On October 29, the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees held its first – and hopefully only – virtual Annual Meeting. Hosted by Foundation Chair Larry Sadwin, the event was broadcast live from the Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center at Bradley, with remarks delivered remotely by Lawrence A. Aubin, Chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors, and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, President and CEO of Lifespan.
Following the remarks by leadership, Amy Smith, a parent of a longtime Bradley patient illustrated the strength of Bradley’s broad continuum of care and the impact it’s had, and continues to have on her family. The meeting continued with the presentation and re-election of a slate of Trustees and Officers to both the Foundation Board and Board of Governors.
Elected to the Board of Trustees was Marc S. Perlman, Co-founder and CEO of Ocean State Job Lot. Joining the Board of Governors were Joseph M. Brito, Jr., President and CEO of CB Utility Co., Inc.; Cheryl Cohen, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Dunkin’ Donuts Center; Bernard Lambrese, partner, Healthcare Strategies, LLC; Tricia Sitcoske, retired real estate agent and community volunteer; Howard Sutton, Publisher Emeritus, The Providence Journal; and Kimberly Sutton, community volunteer.
A complete list of Bradley Hospital Foundation Trustees and Governors can be found here.
We are deeply grateful to all our Trustees and Governors for their unwavering commitment to the success of the Bradley Hospital Foundation’s mission to support the work of our beloved hospital, and look forward to working with such dedicated community leaders for years to come.
As the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, it seemed unfathomable that the 10th anniversary of our Bravo Bradley gala could possibly be cancelled. How could all the hard work of our dedicated committee members be for naught? What would happen to the Bradley Hospital finances without this critical source of support, and would the Healing Arts Program – in desperate need of funding and long-planned as the fund-a-need beneficiary – have to be suspended?
These questions and more were answered when co-chairs Tricia and Tim O’Neil, and their entire event committee, refused to give up on the effort. Everyone swung into action, offering previously committed sponsors alternative opportunities for recognition, and calling on past donors to give even though there wouldn’t be a party.
“You can cancel a party,” said Tricia. “But you can’t cancel a need.” The letters and emails flew, and fingers dialed. The outpouring of support wasn’t just gratifying, it was unprecedented. Never before had Bradley achieved this level of fundraising success without a gala.
“Bradley supporters understand the need better than anyone,” added Tim, “and we won’t let the children and families down.”
All told, Bravo Bradley raised more than $400,000 without serving so much as a glass of water. The Healing Arts Program has been shored up enough to last to the next gala, and we couldn’t be prouder of the community we are part of. That said, everyone looks forward to getting together as soon as we can, and the O’Neils have signed on to serve as chairs for another year.
“The committee meetings might look different, and the venue might have to change, but we signed on for this project, and we’re not letting anyone down.”
The theme for Bravo Bradley will remain the same for 2021. And in the age of COVID, it seems “Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Triumphs” couldn’t be more appropriate. Please stay tuned for additional updates; and if you’d like to get involved, please reach out to Jessica Foley, Senior Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the going gets tough, the tough… will always appreciate the kindness and support of those around them. And at Bradley Hospital, so much of that support has come in the form of delicious meals and snacks.
As our exhausted staff continues to treat the children in our care through layers of personal protective equipment and while coping with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety, we could not be more thankful to the many friends who have stepped up with edible rewards.
Kelly and Bernie Lambrese of Bristol teamed up with neighbors and beloved local restaurants Lobster Pot, Leo’s, Roberto’s, Le Central and DeWolf Tavern to create “Feeding the Front Line.” Through their wonderfully successful GoFundMe project, they’ve been feeding hundreds of Rhode Island healthcare workers – including 100+ exquisite seafood and pasta dinners for our own Bradley team.
Recognizing that it isn’t just clinicians caring for people with the coronavirus who need some TLC, the effort to also take care of children’s behavioral health staff has taken off, starting with our friends at Feast and Fettle in East Providence who showed up on a tough day with terrific home-cooked meals.
