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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Newport Hospital Appoints Four New Members to Foundation Board of Trustees

Carol Bazarsky, Dr. Bradford C. Gray, Sarah Schochet Henken, and Paul A. Leys join volunteer leadership group to further Foundation’s mission of inspiring generosity to directly impact patient care

Newport Hospital, the only acute care hospital serving Aquidneck Island and Newport County, is pleased to announce that four new members have joined its Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Carol Bazarsky, Dr. Bradford C. Gray, Sarah Schochet Henken, and Paul A. Leys have been appointed for two-year terms. Comprised entirely of volunteers who represent leaders in the community, the mission of the Foundation is to inspire generosity and reach new levels of fundraising success that have a direct impact on the compassionate, state-of-the-art care hospital patients receive.

“It is a privilege to bolster our board with the appointment of these four incredibly dedicated and selfless individuals,” said Crista F. Durand, President of Newport Hospital. “Philanthropy is the engine that drives our ability to care for and meet the needs of our community, and it is with the utmost gratitude that I thank our trustees for their commitment of time and talent.”

A resident of Newport for more than 30 years, Carol Bazarsky and her husband, David, founded and operate the Middletown-based real estate development company, Samuel’s Realty Company. Deeply committed to initiatives that focus on children, education, and health and wellness, Carol is an active volunteer with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, and helped to create a “publishing house” at two Newport schools to encourage creative writing among young students. In addition to her role with Newport Hospital, Carol serves on the boards of Boys Town of New England, and the Newport Public Education Foundation.

Bradford Gray, MD, is an attending surgeon at Newport Hospital, having joined the hospital in June 2015 after practicing for 15-years at Holyoke Medical Center in western Massachusetts. Dr. Gray earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and his certifications include the American Board of Surgery, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic Cardiac Life Support. Among Dr. Gray’s many professional memberships are the American College of Surgeons, Massachusetts Chapter; American College of Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society; and the American Medical Association to name just a few. As one of the Foundation’s newest members, Dr. Gray is particularly enthusiastic about adding his perspective as a physician.

Sarah Schochet Henken, of Medfield, Massachusetts, is owner and partner in Holistic Wellness Center, LLC, which opened in 2010 and offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, reflexology, massage therapy, and holistic health coaching. She is the only child of Suzie and the late Jay Schochet, who have a long history of community and philanthropic involvement in Newport County and beyond. Sarah is a prominent philanthropist, generously supporting Newport Hospital, the Potter League, and the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta. She is an active volunteer with Fenway Health Board of Visitors, and lends her time to the boards of Amilia’s Light, and Fiddlehead Theatre Company.

A third generation native of Newport, Paul A. Leys is the co-owner of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty. With the hospital’s Foundation board, Paul has a unique opportunity to share his perspective of life on Aquidneck Island to help strengthen the hospital’s fundraising efforts. In addition being active with the REALTOR® community, where he has served as president at both the local and state levels, Paul serves on the boards of Child & Family Services—Newport, Newport County Youth Hockey Association, the Rogers High School Athletic Boosters Club, and the YMCA.

“On behalf of my fellow Foundation board members, we are honored to welcome these highly regarded community and business leaders to our ranks,” said Peter Capodilupo, Chair of the Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. “Not only does each of them embody the spirit of Newport Hospital, but their experience and expertise will be invaluable to our mission.”

Friday, December 15, 2017

Celebrating 50-Years of Philanthropy: Ruth and Ned Corcoran’s Generosity has Helped to Transform Newport Hospital over Five Decades

CorcoransIt was 1967 and Lyndon B. Johnson occupied the Oval Office. Gas was thirty-three cents a gallon and Carl Yastrzemski was patrolling left field at Fenway Park during the Red Sox’s Impossible Dream season when Ruth and Edward “Ned” Corcoran first became involved with Newport Hospital.

“My wife and I have been supporting Newport Hospital for as long as I can remember, and for good reason,” says Ned. “We feel a great sense of obligation to the community and the hospital. In fact, my four siblings, seven children and grandchildren were all born at the hospital, not to mention myself.”

During the Corcoran’s five decades of fundraising for Aquidneck Island’s only hospital, the couple’s generosity and influence can be found on every floor and care unit of the hospital’s sprawling campus.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that Ruth and Ned have been instrumental in transforming Newport Hospital and propelling us into the 21st Century,” says Crista F. Durand, President of Newport Hospital.

