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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.

The New Fatima from Udris Film on Vimeo.

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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New video focuses on quality care delivered with a personal touch at Roger Williams

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.”

New year, new quality recognitions - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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New year, new quality recognitions

Over the past year and a half, CharterCARE and its affiliates have received dozens of accreditations, certifications, and awards from the country’s leading quality organizations. Among those recognitions:

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  • 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.

Roger Williams Medical Center

  • Joint Commission re-accreditation for Roger Williams Medical Center
  • 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

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital

  • 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”

St. Joseph Health Center

  •  NYU Lutheran program in pediatric dentistry at St. Joseph Health Center re-accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
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.”

The best in stroke rehabilitation ... certified - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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The best in stroke rehabilitation ... certified

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.

Johnston native credits SNERC with getting him back on his feet - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Johnston native credits SNERC with getting him back on his feet

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.

Drs. DeBlasio, Singer and Meharg receive 2017 Distinguished Service Award - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Drs. DeBlasio, Singer and Meharg receive 2017 Distinguished Service Award

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.

Health Center hosts Christmas party for kids - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Health Center hosts Christmas party for kids

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.

Interested in joining our health system? Come to one of our December hiring events! - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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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Groundbreaking held for major Emergency Department renovation

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
 

New video offers introduction to innovative cancer care for older cancer patients - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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

 

In new video, BMT patients thankful for the gift of time - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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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Notice for St. Joseph Health Services of RI pension participants

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.

Dr. Samartano received leadership award - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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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Corporate Care putting employee health first

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.

New commercial focused on cancer care for older patients - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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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Fatima Hospital Graduates Medical Technology Students

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 named Chief Financial Officer for CharterCARE

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.”

CharterCARE teams up with neighbors to clean park - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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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.

Fatima Hospital receives 2017 Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence from HARI - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Hospital receives 2017 Quinlan Award for Patient Safety Excellence from HARI

Our Lady of 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” on March 15 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The team from Fatima received the award for their submission entitled: “A Retrospective Studyof the Effects of a Peri-articular Multimodal Drug Therapy in Total Hip/Knee Arthroplasty”. The award is a tribute to Edward Quinlan, who championed quality improvement and patient safety initiatives while he served as president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) for two decades.

Cath­erine Rodrigues, MS, RN, CJCP, Clinical Care Coordinator for CharterCARE Health Partners, spearheaded the study and application process, working closely with colleagues Dr. Peter Pizzarrello Jr., Dr. Vijayendra Sudheendra, Dr.Robert Buonanno, Dr. John Prinscott, Shannon Silva, RN, Patricia Bibeault, RN, Colleen Fitz­simmons, MS,PT,CSRS, Nancy Fogarty, Martha Roberts, Pharm.D. and staff from nursing units Care One and peri-operative services at Fatima. Peri-articular Multimodal Drug Injection is a mixture of medications delivered into the posterior capsule of the knee or hip joint resulting in better pain relief, decreased opioid use, larger range of motion, and lower rates of nausea and vomiting.

Patients of the Total Joint Replacement Program at Fatima are benefiting from the results of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program aimed at optimizing care, improving patient engagement and enhancing post-operative recovery. Adequate pain control is a key component to recovery for total joint replacement patients. A multi-disciplinary team worked to enhance the multimodal pain regimen with the goal of better pain relief, decreased opioid use and increased range of motion. The program, which became a standardized process at the hospital following a successful pilot, also has resulted in decreased length of stay and enhanced patient satisfaction.

 A number of the team members who contributed to the project are pictured here at the HARI “Celebration of Excellence” event.

John K. Findley MD, named Chief of Integrated Behavioral Health Services for CharterCARE - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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John K. Findley MD, named Chief of Integrated Behavioral Health Services for CharterCARE

John K. Findley MD, has been named Chief of Integrated Behavioral Health Services for CharterCARE Health Partners. In this position, Dr. Findley will provide direct oversight of the inpatient and outpatient behavioral health management programs while providing strategic leadership for all clinical and operational efforts in Behavioral Health throughout the CharterCARE system.

Dr. Findley has served as Medical Director of the Dual Diagnosis Unit and Geri-Psychiatry Unit at Roger Williams Medical Center since June 2012. He previously held clinical positions at Geisinger Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Whidden Hospital, Baldpate Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Tufts Medical Center, where he was Chief of Psychiatric Consultation from 2006-2009.

