Patient & Visitor InformationContact Us

Newport Hospital Recognizes 119 Employees at Annual Celebration


Employees of Newport Hospital took center stage on May 15 at the Atlantic Beach Club for the hospital’s annual employee awards celebration. The yearly event recognizes employees who have reached years-of-service milestones and highlights three employees or departments for specific awards: the Rev. John W. Dorney Award, the President’s Award and the Employee of the Year Award.

This year, 119 employees received special recognition with 10 being singled out for 40 years of service. Other service awards included: nine 35-year awards; eight 30-year awards; 11 25-year awards; 16 20-year awards; eight 15-year awards; 30 10-year awards; and 26 five-year awards.

“The dedication and commitment shown by our employees, and not just the ones being honored at our awards celebration, is an inspiration for all of us,” said Arthur Sampson, interim president of Newport Hospital. “Each employee, no matter where he or she works in the organization, has the opportunity to make a real and positive impact on the care we provide to our patients. Our employees show us time and again how committed they are to making sure Newport Hospital delivers quality care.”

This year, the President’s Award, which honors employees or teams that have made a significant contribution to the mission and vision of the hospital, recognized the work of the entire laboratory staff. The laboratory staff took home this prestigious award for its successful management of equipment/technology, as well as organizational and workflow changes during the past year. Throughout these changes, laboratory staff maintained and displayed a positive attitude and cooperative spirit.

Providing exemplary direct patient care in a compassionate, competent and caring manner is the criteria for the Rev. John W. Dorney Award, which was presented to Yara Pires, a mental health aide in the behavioral health unit. Pires started her Newport Hospital career 10 years ago in environmental services, but within two years she completed her training to become a certified nursing assistant. Her kind, calm and empathetic manner make her appreciated by patients and valued by staff.

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Earning the award this year is Carol “Cricket” Meehan, RNC, BSN. Meehan’s history at Newport Hospital began 37 years ago when she attended the hospital’s School of Nursing. She has held a number of nursing and nurse management positions, but today serves as the quality outcome coordinator within the Performance evaluation and improvement department. Meehan still works as a part-time staff nurse to keep in touch with those “in the trenches.”

For more information about Newport Hospital, please visit