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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Miriam’s Annual Meeting Celebrates Philanthropy, Honors Edward D. Feldstein as 2017 Person of the Year

The Miriam Annual MeetingMore than 125 Miriam Hospital donors, friends and supporters filled the Sopkin Auditorium on October 26 when the hospital’s Foundation Board of Trustees hosted its 2017 Annual Meeting.

In addition to celebrating The Miriam’s accomplishments and the donor community that helps to make them possible, hospital president Arthur Sampson touched on several of The Miriam’s accolades of the past year. Along with showcasing the hospital’s rapidly evolving cancer program, he shared that the Total Joint Center earned its second Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

“Never for a moment do we forget that we would not be the hospital we are today without the unwavering support of our generous donors,” said Sampson. “It is both an honor and a privilege to lead a hospital that is held in as high a regard as The Miriam, and to do so alongside such a caring community.”

Following Arthur’s remarks, Marie J. Langlois (pictured above, right, with Susan Kaplan), outgoing Foundation Board chair, highlighted a year defined by significant philanthropic support. In her final duty as chair, Marie recognized Edward D. Feldstein as The Miriam’s Person of the Year. His various volunteer leadership roles within The Miriam span nearly three decades. Ed was also presented with proclamations from Governor Gina M. Raimondo, and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

“Ed is not only a lifelong friend; he is a consummate leader who epitomizes integrity, strength and generosity, and has been integral to helping The Miriam reach new heights,” said Marie. “But more importantly, he is a tireless champion of those in need of quality health care, and an unparalleled fund-raiser in tandem with his wife Barbara and their family.”

Marie then passed the baton of leadership to Susan Kaplan, who was installed as the Foundation Board’s newest chair by the hospital’s Nominating Committee.

At the conclusion of the meeting, guests gathered in The Marie J. Langlois Café, where they enjoyed a buffet reception and warm conversation.

The Miriam Annual Meeting

Pamela Feldstein with her parents Ed and Barbara Feldstein

The Miriam Annual Meeting

Jane S. Nelson and Brock Manville

The Miriam Annual Meeting

Marie Langlois and Ed Feldstein


Raise the Bar, Raise the Hope: Brown Football’s “Bench Press for Cancer” Benefits The Miriam
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Benchpress for cancerAs Brown University students made their way to classes on Monday, October 16, they saw a sea of pink t-shirts on the school’s main green as members of the football team hosted their annual “Bench Press for Cancer” event. By late morning, the team had already raised more than $17,000 for The Miriam Hospital, with additional donations and t-shirt sales still going strong throughout the day.

(Right) With offensive lineman Toby Okwara providing a spot, Anya Nayak took her turn, putting up an impressive 14 repetitions at 75 pounds.

With chants of encouragement of “Get one more” and “Raise the bar, raise the hope,” players were joined by their fellow students, staff from The Miriam, and members of the community as they flexed their muscles by benching a weight of either 75 or 165 pounds for as many repetitions as possible. Prior to the event, participants secured a “per rep” pledge from friends and family, so the more repetitions they benched, the more money raised to help young adults fighting cancer.

“Bench Press for Cancer” made its first appearance at Brown in 2004, when the football team created the event to help former teammate and team captain Lawrence Rubida, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma while at Brown. Lawrence passed away in 2005, but the Brown Football team has continued the event on an annual basis to honor his memory. Since the event’s inception, more than $130,000 has been raised for the Cancer Survivorship Program for Young Adults at The Miriam Hospital.

Benchpress for cancer

Brendan Lynch, an offensive lineman from Milton, MA, was the day’s first participant, putting up more than 20 reps at a weight of 165 pounds.

Benchpress for cancer

Prior to the start of 11:00 a.m. classes, Brown students flocked to “Bench Press for Cancer” to purchase t-shirts and show their support for this year’s event.

Benchpress for cancer

Members of the Brown University Football team pose with Dr. Fred Schiffman, Medical Director, Lifespan Cancer Institute (center), during this year’s “Bench Press for Cancer” fundraiser.

Benchpress for cancer

Brett Estes, one of the primary organizers of “Bench Press for Cancer,” spots Dr. Fred Schiffman as he flexes his muscles in support of this year’s fundraiser.
Friday, September 29, 2017

Annual Miriam People Dinner Celebrates Philanthropy, Hospital’s Rich Tradition

The Miriam People Dinner
Susan and David Bazar, Chairs of the 2017 Miriam People Dinner; Arthur J. Sampson, President of The Miriam Hospital and his wife, Lynda Sampson; John Loerke; and Marie J. Langlois, Chair, The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

In celebration of the generous philanthropy that has been pivotal in defining the rich tradition of The Miriam Hospital, hospital President Arthur Sampson and Foundation Chair, Marie J. Langlois, welcomed 135 members of The Miriam People Society and their guests for this year’s Miriam People Dinner.

Held on September 14 at the Providence Marriott, the event was co-chaired by longtime hospital friends and dedicated supporters, Susan and David Bazar. Following Foundation Chair Marie J. Langlois thanking the generous donor community that makes much of the hospital’s work possible, hospital President Arthur Sampson reflected on The Miriam’s accomplishments of the past year. Among the successes shared was Dr. Howard Safran’s appointment to Chief of Hematology and Oncology for the Lifespan Cancer Institute, the Joint Commission awarding the Total Joint Center its second Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, and The Miriam’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in Rhode Island for 2017—its fifth time receiving the prestigious distinction.

The event also featured keynote speaker Dr. James McDonald, Chief Administrative Officer of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline for the State of Rhode Island. His presentation, “The Changing Face of the Opioid Crisis in Rhode Island—the Finality of Fentanyl,” provided an overview of the changes the medical community has seen in the potency of prescriptions and its relevancy to the opioid epidemic that has reached crisis proportions in our state and in our country. At the conclusion of the night’s formal program, guests enjoyed a special dinner reception in the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom.

“Our People Dinner is one of my favorite events of the year because it provides an incredible opportunity to celebrate the unwavering support of our donors while thanking them for all they have helped to make possible,” said Arthur Sampson. “There is no question that The Miriam would not be the hospital it is today without the power of philanthropy—and that’s something we will never lose sight of.”

The Miriam People Dinner
Donald and Jane Stanford; and Janice and Robert Mecca.
The Miriam People Dinner
Ed Feldstein, Trustee, The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Patricia Issa and Steve Issa, Treasurer, The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Miriam People Dinner
Joseph Ducharme, MD and Maria Ducharme, MD, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, The Miriam Hospital; Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and Chair of The Miriam Hospital Board of Trustees; and Susan Kaplan, Vice Chair of The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Miriam People Dinner
Sheri Sweitzer, Governor of The Miriam Hospital Foundation; Elain Fain, MD; Grace Dugan, Governor of The Miriam Hospital Foundation; and Jane Stanford.

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