Dr. Findley received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his pre-medical program at Harvard University. He completed a Consultation Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and his residency in Adult Psychiatry at Massachusetts General-McLean Hospital. He also completed a two year surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Hospital affiliates name 2016 Employees of the Year - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Yvonne Britto and Kathryn "Bea" McCullough have been named 2016 Employees of the Year for Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center, respectively. Yvonne is Lead Milieu Therapist for Behavioral Health and has been with Fatima since 2015. Bea is a social worker for Outpatient Addiction Medicine and has been with the organization since 2005. Both will be recognized on March 15, 2017 along with other hospital Employees of the Year at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s "Celebration of Excellence" event. Yvonne is pictured below left with Fatima Hospital President David Kobis. Bea is pictured at the bottom in the center with Elizabeth Cantor, PhD, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health, and CharterCARE CEO John Holiver.

    

Roger Williams palliative care program named to national and international groups - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams palliative care program named to national and international groups

The Palliative Care program at Roger Williams Medical Center is now a member of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the nation’s leading resource for palliative care development and growth. The Roger Williams’ program was also voted into the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance (GPCQA), making Roger Williams the only hospital in the Northeast to hold this designation. CAPC and GPCQA will provide us with the technical assistance for program development and quality tracking to further improve our delivery of palliative care. In terms of the GPCQA designation, Roger Williams is now among exclusive company that includes the Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, Ohio State University, and Duke University. Team members who made these memberships possible including Dr. John Stoukides, Dr. Maria Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo, Lynn Leahey, RN, and Nancy Fogarty. Roger Williams, the first and only hospital in Rhode Island to hold certification for Advanced Palliative Care, was also recently recertified by The Joint Commission.

Fatima Hospital hosts ribbon cutting for new Central Registration area - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Hospital hosts ribbon cutting for new Central Registration area

On January 26, 2017, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the renovations to the Central Registration area at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. The project, which started in May 2016 and was completed in December, includes a modern central registration area, business office and laboratory drawing station with a fully ADA-accessible entrance. The new space includes private glass booths and new rest rooms. For those who are waiting to be seen, the renovated lobby offers new seating in a more aesthetically pleasing space.

The renovations are part of a multi-million capital investment plan announced at an October 2015 press conference by Fatima’s parent company CharterCARE Health Partners. At the ribbon cutting event, members of the hospital team from departments like registration, laboratory, facilities and maintenance, environmental services, IT, and safety were recognized, along with outside contractors who contributed to the project. Pictured here at the event are (from l to r) Dr. Joseph Samartano, Chairman of Fatima Hospital Local Board, John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, and David Kobis, Fatima Hospital president.

Patients affirm the high quality care at CharterCARE’s hospitals - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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“I feel like my surgeon is related to me, like he is part of my family. And I feel like the nurses completely had my back all the time.”

“It’s not so much what people say to you, it’s how they make me feel. And they made me feel amazing.”

“I trust them with my life.”

These are just some of the feelings patients shared about their experience at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center.

CharterCARE’s new television and radio commercials are focused on testimonials from our patients, which affirms the dozens of national quality recognitions and accreditations our hospitals have received over the past two years. You can view the commercials below.

  • Testimonial 1 - Felt Like a Special Person

  • Testimonial 2 - Trust Them WIth My Life

Timothy Sullivan, MPA, JD, named Vice President of Compliance and Privacy - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Image of Tim SullivanTimothy D. Sullivan, MPA, JD, has been named Vice President of Compliance and Privacy for CharterCARE Health Partners. He will be principally responsible for the compliance and privacy efforts for CharterCARE and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Primary among his responsibilities will be organizational adherence to our compliance programs, policies, and procedures, as well as ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations related to healthcare programs, privacy and confidentiality.

Sullivan most recently served as Regional Compliance Director for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, where he oversaw compliance activities for nine hospitals in three states. Prior to that position, he held the same title with Vanguard Health Systems. He received his Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law and holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Healthcare Compliance Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association.

CharterCARE and Fatima officials honored at Hospital Association of RI annual meeting - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Lester Schindel, FACHE, and Reverend Monsignor Paul D. Theroux were among the honorees at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s 84th Annual Meeting on November 21. Monsignor Theroux, who served on the Fatima Hospital board for 19 years, received the Benjamin R. Sturges Distinguished Service Award. Schindel, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, New England, Prospect/CharterCARE, received the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award.

