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Friday, January 05, 2018

Rhode Island Hospital Opens New Infusion Facility for Experimental Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

A local couple grateful for the care provided to them by The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital recently donated $20,000 to create a new infusion clinic to be used by the Center for clinical trials aimed at the prevention and treatment of early Alzheimer’s disease.

The improvements will double the current capacity of the center, which is part of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute.

“The addition of the new infusion facility will greatly increase our capacity to carry out these important clinical trials, as well as improve the comfort of the participants during their study visits,” said Brian Ott, MD, director of the Center.

The Center is conducting four clinical trials that involve IV infusions of monoclonal antibodies, with a fifth infusion trial beginning in early 2018.

The hospital also houses a state-of-the-art positron-emission tomography (PET) scanner that enables researchers to discern the amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brains of people in the earliest stages of the disease. The scans allow researchers to identify the best candidates for new and developing therapies.

A recent report from the Rand Corporation found that the most pressing limitations on the nation’s ability to confront the expected tidal wave of new Alzheimer cases include limited access to dementia specialists, PET imaging to diagnose patients, and infusion centers to deliver new treatments being developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

The Rand Corporation simulation analysis predicts that in 2020 patients will have to wait an average of 18.6 months for treatment. An estimated 2.1 million patients will develop Alzheimer’s dementia between 2020 and 2040 while on waiting lists, the analysis concluded.

Research currently enrolling at Rhode Island Hospital includes adults ages 50-80 with a variety of current conditions: no signs of memory loss, family history of Alzheimer’s disease, early concerns about memory loss, or early-stage diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s. Interested volunteers for these studies should contact Dr. Ott or Lori Daiello, PharmD, at the Lifespan Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at 1-844-5MEMORY or by email at memory@lifespan.org.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rhode Island Hospital Welcomes 7 Community Leaders to Foundation Board of Governors

Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, today announced the appointment of seven new members to its Foundation Board of Governors.

Joining the Foundation Board of Governors are Christopher Buchanan, Anne Marie Johnson, Philip Morin, Kate and Kevin Murphy, Tricia S. O’Neil, and Maureen Soutter.

Members of the Board of Governors are volunteer ambassadors for the hospital and leaders in the community. They focus on enhancing philanthropic support and partnerships with individuals, families, businesses, and foundations to benefit Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Christopher Buchanan is Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations for the New England region for Walmart Stores and Sam’s Club. He joined the company in 2000. Chris also manages the company’s media relations, and is Chairman of its Foundation Philanthropic State Giving Councils. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College.

Anne Marie Johnson joined The Claflin Company in 1978 and was appointed its President and COO in 2016. Specializing in operational and administrative business processes of distribution and supply chain efficiencies, Anne Marie serves on the steering committee of the Health Industry Distributor Association (HIDA) for the industry’s improvement initiative, “Pricing Accuracy.” She is also a member of its Educational Foundation to advance research and analytics in healthcare. Anne Marie is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.

Philip Morin retired following a career of more than four decades in the plastics industry. During retirement, he has dedicated much of his time to volunteering. In 2011, Philip’s wife, Phyllis, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma and the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital became their primary resource for care and treatment. Following his wife’s passing in 2012, Philip became an advocate for brain tumor research. He holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, and a BS degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Kate Murphy is a Vice President in the Providence office of Regan Communications Group, the largest privately-held public relations agency in New England. With more than 15 years of PR experience, Kate manages a variety of Regan’s hospitality and corporate accounts, focusing on community and media relations, event coordination, and consumer outreach. A graduate of Providence College, Kate is an active member of the Junior League of Rhode Island, serving as co-chair of the Community Outreach committee to support young people aging out of the foster care system.

Kevin Murphy, Esquire, co-founded the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in downtown Providence in 2013 at the same time he established the Law Offices of Kevin B. Murphy. Early in his career, Attorney Murphy obtained a Legal Fellowship in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). He also served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Justice of the RI Supreme Court. Kevin later joined Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB (HLIB) and also worked for Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. A graduate of Providence College, Kevin is the creator of the superhero character known as “Hope Man,” who attends community events and spreads messages of goodwill throughout the state.

Tricia S. O’Neil, CFA, is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor and Family Wealth Director at Morgan Stanley. Her work focuses on developing investment strategies for high net worth individuals. Prior to her role with Morgan Stanley, Tricia worked with BNY Mellon/The Providence Group. In addition to her volunteer leadership role with Rhode Island Hospital, Tricia also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), and is a Past-President of RISE.

Maureen Soutter has been working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 25-years. Deeply committed to the community, Maureen has served on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Preservation Society, and has been a Parent Agent at The Pomfret School in Connecticut. Currently, Maureen is an active volunteer with the Providence Preservation Society in support of their annual gala and other fundraising efforts. She has been active with Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the past 18-years.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital Benefits from Routhier Foundation Grant

The Comprehensive Stroke Center was recently awarded a $52,000 grant from The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation to support the purchase of a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). This innovative system will provide neurologists with a new tool that enables them to easily, quickly and accurately share pictures with patients, providing them, their families and caregivers with the best information possible while making health care decisions.

Based in North Kingstown, The Routhier Foundation is a generous, longtime supporter of Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s and The Miriam Hospitals.


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