Lifespan in the Community

Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and CEO, Lifespan

Our mission, Delivering health with care, includes clinical care but also includes things we do for our communities: education, workforce development, screenings, prevention and more that supports a healthier environment.

Because health is directly related to income and education, we are a leader in revitalizing south Providence, one of our state’s most economically depressed communities. We committed $5 million over ten years as the anchor tenant in the Prairie Avenue Revitalization Initiative and relocated hundreds of our employees to the Allens Avenue neighborhood. When we restore empty buildings and fill them with workers, we send a powerful message to residents:  we are committed to a better community. There’s a positive financial impact on the city when we put buildings on the tax rolls and a positive impact on the neighborhood: safer streets and new jobs.

We also support, with a grant of $125,000 yearly, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, which helps resolve conflicts to avoid violence, works with families affected by violence, and works to quell retribution after gang violence. Lifespan has also voluntarily provided the city with $2.8 million (PILOT payments) over the past four years.

Lifespan supports and sometimes leads several programs as educators. Our summer youth employment program is paid, eight-week employment for teens that gives them a taste of health care careers. Stepping Up has enabled more than 175 entry-level Lifespan employees to return to school to pursue careers in nursing and other health care professions. Year Up is a program that trains disadvantaged youth to qualify for high paying jobs at the end of a six-month internship with us. Lifespan has committed over $600,000 to this program, trained more than 30 young adults, and hired more than 20 graduates of the program.

Through the Lifespan Community Health Institute we improve the health of communities with free screenings for HIV/AIDS; high blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol; and skin, breast and cervical cancers. We have begun to concentrate our efforts on neighborhoods in which lifestyle diseases affect many people, and we’ll continue to offer programs for youth.

Because Rhode Island has no public hospital to meet the health care needs of the uninsured and underinsured, Lifespan hospitals provide the majority of that care. In fiscal year 2014 alone, Lifespan provided over $75 million (at cost) in free and charity care to our communities. It is part of who we are.

This is a just a sample of the many things we do to fulfill our mission to the communities we serve. And it makes all the difference in the world.

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