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Southern New England Rehabilitation commercial focuses on staff expertise, comprehensive programs

A new commercial focuses on the ways CharterCARE affiliate Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC) helps people recover and live fuller lives. SNERC offers comprehensive rehabilitation programs that put patients on the road to recovery. Most patients find comfort in SNERC's “team” approach to recovery, where each rehabilitation professional builds off the treatments already delivered. Our rehabilitative program for people with serious illness or injury offers more intense therapy for individuals who need a "bridge" before returning home. We also offer a number of specialty programs including rehabilitation for stroke, orthopedic, or neurological issues.

To learn more, visit www.snerc.com

 

Wound Care Center adds private rooms, new equipment, enhanced treatments - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Wound Care Center adds private rooms, new equipment, enhanced treatments

On June 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the expansion, renovations, and new equipment in the Wound Care Center at Fatima Hospital. The growth in the program has been necessitated by increased volume and our recent partnership with Restorix.

The Wound Care Center is now home to all private patient rooms, next generation wound healing products for enhanced treatments and improved healing rates, and two new hyperbaric chambers. The Center also went live with a new Electronic Medical Record and purchased other equipment like podiatric chairs and new instrument carts for procedure rooms. Pictured at the ribbon cutting from left to right are Leslie Martineau, Director of the Wound Center, Fatima Hospital President David Kobis, medical director Dr. Vincent Indeglia, Jennifer McCormick, program director, and Lynn Leahey, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.

Pictured below are a sample private room and one of our new hyperbaric chambers. To learn more about the Wound Care Center, please visit http://www.fatimahospital.com/services/wound-care

Dr. Somasundar, surgical oncologist and director of state’s first cancer program for seniors - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Somasundar, surgical oncologist and director of state’s first cancer program for seniors

Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar, a surgical oncologist at the Roger Williams' Cancer Center, is director of Rhode Island's first cancer program specifically designed for seniors.

To learn more about COPE (our Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders), visit http://www.weknowcancer.org/programs/geriatric-oncology

 

Dr. Katz speaks on strength of surgical oncology team, promise of immunotherapy research - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Katz speaks on strength of surgical oncology team, promise of immunotherapy research

In this video, Dr. Steven Katz talks about cancer care and research -- including unique immunotherapy trials -- taking place at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Katz is a surgical oncologist and Director of Surgical Immunotherapy at Roger Williams. To learn more about immunotherapy trials at Roger Williams, please visit www.weknowcancer.org/programs/immunotherapy

 

Roger Williams’ Immunotherapy research program highlighted at biotech convention - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams’ Immunotherapy research program highlighted at biotech convention

The Immunotherapy program of the Roger Williams’ Cancer Center represented the state of Rhode Island at the 2018 BIO International Convention, which took place from June 1-7 in Boston. The program at Roger Williams, which focuses on immunotherapy for liver metastases, multiple myeloma, and sarcoma, was chosen by the state as it represents a valuable and promising component of the Rhode Island bio-tech industry.

At the conference, Steven C. Katz, MD, Director of the Office of Therapeutic Development, Prajna Guha, PhD, Ashley Moody, RN, and John Hardaway, MD, PhD, met with academic and industry leaders to highlight the cutting edge immunotherapy clinical trials and world-class cGMP CAR-T manufacturing facility at Roger Williams. The conference also gave the team an opportunity to promote the recently-opened CAR-T trial for multiple myeloma led by Dr. Todd Roberts, upcoming CAR-T trial for peritoneal cancer, and upcoming phase 2 trial for metastatic liver tumors.

Pictured at the conference (from left to right) are first year surgical oncology fellow Dr. Hardaway, head immunotherapy nurse Ashley Moody, BSN, RN, and Dr. Katz. The conference is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.

Fatima receives stroke care achievement award - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima receives stroke care achievement award

Fatima Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Fatima’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Fatima earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates," said David Kobis, Fatima Hospital President. "We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative.Thank you to our team members for working hard to deliver timely care to stroke patients.”

Fatima Hospital’s Yvonne Britto to receive mental illness advocacy award - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Hospital’s Yvonne Britto to receive mental illness advocacy award

Yvonne Britto, Lead Milieu Therapist at Fatima Hospital, will receive the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rhode Island’s “2018 Professional of the Year Award” at the organization’s annual meeting on June 5. She is being recognized for helping to expand the mission of NAMI through her advocacy and support. The organization thanked Yvonne for her “generous commitment of time, dedication and inspiration.” Yvonne has been with Fatima since 2015 and was the 2017 Fatima Hospital Employee of the Year.

"Yvonne is a great representative of our Behavioral Health programs and we congratulate her on this well-deserved award," said David Kobis, Fatima Hospital President.

Geriatric Oncology team presents at Rhode Island Cancer Summit - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Geriatric Oncology team presents at Rhode Island Cancer Summit

The Geriatric Oncology program from the Roger Williams Cancer Center was front and center at the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island’s annual Cancer Summit on May 18 at the Crowne Plaza. Caregivers from the Roger Williams' program presented on the topic of  “Multidisciplinary Team Care for the Geriatric Oncology Patient”.

Presenters from our team are pictured here: Denise Drake, RN, Geriatric Oncology Nurse Navigator; Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar, Director of Geriatric Oncology, and Samantha Mossman, RD, LDN, Oncology Dietician.

Roger Williams is home to the state’s first Geriatric Oncology Program, which is called COPE (Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders). To learn more about COPE, please visit www.weknowcancer.org/programs/geriatric-oncology

Fatima Hospital hosting free 6-week diabetes management program - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Hospital hosting free 6-week diabetes management program

Fatima Hospital is hosting a free six-week diabetes self-management program for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or caregivers. The series is sponsored by HealthCentric Advisors. The sessions run on six consecutive Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting on June 8. They take place in the rear of the cafeteria at Fatima Hospital, located at 200 High Service Avenue in North Providence.

The series is designed to teach goal setting, better communication with caregivers, coping with stress and depression, exercise, and healthy eating as relates to diabetes.

You can register at https://ripin.org/events/diabetes-self-management-dsmp/ or learn more by contacting Samantha Walsh at 401-528-3257 or DSMP@healthcentricadvisors.org

Anyone interested in the program is invited to attend an informational coffee hour on Friday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. The coffee hour also takes place in the rear of the Fatima cafeteria.

Dr. Koness, Director of Breast Health Program, named Educator of the Year in Clinical Sciences - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Koness, Director of Breast Health Program, named Educator of the Year in Clinical Sciences

Dr. R. James Koness, Director of the Breast Health Program at the Roger Williams’ Cancer Center, has been named Educator of the Year in Clinical Sciences by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). Dr. Koness is the surgery site director at Roger Williams for medical school students from BUSM.

This award is designed to recognize, honor and reward BUSM faculty who give special effort to ensure the best education for students. Only a small handful of educators receive this honor out of hundreds affiliated with BUSM. The recognition is initiated by students and affirmed by faculty peers.

Dr. Koness is a graduate of Boston College and SUNY-Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University and fellowship in complex surgical oncology at Roger Williams Medical Center/Brown University. A fellow in the American College of Surgeons, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine with a pending academic appointment at BUSM.

"Congratulations to Dr. Koness for receiving this outstanding honor and thank you for your work with medical students," said Demetra Ouellette, Roger Williams Medical Center President. "You are deservedly held in high esteem by students, medical colleagues, and patients alike."
 

Medication assisted treatment program of Roger Williams and Blue Cross featured on Channel 10 - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Medication assisted treatment program of Roger Williams and Blue Cross featured on Channel 10

On May 18, WJAR TV 10 featured a story on an innovative partnership between Roger Williams Medical Center and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to bring medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder to more Rhode Islanders.

Rebecca Plonsky, National VP of Development, Prospect Integrated Behavioral Health, spoke to health reporter Barbara Morse Silva about Roger Williams’ commitment to treatment and care of those with opioid use disorder.

St. Joseph School of Nursing graduates 116th class - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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St. Joseph School of Nursing graduates 116th class

The St. Joseph School of Nursing, located on the campus of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, held graduation ceremonies for its 116th class on May 11, 2018. Close to 1,000 family members and friends attended the celebration at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Providence. Reverend Timothy Reilly, J.C.L., Chancellor, Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and St. Joseph School of Nursing Dean Betty T. Sadaniantz, DNP, RN, presented diplomas, pins, and awards to 85 members of the graduating class of 2018 -- the last 43 graduates of the three year curriculum and the first 42 graduates of the newly-revised two year curriculum.

Diane Cocozza Martins, PhD, RN, delivered the commencement address. Lauren O’Flanagan, Class of 2018 New Curriculum class Valedictorian, offered the welcoming address and Carly VanOrden, Class of 2018 Old Curriculum class Valedictorian, delivered the farewell address. Tabitha Walker and Jessica Marfeo were Salutatorians for the Class of 2018 Old Curriculum and Class of 2018 New Curriculum classes respectively.

The following awards were given to the members of the 116th graduating class:

  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Medical/Surgical Nursing was awarded to Treasure Asian (Class of 2018 Old Curriculum) and Lauren O’Flanagan (Class of 2018 New Curriculum).
  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Mental Health Nursing was awarded to Treasure Asian (Class of 2018 Old Curriculum) and Lauren O’Flanagan (Class of 2018 New Curriculum).                                  
  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Maternal Child Health Nursing was awarded to Carly Van Orden (Class of 2018 Old Curriculum) and Lauren O’Flanagan (Class of 2018 New Curriculum).
  • The Mother Mary Evangelist award given by the Alumni Association of St. Joseph School of Nursing in recognition of scholastic achievement, professional leadership and nursing performance was awarded to Tabitha Walker (Class of 2018 Old Curriculum) and Jessica Marfeo (Class of 2018 New Curriculum).

Graduates from the class of 2018 (Old Curriculum) are Yvonne Arthur, Treasure Asian, Lindsey Basile, Megan Berube, Vast I. Brown, Kori Cardoza, Sheena Carrier, Samantha Chanphom, Alexis Ciacciarelli, Kelsie Culotta, Gabrielle Dawson, Audrey DeCotis, Alicia Desmarais, Samantha Douglas, Erica Dubis, Danielle Enos, Brianna Falco, Kathleen Gagnon, Stephanie Gonzaga, Alecia Harrington, Caitlin Hogan, Jessica Howard, Breana Indeglia, Tayna Johnson, Isabella Merolla, Kayla Messier, Michelle Mitchell, Scott Mooney, Jeannie Ortiz, Diane Pezzullo, Joyce Pons, Ashley Randall, Katie Reall, Melody Rice, Ashley Ross, Arianna Sandland, Kayla Sluzewski, Patricia Teixeira, Vincent Tootell, Carly VanOrden, Tabitha Walker, Dena Washington, and Juliana Witt.


Class of 2018 (New Curriculum) graduates are Meghan Aguiar, Tayla Andrews, Ashley Ballou, Becky Bernard, Nicholas Bizier, Amanda Bourque, Brittany Butler, Melissa Casto, Abigail Choiniere, Hayden Costa, Alicia Cournoyer, Gianno Creighton, Randy D’Aquila, Nora Downing, Kristen Fennessy, Michael Fruggiero, Madison Gagnon, Kyle Gasior, Erica Harris, Valerie Jenkins, Corrissa Klapman, Rebecca Laplante, Kathryn Marciano, Andrew Marcoux, Jessica Marfeo, Angela Mattesini, Gina Miozza,  Lauren O’Flanagan, Nancy Orsini, Kimberly Paull, Victoria Pierce, Tanya Pimentel, Kayla Ross, Katherine Rostron, Danielle Smith, Jacqueline Sousa, Alexandra Souza, Sarah Spaulding, Elizabeth Trainor, Lauren Van Hemelrijck, Abby Voyer, and Rachel Wilkinson.

The Old Curriculum class is pictured below at the top; the New Curriculum class is pictured at the bottom

The St. Joseph School of Nursing is the state’s only hospital-based diploma program. Upon receiving their diploma, graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses. To learn more, visit www.nursingri.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovative app to speed up, improve Emergency Department care profiled on Channel 10 - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Innovative app to speed up, improve Emergency Department care profiled on Channel 10

CharterCARE's hospitals -- Our Lady of Fatima and Roger Williams Medical Center -- are the first in Rhode Island to use Twiage, an innovative app that allows emergency departments and EMS to share crucial patient information before the rescue arrives at the hospital. Both hospitals launched Twiage on April 11; as of May 10, 12 cities and towns have trained and equipped their EMS crews with the Twiage technology, meaning they can transmit photos, videos, or tests like EKGs performed on the rescue to the Emergency Departments at Roger Williams and Fatima while en route. Twiage also acts as a GPS so Emergency Department staff can better track a rescue's arrival time.

Learn more about Twiage from this Channel 10 news story, which aired on May 9.

