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Three Angels Fund Makes Donation
Monday, January 16, 2017

In 2010, cousins Andrew Bulk and Jennifer Lopes established the Three Angels Fund to honor the memory of their aunts, Eileen Bulk, Ann Pine and Nan Bulk, who lost their lives to cancer. Every summer, Andrew, Jennifer, and their families host a fundraiser at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club in Middletown to celebrate the lives of their aunts while helping others who are fighting the same battle they did. At a recent reception, The Three Angels Fund presented a check for $35,000, the proceeds from their 2016 event, to Newport Hospital to support the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Aquidneck Island families combating cancer. 

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Newport Hospital Launches 3-D Breast Mammography Thanks to Generosity of BankNewport, Donors
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thanks to an incredibly generous lead gift of $100,000 from BankNewport and the overwhelming support of donors, Newport Hospital has purchased state-of-the-art digital breast tomosynthesis technology and now offers 3-D mammography.

Bank Newport LogoThis technology creates clearer and more accurate images, reducing the number of dreaded call backs and improving the detection of cancers. In recent studies, tomosynthesis reduced call backs for diagnostic mammograms by an average of 20 percent. Theodore J. Kutcher, MD, Chair of Radiology at Newport Hospital explains, “Digital breast tomosynthesis creates individual images or ‘slices’ of the breast that allow us to look at what is in each slice. It peels backs the layers of normal breast tissue so we can go step-by-step through the breast, getting rid of all structures in front or behind that could be hiding cancer. It is especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue and avoids mistaking shadows for disease.”

The technology is crucial to the early detection of cancer and decreases false positives, which occur when an abnormal area on an x-ray is determined to not be cancer. The technology also reduces the number of necessary diagnostic mammograms.

“As a breast imaging Center of Excellence, Newport Hospital is committed to providing the latest innovations in women’s health care,” said Crista F. Durand, President of Newport Hospital. “By producing more accurate images, tomosynthesis helps to pinpoint the size and location of any abnormality, making this technology a critical benefit to our patients. We are sincerely grateful to BankNewport for their leadership gift, which was instrumental to our ability to add tomosynthesis mammography to our list of available services offered.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. women except for skin cancer, and remains the second-leading cause of cancer death among women overall. In 2-D mammography, breast cancers can be hidden behind normal breast tissue, or shadows can create false positives. In recent studies, tomosynthesis found 1.3 cancers per 1,000 examinations not found by conventional mammography.

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Making Leading-Edge Technology Possible: Thanks to a generous lead gift from BankNewport, Newport Hospital recently purchased 3-D mammography technology, which delivers high clarity, three-dimensional images of breasts in layers, allowing physicians to better identify tumors at an earlier stage.

Left to right: Sandra J. Pattie, President and CEO, BankNewport; Peter Capodilupo, Chair of the Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and BankNewport Board Chairman; Crista F. Durand, President, Newport Hospital; Theodore J. Kutcher, MD, Chair of the Newport Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging; and Loriana DeCrescenzo, Chief Development Officer, Newport Hospital Foundation. 


Annual President's Reception Welcomes over 130 Founder's Society Members
Friday, August 12, 2016

Newport Hospital welcomed over 130 members of The Founder’s Society for the Annual President’s Reception on August 10th in Hill Courtyard.

The Founders Society is a distinguished group of donors who have made a significant investment in Newport Hospital. Each summer, the President’s reception is held to recognize and thank members of the Founders Society who have made gifts totaling one thousand dollars or more during the past year.

Newport Hospital was built in 1873 on a foundation of philanthropy. Thanks to the continued support of our donors, Newport Hospital has become one of the leading edge community hospitals in the country, equipped with advanced technologies and linked through Lifespan to new therapies and techniques flowing from medical research and clinical trials at Rhode Island’s top teaching hospitals.

Our founders would be astounded to see Newport Hospital as it exists today and heartened to know that the generosity they displayed early on has become a lasting tradition.

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Newport Hospital’s Summer Gala, Casablanca, Raises More than $391,000
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A passing spate of seasonal rain couldn’t dampen the festivities as nearly 350 friends and supporters of Newport Hospital arrived at Ochre Court on Thursday, July 7 for the hospital’s 2016 summer gala, Casablanca. In an atmosphere reminiscent of 1940s Morocco, the evening raised more than $391,000 for Newport Hospital programs with the most crucial and pressing funding needs. Of the total raised, the live auction and fundraising blitz generated $146,500 for the purchase of state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to support Women’s Health programs and services.

“Words alone cannot express my appreciation and gratitude to the amazing donor community that continues to support Newport Hospital with unprecedented generosity and kindness,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “So much of the care we deliver day in and day out is made possible thanks to philanthropy—every dollar raised through this event will have a direct impact on lives across Aquidneck Island and beyond.”

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(Above) Casablanca, Newport-Style: In a scene reminiscent of Casablanca itself, fog engulfed Ochre Court after rolling in from Narragansett Bay, adding to the night’s ambiance.

Upon arrival at Ochre Court, guests were welcomed by pianist Mac Chrupcala, as soothing melodies from his baby grand piano filled the air. Following a period-themed cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s presented the event’s live auction and fundraising blitz to raise funds for the purchase of state-of-the-art 3-D ultrasound technology.

