Hasbro Children’s Hospital names 2019 ‘Brite Lites’

February 18, 2020

Hasbro Children’s Hospital today marked its 26th year by recognizing the hospital’s 2019 Brite Lites award winners. This year’s honorees were among more than 55 employees nominated by patients and their families for the dedication and compassion shown children in their care. 

Five Hospital Employees and Nemo of the K-9 Comfort Program Recognized 

The 2019 winners are:
Cynthia Donnelly, RN, of Attleboro, MA, pediatric intensive care 
Sarah Ferszt, LICSW, of Cranston, RI, clinical social work
James Ziegler, MD, of Saunderstown, RI, pediatric cardiology
Ari Vera, greeter, of Providence, RI, Valet Parking New England
Deborah Nordahl, BSN, RN, CPHON, of Rochester, MA, pediatrics, Hasbro Children’s 5th floor

Nemo, a K-9 comfort program dog at Hasbro Children’s, was named this year’s honorary Brite Lite. He, together with handler, Tara Brown, NP, of Johnston, RI, works with patients and families in the hospital’s pediatric palliative care unit.

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital is more than just a hospital – it is a place committed to the long- and short-term care and well-being of every patient, as well as their families. From nurses and physicians, to administrators and patient experience staff, our goal is always to provide the best expertise, knowledge, compassion and respect to each child,” said John B. Murphy, MD, president, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and executive vice president, physician affairs, Lifespan.

The Hasbro Children’s Brite Lite employee recognition program launched in 2002. It was designed to incorporate Hasbro Children’s family-centered care objectives: communication, competence, cooperation and caring.


About Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., a part of the Lifespan health care system, is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research and education for Rhode Island and surrounding southeastern New England. A private, not-for-profit institution, it is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Elena Falcone-Relvas

Senior Public Relations Officer
Bradley Hospital & Hasbro Children's Hospital