Dr. Alex Etienne, addiction medicine specialist, profiled on Channel 10 news - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Alex Etienne, addiction medicine specialist, profiled on Channel 10 news

On May 8, Dr. Alex Etienne was profiled by Barbara Morse Silva on WJAR NBC 10 as one of the physicians named a “Top Doc” in the May issue of Rhode Island Monthly. Dr. Etienne, director of addiction medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center, was one of more than 25 physicians affiliated with CharterCARE to be named a "Top Doc" in this annual survey of physicians. He was one of only three addiction medicine specialists chosen for this distiniction; he was joined by Dr. Vincent Marcaccio, also a long-serving and well respected member of the Roger Williams' addiction treatment team.

To learn more about our Addiction Services Center, please call 401-456-2362.

More than 25 CharterCARE physicians recognized as “Top Docs” - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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More than 25 CharterCARE physicians recognized as “Top Docs”

More than 25 physicians affiliated with CharterCARE Health Partners have been recognized as “Top Docs” in the May 2018 issue of Rhode Island Monthly. The magazine surveys physicians across Rhode Island and asks them to name their choices for the state’s best specialists. These physician practice at our affiliate hospitals Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital, along with a variety of community settings.

The physicians recognized (and their specialties) are: Addiction Medicine: Alex Etienne, Vincent Marcaccio; Anesthesiology: Timothy Connelly, Vijayendra Sudheendra; Cardiology: Thomas Lanna, William Levin, Joseph Mazza; Critical Care: Joseph Meharg; Emergency Medicine: Michael Bonitati; Family Medicine: Gary King; Gastroenterology: William Tze Wei Chen, Joel Spellum; General Surgery: Dieter Pohl; Geriatric Medicine: John Stoukides, Rebecca Brown; Hand Surgery: Gregory Austin; Hospitalist: Rajnish Bansal; Intensive Care: Joseph Meharg; Oncology: Vincent Armenio, Ritesh Rathore; Opthamology: Francis X. Figueroa; Orthopedic Surgery: Louis Mariorenzi; Otolaryngology: John Tarro; Plastic Surgery: Andrea Doyle; Pulmonology: Walter Donat, William Corrao; Radiation Oncology: Scott Triedman; Surgical Oncology: Ponnandai Somasundar; and Urology: Steven Colagiovanni.

"Our medical staff is defined by excellence and we are proud to have our affiliated physicians recognized in Rhode Island Monthly as "Top Docs", said John J. Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. "Great physician care is the foundation of all we do and we thank our doctors for their expertise, dedication and compassion."

New technology allows hospitals, EMS to share crucial patient information - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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New technology allows hospitals, EMS to share crucial patient information

Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center are the first hospitals in Rhode Island to utilize Twiage, a new technology that enables first responders to send crucial information about a patient’s status, symptoms, and needed care to a hospital before arrival. On April 11, EMS teams from Providence rescue used Twiage to communicate with both the Roger Williams and Fatima Hospital Emergency Departments while en route with patients.

Nine cities and towns in Rhode Island have already trained their EMS professionals to utilize Twiage and those rescue teams are using the technology to better communicate with the Emergency Departments at both CharterCARE hospitals.

“My members love Twiage,” said Providence EMS rescue chief Zach Kenyon. “Having an app on the phone makes it so easy and fast, which frees up valuable time for patient care.”

With the Twiage app, EMS teams can send videos or photos of patients and information like symptoms, medications, or tests like an EKG performed on the rescue. All of this information can help the Emergency Department team better assess needs while preparing for the patient’s arrival. Twiage also allows EMS professionals to provide accurate GPS tracking of their vehicle so hospitals have a more accurate idea of arrival time.

“Timely care is essential – and in some cases, lifesaving – when it comes to emergency medicine,” said Rebecca Broccoli, Associate Director, Emergency Services, CharterCARE. “Real-time information and GPS tracking for incoming rescues allows us to better prepare for an ambulance’s arrival so we can accelerate potentially lifesaving emergency care.”

Armed with this information in advance, staff in the Emergency Department can map out a course of action for patients before their arrival. The information is then transmitted back to the paramedic through the app, which reduces time in the Emergency Room waiting area and introduces the patient more quickly to direct care. This can be especially important when a patient is exhibiting symptoms of a stroke or similar condition where immediate care is critical.

“CharterCARE has a history of leadership in emergency medicine,” said John J. Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. “We are home to the state’s only elder-friendly hospital emergency departments, were the first to post our ED wait times on our websites, and now, are the first to utilize Twiage.”

Twiage is a secure, HIPAA-compliant web app. Once the EMS team arrives at the Emergency Department, the patient’s medical information is deleted from the rescue teams’ app and becomes irretrievable.

“We are proud to be the first hospitals in Rhode Island to utilize Twiage,” said Dr. John Jardine, EMS Director for CharterCARE. “By embracingthis innovation, we are ensuring patients get diagnosed and treated more quickly, which can make a tremendous difference in both outcomes and a patient’s experience.”

Pictured below at the top is the Providence EMS crew, which became the first to use Twiage at Roger Williams Medical Center on April 12. EMS team members from the first two crews that utilized Twiage are pictured here with Demetra Ouellette, President, Roger Williams Medical Center, Rebecca Broccoli, Associate Director, Emergency Services, CharterCARE, and Darlene Cuhna, Chief Operating Officer, CharterCARE.

In the bottom picture is an EMS crew from Smithfield, which was among the first in the state to get trained in the use of Twiage. The crew members are pictured outside the Fatima Hospital Emergency Department with Rebecca Broccoli, Associate Director, Emergency Services, CharterCARE (left) and Chris Godin, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader of the Fatima Emergency Department.

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield launches medication-assisted treatment program with Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield launches medication-assisted treatment program with Roger Williams

From 2011 to 2016, overdose deaths increased by more than 90 percent in Rhode Island. To address this growing epidemic, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has partnered with the Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams Medical Center to deliver medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to Rhode Islanders struggling with opioid use disorder. The MAT program aims to provide evidence-based patient care by working to ensure timely, reliable access to clinical treatment and comprehensive services that focus on patients building recovery capital and improving their health outcomes.

Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a comprehensive approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat this disorder, and for some people struggling with addiction MAT can help sustain recovery.

“BCBSRI remains committed to the Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force goal, shared by legislative leaders, to increase the number of people accessing MAT each year,” said Matt Collins, M.D., vice president of clinical integration at BCBSRI. “As part of this program, BCBSRI will collect critical metrics that can help drive positive health outcomes, including measuring access to treatment, services utilized, length of stay, engagement with primary care providers and successful completion of the MAT program, along with others.”

“Roger Williams Medical Center is excited to have partnered with BCBSRI to support patients in all stages of their recovery. We understand that patients engaged in MAT need flexibility in their treatment,” said Demetra Ouellette, president of Roger Williams. “Our partnership with BCBSRI has allowed us to advance our programming to meet the unique needs of patients in need of MAT. We look forward to reviewing our metrics to further build on the strengths of the program and team.”

MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. Medications used in MAT are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MAT programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. In addition to medication support, the MAT program will offer comprehensive clinical treatment to BCBSRI members. These comprehensive services include an initial clinical assessment and physician evaluation with ongoing care provided, individual and group counseling, and case management. All services are bundled into one monthly rate and would be charged in one monthly copayment for the member.

To learn more about the program, please call (401) 456-2362 or visit www.rwmc.org/services/addiction-services-center.

CharterCARE announces intent to purchase Memorial Hospital from Care New England - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE announces intent to purchase Memorial Hospital from Care New England

CharterCARE Health Partners CEO John Holiver, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and other elected officials and community stakeholders held a press conference on April 12 at Pawtucket City Hall to announce CharterCARE’s intention to purchase and reopen Memorial Hospital. Reopening the emergency room would be the first step in a phased process to restore hospital services at Memorial.

“Memorial Hospital was formed in 1894 and for well over a century it provided the residents of Blackstone Valley with critical hospital care services. It survived through the decades based on the goodwill and generosity of too many people to mention. Today, we embark on a path to return Memorial Hospital to the people of Blackstone Valley and to restore this critical community asset,” said John Holiver, CEO of CharterCARE.

“Generations of Pawtucket residents came to rely upon Memorial Hospital for their healthcare needs, particularly in times of crisis. Regardless of what has transpired in the past six months, we stand here today unified around the opportunity to bring back Memorial, hundreds of employees and access to emergency room care for the residents of Blackstone Valley,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. “I asked CharterCARE to see what they could do to address this situation, and they have responded.”

Under the terms of a proposal, CharterCARE would purchase the hospital property and infrastructure and will commit to $10 million in capital improvements. CharterCARE will host healthcare job fairs that prioritize hiring Rhode Islanders. CharterCARE will also pay property taxes to the City of Pawtucket and is working closely with the city to establish a tax stabilization framework. CharterCARE expects to submit a formal offer to CNE to purchase Memorial in the coming days.

The offer will be contingent on getting all appropriate regulatory licenses and certificates of need reinstated so that CharterCARE may provide services historically provided by Memorial Hospital. The purchase is also contingent on CharterCARE’s ability to either negotiate fair rates with insurance providers or the adoption of legislation that would mandate reimbursement rates inline with other hospitals in Rhode Island. Legislation to address the imbalance in hospital rates will be introduced in the coming days.

“Central Falls residents need a nearby community hospital for our emergency needs,” said Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. “Our rescues have been in waiting lines since the closure of Memorial Hospital, putting the health of our residents at serious risk. We took legal action to stop the closure of Memorial and now support this effort to reopen the hospital, its emergency department and to restore jobs and services to the Blackstone Valley.”

"We are committed to Rhode Island, and to the Blackstone Valley community.  We are prepared to invest $10 million into Memorial, and reopen this facility creating a first wave of over 100 jobs with more to come. Currently, we are the lowest reimbursed hospital system in the state. We want to work with state and legislative leaders to correct this imbalance,” said Holiver.

As a first step, CharterCARE is committed to reopening the emergency room and will then look to phase in outpatient services.

Last October, Care New England announced it would be shutting down emergency services and in-patient units at the hospital, after the failure of a proposed sale to Prime Healthcare. The announcement affected approximately 700 employees, limited access to hospital care in the Blackstone Valley and caused an emergency room crisis when other area hospital emergency rooms were inundated with an overflow of patients during the winter.

“Memorial will not be what it was overnight, but by reopening the emergency room as a first step we can bring back over one hundred jobs. Our goal would be to bring this hospital back in phases by offering services that best meet the demands of the community,” added Holiver.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month; we’re here to help - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month; we’re here to help

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. CharterCARE's hospitals continue to take a leadership role in Rhode Island in caring for individuals with alcohol and other substance abuse disorders. As addiction is often misunderstood, education is critical. This short video from the Addiction Policy Forum helps explain the science behind addiction.

If you or a loved one needs help with an addiction, please contact our Addiction Services Center between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at (401) 456-2362.

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CharterCARE: Working for Rhode Island

CharterCARE Health Partners doesn't just provide great care to thousands of Rhode Islanders every year; it is also one of the biggest employers in our state. We are home to more than 3,100 good paying jobs, supporting our local economy with millions of dollars in payroll and state and municipal taxes. It is just another way that CharterCARE is working for Rhode Island.

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Commercials focus on quality, compassion, and convenience of care

CharterCARE Health Partners is proud to deliver excellent care to patients from throughout our region. In two new television commercials, learn more about the quality, compassion, and convenience of care delivered by a health system and team of caregivers focused on patients.

 

Fatima Hospital accredited by Joint Commission for three years - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Hospital accredited by Joint Commission for three years

Following a three day survey in December, Fatima Hospital has been awarded accreditation for three years for compliance with Joint Commission standards for health care quality and safety. A team of surveyors evaluated Fatima during this on-site survey for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint  Commission describes programs receiving certification as having their Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals.

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Dr. Katz to moderate panel at Life Sciences Expo

Steven Katz, MD, FACS, a surgeon and researcher with the Cancer Center at Roger Williams Medical Center, is moderator of a panel at MedMates' 2nd Annual Life Sciences Expo on April 4, 2018 at the Omni Providence Hotel. The panel, entitled "Immuno-Oncology and CAR-T Cell Therapies”, features representatives from Novartis, Roger Williams Medical Center and Sorrento Therapeutics who will share their groundbreaking work in developing novel, personalized treatments for blood and solid tumor cancers.

Dr. Katz is Director of Surgical Immunotherapy and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. He is joined on the panel by Robert Knight, MD, Vice President of Clinical Research at Sorrento Therapeutics, and Michael Greene, MD, PhD, Immuno-Oncology, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research.

MedMates’ Life Sciences Expo 2018 serves as an important catalyst for continued growth of this vital sector of our economy, and offers a great opportunity for all attendees to connect directly with leading companies, researchers and supporters of the local life science community. CharterCARE Health Partners is a Silver Sponsor of this event. 

