Our Recent Awards
At Lifespan, our people make us great. This is reflected in the
following honors and awards that we have received.
In 2010, the Lifespan health care system was named one of the
Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the United States. The
selection process rates health care networks on their
performance level and degree of integration in eight categories
such as clinical integration, technology integration, use,
services offered, financial stability and physician
participation. Lifespan was one of only seven integrated health
networks in New England to be included in the Top 100. Lifespan
has been included on the Top 100 list seven times in prior
In 2010, Lifespan and its Rhode Island Hospital receive a 21st
Century Award by the IDG Computerworld Honors Program,
honoring the development of the Rapid Emergency Satellite
Lifespan was named to the 2009 Information Week 500 list
of "Top Innovators" for its use of technology.
health system has been named to the 2006 Verispan IHN 100,
a ranking of the 100 most highly integrated health networks
(IHN) in the country. The 2006 edition identifies the top 100
IHNs among 566 local and regional non-specialty networks in the
United States that meet critical success factors. In the
Northeast, Lifespan ranked 11th among the top 20 networks.
Lifespan has been included in the IHN 100 ranking six times in
the past seven years.
One of "America's Healthiest Companies"
In 2006, Lifespan and its partners were designated as a Silver
Well Workplace by the Wellness Councils of America and we are
now recognized as one of “America’s Healthiest Companies.” The
honor is given to companies who embrace their responsibility to
maximize the health and well-being of its employees and have a
vision of protecting and enhancing the health of employees as
part of the fabric of the organization. Thanks to Sheila Jacobs
and the Working Healthy staff for their efforts throughout the
year to offer our staff healthy options, tips and educational
In 2005, for the third consecutive year, Lifespan was named "Most
Wired" by Hospital and Health Networks magazine, the
journal of the American Hospital Association, for its use of
Internet technologies to improve patient care. Hospital and
Health Networks annually surveys the nation's health care
systems on their use of high-tech communications, and its "Most
Wired" status is awarded to what they call "technically savvy"
Lifespan received its third CIO 100 IT Achievement Award
from CIO magazine in 2005.
Lifespan is named to the 2004 Information Week 500
list of "Top Innovators" for its use of technology. Lifespan
ranked among Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric,
Hewlett-Packard and Citigroup.
Lifespan CEO, George Vecchione accepted the 2003 CEO IT
Achievement Award at the Modern Healthcare annual meeting
held in Chicago on Tuesday, June 10, 2003. Vecchione was named a
winner of Modern Healthcare's and the Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society's CEO IT Achievement Award because
under his leadership Lifespan has embarked on 150 cutting-edge
information technology projects that make the four-hospital
system one of the most "wired" anywhere.
At the 10th annual Worksite Health Awards, Lifespan
hospitals and Lifespan Corporate Services were all awarded
Superior Awards. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Worksite
Wellness Council of Rhode Island annually honor local companies
that encourage their employees to lead healthy lifestyles and
demonstrate a commitment to their employees' health and
wellness. Working Healthy, Lifespan's employee health promotion
program, submitted the application on behalf of Lifespan.
In 2003 Lifespan's marketing and communications department was
awarded a Bell Ringer Award from the Publicity Club of
New England. The award serves to recognize and honor excellence
and achievement in the communications and public relations
professions. The department was also awarded four National
Healthcare Advertising Awards from Healthcare Marketing
Lifespan received the CIO-100 Award for Enterprise
Integration Technology. This award recognizes Lifespan as
one of the world's most technologically advanced health care
systems. The award is given by CIO magazine to companies that
demonstrate impressive progress toward enterprise integration,
bringing information from various sources into a single view.
Lifespan was the only health care provider selected in the
worldwide competition, joining corporations such as CISCO, Dell,
Dow Chemical, GE, IBM, Amazon.com and Wal-Mart as winners for
Lifespan received the VHA Northeast Leadership Innovation
Award in 2002.
Lifespan has been named to the SMG IHN 100©. The listing
recognizes the top 100 integrated health care networks in the
nation. Lifespan was ranked 32nd this year and was the highest
rated health care network of all New England-based health care
networks. The rankings are an attempt to quantify how well the
systems have integrated the operations of their acute-care
In 2001, Lifespan was named to the SMG IHN 100, a list of
the top 100 integrated health care networks in the nation.
In 1999, Lifespan was named to the Top 100 health care
systems by SMG marketing group.
