see how much the kids enjoy the cards,” said Nicole Nappi, RN.

For Ike, who had his own difficult hospital experience when he was younger, it’s important that he knows the cards are making a difference. “The staff at Bradley has made sure we know the impact the cards are having on the kids—it means the world to our volunteers, and to me,” he said.

To celebrate the partnership, Cardz for Kidz recently raised funds to purchase a GOKart, a new mobile gaming console, for the Bradley inpatient units.

Together, Ike and Jared Richter from Gamers Outreach in Ann Arbor, Michigan, creators of GOKart, traveled to Bradley to present the gift. As an added bonus, they arrived with a big envelope stuffed with new cards!

We are thrilled to have the first GOKart in Rhode Island, and are truly grateful to Cardz for Kidz for making it possible. If you’d like to learn more about Cardz for Kidz or become a volunteer, visit

Cardz for kids


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hasbro, Inc. Brings Global Day of Joy to Bradley Hospital

The December holiday came early for patients at Bradley Hospital when twenty-eight employees from Hasbro, Inc. visited the hospital during the company’s 5th annual “Global Day of Joy” celebration. Throughout the festive day, these ambassadors of cheer played games with patients on all four inpatient units, as well as the OCD partial and children’s partial units.

Laughter emanated down each hallway as children and adults alike enjoyed some of Hasbro’s most popular (and messy) games, such as Pie Face and Egged On. Best of all, the generous toy company provided tons of toys for patients to choose from and keep.

Before the day came to an end, Tom Courney, Hasbro, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, joined in the fun—stopping by to donate hundreds of fidget spinners as the toy company’s personal thank you to Bradley employees. As always, a fun time was had by all and we are grateful for the wonderful holiday cheer!

Hasbro Inc global day of joy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bradley Hospital’s “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament Raises More than $60,000

Play4Kids GolfAfter rain washed out the September date for this year’s Bradley Hospital “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament, the skies smiled on Tuesday, October 17, offering up a gorgeous day for golf and good cheer at Ledgemont Country Club.

Nearly 100 golfers enjoyed eighteen holes under a picturesque blue sky, coming together to raise more than $60,000 for Bradley Hospital and FRIENDS WAY, Southern New England’s only bereavement program for children and adolescents.

The event’s program was punctuated by a moving speech by Olivia Deaton (shown right with Bradley Hospital President Daniel Wall), a Barrington High School senior who shared her experience of losing a friend to suicide. Olivia’s grief moved her to create a foundation to raise funds to fight the stigma of mental illness and support critical treatment programs, in the hopes of helping more young people avoid the fate of her dear friend.

“All of you here are doing so much more than playing golf or donating money—you are helping change kids’ lives,” said Olivia during her remarks. “Because you care, you are helping to prevent kids from suffering the same fate as Devin, and you are helping kids like me become stronger. I could never tell you how much that means to me and to all of the people you are helping.”

Title sponsor, Cox Business; gold sponsor RICOH; and silver sponsors The Claflin Company and Marcum LLP, among the event’s more than two dozen supporters, made the 2017 “Play4Kids” Golf Tournament possible.

Play4Kids Golf

Cara Pratt, Phil Weinstein, Sheila and Bob Greenbaum representing Pure Beverage.

Play4Kids Golf

Chris Santilli, Ross Nelson, Kevin Jones, and Paul Leveillee representing Cox Business.

Play4Kids Golf

John Cronan, Skip Carlin, Joe Dowling, and Paul Kappel.

Play4Kids Golf

Scott Shepard, Hal Horvat, George McAuliffe, and Ray Roch representing Centerville Bank.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Beautiful Line of Jewelry Benefitting Bradley Hospital

CA pendantOur friends at CA Gift have launched a beautiful new line of jewelry called In the Spirit of Love, available now on  Layered in sterling silver, pendants feature a variety of symbols including a dove, an anchor, a Celtic knot, religious symbols and more, and come gift boxed with a special quote card. For each pendant sold, a gift is made to Bradley Hospital.

Make your Amazon purchase go further for Bradley Hospital by shopping through and choosing Bradley Hospital Foundation as your charity of choice!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bradley Annual Meeting Celebrates Hospital’s Banner Year

Gabby Pascale and Larry SadwinOn the heels of what was the busiest summer in the 86-year history of Bradley Hospital, friends and supporters of the country’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents gathered for the Annual Meeting of the Bradley Hospital Foundation. The event was held on October 12 at the Squantum Association in East Providence.

Right: Keynote speaker Gabby Pascale is presented with flowers from Foundation Board Chair Larry Sadwin.

The evening began with remarks by Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees, who highlighted the hospital as the system’s key to being able to provide truly comprehensive care to children. And in his annual State of the Hospital report, Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley’s Chief Medical Officer, shared that even with the constancy of full capacity throughout the hospital, Bradley achieved a patient satisfaction score of 99 percent.