The Life Sciences Expo 2018 will have an estimated 500 attendees from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and will showcase the exciting growth and diversity of the life sciences in Rhode Island and Southeastern New England. Companies and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of biotechnology, neuroscience, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and more will present their exciting work, growth potential and why they enjoy living and working here.

To learn more, please visit www.fourwav.es/view/590/customtab145/

Colorectal cancer awareness event taking place at Roger Williams on March 22 - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Colorectal cancer awareness event taking place at Roger Williams on March 22

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness, the Gastroenterology team at Roger Williams is hosting an event on Thursday, March 22 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the back of the Roger Williams’ cafeteria. The event will feature remarks and a Q&A with Dr. Alan Epstein, Director of Clinical Gastroenterology, along with refreshments and raffles. Please join us!

Early Recovery Group available on Wednesday nights - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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The Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams Medical Center offers an Early Recovery Group on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The group is designed to help those in recovery from substance use solidify what they learned in previous treatment programs, practice recovery skills, and gain support from peers also on their recovery journey.

The  Early Recovery Group  meets every Wednesday at the Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams, 877 Chalkstone Avenue in Providence.                   

This is not a drop-in group. Registration is required. For more information or to join, please call 456-2362.

Most insurances accepted. 

Snow-related cancellations throughout the CharterCARE system - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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The following are cancelled services or programs on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the CharterCARE system, which includes Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, St. Joseph Health Center, CharterCARE Medical Associates, and Southern New England Rehabilitation Center. If you have an appointment or are scheduled for a procedure, your provider will reach out to update you as to whether it will take place as scheduled. We will update this message as necessary.

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  • All programs of the Addiction Services Center
  • Nursing orientation

 

Fatima Hospital

  • Pre-admission
  • Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program (located at Marian Hall on Fatima campus)
  • Nursing orientation
CharterCARE hosting Career Hiring Event on March 14 - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE hosting Career Hiring Event on March 14

CharterCARE invites you to join us at our Career Hiring Event at Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms Street in Providence. At CharterCARE Health Partners we offer competitive salary and benefits. We invite you to learn more about the values and beliefs we hold dear and join our innovative team!

Please check in at front desk and you will be directed to our event.Candidates must bring a resume to the event to be considered for a position.

We are currently seeking experienced professionals for positions throughout the CharterCARE system – Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, St. Joseph Health Center, CharterCARE Medical Associates and Blackstone Valley Surgical Center.

We are looking for:

  • Experienced RNs (Behavioral Health, Critical Care, OR, BMT, and Homecare)
  • Social Workers (MSW, LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, and LMFT)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientists
  • Phlebotomists and Lab Assistants
  • CNAs/Mental Health Workers
  • OR Surgical Technicians
  • Environmental Services Technicians and Supervisors
  • CT Technologist
  • Store Room Clerk

To review a detailed listing of available opportunities, visit our careers page at: www.CharterCARE.org

For inquiries or to submit a resume, please email:
HiringEvents@CharterCARE.org
Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

Total hip and knee replacement program recertified at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Total hip and knee replacement program recertified at Roger Williams

On February 27, Roger Williams Medical Center underwent a successful Joint Commission recertification survey for its total hip and knee replacement program. The surveyor recognized the team for its data-driven program focused on continuous process improvement. The  evaluation  looked  at  the  program’s  compliance  with  The  Joint  Commission’s  rigorous  standards  of  care  including  providing efficient care and preventing the spread of infections as much as possible. The surveyor was also very complimentary of the staff and leadership. She commented that our program set the standard as we have a committed medical staff, highly skilled workforce, and engaged leadership team.

Employees raise more than 1,000 lbs. of food for RI Community Food Bank - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Employees raise more than 1,000 lbs. of food for RI Community Food Bank

Employees from across the CharterCARE system gave back to the community through a recent two-week long food drive,  part of our celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 2014, our employees have donated more than 5,600 lbs. of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This year’s total of 1,072 was our second highest total ever.

Thank you to Rachel Paquin from Human Resources, who again spearheaded the food drive, and to all who donated. In the picture on the right, team members from our affiliate St. Joseph Health Center pose with some of the food they collected.

Dr. Jesus Sosa joins the Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Fatima - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Jesus Sosa joins the Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Fatima

Jesus Sosa, MD, CWS-P, an experienced surgeon certified in Wound Care, has joined the Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Fatima Hospital. For the last five years, Dr. Sosa served as a Wound Care Specialist at the St. Anne’s Center for Wound Healing. He previously held positions with Vohra Wound Physicians and the Steward Physician Network. Dr. Sosa is board-certified by the American Board of Wound Management. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey after receiving his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center.

To contact the Wound Care Center at Fatima, please call 456-3011.
 

Dr. Aleksandra Phillips named Medical Director for Psychiatry Services at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Aleksandra Phillips named Medical Director for Psychiatry Services at Roger Williams

Dr. Aleksandra Phillips has been named Medical Director for Psychiatry Services at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Phillips most recently served as an attending psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital. She has served in a variety of medical director and attending psychiatrist roles at several hospitals over the past 15 years. Dr. Phillips completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a residency in Psychiatry at Tulane School of Medicine.

She completed an Internship in Surgery at the School of Medicine at the University of Belgrade, where she also received her medical degree. Dr. Phillips was also a Research Assistant Professor at Krasnow Institute at George Mason University. She is fluent in several languages.

Nurses recognized as Employees of the Year at CharterCARE hospitals - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Nurses recognized as Employees of the Year at CharterCARE hospitals

Two long-serving nurses -- Sara Sgro, RN, and Antonietta Labbadia, RN -- have been named 2017 Employees of the Year for CharterCARE's hospital affiliates.

Sara, an OR nurse for almost 38 years, has been named the 2017 Roger Williams Medical Center Employee of the Year. She was recognized not only for her excellent nursing skills but for shaping the next generation of nurses as a preceptor, educator, and mentor. Sara is pictured in the middle of the photo on the bottom left with Lisa Kiley, Director of Perioperative Services at Roger Williams, and Demetra Ouellette, Roger Williams’ President.

Antonietta Labbadia, RN, was recognized as the 2017 Fatima Hospital Employee of the Year at a ceremony on January 23. Antonietta is a Registered Nurse in the 2 Center Adult Psych department at Fatima and has been with the hospital since 1988. This is the second year in a row that one of our Behavioral Health team members was named Fatima Employee of the Year (Lead mileu therapist Yvonne Britto was last year’s honoree.) Antonietta is pictured in the center of the photo on the bottom right with Lynn Leahey, RN, Fatima's Chief Nursing Officer, Darlene Kershaw, RN, System Director of Behavioral Health, Rebecca McHoul, RN, clinical nurse manager of 2 Center, and David Kobis, Fatima President.

Both nurses will be recognized later this year along with other honorees from hospitals around the state at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s “Celebration of Excellence”. Congratulations to both of these role models!

CharterCARE, Prospect execs appear on 10 News Conference - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO, and James Bennett, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs for Prospect Medical Holdings, appeared on 10 News Conference to discuss the proposal between Prospect and Brown University to acquire Care New England. In the interview, Holiver also spoke of the many recent quality achievements of CharterCARE and its affiliates including Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.

 

 

Stephanie Silva named CharterCARE Employee of the Year - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Stephanie Silva named CharterCARE Employee of the Year

Stephanie Silva has been named the 2017 Employee of the Year for CharterCARE Health Partners. Stephanie, an employee of the Collections Business Coding Office, is described by co-workers as efficient, knowledgeable, and professional. She is described as doing whatever is necessary to make sure the concerns of physicians, patients, other healthcare entities, and colleagues are addressed fully.

Stephanie is pictured in the middle here with her manager Sherry Hall and John J. Holiver, CharterCARE CEO.

Caregivers talk about what quality care means to them in new commercials - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Caregivers talk about what quality care means to them in new commercials

In new television commercials for CharterCARE Health Partners, caregivers from throughout our system talk about what quality care means to them and how it impacts the lives of the patients they treat. Our hospitals Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and affiliates Southern New England Rehabilitation Center. CharterCARE Home Health Services, Blackstone Valley Surgicare, and St. Joseph Health Center are defined by national quality accreditations and the personal touch that only comes from a committed team.

As one of our team members says in the commercial, we "are proud of the care we provide."

 

 

Roger Williams’ Weight Loss Surgery program reaccredited for three years - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams’ Weight Loss Surgery program reaccredited for three years

The Weight Loss Surgery program at Roger Williams Medical Center has been reaccredited for three years as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  The center has held this accreditation since 2005. More than 3,000 people have had their weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center. The Weight Loss Surgery team at Roger Williams, under the leadership of surgeon Dr. Dieter Pohl, has been performing bariatric surgery for more than 16 years.

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of weight loss surgery centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

“We are pleased to work with MBSAQIP to ensure we are meeting high standards for bariatric surgery,” said Dr. Pohl. “Our continuing accreditation lets patients know we are meeting national goals related to safe and high-quality bariatric surgery.”

Roger Williams provides a host of resources for patients including informational seminars that take place monthly and are also available online, support groups, and continued personal support before and after surgery. To learn more about weight loss surgery at Roger Williams, please visit www.loseweightri.com or call 401-521-6310.

Accreditation by MBSAQIP promotes uniform practices and continued quality improvement for bariatric surgery centers. There are several designation levels of accreditation based on criteria such as available resources, volume of patients, and types of procedures offered. For example, designated comprehensive centers are characterized as having all necessary equipment for complex initial and revisional bariatric surgery procedures on at high volume of patients. Designation as a comprehensive center through MBSAQIP accreditation requires all procedures to be entered in MBSAQIP data registry and an on-site visit every three years.

 

 

John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO, elected chairman of Hospital Association of Rhode Island Board - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO, elected chairman of Hospital Association of Rhode Island Board

John J. Holiver, CharterCARE Health Partners Chief Executive Officer, has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI). Holiver was named Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE in July 2016, having served previously as interim President of Roger Williams Medical Center.

“I look forward to leading the Hospital Association of Rhode Island during this era of change and challenge in our state’s healthcare sector,” said Holiver. “I greatly appreciate the confidence of my fellow CEOs in electing me as the HARI Board Chair and I will do all I can to ensure that the collective interests of Rhode Island’s hospitals are well represented at the state and federal levels.”

Prior to joining Prospect Medical Holdings in 2015 as Chief Integration Officer, Holiver held several executive leadership positions in the Steward Health Care System, New England’s largest community-based hospital network. At Steward, he served as President of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, that system’s flagship hospital, and in the same capacity at both Norwood and Good Samaritan Hospitals. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Manet Community Health System in Massachusetts. Holiver is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In his executive roles, he has had oversight of academic medicine, financial planning and growth, quality improvement, physician recruitment and retention. He also has a special interest and expertise in the hospitality sector, and has applied his knowledge to advancing customer service and patient satisfaction principles and benchmarks in the health care field.

As CEO of CharterCARE, Holiver has helped grow a system that includes two hospitals, a major cancer treatment and research center, a leading behavioral health program, a home health agency and an independent physician association comprised of more than 500 Rhode Island primary care physicians and specialists.

Founded over a half a century ago, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively meeting the health care needs of Rhode Island through advocacy, representation, education and services. HARI ensures the needs and perspective of members are heard and addressed in state and national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and system transformation matters.

Holiver is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and attends events through the local chapter (ACHE-RI).

Vivitrol, an injectable medication used to fight alcohol dependence, now available at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Vivitrol, an injectable medication used to fight alcohol dependence, now available at Roger Williams

Patients at Roger Williams Medical Center who are seeking assistance for alcohol dependence now have another option at their disposal: Vivitrol, a once-monthly injectable medication used in conjunction with psychosocial support to fight alcohol use disorders.

Vivitrol is a non-addictive monthly injection, proven to decrease and prevent potential relapse in some alcohol and opioid dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. While Vivitrol has also been effective for patients addicted to opiates, it will be used initially at Roger Williams’ Addiction Services Center only for those with alcohol dependence. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in April 2006, Vivitrol is an injectable version of an oral medication -- Naltrexone -- which has been used for more than a decade.

“Vivitrol works by blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol in the brain, and reducing cravings in most cases,” said Dr. Alex Etienne, Medical Director.  “Effective Medication Assisted Treatment programs should provide both counseling support and medication. Vivitrol gives our physicians and patients a larger menu of medications to choose from."

At the Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams, patients considering Vivitrol will start with an intake with a clinician for an overall clinical assessment and treatment planning recommendations.  Patients will complete lab work, meet with our physician for screening and ongoing monitoring, and work with our case manager to complete necessary insurance and prescription paperwork.

If you think you may be a candidate for Vivitrol, please call our Addiction Services Center at (401) 456-2362.

