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PPOE 2018

Save the date for the President's Pursuit of Excellence Dinner

Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, invites you to save the date for the 2019 President's Pursuit of Excellence Dinner on November on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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service award

Physician leader recognized by peers with service award

David Portelli, MD, medical director of Rhode Island Hospital’s Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center, was recently honored by his colleagues in the Rhode Island Hospital Medical Staff Association with the “Service to Hospital Award.” The award recognizes a physician who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the hospital above and beyond the call of duty, distinguished by professionalism, leadership, excellence and innovation.

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Malloy Strong

Providence police officer inspires thousands to action

It was an October day in 2014 when 46-year-old Ed Malloy’s life changed forever. Although Ed wasn’t feeling like himself that morning, nothing could keep him from the call of duty. A Providence police officer, Ed was in the motorcycle unit of the motorcade escorting President Obama from the airport to Providence.

As they made their way up I-95, Ed felt a sudden jolt of pain in his back. The pain was so intense he thought he was shot. Although his partner knew something was wrong, the two unwaveringly continued their mission. With the President safely delivered to his location, Ed put the kick-stand down and slumped over his motorcycle.

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Despite her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, study participant emphasizes positivity and the importance of research

Several years ago, Nancy Curran of Newport began to notice problems with her memory. Her primary care physician suggested that she see Brian Ott, MD, director of Rhode Island Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center.

There she participated in a study of a new brain imaging approach that uses a PET scan. Afterward, Dr. Ott gave Curran the diagnosis: She had a buildup of amyloid protein in her brain, a visible marker of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Memory Loss

Have you noticed you’re forgetting things?

A Lifepspan Blog by Jonathan Drake, MD

As we age, the body changes in many ways. Some things we think of as normal signs of aging, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on our faces, or knee or hip joints that ache in the morning. The brain also ages, but it is important to understand the difference between normal and worrisome brain aging.

Is it normal aging or Alzheimer’s disease?

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New blood pressure guidelines

Do you have high blood pressure?
What the new guidelines say.

A Lifepspan Blog by Kerri Costa, RN, BSN, CDOE

Your blood pressure is an important part of your overall health.

But what is it? Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. If it is too high, it can put a strain on your heart and blood vessels, and can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

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