Michele and Chris Levy of Narragansett purchased 100 slices of Gregg’s famous chocolate cake and drove around Rhode Island delivering them to grateful staff in Bradley residential programs.
And as the holiday week of Easter/Passover came to a close, Bravo Bradley co-chair (and self-designated Easter Bunny) Tim O’Neil arrived with 250 bags of jelly beans – enough for one for each person on our program teams. That’s right, a whole bag to help brighten the day!
There are many others who have pitched in along the way with comfort foods and snacks of all kinds (with a few top secret family recipes mixed in). Please know how much these gestures truly help and how much better we all feel knowing so many are thinking of us.
Looking ahead, we are beyond appreciative of those who have plans to keep sustaining our staff in the works. Lunches from Agawam Hunt Club and treats from Ocean State Job Lot are en route, as is more nourishment from local restaurants via FoodfortheFront.com. And if you’re interested in joining this wonderful group of people putting smiles on the faces of our dedicated staff during this crisis, please reach out to Anne Morton Smith at 401-432-1451, or asmith18@Lifespan.org.
Thank you! (As of April 15, 2020)
Susan Dickstein, PhD
Feast & Fettle
Feeding the Front Lines of Bristol Go Fund Me
The Jan Company
Kevin and Sandra Jennings
The Levy Family
Chip and Jozy Mainelli
McDonald’s East Providence
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
Tim and Trish O’Neil
Ocean State Job Lot
Tropical Smoothie Café
Special Holiday "Thank Yous" from Bradley Hospital
Bradley Hospital has many wonderful friends who care for our hospital and our kids all year round. Around the holidays, they tend to take it up a notch, and we’d like to share a few special shout-outs for Holiday Season 2019.
Blesin Marquez and her husband Joe Pagnani, co-owner of Danny’s Appliance Store in Providence, heard about the wonderful work happening at Bradley Hospital, and decided it was the perfect place to spread some holiday joy. Their wonderful customers contributed to a collection, Danny’s Appliance matched it, and Blesin went out to personal select $2,000 in new coats, hats, gloves, undergarments, stuffed animals and toys for Bradley kids of all ages!
Blesin Marquez and Joe Pagnani of Danny’s Appliance with front desk supervisor Carmen Medeiros and Director of Nursing Dr. Mary Sullivan
A giant thank you to Claflin, who started off our season with an amazing drive for new puzzles with employees at their headquarters in Warwick. Puzzles are a terrific way to play and learn, and our kids are grateful to take their favorites with them when they go home.
Bradley staff with a plethora of puzzles from Claflin
Michelle Tuttle is an aspiring fabric artist who enjoys working at FabNewport, a unique community-based non-profit maker space and learning studio. With Bradley’s young people in mind, she created 12 wonderfully cushy pillows with the phrase “Dream Big” sewn into each one. A perfect comfort gift for the adolescents in our residential Bradley Center program!
Fabric artist Michelle Tuttle with Fab Newport student Gianni
For six years, Donny and Kyle McKendall of Massachusetts have hosted a beautiful holiday party in their home and all their friends and family bring gifts for kids on Bradley’s adolescent inpatient unit. This year, in consultation with our staff, they focused on art supplies and puzzles and gifted us with 98 puzzles, 101 coloring books, 81 packs of colored pencils, 26 packs of markers, 1212 drawings pads, 7 packs of crayons and a whole bunch of other wonderful things.
Puzzles and Art Supplies gifted by Donny and Kyle McKendall (below) and friends
On October 10, friends and supporters of Bradley Hospital gathered at Agawam Hunt in Rumford for the eighth annual meeting of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees, called attention to the hospital’s unique position in the field of children’s behavioral health and lauded its service to families, both locally and nationally. He also took the opportunity to congratulate Henry T. Sachs III, MD, on his appointment as president of Bradley Hospital. Sachs also retains the roles of chief medical officer for Bradley as well as Lifespan’s medical director for child psychiatry and behavioral health.