The Addiction Services Center is located on the Roger Williams Medical Center campus at 877 Chalkstone Ave. in Providence. Our integrated outpatient program is designed for people who need a structured support system to achieve early recovery from addiction. The Addiction Services Center is staffed by a multi-disciplinary treatment team including physicians, nurses, and clinicians. We offer a full continuum of services including comprehensive assessment and evaluation, a Partial Hospitalization Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program, individual counseling, an early recovery group, medication assisted treatment, and case management.

Southern New England Rehabilitation Center re-accredited for three years by CARF - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Southern New England Rehabilitation Center re-accredited for three years by CARF

Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC) has been re-accredited for three years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international accrediting body focused on helping organizations measure and improve the quality of their inpatient rehabilitation programs and services. This accreditation recognizes SNERC’s success in delivering high-caliber patient-centered care and validates the organization’s drive to meet and exceed nationally and internationally accepted standards of care. SNERC is one of only three CARF-accredited rehabilitation programs in Rhode Island.

SNERC was re-accredited through January 31, 2021 for its Stroke Specialty Rehabilitation, as well as Inpatient Rehabilitation for adults, children and adolescents. The CARF surveyors noted that SNERC “employs strong and dedicated staff members who are tenured. The staff members are innovative and remain current in evidence-based practice.” The surveyors also recognized strong supportive leadership and a commitment to outreach in the community.

“This achievement is an indication of SNERC’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for our patients,” said David Kobis, President of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, which is home to SNERC’s inpatient rehabilitation program. “We are proud to be recognized for quality by CARF, which is considered the premiere accrediting body for rehabilitation programs.”

Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services in a number of areas including medical rehabilitation. CARF-accredited service providers are recognized for their commitment to excellence.

This year, SNERC is celebrating its 30th year of delivering comprehensive rehabilitation services. The Center’s skilled staff of professionals -- led by medical director Khin Sein Yin, MD -- provide a full range of coordinated rehabilitation care. SNERC’s 24-bed inpatient center offers rehabilitation programs for people who have experienced serious injury or illness that limits their abilities to function in everyday settings. The Center’s clinical staff maintains academic affiliations to help train future rehabilitation professionals.


Additionally, SNERC and its team members support educational events with community organizations, including the American Stroke Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Brain Injury Association of RI and the Arthritis Foundation, and host support groups.

To learn more, visit www.snerc.com

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In January 2018, two programs in the CharterCARE Health Partners’ system – Southern New England Rehabilitation Center at Fatima Hospital and the Weight Loss Surgery program at Roger Williams Medical Center – received notice of three years of continued accreditation. The Weight Loss Surgery program was reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Southern New England Rehabilitation Center received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for Stroke Specialty Rehabilitation, as well as Inpatient Rehabilitation for adults, children and adolescents.

These two programs join with dozens of others in our system that have received accreditations, certifications, and awards from the country’s leading quality organizations over the past two years. Among those recognitions:

CharterCARE Health Partners

  • Roger Williams Medical Center, Fatima Hospital, and CharterCARE Provider Group were the first institutions in Rhode Island to be certified as Level of Care 1 Facilities for treating overdose and opioid use disorders. The des­ignation was granted by the Department of Health, along with the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Develop­mental Disabilities, and Hospitals.
  • CharterCARE Home Health Services was re-accredited by The Joint Commission.
  • CharterCARE Provider Group RI, the independent practice association affiliated with CharterCARE, was awarded Elite Status on the CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey of 2016.
  • CharterCARE’s two hospitals were ranked among the top three in ranking of shortest ED waiting times in Rhode Island, per GoLocalProv.
  • In the May 2017 issue of Rhode Island Monthly, a total of 26 physicians from CharterCARE were recognized as “Top Docs”.

Roger Williams Medical Center

  • The Weight Loss Surgery program at Roger Williams was reaccredited for three years as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
  • Joint Commission re-accreditation for Roger Williams Medical Center
  • Successful Joint Commission recertification for the total hip and knee replacement program
  • Hematology/Oncology Division recertification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative
  • Joint Commission re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center program
  • Blood Bank reaccreditation from the American Association of Blood Banks and the College of American Pathologists
  • Full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for the Roger Williams’ Breast Health Program
  • Recertification from The Joint Commission for Advanced Palliative Care
  • A successful MRI and CT scan site validation survey from the American College of Radiology
  • Roger Williams was one of the only three hospitals in Rhode Island to receive an “A” ranking in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that evaluates the safety and quality performance of U.S. hospitals.
  • The Cancer Center was recognized at the American Cancer Society’s 3rd Annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast for receiving the Commission on Cancer’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”.
  • Roger Williams was named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island for hip, knee, and spine surgery for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patients results in these specialties.
  • The Blood and Marrow Transplant program was awarded renewed accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE International Standards for the full scope of bone marrow transplant programming.
  • The Orthopaedics Program was designated by the American Orthopaedic Association as a Star Performer in its National Own the Bone quality campaign.
  • Roger Williams’ Bariatric Surgery Center received re-certification from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island as a Center of Excellence. 
  • Roger Williams’ Behavioral Health program underwent a successful state recertification survey.

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

  • Southern New England Rehabilitation Center received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for three years for Stroke Specialty Rehabilitation, as well as Inpatient Rehabilitation for adults, children and adolescents.
  • Two year re-certification from The Joint Commission for Total Hip and Total Knee Disease Specific Programs
  • A successful Joint Commission survey and re-accreditation for spine surgery programs
  • Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission
  • Successful accreditation survey from the College of American Pathol­ogists for the Fatima laboratory
  • Accreditation from the American College of Radiology for the main ultrasound and vascular laboratory for the following services: Obstetrical (first trimester only), Gynecological, (General) and Vascular.
  • A successful Mammography Quality Standards Act visit from the Rhode Island Department of Health for the Department of Radiology
  • Fatima Hospital was the recipient of the 2017 Edward J. Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s “Celebration of Excellence”
  • Fatima Hospital’s Behavioral Health program underwent a successful state recertification survey.
  • Fatima was named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island for hip, knee, and spine surgery for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in these specialties.

St. Joseph Health Center

  • NYU Lutheran program in pediatric dentistry at St. Joseph Health Center re-accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
3D mammography now available at both CharterCARE hospitals - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Women who undergo routine mammograms at both Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them -- 3D mammography. Both affiliated hospitals of CharterCARE Health Partners are now offering 3D Mammography exams. These exams utilize advanced breast tomosynthesis technology clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

The technology was developed by Hologic, Inc., which touts its “Genius 3D Mammography” exams as offering superior clinical performance proven to benefit women of all breast densities, as compared to 2D mammography.

“We are excited to add this advanced technology to improve detection and treatment of breast cancer,” said John J. Holiver, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “Our health system is home to some of the most advanced cancer services in the region and 3D mammography is the latest tool we will now utilize to fight breast cancer.”

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

Researchers have found that:

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.3
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.1-2
  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.2,4

CharterCARE’s hospitals combine to offer a complete range of diagnostic, surgical, and treatment options for breast cancer. In 2016, the Breast Health Program at Roger Williams received full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Accreditation is granted only to those centers that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of performance and compliance with 28 evidence-based standards of care covering 17 components of care. The program is led by surgeon Dr. R. James Koness, Director, Breast Health Program.

Fatima Hospital is home to a dedicated breast care program at the Alice C. Viola Breast Care Center. Our philosophy is simple: provide access to experts utilizing the latest technology so you get all the support you need under one roof. That support extends well beyond any medical care you may receive; our team is known for its compassionate delivery of care, focused on each patient’s individual needs and preferences.

To arrange for a mammography at Roger Williams, call 401-456-5701. For the same service at Fatima Hospital, please call 401-456-3507.

Pictured below on the left with the new mammography equipment at Roger Williams are staffers Jill Colando RT(R)(CT)(M) and Lee Papa, RT (R).

In the picture on the right, Fatima staffers Elizabeth Bertrand, Christina Deery, RT (R) (M) (CT), and Margaret Holt, RT (R) (M) are pictured with the new mammography equipment at their hospital.

Brown University, Prospect announce agreement on joint proposal regarding Care New England - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Brown University, Prospect announce agreement on joint proposal regarding Care New England

Prospect Medical Holdings, the corporate parent of CharterCARE Health Partners, and Brown University today announced that they have agreed on a joint proposal to acquire Care New England. Prospect looks forward to working collaboratively with the University, physicians, elected officials and the community to help ensure all Rhode Islanders continue to have access to high quality, locally directed healthcare. The significant investments Prospect has made in our facilities, technology, and people in Rhode Island  - more than $70 million in capital over the last three years - reflect our strong continued commitment to the state and its healthcare system. 

Video shines a light on resurgent Fatima Hospital—modern, quality-driven and patient-centered - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Video shines a light on resurgent Fatima Hospital—modern, quality-driven and patient-centered

What would you call a community hospital that is nationally ranked for quality, equipped with the latest medical technology, staffed by specialized physicians, compassionate nurses and that is conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood well outside of crowded city streets?

We call it Fatima Hospital. To learn more about our programs, people, and mission, watch the video enbedded below.

New video focuses on quality care delivered with a personal touch at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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When you’re looking for a hospital, you want great quality care delivered with a personal touch. You want experienced and compassionate physicians, nurses and support staff working together, focused on you. You want cutting edge technology. You want a team fully invested in seeing you regain your health.

You want a place like Roger Williams Medical Center.

To learn more about the programs and mission of Roger Williams Medical Center, watch this video.

CharterCARE, PACE announce community physician partnership - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE, PACE announce community physician partnership

PACE Organization of Rhode Island (PACE®) announced it has signed a contract with members of CharterCARE Health Partners through the PACE Community Based Primary Care Physician (CBPCP) program.

PACE is a unique health plan that cares for adults age 55 and older with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, van drivers and more. For twelve years, this model has served thousands of families throughout Rhode Island who have made the change over to comprehensive team-based care for loved ones who want to age with dignity in their homes. Traditionally this model requires patients to transition from their existing primary care provider to a PACE provider. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CBPCP program now allows community based physicians to contract with PACE programs to maintain their PACE patients.

Through this new program, PACE is partnering with select physicians in CharterCARE Health Partners, which includes Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. These physicians, Dr. John Stoukides, Dr. Rebecca Brown, Dr. Keya Malhotra, and Dr. Kristine Mortel, will work with the team at PACE to provide wrap-around care for eligible older adults. This partnership will extend awareness of PACE to patients who are eligible, and committed to keeping these doctors as their primary care providers.

“This is an innovative next step in the PACE model,” stated PACE CEO Joan Kwiatkowski. “This program is designed to put our participants health, wellbeing, and medical wishes at the core of all we do. When an enrollee has a strong relationship with their primary care provider, we want to respect and build on that relationship – and now thanks to this new program, and these pioneering doctors at CharterCARE Health Partners – we can spread the message and the benefits of PACE to many more older adults who need the help PACE can provide.”

“We are pleased that our physicians are now direct partners with PACE,” said CharterCARE CEO John Holiver. “These doctors understand that for many older, chronically ill adults there are a multitude of needs that must be met to be successful in achieving health care goals. This program allows our doctors to work closely with PACE providers and enhance their efforts at creative, quality care for older Rhode Islanders.”

Prospect delivers on promise with $70 million of investments in Rhode Island - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Prospect delivers on promise with $70 million of investments in Rhode Island

Three years ago, Prospect Medical Holdings came to Rhode Island vowing to invest in CharterCARE Health Partners and its affiliates Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. In that time, Prospect has invested $70 million in our facilities, technology, and people, delivering on its promise to CharterCARE and Rhode Islanders.  

Hear from elected officials, local business leaders, and our team members about how these investments are improving patient care, saving jobs, and stimulating the economy in our state.

Prominent businesswoman, community stalwart makes recovery from stroke her mission - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Prominent businesswoman, community stalwart makes recovery from stroke her mission

Armeather Gibbs is well-known in Rhode Island, both for her passion for community empowerment and her career in banking, non-profits, and government. She felt like nothing could slow her down until suffering a stroke in 2016.

Armeather says a stroke “was the furthest thing from my mind” that day in November, but recalls she didn’t feel like herself. The next day, during a visit to a shoe store, her left foot felt odd. When she returned home, she felt no pain but while walking, realized she was unintentionally leaning against a wall for balance. It was later, while typing at the computer, that she realized something was wrong. The words on the screen were jumbled; one of her hands was not working correctly as she typed.

Her son called the rescue and tests showed she had suffered a mild stroke. While in the hospital, she was hit with a second stroke. After a one week hospital stay, she was given a choice of facilities for inpatient rehabilitation. She chose Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC), primarily because it was closest to her home in Providence. This random choice turned out to be an important one for Armeather and her recovery. She describes the care she received at SNERC as “extremely great.”