Rhode Island Hospital
and its Hasbro Children's Hospital
Thomson 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
The Miriam Hospital was named among the nation's 100 top
hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare,
formerly known as Solucient. Thomson's annual study identifies
hospitals that are setting benchmark levels of performance for
cardiovascular services throughout the nation. It recognizes the
hospitals and their management teams for superior clinical,
operational and financial performance in the area of
cardiovascular service. The Miriam received this award in 1999,
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Rhode Island Hospital is one of only 122 hospitals across the
country—and the only one in Rhode Island—to receive the Consumer
Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. This is
the 7th year in a row that Rhode Island Hospital has been named
the most preferred hospital in Rhode Island. The hospital also
received the Consumers Choice Award for Cardiac Heart Care
Rhode Island Hospital's medical intensive care unit was
recognized as one of the top intensive care units in the
country by the National Coalition on Health Care and the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition, the MICU at
Rhode Island Hospital is the only paperless intensive care unit
in the Northeast.
Rhode Island Hospital's trauma intensive care unit staff members
received the Excellence in Caring Award at the National
Teaching Institute of the American Association of Critical Care
Nurses for their demonstrated commitment to nursing excellence.
Rhode Island Hospital has been recognized as an America's Top
Doctors hospital. 22 of RIH physicians were honored in their
medical specialties, putting RIH in the top 8% of hospitals
Rhode Island Hospital received a $8.4 million/5-year grant
from the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence to establish
the state's only cancer research center.
Rhode Island Hospital earned the major distinction of the HCIA
Inc.'s annual 100 Top Hospitals—Benchmarks for Success
list, ranking as a national benchmark.
Hasbro Children's Hospital received a Literacy Award from
the Rhode Island State Council for the Read to Me Program.
The hospital also received a Citation Award for design by
the American Institute of Architect's Academy of Architecture
The Miriam Hospital
The Miriam Hospital earned the Magnet Recognition for
Excellence in Nursing Services, the highest recognition
possible from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a branch
of the American Nurses Association.
Named to AARP's Top 50 Hospitals. The study, published in
Modern Maturity magazine, was conducted by Consumers'
The Miriam Hospital was named one of the Solucient 100 Top
Cardiovascular Hospitals, published in a recent issue of Modern
Healthcare. The Miriam received this award in 1999 and 2002.
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has named
The Miriam Hospital a quality respiratory care provider.
The Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory at The Miriam Hospital
is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the
Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. The lab is the
only one in Rhode Island and one of only four in New England to
earn this distinction.
Named one of the Top 20 teaching hospitals in the country
for its coronary angioplasty procedures in the first
cardiovascular study by HCIA, Inc.
Named the second "Best Mark" performer overall and the
top "Best Mark" in an outpatient setting for knee arthroscopy by
OR Benchmarks, Inc., a national consulting firm.
Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital
Bradley was the first hospital in the United States
devoted exclusively to mental health for children and
Bradley Hospital's residential behavioral health care programs
earned a rare perfect score from JCAHO and received its
highest accreditation in the hospital's history from JCAHO.
The Drexel Birthing
Center at Newport Hospital received the prestigious "Baby
Friendly" designation from the World Health Organization and
UNICEF. Only the 40th hospital in the United States to receive
this award, Newport Hospital was recognized for providing an
optimal environment for the promotion, protection and support of
breastfeeding. Hospitals are awarded this status only when
trained, independent evaluators have determined that all
hospital practices meet the rigorous "Baby Friendly" standards.
Newport Hospital received a Silver Well Workplace award
from the Wellness Councils of America for successfully meeting
health promotion standards and constantly aiming to improve the
health and well being of its employees.
The American Cancer Society recognized Newport Hospital with its
Excalibur Award. The society's Excalibur program
recognizes and acknowledges individuals, corporations and
foundations whose extraordinary generosity enables the society
to provide lifesaving research programs and unsurpassed
achievements in cancer control.
National marketing researcher Parkside Associates ranked the Birthing
Center in the top two percent compared with more than 200
hospitals' obstetrics departments. Physician care was
significantly higher than the national norm, while nursing care
garnered an exceptionally high score of 96.8%.
The Arthritis Foundation of Rhode Island presented its Program
Achievement Award recognizing Newport Hospital as the
outstanding program site in Rhode Island for reaching the
greatest number of people with a variety of programs.