Schindel is pictured below to the left delivering remarks at the event. Monsignor Theroux is pictured to the right with HARI President Michael Souza.

Lester Schindel, FACHE, and Reverend Monsignor Paul D. Theroux

Fatima Reaccredited as Primary Stroke Center by Joint Commission - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Fatima Reaccredited as Primary Stroke Center by Joint Commission

On November 3, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital underwent a successful Joint Commission survey of its Advanced Primary Stroke Center program. The Joint Commission surveyor reviewed Fatima Hospital’s compliance with the Advanced Primary Stroke Centers standards and requirements. Fatima first received this stroke designation in 2012. The stroke program requirements were developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Applicants for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations.

The surveyor commented to the Fatima team: “Your processes are extremely tight. I was very impressed with the staff I had the opportunity to interact with today.” 

ER wait times available for both Roger Williams and Fatima Hospital - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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ER wait times available for both Roger Williams and Fatima Hospital

Need to visit the Emergency Department but worried about the wait? Both Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital have their ER wait times listed on the front page of their websites! Just visit www.rwmc.org or www.fatimahospital.com to learn our wait times any time day or night.

Roger Williams one of only three hospitals in RI to receive highest rating on patient safety - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams Medical Center is one of 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 period of time measured in this ranking was January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. 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.

“We are especially pleased to receive this ‘A’ ranking as patient safety and quality are our two highest priorities,” said Demetra Ouellette, President of Roger Williams Medical Center. “Our team of caregivers and support staff are dedicated on an everyday basis to providing excellent safe care and this ranking is reflective of that commitment.”

Areas where Roger Williams was identified as doing particularly well included communication regarding discharge and communication about medications. Safety risks that Roger Williams

was recognized for minimizing included dangerous objects left in a patient’s body, surgical wound splitting open, death from serious treatable complications, Iatrogenic Pneumothorax, C. diff infection, surgical site infection after colon surgery, dangerous bed sores, and air from a gas bubble in the blood.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Demetra Ouellette named President of Roger Williams Medical Center - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Demetra C. Ouellette has been named President of Roger Williams Medical Center following an extensive search. She brings a proven track record as a leader focused on improving quality, patient satisfaction and safety. Ouel­lette joins Roger Williams from Prime Healthcare Services, where she served as Chief Operating Officer/Administra­tor for Landmark Medical Center, Reha­bilitation Hospital of RI, and Landmark Physician Outpatient Services.

Previously, she served as Corporate Vice President, Business Development with Select Medical Corporation in Pennsylva­nia and was President and CEO of Ouellette and Associates Healthcare Interim Management. Her previous employers include some of the best known names in health care including The Studer Group and Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

A graduate of Tufts University, Ouellette holds an MBA from North­eastern University, has a number of certifications and designa­tions related to quality, and is a member of several profession­al healthcare organizations including the American Society of Quality.

“We are pleased to welcome Demetra to Roger Williams Medical Center as President,” said John Holiver, CEO, CharterCARE Health Partners. “Roger Williams is an important health care resource to the community and we will look to Demetra to lead the medical center towards continued growth and recognition for quality care.”

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David A. Kobis, FACHE, has been named President of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. Most recently, he served as Chief Integration Officer and Vice President of Financial Operations for Prospect Medical Holdings. Kobis had been leading the acquisition and pre-integration work at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut as Prospect continues to grow its network. Kobis brings extensive senior-level leadership experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit health sectors to this position.

Prior to joining Prospect, he served as Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Operations for Cortland Regional Medical Center in New York. He also served in a number of capacities with Upper Allegheny Health System in New York, including Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Operations for Olean General Hospital. His previous experience also includes serving as a Senior Managing Consultant for ECG Management Consultants and in a variety of operational roles for Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida. Kobis earned his MBA from Ohio State University and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has held a number of leadership roles on various healthcare and community boards and advisory groups.

