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2017 President's Pursuit of Excellence (PPOE)

Rhode Island Hospital Honors Community Champions at Annual President’s Pursuit of Excellence Dinner

Citizens Bank, Sandy Stamoulis, and Lisette Prince and
her family recognized for advancing
the mission and vision of Rhode Island Hospital

On Tuesday, November 14, Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, hosted the 2017 President’s Pursuit of Excellence Dinner at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The signature event celebrated Rhode Island Hospital’s successes of the past year and honored community champions for their selfless contributions.

Guests were welcomed to the evening’s festivities by Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees. ”We would not be the health care system we are today—and Rhode Island Hospital would not be its cornerstone—without the people in this room,” he said to the more than 600 hospital friends and supporters in attendance.

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Left to right: Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chairman of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Rhode Island Hospital Board of Trustees; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Roger N. Begin, Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; and Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and CEO, Lifespan.

The event was chaired by Roger N. Begin, Chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and his wife, Diane, and Beth and Michael Huber. It was co-chaired by Deborah L. Coppola, MS, RN, NE-BC; Karen L. Furie, MD; and Barbara P. Riley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. Presenting sponsors Amaral Associates, Citizens Bank, the Rhode Island Hospital Guild, and University Orthopedics provided support alongside nearly three dozen other sponsors.

“This is my favorite event of the year,” said Dr. Van Bree in her welcome to guests. “It’s my favorite because I get to share it with all of you; physicians, nurses, administrators, researchers, staff, educators, patients, caring individuals, businesses who support our work, and of course, this year’s champions!”

At the conclusion of her opening remarks, Dr. Van Bree introduced Katy Blum, a grateful patient who shared her journey with a rare cancer and how the team at Rhode Island Hospital saved her life.

In October 2016, Katy had been experiencing significant pain in her back and hips. Imaging and a biopsy revealed chondrosarcoma, a tumor that affects the bones and joints and is resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. Chondrosarcoma is diagnosed in fewer than 600 patients annually in the United States. Katy’s tumor had invaded her pelvis and hip.

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Left to right: Ron and Katy Blum, and their daughter, Gabrielle.

Last December, under the care of Richard Terek, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and musculoskeletal oncologist, Katy underwent a 12-hour surgery known as a hemipelvectomy, which included a hip replacement and the replacing nearly one-third of her pelvis with a newly approved prosthetic device.

Following surgery, Katy spent 3-weeks in the Rhode Island Hospital step-down ICU and 4-weeks in the hospital’s rehabilitation unit, relearning how to walk after Dr. Terek successfully removed her cancer.

“How do you properly thank people for preserving your leg …your ability to walk…your life,” said Blum. “Dr. Terek is not only my hero—he is the epitome of the word healer, and Rhode Island Hospital deserves to be celebrated because physicians like him are here and care immensely about their patients.”

The event continued with the recognition of 2017 Champions: Citizens Bank as Corporate Champion; Sandy Stamoulis, RN for Lifetime Achievement; and Lisette Prince and her children, Diana Oehrli, Guillaume de Ramel and Regis de Ramel as Individual Champions.

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Left to right: Barbara Cottam, Rhode Island Market Executive, Citizens Bank; Guillaume de Ramel of the Prince family; Sandy Stamoulis, RN; and Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

About this year’s Champions

  • Citizens Bank’s generous philanthropy and robust volunteerism makes a difference in every community they have a presence, especially in Rhode Island. Through its signature Citizens Helping Citizens program, if there is a need, Citizens is there to answer the call. From major gifts to support the construction of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital’s Breast Imaging Campaign, to vast sponsorship of events of all sizes and its executives lending their expertise to boards and committees, Citizens has been by Rhode Island Hospital’s side for more than 25-years.
  • A lifelong advocate for nursing and patient-centered care, Sandy Stamoulis, RN, MBA, enjoyed an accomplished career spanning more than 35-years of progressive nursing leadership roles. After holding various clinical positions, Sandy spent ten years as Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Rhode Island Hospital before becoming Senior Vice President of Cancer Services for Lifespan in 2002 until retiring in 2005. A testament to her passion for Rhode Island Hospital and her love of family, Sandy led the campaign to create the Anne C. Pappas Breast Imaging Center, named for her late sister. Wholly committed to giving back and supporting advances in nursing education, Sandy is a powerful champion of the nursing profession and a fierce fundraiser for the causes she holds near to her heart.
  • The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute was established in 2010 with a $15 million gift arranged by Lisette Prince of Newport and her children, Diana Oehrli, Guillaume de Ramel and Regis de Ramel. The gift came from The Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust, and is the largest donation to date in the history of Rhode Island Hospital. The Institute is dedicated to advancing the neurosciences and reducing human suffering from disorders of the nervous system through world-class research, outstanding clinical care, and advanced education. Since its inception, the Institute has worked to bring together the state’s leading experts in neurosurgery, neurology, and psychiatry in order to find new ways to prevent, treat and, ultimately, cure devastating neurological disorders.

Videos shown at the event to honor Rhode Island Hospital’s 2017 Champions may be found here.

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Left to right: Arthur Coia and Donna Paolino Coia.

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Left to right: Ziya L. Gokaslan, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and Clinical Director of The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Guillaume de Ramel.

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Left to right: Lisa Pellegrino, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Steven A. Toms, Vice Chair, Department of Neurology, Rhode Island Hospital; Jennifer S. Ellis, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, Navigant Credit Union; and Anjulika Chawla, MD, Pediatric Hematologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

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Marc Paulhus and his wife, Mary Jane Goslin.

 

For more information, please contact Karli Blossom at 401-444-0390, kblossom@lifespan.org.

 

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