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  • 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 years.
    • 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 Communications System.
    • Lifespan was named to the 2009 Information Week 500 list of "Top Innovators" for its use of technology.
    • Lifespan 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 sessions.
    • 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" hospitals.
    • Lifespan received its third CIO 100 IT Achievement Award from CIO magazine in 2005.
    • Lifespan is named to the 2004Information 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 Report.
    • 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, and Wal-Mart as winners for 2002.
    • 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 hospitals.
    • 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 Service.
    • 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 nationwide.
    • 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 for Health.

    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' Checkbook.
    • 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 adolescents.
    • 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.

    Newport Hospital

    • 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.