“It was the best decision I could have made,” she says. “I lived here for two months.”

When she first arrived at SNERC, she couldn’t walk and was essentially confined to her bed. With the guidance of SNERC’s staff, she was determined to get better. “They were great at explaining everything, including what the expectations were,” says Armeather. “It was the personal touch of the staff that really made the difference.”

Following her discharge, Armeather transitioned to eight months of outpatient therapy at SNERC’s office on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. Today, Armeather is walking with a cane and occasionally using an assistive device like a walker for longer trips. While she still has goals to improve the movement in her left arm and leg, she sees herself as being miles ahead of where she was following her stroke.

At the holiday party that SNERC hosts every December for members of its stroke support group, Armeather recalls that she was here as an inpatient last year. She said the support group is helpful in terms of information and resources shared. “I still come,” Armeather says. “It motivates you and you get to see how others have recuperated.”

Armeather also has high praise for her family and friends who helped her. This past summer, her friends coaxed her into joining them on their annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Armeather, who always looks to contribute, was upset that she couldn’t help pack the car or be part of the other preparations for the trip. In the end, she had a great time and was pleased to be at a point in her recovery where she could travel and enjoy a vacation.

She looks forward to the next steps in her journey and says her recovery has taught her a valuable lesson. “A stroke is life changing in so many ways but you learn about all the things you took for granted before. That’s an important lesson to carry.”

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All stroke rehabilitation is not created equal. Therapists who want to become preeminent stroke clinicians can seek the nationally-recognized designation of Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS). Patients who come to Southern New England Rehabilitation Center for stroke rehabilitation can feel good knowing we have six therapists who are CSRS-certified.

To be recognized as a CSRS, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants must complete 32 hours of evidence-based instruction that includes a rigorous set of courses and hands-on training that culminates with a written exam. The training and examination is delivered by the National Stroke Association.

Our Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists, pictured from left to right, are Keri Kinniburgh, COTA, CSRS, Robert Delong, DPT, CSRS, Lori Currier, PT, CSRS, Colleen Fitzsimmons, MS, PT,CSRS, Cristina Fletcher, COTA, CSRS, and Darrick Tow, PTA, CSRS.

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Louis Greico is used to a fast-paced lifestyle. A typical day for Louis might include working on a video project during the day and then serving as the doorman at a local nightclub at night. In August 2017, he encountered an obstacle he never expected – a stroke that first hit while he was shopping at Walmart. “My leg started moving funny,” Louis recalls. “Then I drove to the gas station and my speech became a problem. I took an aspirin and the rescue took me to Fatima Hospital.”

His issues worsened as he suffered a second stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body. It was only a matter of days, however, before Louis went back to work – now as an inpatient at Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC) at Fatima. His full-time job for the next two months was to rehabilitate his body and mind from the effects of the stroke.

“These are the best therapists in the world,” he said. “They would never let me say the word ‘can’t’. They just wouldn’t allow it.”

In October, Louis continued his rehabilitation journey at SNERC’s outpatient facility on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. He also received therapy and services from CharterCARE Home Health for eight weeks. He describes the home care he had as a “great experience.”

Louis said his mission since his stroke has been to “retrain my brain.” He can raise his left arm and is able to move his left leg as well. He is growing impatient with his left ankle, however, as it is not recovering as quickly as the rest of his leg. “When I get the use of my ankle back, I’m going to start doing jumping jacks,” he says.

He has nothing but glowing reviews for the team of therapists at SNERC. “The one that taught me how to dress, really taught me everything is Jennifer Cote (OTR/L),” said Louis. “It was impossible for me to get depressed during my recovery because she has such a positive attitude.”

Louis, who lives in Johnston, also singles out Darrick Tow, PTA, CSRS, who he says “taught him to walk again.” Louis now uses a cane for short distances with the occasional use of a walker or wheelchair for longer distances. At the annual holiday party that SNERC holds every December for members of its stroke support group, Louis made sure to get a photo with Jennifer and Darrick. (The three of them are pictured below.)

The outgoing, gregarious Louis closes the interview with a thank you to the speech therapists who worked with him. He estimates his speech is 80% of what it was pre-stroke. “I appreciate what they’ve done,” he said. “Anyone that knows me, knows I live to tell stories. I can do that again now.”

Roger Williams’ medical residents win “Medical Jeopardy” competition - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams’ medical residents win “Medical Jeopardy” competition

Three residents from Roger Williams Medical Center were victorious in the American College of Physician’s Rhode Island Chapter’s Medical Jeopardy Competition. The event, also known as “Doctor’s Dilemma”, took place on November 20 and pitted teams of medical residents from five program including Roger Williams, Memorial, Kent, and Rhode Island Hospital, which had two teams.

The competition tests the medical knowledge of each team. The members of the winning Roger Williams’ team (pictured here from left to right) are Mansour Gergi, MD, Nandini Ramaswamy, MD,and Jai Lal, MD.

The Roger Williams’ team will now go on to represent Rhode Island at the 2018 ACP Doctor’s Dilemma Competition, which takes place in New Orleans in April 2018. At the national conference, they will face 49 teams of residents, one from each state.

Congratulations to this team from our Internal Medicine residency programs, which are managed by interim director Dr. Vincent Armenio, Chairman of Medicine at Roger Williams.

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Dr. Peter DeBlasio Jr., Dr. Ira Singer and Dr. Joseph “Jody” Meharg  were presented with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for their many contributions at the annual CharterCARE Health Partners’ Medical Staff physician reception on December 11.

Each year, the medical staffs of CharterCARE’s two hospitals -- Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital -- recognize physicians who have served with distinction for more than 20 years.

Dr. Peter DeBlasio Jr. is an ophthalmologist who has been on staff at Fatima Hospital for more than 35 years. He has served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Fatima and Director of the Ophthalmic Diabetes Clinic since 1990. He has served on numerous boards and committees at Fatima including service as president of the medical staff. Dr. DeBlasio completed a Glaucoma Fellowship from Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. DeBlasio received his medical degree from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and completed his clinical training at the Brown University Program in Medicine.

Dr. DeBlasio is a member of several professional societies and is Past President of the Rhode Island Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Outside of the medical profession, he is well known for his musicianship and practice of the art of Tai Chi.

Dr. Ira Singer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. Dr. Singer earned his medical degree from George Washington University and went on to serve as Chief Resident in Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a Reconstructive Knee and Arthroscopic Surgery Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He has been on staff at Roger Williams since 1996.

Dr. Jody Meharg is the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Roger Williams Medical Center.received his medical degree from Albany Mediccal College, where he also completed his residency. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine through Brown University. He has been on staff at Roger Williams since 1991 and has been named “Teacher of the Year” 13 times in the Internal Medicine Residency Teaching Program at Roger Williams.

Pictured in the photo on the left (from left to right) are: John Holiver, CEO, CharterCARE; Dr. Singer; medical staff president Dr. Andrea Doyle; Dr. Meharg; and Demetra Ouellette, Roger Williams Medical Center President.

Pictured in the photo at the right (from left to right) are: John Holiver, CEO, CharterCARE Health Care; Dr. Joseph Mazza, medical staff president; Dr. DeBlasio; and David Kobis, President of Fatima Hospital.

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For 35 years, St. Joseph Health Center has been hosting an annual Christmas party for children who have received medical and dental care at the health center. This year’s party took place on December 8, 2017. The event consists of refreshments, entertainment, crafts, and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while receiving a Christmas gift. The children are also encouraged to read through the gift of a book of their choice.

Each year, approximately 350-400 children attend the Christmas party and receive gifts ranging from a bicycle or basketball to a doll set or toy truck. The CharterCARE Foundation sponsors the event and obtaining gifts from local business and individual supporters interested in brightening a child’s Christmas.  Donations to the holiday party are tax deductible, as The Foundation is an independent, 501©3 community foundation and is not affiliated with Prospect Chartercare LLC, its partners or affiliates. Staff from the Health Center volunteer their time to decorate, along with sorting, wrapping and distributing gifts.

The health center, a CharterCARE affiliate, is located in South Providence and provides comprehensive care to children, adults and families through a network of primary care and specialty clinics. It is home to nearly 100,000 patient visits each year.

Home Health, Southern NE Rehab now offering VitalStim Therapy for dysphagia - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Home Health, Southern NE Rehab now offering VitalStim Therapy for dysphagia

CharterCARE Home Health and Southern New England Rehabilitation Center are now offering VitalStim Therapy, a safe and effective treatment for patients with difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia. The VitalStim Therapy System is a non-invasive therapy using electrodes placed on the swallowing musculature to administer Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). This FDA-cleared treatment approach successfully combines NMES and traditional dysphagia techniques. VitalStim increases muscle strength, accelerates cortical reorganization and increases the effectiveness of traditional swallowing exercise therapy.

Patients participating in VitalStim treatment often have dysphagia due to stroke, brain injury, or neurological diseases. This therapy is now available through Home Health, inpatient acute rehabilitation, and outpatient sites. To learn more, contact Jessica at 456-6756.

Patient loses an amazing 176 lbs. following weight loss surgery - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Patient loses an amazing 176 lbs. following weight loss surgery

Michelle Coyle was initially hesitant about weight loss surgery, even though she was having problems with everyday acts of living like climbing stairs at work. After a variety of weight loss solutions didn't produce the desired results, Michelle decided that weight loss surgery was the answer for her. The resulting 176 lb. loss has brought her a new perspective and lease on life. "The first year was amazing," recalls Michelle. "It was the new me."

To learn more about Michelle's story, click on the video below. If you're considering weight loss surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center, visit www.loseweightri.com

Ana Poucochinho named Director of the St. Joseph Health Center - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Ana Poucochinho named Director of the St. Joseph Health Center

Ana Poucochinho has been named Director of the St. Joseph Health Center. She brings 20 years of clinical and administrative experience to this position. She joins the Health Center from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she served as Director of Financial Clearance. Previously, she served as a Vice President of Admissions for Vibra Healthcare supporting their Hospital Division, Rehab Hospital & Outpatient facilities. She has held a variety of nursing, marketing, and admissions positions during her career.

Ana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Curry College and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. She is fluent in Portuguese.

Dr. Jason Boulware named site director of Emergency Medicine at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Jason Boulware named site director of Emergency Medicine at Roger Williams

Jason Boulware, DO, has been named site director of Emergency Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Boulware, who received his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, has practiced in the Emergency Departments of both CharterCARE-affiliated hospitals -- Roger Williams and Fatima Hospital -- since 2012. He has also more recently practiced in the Emergency Department of the VA Medical Center in Providence.

Dr. Boulware completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital and Regional Trauma Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Montclair State University. Dr. Boulware holds memberships or is certified by a number of professional organizations including the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Susan Benfeito, JD, named Vice President, Quality for CharterCARE - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Susan Benfeito, JD, named Vice President, Quality for CharterCARE

Susan Benfeito, JD, has been named Vice President, Quality for CharterCARE Health Partners. In this position, she is responsible for all quality, risk, and patient experience initiatives in the CharterCARE system. Susan has senior-level experience in regulatory compliance, risk management, quality assurance initiatives, and the implementation of hospital-wide strategies to improve patient safety and patient satisfaction. She most recently served as Director, Quality, Regulation, Accreditation, Risk, and Patient Safety at Norwood Hospital. Susan previously held management positions at Norwood and Bradley Hospitals and worked in private practice as an attorney.

She is admitted to both the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bar and is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management and has served on the Rhode Island Bar Journal Editorial Board. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Roger Williams University School of Law.

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Interested in joining our health system? Join us at one of our upcoming December hiring events!

Dr. Jason Kerzer, Primary Care/Family Medicine physician, now accepting patients at Cranston office - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Jason Kerzer, Primary Care/Family Medicine physician, now accepting patients at Cranston office

Dr. Jason Kerzer became a primary care physician to help patients manage – and prevent when possible – chronic diseases. At a time when doctors feel squeezed on how much time they spend with a patient, he sees it as an investment in their future health.

“There is always time to discuss prevention; it really is the essence of primary care,” said Dr. Kerzer, who recently joined the CharterCARE Health Partners primary care practice at 1500 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. “When you help people manage chronic disease, you can increase both their longevity and quality of life.”

CharterCARE, the parent company of Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, provides the office at 1500 Pontiac Avenue with a rotating group of physicians in specialties like dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, podiatry, urology, cardiology, ENT, hematology, nephrology, and surgery. This is not only a great convenience for patients; it gives Dr. Kerzer and his colleagues another opportunity to better manage diseases, this time in consultation with experienced specialists.

“The trend today is to prevent diseases, rather than just treat them,” he said.