Foundation chair Lawrence B. Sadwin led a brief business meeting, during which a slate of new Trustees was presented. The audience warmly welcomed new members Kelly Lambrese, William Tracey and former Bradley Hospital president, Daniel J. Wall. Vice-chair Carol Peterson shared accomplishments from the Foundation’s fiscal year, noting that fundraising for renovations to the inpatient wing’s interior play-space is now complete. Dr. Henry Sachs delivered his annual state of the Hospital report, highlighting that KIDS LINK, the 24-hour children’s behavioral health hotline based at Bradley, is the only such service highlighted by the CDC for its effective clinical interventions for suicide prevention in adolescents.
The Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award was given to renowned ophthalmologist Joseph L. Dowling, Jr. MD, whose seven decades of community service in Rhode Island is nothing short of remarkable. “Rhode Island is a better place to be because of Joe Dowling,” said award presenter Larry Sadwin. “Fortunately for all of us, his passion for helping others has had a monumental impact on Bradley and the lives of thousands of children and their families.”
Congratulations and thank you Joe!
From left: Henry Sachs MD, President, Joseph Dowling MD, Sally Dowling, and Larry Sadwin.
From left: Rosemary Khosrovani, Betty Brito, Carol Peterson and Stacie Norris.
From left: Bernie Lambrese, new board member Kelly Lambrese and new Governors Carol and Jonathan Feinstein.
New Governor Anne Marie Johnson with Steven Johnson.
New Governors Shari and Kosta Bitsis.
Friday, June 28, 2019 saw the end of an era at Bradley Hospital with the retirement of longtime President Daniel J. Wall.
Joining the Hospital as its Director of Finance in 1988, he went on to become President in 1992. Over three decades of leadership, he presided over extraordinary growth; when he joined Bradley the hospital had 300 discharges each year, all of which were inpatient, with a small handful of outpatient clients.
Today, Bradley Hospital sees more than 5,000 individual patients each year, and boasts programs at multiple levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, group therapy, in-home treatment, residential treatment, and special education schools. The Hospital is world renowned for many of its programs, as well as for its leading-edge research. It’s public health programs are credited with playing a major role in reducing the teenage suicide rate in Rhode Island. During his tenure, Wall oversaw the modernization and expansion of many areas of the Hospital, which occupies the original site and building in East Providence that opened in 1931.
At a private event hosted by the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees at the Squantum Association, Wall was presented with the prestigious Bradley Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award. There was also a little fun to be had at his expense as well as plenty of tears. Hospital leadership is now in the capable hands of Chief Medical Officer Henry T. Sachs, MD, who will serve as Interim President.
On October 11, friends and supporters of Bradley Hospital gathered for the annual meeting of the hospital’s foundation board of trustees at Agawam Hunt in Rumford.
Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr., chair of the Lifespan Board of Directors and the Bradley Hospital Board of Trustees, highlighted the hospital’s unique position in the mental health field and lauded its service to families, both locally and nationally. Foundation chair Lawrence B. Sadwin led a brief business meeting, during which a slate of new Trustees was presented. The audience warmly welcomed Lynne Barry Dolan, Diane M. Hunter, Anthony J. Landi, Jr., Michele Levy, and Tricia S. O’Neil to the foundation board.
Special guest, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, attended this year’s annual meeting to personally join hospital leadership in honoring two extraordinary contributors to Bradley’s success, Bill and Tina Carr. The couple received the 2018 Bradley Hospital Humanitarian of the Year Award at the event. “Rhode Island is a better place because Tina and Bill Carr are here,” said Governor Raimondo during her remarks. As the couple accepted their award, attendees rose to their feet and erupted in thunderous applause.
Added Bradley president, Daniel J. Wall, “The children and families we care for are truly fortunate that the Carrs chose to focus the lion’s share of their advocacy and personal philanthropy on advancing the mission of Bradley Hospital. It is with our deepest appreciation and thanks that we present them with this well-deserved honor.”
