A major recent collaboration is embodied in the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI), which Rhode Island Hospital launched in August 2010 with a $15 million gift from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust-the largest gift in the hospital's history. The focus of the NPNI is on innovative approaches to treating some of the most complex and challenging neurological, psychiatric and behavioral health diseases. The NPNI serves as a bridge among the hospital's clinical departments of neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry. It also links to brain research conducted by the Brown Institute for Brain Science and carried out at Brown University and its affiliated hospitals.
Although it is today a regional powerhouse in medicine and research, Rhode Island Hospital remains true to its historical legacy. The hospital that once had a sign at the entrance to the outpatient department reading "Poor Only" still provides more than $46 million annually in uncompensated care for people in need. And though bearing little resemblance to the hospital of 1868, the founders would find that their values-commitment to community, dedication to excellence, and courage to innovate-are still at the heart of their hospital, having guided Rhode Island Hospital admirably for a century and a half.