The Power of Gratitude at Lifespan

with gratitude“Gratitude is the best medicine. It heals your mind, your body and your spirit. And attracts more things to be grateful for…” —Unknown

Here at Lifespan we are always happy to hear stories of gratitude from our patients. Below is a sampling of some quotes from our grateful patients who were so kind to let us know of the impact our staff has had on their healthcare experiences.

Dr. Yaghi is very thorough and he really listens. He truly cares about his patients and I’m so grateful to have him as my doctor.

— Walter Lemek



“I’ve seen such a big difference in my daughter. Thanks to Bradley, I feel like I have my child back.”

— Amy, Izzy's mom


“The kindness and reassurance I received from The Miriam care team was comforting, and their early detection of my cancer helped to save my life. I am beyond grateful.”

— Kristen Contarino



“The team at Hasbro Children's Hospital has been amazing. They follow up on everything and are always so patient with the questions I have. It was a hard road in the beginning for us, and we're just so grateful for the doctors and other medical staff. Thanks to them, we got through it.”

— Bobby’s mother, Courtney King



“I feel like Newport Hospital is the best place to have your child because of the birthing center. It’s very safe and the care is superior.”

– Nhyazia


“We are just so grateful. Not only did they save my life, but they also saved my family! I can’t thank them enough.”

— Tom Bovis, patient



"Amelia had been very agitated, but when the dog would come in, she’d instantly calm down for as long as the dog could stay.”

— Amelia’s mom, Carly


“Your superheroes don’t wear capes or have supernatural powers. Instead, they wear scrubs, stethoscopes, and smiles.”

— Gail and Hector I. Rios



“All the donors need to know how super grateful I am, and that I’m not the only one benefitting from their generosity. It’s really making a difference and helping to save lives.”

– Mary


“We are incredibly grateful for Bradley Hospital and for all of the clinicians and staff who work there to help children and teens who are suffering. We are just overwhelmed with the professionalism and the quality of care that we received.”

— Sonig Schiller, whose daughter, Sadie, was treated at Bradley


Michael Friend

“I am so grateful to have been able to have this major surgery take place. Needing an elective procedure does not mean it can’t make a tremendous difference in someone’s quality of life.”

— Michael Friend


“It’s very important that we purposefully name what we’re grateful for. The more second nature that feeling of gratitude is on a regular basis, the better your overall well-being will be. Just having gratitude for each other and gratitude for what each of us can help the other with, whether it’s hospital and donor or just two friends.”

Preston Douglas, MD



“Everyone who works at Bradley just cares so much. They’ll do everything in their power to help you, so you can move forward and live your life. I am so grateful for that.”

— Ivy


The surgery process was scary for me, but the doctors, nurses, and all of staff really alleviated my fears and made the day one where I felt blessed and lucky.

— Amy Bergeron



"Hasbro Children’s Hospital saved, and is still saving, my daughter’s life. We could not be more thankful for her care."

— Lucrecia Gomez, Debbie’s mom


Ramon Hinds

“They’re all amazing people at The Miriam who care deeply for the patients they work with. You can feel the love!”

— Ramon Hinds, patient



"I made this painting to say thank you to Dr Luks. I hope it makes him and other people happy. He took care of me when I was sick and he was nice. Hasbro Children's Hospital means a lot to me because without their help I might have died."

— Saoirse, Patient


“I am grateful for every professional who helped take care of me, from the people working in the kitchen to the cleaners, the CNAs, the nurses and doctors – they were all fantastic. My experience being sick with COVID-19 in the ICU was scary, but at the same time it moved me.”

— Marc Thibault, the first patient diagnosed with and treated for COVID-19 in Rhode Island