Henry Sachs, MD, Bradley’s medical director, delivered his annual state of the hospital report, including a powerful statistic: In 2018, Rhode Island has been ranked with the lowest teen suicide rate in the country. He explained that through a myriad of programs, Bradley worked hard to move the needle to that position. It had been ranked 16th just two years prior.
Dan Wall returned to the podium to shine a light on the life-changing resources for children and families made possible through philanthropy and the contributions of everyone in the room, including the new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center, the Verrecchia Clinic for children with autism and developmental disabilities, and the new co-occurring disorders programs. In addition, he noted that, “More than 130 days later, we’re still celebrating the incredible success of Bravo Bradley,” recognizing 2018 event co-chairs Betty and Joe Brito.
(From left) Henry Sachs, MD, and Michele and Chris Levy.
(From left) Tim O’Neil, Betty Brito, and Bradley Hospital foundation chair Lawrence B. Sadwin.
(From left) Mehdi Khosrovani, Bill Tracey, and Felicity Silva.
(From left) Nancy Tsiaris, Gloria Hall, and Eiko Adams.
(From left) Denise Dangremond, Greg Fritz, MD, and Tina Carr.
(From left) Bradley Hospital foundation chair Lawrence B. Sadwin, Tina Carr, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Bill Carr, and Bradley president Daniel J. Wall.
To close Mental Health Month, Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital hosted the first annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, May 30 in the East Providence High School gymnasium.
The fundraiser was held to honor the memory of John Peterson and his dedication to patients struggling with mental illness. John, who served as the director of clinical business operations at Bradley Hospital, passed away unexpectedly this past March. Prior to his untimely death, John had been collaborating with colleagues James Florio, Jr., MBA, director of psychiatry operations and business development at Rhode Island Hospital, and Michael Montella, outpatient operations analyst for Bradley and Rhode Island Hospital outpatient psychiatry, to organize a charity basketball game.
Making sure John’s vision became reality, the event featured a friendly – yet competitive – basketball game between colleagues from Rhode Island Hospital Adult Psychiatry and Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Child Psychiatry, as well as a three-point contest with donations for every basket made during a two-minute period.
In what was a nail-biter, the Adult Psychiatry team squeezed out a single-digit win on an evening that raised more than $25,000 for transportation and other support services for adult psychiatry patients, and for the healing arts programs in children’s psychiatric residential settings. The night of fun and reflection attracted fans from across Lifespan behavioral health services.
John was a beloved staff member at both hospitals, and friends and colleagues look forward to continuing to raise funds in his honor for programs that were of significant meaning to him. Nothing could be more fitting for this long-time basketball fan that what will now become a much-anticipated annual event. To contribute to the Peterson Memorial Fund at Bradley Hospital, please click here.
Participants in the first annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament, including the Adult and Children’s Psychiatry teams, Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital department leadership, and members of the Peterson family.
James Florio, Jr. (far right) and Mike Montella (center) present the Peterson family with what would have been John Peterson’s #1 jersey.
Bradley Hospital’s Annual Gala, Charting the Future, Raises Record $883,975
More than 400 guests came out to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Friday, June 1 in support of Bradley Hospital’s 2018 Bravo Bradley gala, Charting the Future. Chaired by Betty and Joe Brito of Bristol, the signature event raised a record $883,975 to advance the pioneering pediatric mental health care, education, and research of New England’s only psychiatric hospital devoted to children.
Of the total raised, the event’s fund-a-need generated $258,000 to support enhancements to Bradley’s Compass Program, a community-based residential treatment program for girls ages 13 to 18 who are struggling with mental illness and ways to stay safe.
“Thanks in large part to the incredible generosity of our donors, Bradley Hospital is truly a place of breakthroughs, healing and hope for thousands of children and families struggling with mental illness,” said Daniel J. Wall, president of Bradley Hospital. “I could not be more thankful to everyone who made this year’s gala a success and who stand alongside Bradley as we heal the hearts and minds of the children who need us most.”