Foundation Board Chair Larry Sadwin led a brief business meeting, during which the slate of officers and directors for the upcoming fiscal year were presented. New members include Betty Brito, Rick Granoff, and Mehdi Khosrovani. John Robitaille was thanked for his many years of service to Bradley, and will continue as a member of the Board of Governors. New members of the Board of Governors include Edward and Christine Caron, Sixcia Devine, Jason and Annette Grant, Rosemary Khosrovani, Tim and Tricia O’Neil, and Deborah Tate.

Bradley president Dan Wall acknowledged the extraordinary commitment of Bradley Hospital friends and supporters, and marveled at the momentum presently underway on the Foundation Board. He reported that the lobby project currently in progress would be open by 2018, and expressed special thanks to leading donors, including Carol Peterson, who led the fundraising effort with a million-dollar gift, along with Bill and Tina Carr, Joe Ruggiero, and the Manton Foundation.

The Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gregory K. Fritz, MD, a leader in various roles since joining the staff in 1985, including chief medical officer and then academic director since 2007. He is currently president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is retiring from both positions this fall.

Even with the wonderful tribute to the much beloved Dr. Fritz, the true highlight of the evening was the keynote, delivered by Gabby Pascale, a ten-year-old Bradley patient and advocate for children’s mental health. A student at Winsor Elementary School in Johnston, Pascale organized a mental health awareness day and walk against stigma, raising funds for the PediMIND research program run by Daniel Dickstein, MD.

Pascale brought down the house with her unwavering delivery, stating, “I am strong, and all the kids you help here are strong. We all fight every day and we should be proud. We should talk about it more. I want no child to be afraid to talk about how they feel—I hope they shout it out loud, all these terrible things they feel, and show people how wonderful it is that they got up today anyway.”

Bradley Hospital Annual Meeting 2017

Pictured L-R: Daniel J. Wall, President; Thomas F. Anders, MD, Past President and Foundation Board Member; Gregory K. Fritz, MD; and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Foundation Board Chair.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Olivia Deaton Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Bradley Hospital’s Healing Arts Program

Olivia Deaton FoundationBradley Hospital was recently honored to receive a $5,000 grant from the Olivia Deaton Foundation in support of our Healing Arts Program.

The foundation was established by 17-year-old Olivia Deaton in response to the tragic death by suicide of her friend, Devin. Olivia knew she had to do something not only through financial support, but also to raise awareness of the illness so many people still seek to hide. Working with her family and friends, the young philanthropist was committed to making a difference in honor of her friend.

Making the unsolicited grant to Bradley’s Healing Arts Program was a natural match, as Devin had long planned to go to school to become an art therapist herself. By spreading awareness through her Foundation, Olivia hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. “People are so hesitant to talk about mental illness,” she says. “It’s taboo, but it shouldn’t be.”

Pictured: Left to right: Maegan Gubata, LMHC, ATR, Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist, Healing Arts Program Director, Bradley Hospital; Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR, Art Therapist, Bradley Hospital; Olivia Deaton, Founder, Olivia Deaton Foundation; and Patty Riley Costello.

The more we can break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness, the more young people can access the treatment they need and avoid the tragedy of self-harm and suicide.

“Over the past year, more and more young people have approached me to talk about fundraising for Bradley while raising awareness about mental illness through school and community events,” says Anne Morton Smith, chief development officer for Bradley Hospital. “I can’t overstate how heartening it is to see youth facing this issue head on to support positive change for themselves and their peers. I encourage everyone to get involved in whatever way they can.”

The Olivia Deaton Foundation’s investment in our Healing Arts Program will help to ensure the future of this important therapeutic modality, providing young people with an additional way to express themselves and work through personal challenges.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michaels of Seekonk Annual Book Drive Benefits Bradley Hospital for Second Consecutive Year

Michaels Arts & Crafts of Seekonk hosted its annual Book Drive this past April, benefitting the children in all Bradley Hospital programs and the Bradley Schools. Surpassing all other Michaels stores in the region, they collected nearly 3,000 books for Bradley. Upon checkout, customers were given an opportunity to purchase new copies of classic works, such as Wind in the Willows, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women and White Fang, educational workbooks, crossword puzzles and quizzes, along with a great selection of story books for much younger children and books about scientific phenomena such as tornados, earthquakes and the ocean. 

“When people heard that the program was for Bradley Hospital, they bought more,” said Kimberly Perry, Michaels’ Customer Experience Manager. “We are so pleased with the response and to be able to help the kids through the Hospital.”
Michaels Book Donation 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OCD Reunion Brings Together Former and Current Families in a Day of Sharing and Healing

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: milieu therapist Kyri Barilone and Patient 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!”

Monday, January 16, 2017

Global Day of Joy Brightens Season for Patients and Staff

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


Monday, January 16, 2017

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $41,800 for Crisis Line Grant

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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