Newport Hospital Summer BenefitEager to support the cause, guests engaged in spirited bidding as bid numbers were raised high and often, including a number of guests who raised their cards at the $10,000 and $5,000 levels to directly support the purchase of new ultrasound equipment. During the live auction, a one-of-a-kind cocktail party for 30, to be hosted by some of Newport’s most prominent women, generated much excitement. With its demand emanating throughout the tent erected on the mansion’s sprawling rear lawn, the package sold three times over, each at $5,000.

(Right) Eager to Support the Cause: Guests raised their bid numbers high and often during the event’s fundraising blitz to directly support Newport Hospital’s purchase of the latest in state-of-the-art ultrasound technology.

At the conclusion of the auction, the evening continued with guests enjoying an exquisite meal expertly prepared by Russell Morin Catering & Events, featuring chilled pea and fresh mint soup and lemon charmoula chicken, and dancing to the sounds of the Mac Chrupcala Orchestra.

“Newport Hospital is truly a hospital of the community and for the community,” said Peter Capodilupo, Chair of the Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. “And the outpouring of support for this year’s gala only serves to underscore that fact. Because of that support, we will be able to ensure our high-risk ob-gyn patients won’t need to leave the island for the highly specialized imaging they need.”

The event committee for Casablanca was co-chaired by Dr. Holly M. Bannister, Anne Hamilton, and Kimberly Palmer. Among the event’s many corporate and individual sponsors were Platinum Sponsor, The Schochet Companies, Mrs. Jay R. Schochet and Richard Henken, CEO; Silver Sponsors, Dorrance Hamilton and the Hamilton Family Foundation, Judy Clagett McLennan, Newport Hospital Auxiliary, Linda and John Purdy, and Jim and Ginny Purviance.

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Grateful Leadership: (Left to right) Crista F. Durand, President of Newport Hospital and her husband Steve Durand; Jennifer and Peter Capodilupo, Chair of the Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Thomas E. McGue, MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Newport Hospital; and Loriana De Crescenzo, Chief Development Officer, Newport Hospital Foundation, at Casablanca, Newport Hospital’s 2016 Summer Gala. Representing the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised more than $391,000.

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Enjoying a Great Night: Dedicated Newport Hospital supporters Dan Faria and Dolores Houston dancing to the sounds of the Mac Chrupcala Orchestra.

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Cocktail Party, Anyone?: (Left to right) C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s is joined by Norey Dotterer Cullen, Happy van Beuren, Holly M. Bannister, MD, Anne Hamilton, Helene van Beuren, Kimberly Palmer, and Lee DiPietro as he auctions off a cocktail party for 30 to be hosted by the women.

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Ready for a Fabulous Evening: Jonathan and Bettie Pardee upon arriving at Ochre Court on Thursday, July 7 for Casablanca.


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Here’s Looking at You, Kid: With the evening’s theme inspired by 1940s Morocco and what many consider the greatest movie of all time, Norey Cullen and Peter Walsh enjoy Casablanca, Newport Hospital’s 2016 Summer Gala. 

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“High Heels & Hot Wheels” Fundraiser Supports Women's Health Program
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

With 125 friends and supporters in attendance, Newport Hospital held a unique fundraiser, High Heels & Hot Wheels, at the Audrain Automobile Museum on Bellevue Avenue on April 28. As guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, they browsed the Museum’s current exhibit, Speed Machines, featuring an array of Porsches, Ferraris, a Bugatti, Bentley, and other impressive race cars and motorcycles.

Proceeds from the sold-out event will support the hospital’s Women’s Health program, helping to fund the purchase of tomosynthesis 3-D mammography equipment—a fundraising effort that began with a lead gift of $100,000 from BankNewport.

High Heels & Hot Wheels also featured guest speaker, Lee DiPietro, author of Against the Wind: An Ironwoman’s Race for Her Family’s Survival. A celebrated endurance athlete, motivational speaker and educator, Lee, has won 202 races throughout her career, establishing herself as one of her generation’s preeminent endurance athletes. Lee and her husband, Lee, (Pictured right) split their time between Newport and Delray Beach, Florida.

Newport Hospital extends its gratitude to Nick Schorsch and the entire staff of the Audrain Automobile Museum for hosting the event, and to the local businesses who donated items for the night’s raffle: Michael Hayes Company; J. McLaughlin; Newport Restaurant Group; Jackie Lane, Amber Royal and Lisa Fitzpatrick of Pulse Gym; and Jo’s American Bistro, for donating raffle items. 

Left to right: Angela Healey, Anita Conway, John Reid and Susanne Reid

Left to Right: Crista Durand, Holly Bannister, MD, and Norey Cullen

Left to Right: Karen and Bill Corcoran

Left to Right: Suzi Nance, Carleen Massed, Kathleen Taddei, and Jennifer Capodilupo


Newport Hospital Recipient of Two Major Grants and Announces Challenge Grant
Friday, January 08, 2016

In November 2015, Newport Hospital Foundation was the recipient of two major grants in support of the purchase of a new CT scanner.  The van Beuren Charitable Foundation granted $400,000 toward this $1.3 million dollar project.  In addition, the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust granted a total of $500,000 toward this project.  The first $250,000 of the McBean grant was an outright gift.  The remaining $250,000 is in the form of a Challenge Grant.  Under the terms of the Challenge, Newport Hospital has until June 30, 2016, to raise $250,000, and the McBean Trust will provide a dollar for dollar match. 

The new CT scanner is a 128-slice scanner that will replace the hospital’s 16-slice unit. The new scanner is much faster, emits less radiation, and provides enhanced image detail and quality.  During renovations and installation of the new CT, which are scheduled to begin this winter, a temporary unit will be housed adjacent to the emergency department.


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