As guests arrived at the historic venue abutting Rhode Island’s largest river, they posed for souvenir photos alongside a replica 1889 Herreshoff wooden sailboat before enjoying the event’s opening cocktail reception. The boat was on loan to Bradley for the evening courtesy of the Herreshoff Marine Museum of Bristol.
After being welcomed into the ballroom with remarks from hospital leadership, guests were introduced to Jessica O’Connor, the 2018 USA Ambassador Miss Rhode Island Teen and a Bradley patient, who sang a moving rendition of The Dark by Beth Crowley. Shortly after, guests watched the gala’s emotional video, which captured the traumatic stories of four young girls receiving treatment at Bradley’s Compass Program and how the program is teaching them the skills they need to have a “life worth living.” At the conclusion of the video, Jessica returned to the podium to share her personal experience with Bradley Hospital before welcoming celebrity auctioneer Paul Zekos of The Zekos Group to present the live auction and fund-a-need.
Among the auction’s many exciting items, spirited bidding surrounded each package, with two experiences generating friendly competition among guests. A farm-to-table dinner for ten prepared by Chef Ben Lloyd of The Salted Slate in the comfort of the winning bidder’s home sold for $15,000, while a package of four, third row center orchestra tickets to the Broadway sensation Hamilton in New York City with hotel and dinner accommodations in the heart of Times Square sold for $16,875.
In returning to the stage to announce the event’s fundraising total, event chairs Betty and Joe Brito put forth an unexpected philanthropic challenge, offering to match any additional donations dollar-for-dollar. The couple’ generosity spurred another $40,000 in gifts, which the Britos leveraged into $80,000 for Bradley.
“When families don’t know where to turn, when their children are gripped by the stronghold of mental illness – or worse – Bradley is there to help,” said Joe. “Bradley Hospital is charting the future for our children and with all of us by their side, the sky is truly the limit,” added Betty.
After the evening’s program concluded, guests danced to the sounds of Night Rhythm Band.
Bradley Hospital extends its gratitude and appreciation to Charting the Future commander sponsors, Betty and Joe Brito, and Susan and David Brown; leadership donor, Amica Companies Foundation; helmsman sponsors Carol A. Peterson, and Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, and the more than three dozen sponsors and supporters whose generosity made the event possible.
From left: David and Brenda Turchetta; Kerri Kim, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Bradley Hospital; Amanda Pelletier, LICSW, Clinical Director of Bradley Hospital’s Compass Program; and Karyn Horowitz, MD, Director of Outpatient Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services for Lifespan.
Jessica O’Connor, the 2018 USA Ambassador Miss Rhode Island Teen and a Bradley Hospital patient, sings a moving rendition of The Dark by Beth Crowley.
Following the evening program and dinner, guests at Charting the Future gala danced to the sounds of Night Rhythm Band.
In support of enhancing Bradley’s Compass Program for teenage girls, guests at Charting the Future raised their bid cards high and often during the fund-a-need, coming together to raise $258,000.
From left: Charles Riotto, DMD; Joan Abrams; John Hazen White; Liz White; and Mary Beth Riotto.
From left: Joe Brito and his wife, Betty, co-chairs of Charting the Future; Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Lawrence B. Sadwin, Chair of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
From left: Claire Perlman; Daniel J. Wall, President of Bradley Hospital; and Marc Perlman, CEO, Ocean State Job Lot.
Thanks to an extraordinary million-dollar gift to the Every Child, Every Day campaign for Bradley and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals from Al and Gerrie Verrecchia and their family, the nationally-renowned Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has extended its continuum of care to include a dedicated outpatient clinic.
On April 10, 2018, Bradley celebrated the opening of the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The service is a crucial one and timing couldn’t be better: estimates show 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. And children with developmental disabilities are more than four times as likely to experience behavioral and psychiatric issues.