There is an added bonus to the practice Dr. Kerzer is joining in Cranston: the opportunity to work alongside his father Dr. David Kerzer. The elder Dr. Kerzer encouraged his son to choose his own career path but he was undoubtedly an influence. “I get a lot out of what I’m doing and I think Jason saw that,” said Dr. Kerzer. “He saw the relationships I built with patients, some of whom I’ve been treating for 30 years. Those relationships are incredibly important to me and make what I do very meaningful.”

A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the younger Dr. Kerzer completed his medical residency at Suburban Community Hospital in Norristown, PA. He recently moved back to his home state of Rhode Island.

“I grew up in this practice,” said Dr. Kerzer. “I see how my father carries himself as a physician and what his patients mean to him. It gives me something to strive for as a professional.”

Dr. Kerzer is accepting new patients as he builds his family medicine practice. “I look forward to working with patients in managing their health and preventing chronic disease,” he said.

To make an appointment with Dr. Kerzer, please call 944-4300.

Dr. Ganary Dabiri joins CharterCARE, is accepting new Dermatology, Wound Healing patients - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Ganary Dabiri joins CharterCARE, is accepting new Dermatology, Wound Healing patients

Board-certified dermatologist Ganary Dabiri, MD, PhD, has joined CharterCARE Medical Associates and is now seeing patients in Providence, Lincoln, Johnston, Cranston, and North Providence. She is the Associate Program Director for CharterCARE Medical Associates and Director of the Dermatology Wound Healing Clinic at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Dabiri is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Dabiri completed her residency at Roger Williams Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident in Dermatology in her final year. She also completed a Wound Healing Fellowship at Roger Williams. Dr. Dabiri completed medical school at Albany Medical College, where she also received her Ph.D. and master’s degree in Cell Biology and Cancer Research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida International University.

A member of the American Academy of Dermatology, The Rhode Island Dermatology Society, the New England Dermatology Society, and the American Medical Association, Dr. Dabiri has numerous research publications and presentations to her credit.

She is available for appointments in the following CharterCARE Medical Associates offices:

  • 652 George Washington Highway, 2nd floor
    Lincoln, Rhode Island
    401-305-3055
     
  • 1500 Pontiac Avenue
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    401-490-2626
  • 1524 Atwood Avenue, Suite 345
    Johnston, Rhode Island
    401-228-3316
  • Roger Williams Medical Center
    50 Maude Street, 4th Floor
    Providence, Rhode Island
    401-456-5793
     
  • Fatima Hospital Wound Care Clinic
    200 High Service Avenue               
    North Providence, RI
    401-456-3011
    *starting in January
CharterCARE “Career Hiring Event” taking place on October 26 - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE “Career Hiring Event” taking place on October 26

Looking for a great career in health care? Join our team!

CharterCARE Health Partners is hosting a “Career Hiring Event” on Thursday, October 26 from 1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms Street in Providence. We are currently seeking nursing, allied health, service, trade and professional staff for positions at our affiliates throughout CharterCARE – Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, St. Joseph Health Center, CharterCARE Medical Associates and Blackstone Valley Surgical Center.

If you come to this event, please check in at the front desk and you will be directed to our location. Candidates must bring a resume to the event to be considered for a position.

At CharterCARE Health Partners we are on the leading edge of health care and committed to providing our employees with all the tools and resources needed to help them succeed. We offer competitive salary and benefits. For more information and to apply online, please visit: http://www.CharterCAREHiringEvent.org

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Construction impacting Emergency Department, surgery at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Construction impacting Emergency Department, surgery at Roger Williams

Major construction will begin on the new Emergency Department addition at Roger Williams Medical Center on Monday, October 16.  Effective that date, the current Emergency Department entrance will be closed and fenced in for construction. If you are coming to Roger Williams for surgery or to utilize the Emergency Department, you can enter the hospital at the East Entrance (also known as the Ambulatory Surgery Entrance).

Extra security will be available to guide visitors in regards to both entering and parking at the hospital. There are also 12 new dedicated patient/visitor parking spots near the East Entrance for patients and visitors only.

To help alleviate issues related to parking, a valet service will be available starting October 16.  Valet parking service will be available for patients and staff and will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parking attendant will be located at the main entrance of the hospital.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while these important renovations take place at Roger Williams.

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On October 3, 2017, Roger Williams Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate an Emergency Department renovation that will improve care for patients with emergency needs, including those with behavioral health issues. The project will renovate the existing Roger Williams’ Emergency Department space by building an addition of approximately 12,000 SF to accommodate increased patient bay sizes and an expanded behavioral health program.

The new addition will provide 28 private patient treatment bays including six behavioral health beds, a bariatric treatment bay, two procedure rooms and a trauma room alongside typical state-of-the-art treatment bays and exam space. Substantial renovations will occur in the existing portion of the Emergency Department to further provide for a separate behavioral health tract. The existing Emergency Department will remain operational during construction. Upon completion of the project, there will be improved patient parking and a covered patient drop-off along with increased support space and modernized fixtures, furniture and equipment.  

“Throughout our health system, we continue to make investments to improve the care we deliver to the community,” said John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. “We pride ourselves on speedy and appropriate emergency care, which will be enhanced greatly by this renovation at Roger Williams.”

Holiver also noted the significant economic boost this 18-month project will bring to the construction, trade and affiliated industries. The project was designed by Robinson Green and Beretta (RGB) Architects and is being constructed by Gilbane.

Pictured here at the groundbreaking (from left to right) are Cheryl Dunnington, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; Dr. Vincent Armenio, Chairman of Medicine; Demetra Ouellette, President, Roger Willams; Dr. Sheri Smith, Chair of the Roger Williams’ board; John Holiver, Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE; Edwin Santos, Chair of the CharterCARE board; Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Chairman of Surgery, and Candace Wray, RN, clinical nurse manager of the Roger Williams’ Emergency Department.

Roger Williams recertified as Primary Stroke Center - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams recertified as Primary Stroke Center

Roger Williams Medical Center was recertified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center program on September 18. Roger Williams first received this stroke designation in 2011. Certification is based on the evaluation of standards, implementation of clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities. Primary Stroke Centers that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period.

Experience, technology make Roger Williams a leader in Gastroenterology care - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Experience, technology make Roger Williams a leader in Gastroenterology care

For decades, Roger Williams Medical Center has been a leader in the delivery of great Gastroenterology care. We combine highly experienced physicians with the latest technology and a staff that includes more nurses certified in Gastroenterology than any other hospital in the state. Learn what makes the Roger Williams' Gastroenterology team so special here: http://www.rwmc.org/services/gastroenterology
 

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New video offers introduction to innovative cancer care for older cancer patients

We all want our loved ones to receive the best in care, with a goal of enhanced quality of life and more years together. Roger Williams Cancer Center is the only place in Rhode Island with a Geriatric Oncology Program that delivers coordinated high quality care specifically designed for older cancer patients.

To learn more about this innovative program known as COPE (Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders), visit http://www.weknowcancer.org/programs/geriatric-oncology

 

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In new video, BMT patients thankful for the gift of time

Hear from patients who were cared for on the state's only Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit as they talk about the most precious gift they received: time.

Since 1994, hundreds of cancer patients from throughout the region have come to Roger Williams Medical Center, home to Rhode Island's only Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program. In this comprehensive transplant center, autologous, allogeneic (related and unrelated) and cord blood transplantation services are offered. To learn more, visit http://www.weknowcancer.org/programs/blood-and-marrow-transplantation

 

Fatima’s team tells the story of high quality care, delivered with a personal touch - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima’s team tells the story of high quality care, delivered with a personal touch

Hear first-hand from Fatima Hospital's team of dedicated caregivers about the high quality care available from our operatings rooms and emergency department to leading edge programs in behavioral health and cardiac care.

 

 

Khin Sein Yin, MD, named Medical Director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Khin Sein Yin, MD, named Medical Director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center

Khin Sein Yin, MD, has been named Medical Director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center (SNERC). Dr. Yin joined SNERC in May as Associate Medical Director. In addition to treating inpatients, Dr. Yin leads an outpatient clinic for pain management and conditions including spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

She most recently served as Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. She was Fellowship trained in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at University of Washington/Puget Sound VA Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Yin completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Loyola University Medical Center/Edward Hines VA Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Burmese Medical Association of North America.

Dr. Jon Mukand, SNERC’s longtime medical director, will now serve as Consulting Director and provide coverage support for Dr. Yin as he focuses on teaching and consulting opportunities.

Roger Williams first to utilize new FDA approved approach to weight loss - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams first to utilize new FDA approved approach to weight loss

In August, Roger Williams Medical Center became the first hospital in Rhode Island to utilize ReShape, a new FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The procedure was performed at Roger Williams by Dr. Nabil Toubia, a gastroenterologist with specific training in the ReShape procedure.
 
With ReShape, two connected balloons filled with saline are placed temporarily inside the patient’s stomach. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while the patient is comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. An endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for six months. When filled with saline, the balloons help patients lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach, so there is less space for food. After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure. ReShape is another weight loss tool now offered at Roger Williams, which has been home to more than 3,000 weight loss surgeries since 2005.

To learn more or see if you qualify for the ReShape procedure, please call 456-2309.

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Roger Williams posts successful MRI, CT scan validation survey

On August 16, Roger Williams Medical Center had a successful MRI and CT scan site validation survey from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, the ACR is required to validate compliance with accreditation requirements on advanced diagnostic imaging service facilities. The surveyor who visited Roger Williams said, “All of the information was well organized and impeccable, one of the best I have seen.”

Cancer Center hosting Oct. 25 event on living and eating well after treatment - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Cancer Center hosting Oct. 25 event on living and eating well after treatment

The Roger Williams Cancer Center is hosting an event called “Living & Eating Well After Cancer Treatment” on Wednesday, October 25 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. This presentation and discussion, led by Samantha Mossman, RD, LDN , and Elizabeth Angell, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C,  focuses on living well after cancer treatment.

Topics include coping with emotions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Cancer Center is located on the 2nd floor at 50 Maude St. in Providence. Please RSVP to samantha.mossman@chartercare.org or by calling 456-6513. Light refreshments will be provided.

Annual SNERC conference on September 27 focused on Brain Injury Rehabilitation - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Annual SNERC conference on September 27 focused on Brain Injury Rehabilitation

“Brain Injury Rehabilitation” is the subject of the 24th Annual Professional Development Conference sponsored by the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This annual conference provides a professional forum for discussing complex therapeutic issues in rehabilitation.

This year’s focus will be on the challenges of brain injury rehabilitation. The conference is intended for physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, case managers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and others who work in a rehabilitation setting. Continuing education credits and hours are available.

To register, please call 401-456-2543 or email lethier@chartercare.org for more information.

Keynote speakers and their topics are:

Thomas J. Guilmette, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Director of Neuropsychology,SNERC, Professor of Psychology, Providence College

  • Topic: Assessment and Management of Impaired Self-Awareness in Brain Injury

Gaurav Jindal, MD, Rhode Island Medical Imaging

  • Topic: Imaging of traumatic brain injury

Mel B. Glenn, MD, Chief, Brain Injury Division, Department of Physical Medicine &Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School

  • Topic: Psychopharmacology After Brain Injury

Workshop presenters and their topics are:

Richard Muto, Education/Resource Center Manager & Doreen Grasso, Youth Sports Concussion Program Coordinator,Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island

  • Topic: Psycho-Socio Aspects of Adjusting to Living with a Disability

Jessica Garvey, PT, CRCS, Rehab Supervisor, CharterCARE Home Health Services

  • Topic: Vestibular Rehabilitation for Central Nervous System Impairment

Kathleen Crosskill, M.S., CCC-SLP, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Topic: Interdisciplinary Treatment of Disorders of Consciousness

Patricia McGee, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, New England Institute of Technology, Occupational Therapy Consultant, State of Rhode Island

Topic: Visual Perceptual Deficits

“We are pleased to once again share the latest information on rehabilitative care with our colleagues from the region,” said Dr. Jon Mukand, Medical Director of the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center at Fatima Hospital. “The care of these patients can be challenging, and we are glad to have an impressive roster of presenters.”

The Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, an affiliate of CharterCARE Health Partners, is fully licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health and accredited by both CARF and TJC.  The Center, which maintains academic affiliations with Boston University, Brown University and Tufts University, is located on the campus of Fatima Hospital in North Providence.

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If you are a participant in the St. Joseph Health Services of RI pension plan and have questions about the recent court filing, please call 401-865-6249 to contact the Receiver and his representatives directly. Here is the website page where the receiver is posting information: http://dbslawfirm.com/receivership/st-josephs-health-services-of-rhode-island-retirement-plan You can also send questions or concerns to the Receiver via email at stjosephretirementplan@dbslawfirm.com.

Fatima spine surgery program certified - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima spine surgery program certified

Fatima Hospital recorded a successful survey for its spine surgery programs following a visit from Joint Commission surveyors on July 17. Fatima is now one of only 76 hospitals nationally with this certification and the only one in Rhode Island.