Blood Bank reaccredited by AABB, CAP - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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The Roger Williams Medical Center Blood Bank has been reaccredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for a two year period following a survey on September 13 and 14. Roger Williams’ participation in the AABB  and the CAP accreditation program represents a strong commitment to quality outcomes and patient safety. The  assessors specifically commented that staff was committed to their work and enjoyed working for Roger Williams. They also noted that policies and processes were well-organized, and that the organization is well-maintained and interacts very well with the Blood Bank. The joint AABB/CAP inspection process is rigorous and is focused on quality and the operational systems assessment is designed to encourage innovation in quality improvement. Thank you to the entire staff with special recognition for Gina Conti, MLS(ASCP)CM, Blood Bank Supervisor, Maria Tavares, MLS (ASCP), Senior Medical Technologist, Pamela DiQuattro, MLS(ASCP), Blood Bank Technologist, and Dr. Joseph Sweeney, medical director of the Blood Bank.

Roger Williams again recognized for excellence with “Own The Bone” designation - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams Medical Center is again in select company with its recognition as a “Star Performer” by the American Orthopaedic Association’s fracture program called “Own The Bone.” This program is a national post-fracture, systems-based fragility fracture initiative created by the American Orthopaedic Association. “Star Performer” institutions are recognized for at least 75% compliance on 5 of the 10 recommended measures over the last year. Roger Williams is the only hospital in Rhode Island to hold the “Own The Bone’ designation, which it initially received in 2013.

Team members who were integral in launching and maintaining this program include Lynn Leahey, RN, Deb Lasorsa, RN, Nancy Fogarty, Joanne Dooley, RN, Dr. Christopher Chihlas, and Dr. Joseph Tucci, who is the new physician champion for this effort. Dr. Tucci is Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Director, Bone and Mineral Unit at Roger Williams. An estimated 9 million American adults have osteoperosis but most go undiagnosed and untreated. Up to 50% of women and 25% of men will sustain fragility fractures in their lifetime. Roger Williams is recognized as one of the hospitals that is an “Own the Bone Star Performer” in a full page spread in the US News & World Report 2017 Best Hospitals issue.

NYU Lutheran program in pediatric dentistry at St. Joseph accredited by CODA - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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NYU Lutheran program in pediatric dentistry at St. Joseph accredited by CODA

Following a site visit in April 2016, the NYU Lutheran program in pediatric dentistry at the St. Joseph Health Center in Providence has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted an accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. This approval status ranks as A1, the highest offered by CODA, and is granted to an educational program that achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation. The NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program at the St. Joseph Health Center is fully operational and accredited until 2023. Since its inception in 2003, the program has graduated 45 pediatric dentists, approximately 11% of whom continue to practice in Rhode Island and/or serve as faculty at the Health Center. St. Joseph Health Center is a CharterCARE affiliate.

Ultrasound and Vascular Lab at Fatima reaccredited - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Ultrasound and Vascular Lab at Fatima reaccredited

The Main Ultrasound and Vascular Lab at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology for the following services: Obstetrical (first trimester only), Gynecological, (General) and Vascular. The Ultrasound Accreditation Program involves the acquisition of clinical images, submission of relevant physician reports corresponding to clinical images submitted, and quality control documentation. The American College of Radiology, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

CharterCARE and UnitedHealthcare to Improve Medicaid Patients’ Health and Health Care in RI - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE Health Partners, CharterCARE Provider Group RI, LLC, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island have launched a Medicaid accountable care program to improve health outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce the overall cost of care for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicaid plans.

UnitedHealthcare is collaborating with physician groups as part of the State of Rhode Island Accountable Entities Pilot to improve coordination of care for people enrolled in Medicaid. Approximately 5,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid health plans in Rhode Island will benefit from this collaboration with CharterCARE.

The Reinventing Medicaid Act of 2015 is a comprehensive, progressive package of reforms that positions Rhode Island to improve access to high-quality care and achieve more than $100 million in annual Medicaid savings without cutting Medicaid eligibility or reducing benefits, according to the state.

“From day one, the top priority in our work to transform Medicaid has been to provide Rhode Islanders with better care and achieve healthier outcomes for more people,” said Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. “Accountable entities like these will reward collaboration and help shift our entire health care system toward a structure that pays for outcomes and quality, rather than volume of services. I commend CharterCARE and UnitedHealthcare for leading the way in this effort.”

UnitedHealthcare, the CharterCARE system and CharterCARE Provider Group RI will work together to better coordinate patient care by using shared technology and information about emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and services that help patients manage their chronic health conditions and encourage healthy lifestyles. The accountable care program also changes the incentives so that care providers have a shared responsibility for the overall cost of care, moving away from a system that reimburses for quantity of services provided to one that rewards the quality of patients’ health outcomes and has the potential to reduce overall costs.