Ruth and Ned’s longstanding philanthropic journey with Newport Hospital began when they chaired the hospital’s first major capital campaign to fund the construction of the Turner Building. Affectionately known as “the Tower,” the Turner Building is both at the center of Aquidneck Island and its tallest building. It houses Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, The Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital, and other patient care units.

Coming at a time when the Newport Bridge was still two years from completion, the construction of the Turner Building was the first step in making Newport Hospital the first-class hospital it is today. No longer would residents need to leave the comfort of the island to receive the specialized care they needed.

To fund the project, Newport Hospital needed to raise a little more than one million dollars, which Ned recalls, “was a lot of money in those days, but with the community solidly behind us, we ended up raising over $2 million.”

In having led the campaign, Ned credits its success to the local residents who stepped up to the plate with their gifts. The 1967 campaign was also Ned’s first opportunity to work with the van Beuren family, most notably the late John A. “Archie” van Beuren.

“Archie was an amazing man; he was so positive about the hospital and the campaign—he recognized the Turner Building as a resource our community needed,” says Ned.

Thirty years later, in 1997, the Corcorans were at it again, volunteering to chair the hospital’s Vision 2001 campaign. With a goal of raising $16 million, the campaign would effectively transform Newport’s facilities into a modern community hospital at a time when medicine was experiencing a shift to enhanced diagnostic capabilities and a move towards more outpatient services.

“My husband and I were both brought up to give back; it’s a big part of who we are,” says Ruth. “And once you’re hooked on something like this, you stay involved, especially when it’s so critically important to your community.”

Adds Ned, “Like everything she’s done in support of the hospital, my wife put her heart and soul into the Vision 2001 campaign. We knew the economy was difficult in the late ‘90s, so when there were concerns about being able to raise the funds, it only inspired us more and we took it as a challenge to meet our goal.”

Once again, the Corcorans are quick to highlight the outpouring of generosity from the island’s year-round residents as being instrumental to the success of Vision 2001, including BankNewport and the Schochet family.

“The local community has such an amazing love for the hospital and wanted to be a part of helping to take it to the next level,” says Ned.

When asked to pinpoint the driving force behind his community’s unwavering support of Newport Hospital, Ned doesn’t hesitate. With pride in his voice, he speaks to the hospital’s compassionate, talented teams of world-class physicians and Magnet-designated nurses that call Newport Hospital their medical home.

“So many gifts and naming opportunities were made in memory of loved ones and to honor doctors and caregivers—people really showed their appreciation for what the hospital represents,” says Ned.

Thanks in large part to the Corcorans, Newport Hospital today is a state-of-the-art, and award-winning health care facility that offers a broad range of medical services where they are needed most—right in patients’ backyards.

“The Corcorans are part of a small, select group of philanthropists who are the backbone of Newport Hospital, and we are very grateful for their friendship and support,” adds hospital president Crista F. Durand.

With a burgeoning summer population and more seasonal festivals and events, Ned sees the hospital’s role becoming even greater in the future. In 2017 alone, Newport Hospital’s emergency department has seen an average of 100 people each day, a 35 percent increase over just two years ago.

“With larger numbers of people in Newport, it is inevitable that more people will need to rely on the hospital for care,” he says. “And for those who live here, there is little question that if they haven’t already benefited from the hospital, they will at some point during their lifetime.”

“Having a hospital of this caliber accessible to our community means everything. I can’t think of anything more important to support,” concludes Ruth.


"Small Island, Big Hearts" Tournament Benefits Newport Hospital
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Friends and family of the late Marshall and Bruce Johnson—Aquidneck Island brothers, athletes and jai alai players—gathered in October to present the Newport Hospital Foundation with a charitable donation of $17,000, from the proceeds of the fifth annual “Small Island, Big Hearts” golf tournament, held in June at Green Valley Country Club to honor the Johnson brothers’ memory.

The Johnson brothers’ dreams were realized on the Jai Alai courts of Newport and Florida. Their legacy is one of laughter, sportsmanship and incredible talent. With the generosity of “Small Island, Big Hearts” volunteers, sponsors and attendees, the group was able to reach their goals to donate to the Newport Hospital Foundation and to the Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth High School Athletic Departments. To date, “Small Island, Big Hearts” has contributed $92,000.00 to the Newport County community.

Small Island Big Hearts

Small Island Big Hearts


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. 

2017 Three Angels Families 

2017 Three Angels Care Team 

2017 Three Angels Check Administration 


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