The surveyor, who was highly complimentary of the program, spoke to a Fatima spine surgery patient who said, “I do not know how they could improve the program.” Certification requirements for spinal surgery programs addresses three areas: 1) Compliance with consensus-based national standards. 2) Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion patient populations. 3) Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the spinal surgery patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature.) Spinal surgery programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for two years.

Dr. Calvino focused on colorectal cancer screening access - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Calvino focused on colorectal cancer screening access

Rhode Island was one of 11 states hosted by the Centers for Disease Control at a recent forum focused on increasing screenings for colorectal cancer. Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, a surgical oncologist at Roger Williams Medical Center, is the Physician Champion for the Rhode Island Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and was part of our state’s working group. The CDC forum, entitled, “Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Through Enhanced Partnerships between Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions and Federally Qualified Health Centers”, took place on July 18-19 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Calvino is pictured below with team members from Rhode Island.

On July 15, Dr. Calvino was a guest on the Patricia Raskin Radio show on WPRO-AM where he talked about colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. He was on the program as part of his work with the Colon Cancer Alliance, Rhode Island chapter.      

CharterCARE first to be certified as Level 1 provider for treating overdose, opioid disorders - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE first to be certified as Level 1 provider for treating overdose, opioid disorders

Roger Williams Medical Center, Fatima Hospital, and CharterCARE Provider Group are the first institutions in Rhode Island to be certified as Level of Care 1 Facilities for treating overdose and opioid use disorders. The designation was granted by the Department of Health, along with the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo created the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to address the state’s addiction and overdose crisis. The task force created three levels of care for Emergency Departments and hospitals in Rhode Island. CharterCARE’s prevention, access to care, triage and assessment plans and documentation met all three levels of care, which allowed us to become the first and only hospital in the state to achieve the Center of Excellence designation. On July 12, team members (pictured below) were recognized with a certificate at a meeting with Governor Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.  


 

CharterCARE providers named 2017 “Top Dentists” - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE providers named 2017 “Top Dentists”

A number of dentists in the CharterCARE system were named 2017 “Top Dentists” in the July issue of Rhode Island Monthly. The dentists recognized are: Dr. Matthew Brennan (an orthodontist and volunteer faculty lecturer in the pediatric dental residency program), Dr. William Gordon (a CharterCARE employee and orthodontist who teaches in the pediatric dental residency program), Dr. Matthew Downey (a CharterCARE employee and pediatric dentist), Dr. Stephen Lasser (volunteer clinical faculty in the pediatric dental residency program), Drs. Thomas and Farissa Mulvey (both on staff at Fatima Hospital), and Dr. Kevin Silva (a CharterCARE employee, faculty in the pediatric dental residency program, and associate director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program). Dentists who receive this honor are chosen by their peers who work as dentists in Rhode Island.

Fatima lab receives CAP accreditation - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima lab receives CAP accreditation

Congratulations to the team members from the Fatima laboratory on a successful accreditation survey from the College of American Pathologists on July 11. This unannounced onsite survey, based on a professional peer review, education and compliance performance standards, is conducted every two years. During the survey summation conference, the laboratory team received numerous accolades from the CAP surveyors.

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Dr. Samartano received leadership award

Dr. Joseph Samartano was recently recognized at the Rhode Island Dental Association’s trustee meeting with the Dr. Joseph J. Box Everyday Leadership Award. The award is presented to a member of the Dental Association who has demonstrated the highest level of ethics and dedication to the improvement of the art and science of dentistry.

Dr. Samartano is Chief,  Division of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Fatima Hospital. He is Chairman of the  Fatima Hospital Local Board. Dr. Samartano has a long history of board service and community involvement. He has held a number of leadership positions with the Rhode Island Dental Association, and has served on the Rhode Island Board of Dental Examiners as well as numerous committees for the Department of Health.

Paula Roberge, PT, named Director of Home Care and Rehabilitation Services - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Paula Roberge, PT, named Director of Home Care and Rehabilitation Services

Paula K. Roberge, PT, has been named Director of Home Care and Rehabilitation Services for CharterCARE Health Partners. She brings a strong background in both inpatient acute rehabilitation and home care to this position. She was most recently Manager of Outpatient Therapy Services for Prime Healthcare Services. Roberge has held numerous leadership positions including Rehabilitation Coordinator and Regional Director of Operations, Regional Manager and Clinical Supervisor, and Senior Physical Therapists for companies including Olympus Healthcare Group, Therapy Resources Management, and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. She is a member of both the national and Rhode Island chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Roberge received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont.

Roger Williams Medical Center, Home Health Services accredited following Joint Commission survey - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams Medical Center, Home Health Services accredited following Joint Commission survey

Following a four day survey in June, Roger Williams Medical Center and CharterCARE Home Health Services have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. The accreditation award recognizes the CharterCARE Health Partner affiliates’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Roger Williams and CharterCARE Home Health during this unannounced on-site survey for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The Joint  Commission describes programs receiving certification as having their Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

“Joint Commission accreditation is a reflection on our caregivers, medical staff, and support team who strive to deliver the best of care every day for every patient,” said Demetra Ouellette, President of Roger Williams. “The surveyors from The Joint Commission recognized our team members for numerous best practices, which speaks well of our ongoing, everyday commitment to quality, preparation, and the delivery of excellent care.”

Dr. Joseph Mazza elected President of Fatima Hospital medical staff - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Joseph Mazza elected President of Fatima Hospital medical staff

Joseph P. Mazza, MD, FACC, has been elected President of the Our Lady of Fatima Hospital medical staff. Dr. Mazza, Chief of Cardiology for CharterCARE, has served as President-Elect of the medical staff since 2015. He has held numerous leadership roles in our system including his current service as Chairman of the CharterCARE Provider Group of Rhode Island Board of Directors. Dr. Mazza is a partner in the Cardiovascular Institute of New England. He completed his undergraduate degree at Providence College and then trained at George Washington School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Roger Williams Hospital/Brown University, and then served as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. Dr. Mazza completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Brown University’s Combined Program in Cardiovascular Disease.

Cheryl Holt Dunnington named VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Roger Williams - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Cheryl Holt Dunnington named VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Roger Williams

Cheryl Holt Dunnington, RN, BSN, MS, has been named Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Roger Williams Medical Center. She is a highly experienced nursing leader with a strong background in quality, risk management, patient experience, telemedicine, and operations. Dunnington most recently worked at Norwood Hospital as Chief Operating Officer, where she oversaw numerous departments including Quality, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Therapy, and Patient Safety. At Norwood, she previously served as Director of Quality and Patient Safety.

During her career, Dunnington has held numerous roles including Operations Director, eICU, Director of Nursing Quality, and a variety of nurse manager roles in Surgical Intensive Care, Critical Care, Acute Care Inpatient Services, and Telemetry. She has held leadership positions at larger systems like UMass Medical Center and Boston Medical Center and smaller institutions like Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Southwood Community Hospital in Norfolk, Mass., and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, Mass. Dunnington received a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Health Care Executives, Organization of Nurse Leaders, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Kara Magiera named Vice President, Outpatient Services for CharterCARE - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Kara Magiera named Vice President, Outpatient Services for CharterCARE

Kara Magiera has been named Vice President, Outpatient Services for CharterCARE. In this position, she is responsible for all outpatient functions in our system including our two hospitals, St. Joseph Health Center, and other clinic sites around the state. She will oversee a number of services including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, access center, home health care, wound/hyperbaric medicine, sleep medicine, podiatry, and our orthopedic and neurosurgery clinics.

She has held leadership roles in our system including Director of Business Project Management, and most recently as Associate Administrator, where she oversaw a number of functions including the access center, health center, and a number of clinics. In these roles, she was directly involved in the management of many of our outpatient services. Magiera currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is trained and certified in a number of Lean and change management methodologies.

Dental residency program graduates six - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dental residency program graduates six

Congratulations to the dentists who recently graduated from the residency programs of St. Joseph Health Center and NYU Lutheran. The graduation ceremony on June 16 recognized the graduates (pictured from left to right): Christina C. Piacquadio, DMD (General Dentistry), John Diune, DDS (Pediatric Dentistry), Matthew T. Devine, DMD (General Dentistry), Amir Yavari, DDS, Chief Resident (Pediatric Dentistry), Semantha N. Charles, DDS (Pediatric Dentistry), and Nicholas J. Paquin, DMD (Pediatric Dentistry). Thank you to Daniel Kane, DMD, MA, Joseph Samartano, Jr., DDS, Kevin Silva, DMD, and everyone else involved in the training of these young dentists.

Corporate Care putting employee health first - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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An injury or illness can impact an employee’s ability to successfully function at work. For more than 15 years, the Corporate Care program at CharterCARE has been partnering with employers and employees to address occupational and environmental health concerns in the workplace. During that time, this program has been led by medical director Jay M. Burstein, M.D., M.P.H., who is board-certified and has been practicing occupational medicine for 25 years. He is part of a team that includes occupational and environmental specialists.

“We are here to practice exceptional medicine, which includes building a relationship with employees and employers,” said Dr. Burstein. “We become familiar with a patient’s work history and often visit job sites to have a better understanding of the job and its potential hazards. This helps us both with the patient’s diagnosis and our efforts to prevent future injuries in the workplace.”

The services offered at Corporate Care range from post-injury management and independent medical exams to post-offer physicals and drug and alcohol testing. The program’s location at Fatima Hospital gives patients easy access to follow-up services like rehabilitation therapy, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory testing.

For large and medium sized companies, Corporate Care can bolster the services provided by their own occupational health nurse or in-house medical professional. For Dr. Burstein and his team, this can mean anything from assisting with disability and return-to-work evaluations to helping companies monitor harm from asbestos at a work site.

A growing number of Rhode Island employers and workers are turning to the Corporate Care program, sometimes in a response to changing regulations. Since May 2014, new regulations from the National Transportation Safety Board have required that medical providers obtain special certification to perform the physical exams that truck and bus drivers need to remain licensed. Dr. Burstein has that special certification, which has made him a go-to provider for these “DOT physicals”.

The Corporate Care program has also seen growth as a provider of physicals to firefighters, with the North Providence Fire Department and the firefighting team from the Rhode Island Air National Guard as clients.

“Our affiliation with CharterCARE makes us one stop shopping,” said Dr. Burstein, who recently received a 10-year recertification in Occupational Medicine. “A patient could need a pulmonary function test, a referral to a specialist, a CT scan, or off-site physical therapy. We can quickly refer them to all those services and more.”

CharterCARE’s Corporate Care program is located at 200 High Service Avenue in North Providence. To learn more, call 456-3434.

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New commercial focused on cancer care for older patients

 

A new commercial from the Roger Williams' Cancer Center shines a spotlight on a one-of-a-kind program that focuses on the unique medical, social, and psychological needs of seniors with cancer.

Roger Williams Medical Center is home to the state’s first -- and only -- Geriatric Oncology Program, which we call COPE (Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders). Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar, a board certified surgeon with fellowship training in surgical oncology, serves as Director of Geriatric Oncology.

To learn more about this program, please visit: www.weknowcancer.org/programs/geriatric-oncology

Fatima Hospital Graduates Medical Technology Students - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Seven students graduated from the School of Medical Technology at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, completing an intensive year-long clinical laboratory internship program. All have new jobs to start their careers with two of them remaining here at Our Lady of Fatima – Alannah Duffy and Megan Tessier.

The graduates are: Dakota Donth, Alannah Duffy, Elysha Grant, Lauren Hartnett, Megan Tessier, Abigail Tubman, and Randy Vinas.

The school is a member of the Board of Rhode Island Schools of Allied Health, a consortium of two university and one college Medical Laboratory Science programs – the University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University and Rhode Island College.  Our Lady of Fatima Hospital’s school is one of two schools of Medical Technology remaining in this state. The purpose of this consortium is to integrate individual teaching programs into a coordinated didactic experience through the School of Medical Technology.

Medical Laboratory Scientists play a critical role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients. This is accomplished through extensive examination and analysis of various body fluids, cells, and direct stains from patient specimens. They look for microorganisms, analyze chemical content of body fluids, match blood for patient transfusions, perform cell count, look for abnormal cells, and test for drug levels in the blood to find out how a patient may be responding to different treatments and/or antibiotics.

This year, five of the graduating students came from the University of Rhode Island, one from Salve Regina University, and one from Rhode Island College. Our Lady of Fatima’s School of Medical Technology is part of the Department of Pathology and is under the direction of Mirela Stancu, M.D. as Medical Advisor and Theresa Tellier-Castellone MPH, MLS (ASCP) as the program director.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Health as an accredited clinical program under specifications provided in the “RI Clinical Laboratory Science Practice Act”.

