Lifespan Postponing HCH Heroes Ball

March 5, 2020
Statement from Lifespan President & CEO Timothy J. Babineau, M.D. on Postponement of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Heroes Ball 

After much thoughtful deliberation, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Heroes Ball, planned for this Saturday, March 7, to a later date. 
The ball is a very special annual event and one that highlights the important role of our children’s hospital in this state. We deeply regret having to make this decision—particularly so close to the actual event.  However, we must consider the large number of health care providers who would be in attendance, many of whom provide unique and essential health care services to the state and the region. The risk, as low as it would be, of having an exposure to the Covid-19 virus at the event that would require quarantine of these individuals is one that we simply can’t take. These are the physicians, nurses, therapists and other clinicians who care for our children and adults when they are sick or injured. If they were to be quarantined for any reason, the impact on our hospitals would be significant. 
Our decision, though difficult, is intended to protect our care givers, our supporters and the patients that we serve.