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    Fifth Annual LIFEcycle “Ride ’Round Rhody” Raises More Than $76,000 

    More Than Doubling 2012 Results


    Nearly 120 cyclists turned out in support of LIFEcycle’s annual “Ride ’Round Rhody” Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, August 11, to raise funds for Lifespan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital. In total, this signature event generated more than $76,000 for local cancer care and research—more than doubling the impressive amount raised in 2012.

    Beginning and finishing at Bryant University in Smithfield on a picture-perfect summer morning, riders took to the streets to complete their choice of a 25-, 50-, or 75-mile route—each offering a mix of gently rolling roads, challenging climbs and beautiful scenery. The event also featured a Health & Wellness Fair with nine exhibitors. More than 85 volunteers, many representing the Lifespan family, donated their time and talents to ensure the event’s success.

    The funds raised were the result of 2,000 generous donors. Since 2009, LIFEcycle, Inc. has been an invaluable partner of our work, raising more than $225,000 through this inspirational signature event.

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    Basket Case

    Basket RaffleThe Newport Hospital community once again pitched in to support the “A Ticket, a Basket” fundraiser. Held as part of the employee holiday celebration, the annual event raises money for the Newport Hospital Employee Fund, which provides critical assistance when an employee experiences an unfortunate and devastating financial event.

    According to Mark Hite, who coordinates the event, from 2010 to 2012 the basket raffle raised more than $8,000, with this year’s raffle bringing in nearly $2,700 in just a few hours. This year’s themed baskets came from 25 hospital departments and ranged from the always-popular gift card basket to baking supplies to gift wrapping essentials. Tickets were a dollar each (or a book of six for five dollars), so the total amount raised represents tremendous participation from employees.

    LIFEcycle Raises $32,500 for Lifespan Cancer Programs

    On November 12, LIFEcycle, Inc., presented a check totaling $32,500 for Lifespan cancer programs and a new clinical trial that will benefit cancer patients and their families at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Newport Hospital. LIFEcycle, to date, has donated more than $92,000 to Lifespan affiliates for cancer programs and research, raised by participants in the foundation’s annual Ride ’Round Rhody bike-athon. Sharon Benson and Joseph Centazzo and their team of 44 cyclists took part in the 2012 bike-athon and raised $14,000.


     L-R. Dani Sahner Brier and Jacob Brier, co-founders of LIFEcycle, Inc.; Howard Safran, MD, medical director of Lifespan Oncology Cancer Research and bike-athon participant; and Sharon Benson and Joseph Centazzo, co-captains of the Lifespan Care Team Cruisers and employees of Rhode Island Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Photo by Al Weems.  

    Van Beuren grants awarded to improve quality of life for local residents

    Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital receive grants for new children’s mental health program and expanded interventional radiology services

    Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital have received grants totaling $250,000 from the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation, a Rhode Island-based grant-making organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique characteristics of Newport County and improving the quality of life for its residents.

    The $150,000 awarded to Bradley Hospital will be used to enhance outpatient child mental health services in Newport County through a joint program of Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital. The $100,000 received by Newport Hospital will support the hospital’s interventional radiology program.

    As part of the award to Bradley Hospital, the grant will allow the hospital to bring a child psychiatrist, psychologist and assorted outpatient services to Newport Hospital this fall as an extension of Bradley Hospital. Newport Hospital recognized a greater need for pediatric mental health care in the local community and created this partnership with Bradley Hospital.

    The goal of the partnership is to eventually offer a full range of outpatient programs for children in Newport Country, so that they can receive the treatment they need close to home and possibly avoid the need for hospitalization.

    Through its $100,000 grant, Newport Hospital will expand interventional radiology services, with the goal of providing minimally invasive procedures through image-guided technology for treatment of blood clots, blocked vessels, tumors, and other problems.

    This expansion constitutes a nearly $2 million project. The Van Beuren grant actually adds $150,000 to the program fundraising, because it comes during a timeframe that allows it to be counted as part of a challenge grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust. That challenge period ends on June 30, and this grant brings the amount raised to within $50,000 of the challenge.

    Together, the Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital grants from the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation create services in Newport County that will benefit countless children and adults who live locally.

    Hand Surgeon Returns Home to Newport

    As the daughter of a plastic surgeon who practiced at Newport Hospital, Alexis Roettinger, MD, knew as a little girl that surgery was in her future.

    "I was always 'daddy's little girl,' and I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps," she says. "I tried to keep an open mind throughout medical school, but deep down I knew all along that I wanted to be a surgeon. My interest in hands was sparked when we studied their anatomy, and I gained a new respect for how intricate and delicate, but at the same time how powerful and strong, they are."

    During her surgical residency, Roettinger was able to work with a hand surgeon and quickly realized that the field had everything she was looking for: challenging work and the chance to make a big difference in her patients' quality of life.

    "...the joy and satisfaction that come with watching them recover and finally be able to return to the activities they need and love to do. It’s really very rewarding." -- Alexis Roettinger, MD  

    As luck would have it, a position opened at Newport Hospital and Roettinger jumped at the opportunity to work in the city where she grew up and at the hospital where her father—Walter F. Roettinger, II, MD—also practices.

    "I'm a Rhode Islander through and through," she says. "It felt right to be finally coming home after going to school and working out of state. And I love what I'm doing now. I get to meet so many different people from all walks of life—from a little boy who slammed his finger in a car door, to the teenager who jammed his finger playing basketball, to the hairdresser whose carpal tunnel syndrome keeps her up at night, to the retired executive whose arthritis has made opening a bottle impossible."

    "I also get the privilege of operating on these patients, and the joy and satisfaction that come with watching them recover and finally be able to return to the activities they need and love to do. It’s really very rewarding."

    Welcome to Newport Hospital, Dr. Roettinger—and welcome home!  

    Birthing Center Redesignated "Baby Friendly"

    (Summer 2011)

    This summer, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center at Newport Hospital earned its second
    consecutive Baby Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

    First named a Baby Friendly facility in 2003, the birthing center has continued to uphold the Baby Friendly standards and continuously enhances patient care. With many certified lactation consultants on staff, the birthing center is considered a model for the rest of the state. Newport Hospital is one of only 20 hospitals in the country to hold both Magnet designation for nursing care and Baby Friendly designation for its birthing center.