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Winter 2022

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Lifespan to Expand Workforce Programs for BIPOC with
$10M Support from Papitto Opportunity Connection

In order to ensure that Lifespan’s workforce reflects the diversity of the community it serves, Lifespan is expanding its suite of professional development programs and adding new career pathways for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals. Through support from the Papitto Opportunity Connection (POC), Lifespan will hire more than 1,000 BIPOC individuals over the next four years across our system of care.

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Lifespan Expands Thoracic Care, Hires World-Class Surgeon

Lifespan has appointed esteemed surgeon Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS, FACS, as chief of thoracic oncology for the Lifespan Cancer Institute.

“Dr. Abbas is a distinguished and highly skilled surgeon whose expertise and talents will further elevate Lifespan’s thoracic programs as a recognized center of excellence on par with the best in the world,” said Lifespan President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, MD.

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RI Hospital Day of Giving

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, in partnership with NBC 10 WJAR, Rhode Island Hospital will be celebrating excellence in care at its second annual Day of Giving.

This daylong telethon is an opportunity to recognize health care heroes and their commitment to patient-centered care, while raising critical funds in support of Rhode Island Hospital’s lifesaving mission.

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Neuro Grant

$1M Gift Benefits Neurology Care at Rhode Island Hospital

When you combine the vision and purpose of forward-thinking health care professionals with the incredible generosity of caring philanthropists, the results can be powerful.

The recently created Helen D. Buchanan Family Fellowship—an experiential learning opportunity for advanced practice providers (APP) in the neurosciences field—is a shining example of that partnership in action. Pictured above: Cristina Watkins, MSN, NP; Mahesh V. Jayaraman, MD and Kristen Czekanski, NP.

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RIH and TMH Award

Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals achieve Center of Excellence Designation for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital have each been designated as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), an award that recognizes that the hospitals have created programs led by infectious diseases-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance antimicrobial resistance science.

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Julie Principe

Julie Principe, RN, named VP of Lifespan Cancer Institute

Julie Principe, RN, MS, an experienced nurse and administrator within the Lifespan health system and a national leader in radiation oncology administration, has been appointed Vice President of the Lifespan Cancer Institute (LCI), effective Jan. 1.

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Bovis Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude comes in many forms, but one thing that is consistent is its positive power: to heal, to connect, to thank, to inspire. For Tom Bovis and his wife, Lauren Lynch, expressing their gratitude for the lifesaving care Tom received in 2019 is helping them do all those things.

“We are just so grateful. Not only did they save my life, but they also saved my family! I can’t thank them enough. ” – Tom Bovis, patient

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Read the latest issue of Advancing Medicine. Touching Lives.

Included in this issue is our honor roll of generous supporters as well as articles about patient success stories, inspiring donors, promising research and treatment for Alzheimer's Disease, cutting-edge methods for treating brain cancer, a Q&A with Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, and much more.

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Prediabetes: Its Dangers and the Risk to Your Heart

Prediabetes is on the rise across the country. In Rhode Island, there is an unusually high incidence, about 36 percent, or 294,000 individuals. That means about one in every three Rhode Islanders has prediabetes. That is incredible. There could also be others out there we don’t know about, so the number could be even higher.

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