The Miriam Combines Annual Meeting and
Miriam People Celebration to Create Memorable Night

On November 17, 2022, The Miriam Hospital Foundation hosted its Annual Meeting and Miriam People Celebration of Tradition at the Providence Marriott. The event, held in person after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, was attended by more than 80 guests—who were eager to celebrate the power of philanthropy, recognize the impact of legacy supporters, and get the latest news and updates about their beloved hospital.

Celebrating philanthropy

Susan Kaplan, Chair of The Miriam’s Foundation Board of Trustees, kicked off the evening acknowledging the challenges of the past few years, but was forward-looking in her remarks, saying: “Instead of focusing on the crisis we have lived through, it is important to reflect on how we were able to band together and accomplish what we did, all in the name of providing the highest quality health care to our community.”

Regardless of the format of fundraising activities, virtual or in-person, Susan added that The Miriam’s donors were right there by the hospital’s side, literally through thick and thin. And the results were nothing short of incredible. “We experienced our most successful fundraising year ever (out of campaign),” Susan explained, “and when you consider that philanthropy is what built The Miriam, the fact we’re still realizing record-setting levels of generosity nearly 100 years later is beyond inspiring. In fact, it has perhaps never been clearer that we simply could not do all that we do without the support of our amazing donor community.”

The Miriam’s 2022 Gala & Auction, Studio 164: A Night of Giving and Gettin’ Down, was but one of many examples of philanthropy in action Susan mentioned from the stage. Thanks to the leadership of event chairs Debbi and Jordan Jaffe, DMD, more than $837,000 was raised, including $419,950 to create the Lung Cancer Screening and Nodule Program at The Miriam Hospital. The Miriam also received thousands of donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations during this last fiscal year, including several transformational gifts and “every one of them helped us to fulfill our mission of Delivering health with care,” Susan emphasized.

Spotlighting world-class care

At the event, The Miriam’s President, Maria Ducharme, DNP, RN, echoed Susan’s sentiments of gratitude and shared a lengthy list of accolades the hospital received this year that validated, on a broad level, just how special and exceptional a place The Miriam is.

Being named the top hospital in Rhode Island for the eleventh year in a row by U.S. News and World Report, taking first place in The Providence Journal’s Community Choice Awards in the “Hospital/Medical Center” category, and having several of the hospital’s already award-winning programs rank among America’s best, was just a sampling of what Dr. Ducharme mentioned.

“There is so much for us to be proud of and thankful for,” Dr. Ducharme told guests. “From our people and our caregivers to our traditions and the power of compassion, The Miriam truly sits in a league of its own, and I could not be more grateful to all of you for your support.”

Reports from Lifespan leadership, the Medical Staff Association and Women’s Association, and the Presidential Scholarship Awards presented by Kathleen C. Hittner, MD and Arthur J. Sampson were also included in the program and underscored the culture of excellence and compassionate care provided at The Miriam.

Recognizing ‘People’

A highlight of this yearly event is always the naming of The Miriam’s People of the Year, and the 2022 edition was no exception.

For more than 20 years, David and Belle Rampone have devoted their time, talent, and treasure in support of The Miriam’s mission, and provided trusted guidance, passionate advocacy, and direct assistance to help advance critical hospital initiatives. The couple is deeply committed to ensuring that the highest quality of health care is available to the community—a belief that epitomizes what The Miriam is all about. For those reasons, and many others, they were recognized as The Miriam’s People of the Year for 2022!

A trustee of The Miriam Hospital Foundation, David has provided his professional expertise to the Buildings and Grounds Committee and serves on the distribution committee of The Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Foundation. On a professional level, he is owner and president of Hart Engineering Corporation. A longtime corporate contributor, Hart has sponsored hospital galas and golf tournaments, and supported various fund-a-need campaigns. For her part, Belle is a life member of The Miriam Hospital Women's Association and has served on several of the hospital's annual gala committees. Together they created The Rampone Family Nurses Education Fund to support the incredible work of The Miriam’s oncology nurses.

The Miriam is forever indebted to the Rampones for their selfless contributions and congratulates them on receiving this well-deserved recognition. Moreover, the hospital is grateful for all its friends and supporters and looks forward to continued partnerships with all for the benefit of the community it serves.

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The Miriam Hospital Foundation 2022 Annual Meeting and
Miriam People Celebration of Tradition

2022 TMH Annual Meeting

Please join The Miriam Hospital for a celebratory evening as we recognize our supporters and Founders and honor our Miriam People of the Year—David and Belle Rampone.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

6 p.m. – Evening Program in the Marquis Ballroom
7 p.m. – Dinner Reception in the Grand Ballroom

Providence Marriott, One Orms Street
Complimentary valet parking available

Please respond by Wednesday, November 9 by calling (401) 793-2004, emailing Dawn Howard at, or by filling out this form.

Thank you!


The Miriam Hospital 2022 Annual Meeting and Miriam People Celebration of Tradition

The Miriam Hospital 2022 Annual Meeting and Miriam People Celebration of Tradition
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