Dan Janicak named Chief Financial Officer for CharterCARE - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dan Janicak has been named Chief Financial Officer for CharterCARE Health Partners. He brings decades of experience in senior financial leadership roles, most recently as Health System Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer/Specialty Market Operations for Holzer Health System in Ohio. He reports to John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for the strategic implementation and direction of the financial operations of CharterCARE and its affiliates.

Prior to his position at Holzer, he was Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer for Indian River Medical Center in Florida. Over the past 20 years, Janicak has held Vice President/Chief Financial Officer roles at a number of hospitals and health systems including University of Mississippi Medical Center, Danville Regional Health System, Centura Health -- Littleton Adventist Hospital, Hospital Corporation of America, and HCA Gulf Coast Hospital and HCA East Pointe Hospital. Janicak received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the International Management Association.

Fatima recertified by Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Program - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima recertified by Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Program

Following a May 2017 visit from The Joint Commission, Fatima Hospital has been awarded a two year recertification for its Total Hip and Total Knee Disease Specific Programs. In 2012, Fatima became the first hospital in Rhode Island to receive these hip and knee replacement certifications. The program was initially recertified in 2014.

Thank you to the members of our Hip and Knee team: Peter Pizzarello, MD, Orthopedic Surgery (physician champion); Vijayendra Sudheendra, MD, Chairman of Anesthesia (physician champion); Robert Buonanno, MD, Chief of Surgery; John Prinscott, MD, Chief of Anesthesiology; Nancy Fogarty, Director of Quality Improvement; Debra Lasorsa, RN, Director of Nursing Operations; Patricia Bibeault, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Eileen Brennan, Data Analyst, PI; Cheryl Bourdony, RN, BS, MSN, Nurse Educator; Marlene Fishman Wolpert, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control; Jessica Garvey, PT, Home Care; Deborah Leduc, RN, BS, CCM, Case Management; Colleen Fitzsimmons, MS, PT, Clinical Manager, SNERC; Karen Giblin, PTA; Catherine Rodrigues, RN, CJCP, MS, Quality Coordinator; Martha Roberts, Pharm.D., Lead Clinical Pharmacist; Shannon Silva, BSN, RN, Director; Daniel Serafin, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist; Michelle St. Germain, RN, OR; Perioperative nurses, and Surgical Care Unit nurses.

Khin Sein Yin, MD, named Associate Medical Director for Southern New England Rehabilitation - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Khin Sein Yin, MD, named Associate Medical Director for Southern New England Rehabilitation

Khin Sein Yin, MD, has been named Associate Medical Director for Southern New England Rehabilitation Center. In this position, she joins a highly regarded group of clinicians and support staff. In addition to treating inpatients, Dr. Yin will have an outpatient clinic for pain management and conditions including spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

She most recently served as Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. She was Fellowship trained in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at University of Washington/Puget Sound VA Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Yin completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Loyola University Medical Center/Edward Hines VA Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Burmese Medical Association of North America. In her new position, Dr. Yin  reports to Dr. Jon Mukand, Medical Director of SNERC.

St. Joseph School of Nursing graduates 115th class - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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St. Joseph School of Nursing graduates 115th class

The St. Joseph School of Nursing, located on the campus of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, held graduation ceremonies for its 115th class on May 15, 2017. Close to 300 family members and friends attended the celebration at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Providence with the Reverend Timothy Reilly, J.C.L., Chancellor, Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, presiding over the presentation of 35 diplomas and pins to the graduating class of 2017.

Maeghan Goff and Sadie Hodges were recognized as Class Valedictorians. Ashley Ianni, Class President, was the Salutatorian. Claudette Jobin, MS, RN, CCRN, delivered the commencement address. Maeghan Goff offered the welcoming address and Sadie Hodges delivered the farewell address.

Graduates in the 115th class are:

Miranda Accaputo, Sarah Bolano, Bryana Borrayo, Nicole Brouillard, Michelle Downer-Pinero, Stephanie Drewniak, Alexis Durfee, Maeghan Goff, Sadie Hodges, Ashley Ianni, Kayla Joseph, Nicole Ladebauche, Nicole Lajoie, Heather Lallier, Heather LaPointe, Julie Lee-Alvarez, Keri-Lynn Manfredo, Carissa McKendall, Katerina Michalopoulos, Shana Mills, Sheri Morales, Bridget Murphy, Lindsay Nardella, Kerri Nicolace, Ashley Norberg, Laura Patota, Kimberly Provencal, Hannah Rigney, Katherine Rodriguez, Jenny Santana, Chelsey Sarachick, Franchesca Sevigny, Brenda White, Madeline Yorty, and Angel Zuleta.

The following awards were given to members of the 115th graduating class:

  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Medical/Surgical Nursing was awarded to Chelsey Sarachick.
  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Psychiatric Nursing was awarded to Chelsey Sarachick.                                      
  • The Faculty Certificate of Merit for outstanding ability in Parent Child Health Nursing was awarded to Angel Zuleta.
  • The Mother Mary Evangelist award given by the Alumni Association of St. Joseph School of Nursing in recognition of scholastic achievement, professional leadership and nursing performance was awarded to Jenny Santana.

To learn more about the School of Nursing, visit www.nursingri.com

Blackstone Valley Surgicare Acquired By CharterCARE - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Blackstone Valley Surgicare, Rhode Island’s largest freestanding ambulatory surgery center, has been acquired from Surgical Care Affiliates by CharterCARE Health Partners. The purchase was approved by the Rhode Island Department of Health last month.

Blackstone Valley SurgiCare, located in Johnston, employs more than 50 health professionals. Last year, it performed more than 4,200 outpatient surgical procedures. Blackstone Valley Surgicare has a storied history of delivering high quality outpatient surgery services in Rhode Island. It was founded in 1976, making it one of the first freestanding outpatient surgical facilities in the state. Over the years, BVS has added new specialties and the latest in technology to keep pace with changes in outpatient surgery.

CharterCARE, a network of acute care hospitals, physician organizations and specialty service providers, is Rhode Island’s first Coordinated Regional Care health system. Providing acute care and outpatient services using sophisticated case management technologies and protocols, it provides patients with the right level of care at the right time at a lower cost. CharterCARE has developed innovative risks sharing contracts with private and government health insurers.

“This acquisition will ensure CharterCARE patients with direct access to a complete range of outpatient surgery procedures and will continue the process of completing our service capabilities”, stated CharterCARE President and CEO John Holiver.

“We are delighted to become part of the CharterCARE network”, stated Blackstone Administrator Ann Dugan. “CharterCARE’s breadth of services, contracting expertise and capital strength will ensure stability and growth for our organization in the years ahead”.

Blackstone Valley SurgiCare is fully licensed by the state of Rhode Island, certified by Medicare and accredited by AAAHC, and accepts all major insurance. In 2003, the facility moved to its present location at 1526 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. To reach Blackstone Valley SurgiCare, call (401) 459-3800 or visit www.blackstonevalleyasc.com.

Ann Dugan, administrator, is pictured below discussing Blackstone Valley Surgicare's capabilities with Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena and John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO.

26 CharterCARE physicians voted Top Docs by their peers in Rhode Island Monthly - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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A total of 26 physicians from CharterCARE have been recognized as "Top Docs" in the May 2017 issue of Rhode Island Monthly. The magazine surveys physicians across Rhode Island and asks them to name their choices for the state’s best specialists. These physician practice at our affiliate hospitals Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital, along with a variety of community settings.

The physicians affiliated with CharterCARE who were named "Top Docs" are: Dr. Rebecca Brown (Geriatrics), Dr. William Chen (Gastroenterology), Dr. Steven Colagiovanni (Urology), Dr. Timothy Connelly (Anesthesiology), Dr. Charles Cosgrove (Nephrology), Dr. Richard Cottiero (Nephrology), Dr. Robert Dobrzynski (Endocrinology), Dr. Walter Donat (Pulmonary Diseases), Dr. Andrea Doyle (Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery), Dr. Peter Evangelista (Radiology), Dr. Francis Figueroa (Opthalmology), Dr. Holly Gil (Radiology), Dr. William Levin (Cardiology), Dr. Louis Mariorenzi (Orthopedic Surgery), Dr. Charles McCoy (Nephrology), Dr. Joseph Meharg (Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Jon Mukand (Rehabilitation/Physical Medicine), Dr. Roberto Ortiz (Endocrinology), Dr. Edward Pensa (Gastroenterology), Dr. Jeffrey Rogg (Radiology), Dr. Timothy Schafman (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar (Surgical Oncology), Dr. John Stoukides (Geriatrics), Dr. John Tarro (Otolaryngology), Dr. Valerie Thomas (Endocrinology), and Dr. Scott Triedman (Radiation Oncology).

Dr. Somasundar, a surgical oncologist at the Roger Williams Cancer Center, was recently profiled in a Channel 10 new feature on Rhode Island’s “Top Docs”. He is Director of the Geriatric Oncology program at Roger Williams known as COPE (Comprehensive Oncology Program for Elders) and Associate Chief of Surgical Oncology. You can see the feature on Dr. Somasundar below. Congratulations to all our affiliated physicians who were recognized as “Top Docs” in Rhode Island Monthly.

Hem/Onc Division at Roger Williams re-certified by Quality Oncology Program Initiative - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Hem/Onc Division at Roger Williams re-certified by Quality Oncology Program Initiative

The Hematology/Oncology Division at Roger Williams Medical Center has been re-certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), a core national quality program implemented by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). To receive certification, an oncology practice is evaluated on a total of 80 quality metrics in both general and disease-specific modules. The program, which operates under the direction of Ritesh Rathore, MD, Director of Hematology/ Oncology, is now certified through April 2020.

“The QOPI® Certification recognizes that our center meets nationally recognized standards for cancer care,” said Dr. Rathore. “This certification again reaffirms our continuing commitment to providing patients with excellence in cancer care.”

From its inception in 2007, Roger Williams has been part of QOPI. In 2010, Roger Williams was one of the first 35 of 640 groups in the United States to achieve QOPI Certification. This achievement demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology/oncology outpatient practice setting with demonstrated achievement of quality goals in multiple cancer types and supportive care areas.

Roger Williams receives “A” ranking in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams receives “A” ranking in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

Roger Williams Medical Center again ranks among a small group of hospitals in Rhode Island to receive an ‘A’ ranking in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that evaluates the safety and quality performance of U.S. hospitals. Roger Williams was just one of four hospitals in our state to receive the ‘A’ ranking for the most recent ratings period. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly-available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. That data includes the hospital’s record of patient safety and effort in helping patients protect themselves from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Last year, Roger Williams was one of only three hospitals in Rhode Island to receive this ranking.

“As patient safety and quality are our two highest priorities, this ranking is especially meaningful,” said Demetra Ouellette, President of Roger Williams. “Thank you to eveyone involved in the delivery of safe, high quality care.”

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CharterCARE teams up with neighbors to clean park

On April 22, CharterCARE again participated in a clean up project at Peace and Plenty Community Park, located adjacent to the St. Joseph Health Center in Providence. This was CharterCARE’s 7th year of community service on Earth Day as part of our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities. Our team members partnered with neighbors, the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park, and Omni Development Corp. Thank you to all our employees and community partners who pitched in to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Elaine Jones receives patient advocacy award - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Elaine Jones receives patient advocacy award

Elaine C. Jones, MD, FAAN, has been named the 2017 Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Patient Advocate of the Year. Dr. Jones received the award at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Boston in April. Dr. Jones is the former Chief of Neurology at Roger Williams Medical Center, where she also served as president of the medical staff. She most recently served on the CharterCARE board.

Last year, Dr. Jones received the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Advocate of the Year award from the American Academy of Neurology. She has served as the president of the Rhode Island Medical Society and has served on many Rhode Island task forces including the Health Care Leaders Advisory Committee and the Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee.

Crowne Plaza the site for May 10 weight loss surgery seminar - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Crowne Plaza the site for May 10 weight loss surgery seminar

Roger Williams Medical Center is bringing its monthly weight loss surgery seminar into the community on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The seminar is from 6 p.m.--9 p.m. and is led by Dr. Dieter Pohl, the director of the Weight Loss Surgery program at Roger Williams. Dr. Pohl has performed more than 3,000 weight loss surgeries at Roger Williams, which has been a "Bariatric Center of Excellence" since 2005.

In these monthly seminars, typically hosted at Roger Williams in Providence, Dr. Pohl and his colleagues explain everything you need to know about weight loss surgery. At this event, he will explain the various surgical options, share videos that detail how surgery is performed, explain how much weight a person can lose and what the risks are. He will guide you through the process of what hapens before, during and after your weight loss surgery.

All monthly informational seminars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about weight loss surgery. Register by calling 521-6310 or visiting www.loseweightri.com. If you would like to attend a future seminar at Roger Williams, please visit http://www.loseweightri.com/seminar-schedule to learn more.