By the beginning of the 21st century, Rhode Island Hospital was home to a burgeoning research enterprise, with substantial grants funding leading research in cancer, orthopedics, neurology and cardiovascular disease. Among the grants were several from the National Institutes of Health, funding the establishment of Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence. The centers are engaged in advanced research on the role of stem cells in cancer, the molecular and cellular events involved in the development of cancer, and the prevention and treatment of skeletal joint diseases.
The new century also saw acceleration in the number of "firsts" for Rhode Island Hospital in the use of highly sophisticated new technologies, performance of complex surgeries and provision of the most advanced care in areas such as oncology, cardiology, pediatrics and neurology.
In order to create the highest quality programs in the region and to provide patients with the latest, most leading-edge technology available, Rhode Island Hospital is committed to harnessing the power of collaboration to create a world-class academic medical center. Drawing upon the knowledge and expertise of many of the area's most accomplished physicians, Rhode Island Hospital is now a driving force in the evolution to medical centers of excellence such as the Cardiovascular Institute and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. These key programs of our major academic medical center promise to deliver the best care available and to benefit the patients of our community and our region far into the future.