“Families are greatly in need of specialized services to assist their children and to help them learn behavioral strategies to support them at home,” said Karen Cammuso, PhD, clinical director. “I am so pleased this new clinic can offer what they need.”
The Verrecchia Clinic offers individual and family therapy, parent training in behavior management, group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management. Its clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse specialist, and psychiatrists. The Verrecchia Clinic team works collaboratively across the Lifespan system, including the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Thanks to the generosity of the Verrecchia family, their gift will allow Bradley staff to spend important time on case management, as well as specific work to assist families as they transition their children into adult care settings. It also allows the hospital to build on its legacy of autism research and breakthroughs for the future.
“Children have been very good to us,” said Al Verrecchia, the former Chairman of Hasbro, Inc. “And because we have been so fortunate, it’s important to us to give back to the children in our community,” added Gerrie.
Since 1986, Al and Gerrie have been integral members of the Bradley and Hasbro Children’s Hospital family. Their commitment to the future of every child through their generosity and leadership is an inspiration to all. Al took their commitment one step further by chairing the Every Child, Every Day campaign.
After months of diligent planning, hard work, and an outpouring of community generosity, Bradley Hospital dedicated the new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center on Thursday, February 22.
The celebration marked the completion of a $2 million renovation project that created expanded and enhanced waiting areas for children and families, as well as a new art studio for the hospital’s signature Healing Arts program and a new space for training and conferences.
Spearheading the effort to make the renovation possible was Carol A. Peterson, of Cranston, who made a $1 million lead gift to the project. The gift is the single largest gift received by the hospital since its founding in 1931 through the wills of George and Helen Bradley in honor of their only child, Emma Pendleton Bradley. The project was also supported generously by Tina and Bill Carr, Paula and Joe Ruggiero, and The Manton Foundation, among others.
“There is no question that this is a very special moment in the history of Bradley Hospital, and one that would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of Carol and all our donors,” said Dan Wall, President of Bradley Hospital. “When families come to Bradley filled with anxiety and fear, a bright and welcoming area helps let them know they’ve come to the right place.”
Bradley’s main lobby was last renovated four decades ago, when annual discharges were just 300 patients, all of whom were there on an inpatient basis. Today, the hospital sees more than 5,000 children and families annually, through seven different levels of care and many unique programs. Combine that with what is arguably the most popular academic training program for child psychiatry in the country and an outstanding department of behavioral education, and the hospital’s volume of traffic far exceeded its capacity.
“The transformation of this space sends an incredibly powerful message,” added Wall. “As Carol has said many times, Bradley’s lobby is essentially our front door to the public. The new Carol A. Peterson Welcome Center is just that. We’ve put out a beautiful welcome mat that tells families they’ve arrived at a place of hope.”
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $15,000 from their Special Medical Grants fund to Bradley Hospital. The money will be used to support technology and occupational therapy/speech-language pathology services, as well as art therapy time for the new SafeQuest program at the hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
The CharterCARE Foundation has awarded a grant of $17,144 to Bradley Hospital to support Healing Arts programming in the CADD residences.
The Emma G. Harris Foundation has awarded a Bradley Hospital a grant of $22,000 to support vocational training at the Bradley School Providence. This funding will help expand our vocational training at the Bradley School Providence to include a Technologies Lab Program, which will offer critical 21st century technical learning opportunities to the high school population at the school.
Bradley Hospital was recently awarded two grants to help transform the hospital’s secure interior courtyard into a safe outdoor recreation space for patients: $50,000 from the Shriners of Rhode Island Charities Trust and $25,000 from the June Rockwell Levy Foundation.
The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust has awarded Bradley Hospital a grant of $56,000 to enhance the Outdoor Learning Program at the Bradley School Portsmouth. This support will help to transform the outdoor learning spaces at the school and to grow the program’s offerings for students.
Bradley Hospital received a grant of $20,000 from the CVS Health Charity Classic to support the Healing Arts Program.