As children have spent the past year-plus living through an unpredictable pandemic, often missing the programs that help them grow and thrive, Newport Hospital and the Prince family are investing in programs to get local kids moving again.
Recently, the hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund awarded a total of $135,293 in grants to 25 Newport County organizations. The “Powered by Prince” grants will support programs that help area children lead healthier and more active lives.
“This fund is a tremendous resource for our community, and it is an honor for our hospital to be part of something that deepens our collective impact on the lives of children across Newport County,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “It is so important that we support the development of leading a healthy lifestyle among the youngest in our community, and that’s exactly the goal of these programs.”
An outpouring of support
During the unprecedented health crisis that has turned our state, the country and world on its end, dozens of Aquidneck Island businesses, individuals and community groups have rallied around Newport Hospital, making significant in-kind donations to frontline workers and staff.
From breakfast pastries and coffee, to custom masks, hearty lunches, restaurant prepared dinners and special treats, the community’s outpouring of generosity has been on full display since March and continues daily.
“It is nothing short of amazing to witness the incredible ways our neighbors are supporting the staff of their hospital – Newport Hospital truly belongs to the community,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “All of us have been deeply affected by this pandemic, including those who have set aside their own challenges to make a difference for others. I know none of us will ever forget these acts of kindness”.
Just a few examples among the more than 1,000 meals (and counting) gifted to Newport Hospital staff are doughnuts from Liberty Donuts, artisan sandwiches by The Red Parrot, dinners from Midtown Oyster Bar and Fluke Newport, some 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, and 1,800 specialty dessert cups.
“What the selfless gestures bestowed upon our caregivers and staff have meant to all of us is something I don’t think could ever be expressed with words,” said Pam McLaughlin, Newport Hospital’s director of patient experience. “We exist to care for our community, and it is our community that cares for us.”
Generous in-kind donors to Newport Hospital, through April 24, include:
A1 Pizza, Anastasia, BedJet, Bagel Boys, Bodhi Spa, CRU Café, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’, Feeding the Front Line, Fluke Newport, French Confection, Girl Scouts, Guittard Chocolate Co., Hollywood Pizza, Hungry Monkey, IYRS School of Technology & Trades, Joe’s American Bistro, King Arthur Flour, Kitchen Companion Catering, Le Bec Sucre’, Liberty Donuts, Lobster Bar, Lois Vaughn Music, Ma’s Donuts, McDonald’s, McGrath Clambakes and Catering, Metropolitan Wealth Management, Midtown Oyster Bar, Newport Creamery, Newport Dental Associates, Nikolas Pizza, Norey’s, Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo, Pick Pocket Deli, Scratch Kitchen, Slim Possible, St. Michael’s School, Surf Club, The Black Pearl, The Clarke Family, The JAN Companies, The Landing Restaurant, The Red Parrot, Zelda’s Newport
Generated through the organization’s annual fundraiser, gift will benefit the hospital’s outpatient IV therapy lab and patients undergoing cancer treatment
Celebrating a decade of giving to Aquidneck Island’s only hospital, the Three Angels Fund recently made a generous $45,000 donation to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital to support the outpatient IV therapy lab and patients undergoing cancer treatment. The gift is the result of the organization’s annual fundraiser held at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, which has generated $309,549 for Newport Hospital since its inception in 2010.
“This gift marks ten years of extraordinary generosity by the Three Angels Fund and their incredible commitment to both our community and the lifesaving care available at Newport Hospital,” said Crista F. Durand, president, Newport Hospital. “Words alone cannot properly convey the impact of the Bulk family and the Three Angels Fund on the lives of our patients.”
The Three Angels Fund was created by cousins Andrew Bulk and Jennifer Lopes to honor the memories of beloved family members Eileen Bulk, Anne Pine, and Nan Bulk, who each fought courageously before losing their battles with cancer within 17 months of each other. The women had dedicated their lives to caring for family and friends, leading to the fund’s mission of helping others going through cancer treatment.
“When we started the Three Angels Fund ten years ago, we never thought we would be where we are today. Everyone out there has been touched by cancer in some way, and knowing that we can provide families some peace of mind during their illness is why we keep going,” said Jennifer Lopes.
Added Andrew Bulk, “Our roots lie within this community and with Newport Hospital, and we are proud to have supported the cancer patients and staff there for the last decade.”
Over the past ten years, support from the Three Angels Fund has purchased new infusion chairs for the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital and comfort items for patients receiving treatment in the IV therapy lab. The fund has helped the hospital provide patients with no-cost complementary Reiki and massage therapies, medical supplies not covered by insurance, and extra supports such as wigs and utilities assistance.
The Three Angels Fund also awards grants to members of the Aquidneck Island community to assist with the financial hardships brought about as a result of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and supports a program with a local cab company that provides transportation for patients undergoing treatment at Newport Hospital.
Pictured: Multiple generations of the Bulk family and of the Three Angels Fund are joined by leaders from Newport Hospital and the Lifespan Cancer Institute. Photo Credit: Andrea Hansen