“Through this accountable care collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, we are well positioned to increase services and offer more enhanced patient care for Medicaid enrollees,” said John J. Holiver, FACHE, CEO of CharterCARE. “This new relationship will enable us to start applying our innovative Prospect Coordinated Regional Care model to improve health outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce the overall cost of care for people enrolled in Medicaid.”

UnitedHealthcare will support overall population health, giving the entire care team clear, actionable data about individual patients’ health needs, potential gaps in care and proactive identification of high-risk patients. Community-based health workers and care managers will support community-based care coordination, such as helping with planning after a patient is discharged from the hospital and scheduling follow-up appointments.

“We look forward to working with the CharterCARE system and CharterCARE Provider Group RI to enable people to receive more personalized and better coordinated care, which will significantly their ability to live healthier lives,” said Patrice Cooper, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island.

UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 300,000 Rhode Islanders with a network of 15 hospitals and more than 4,500 physicians and other care providers statewide.

More than 14 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country have access to accountable care programs, delivered in part through more than 750 accountable care arrangements nationwide as the organization engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals.

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have tripled in the last three years to more than $49 billion. By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.

For more information about UnitedHealthcare’s full spectrum of value-based initiatives, visit www.UHC.com/valuebasedcare.  

Dr. Stephanie Curry joins CharterCARE Medical Associates - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Dr. Stephanie A. Curry, a physician specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism with an added interest in obesity medicine, has joined CharterCARE Medical Associates (CCMA) at its 1539 Atwood Avenue office in Johnston. CCMA is a multi-specialty group practice with 76 providers in more than 26 locations in Rhode Island.

Dr. Curry is a graduate of the Medical University of the Americas, completed her Internal Medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center and recently completed a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. Dr. Curry has co-authored 14 academic publications and presentations. She has also participated in numerous research projects at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Miriam Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center.

At CCMA, Dr. Curry’s practice will concentrate on general endocrinology with a special focus on treating diabetes and on medical weight loss, in collaboration with the Roger Williams Weight Loss Surgery Program. For appointments, contact 401-519-3335.

John Holiver named CharterCARE CEO - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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John Holiver named CharterCARE CEO

John J. Holiver, ACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE Health Partners. Holiver most recently served as Interim President of Roger Williams Medical Center. He succeeds Lester Schindel, who has moved into the role of Chief Strategy and Development Officer for the New England region for Prospect Medical Holdings, the parent company.

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, Holiver will lead the further development of CharterCARE, a joint venture company that operates two hospitals, an elder care services network, 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 200 Rhode Island primary care physicians and specialists. Specifically, Holiver will oversee the implementation of CharterCARE’s strategic plan, which envisions an integrated, multi-level network of healthcare providers to provide convenient access to high quality care at lower costs. The complete network is expected to include urgent care centers, diagnostic services centers and additional physician groups.

Roger Williams front entrance now open - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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After several months of construction, the newly renovated front entrance at Roger Williams Medical Center is now open, which means improved access for all our visitors. While there are some cosmetic touches still to come, visitors and staff can now use the front entrance to access our information desk and hospital units. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in September. The front entrance project and others upcoming investments were first announced at an October 19, 2015 press conference detailing $17.5 million in capital improvements to CharterCARE facilities.

Roger Williams recertified in Advanced Palliative Care - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Roger Williams recertified in Advanced Palliative Care

Roger Williams Medical Center, the first and only hospital in Rhode Island to hold certification for Advanced Palliative Care, has been recertified following a June 29th survey from The Joint Commission. In 2014, Roger Williams became just the 77th hospital in the country to receive this designation. Palliative care addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. The Palliative Care service is led by Dr. John Stoukides and Dr. Maria Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo. The program is guided by a committee co-chaired by Dr. Soriano-Pisaturo and Lynn Leahey, RN, Director of Clinical Services, that includes members from a variety of clinical and complementary disciplines.

Launched in 2011, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness.

The Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care emphasizes:

  • A formal, organized palliative care program led by an interdisciplinary team whose members have advanced training in palliative care;
  • Leadership endorsement and support of the program’s goals for providing care, treatment and services;
  • A special focus on patient and family engagement;
  • Processes which support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers;
  • The use of evidence-based national guidelines or expert consensus to support patient care processes.
Looking for A Doctor Who’s Accepting Patients Now? - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Looking for A Doctor Who’s Accepting Patients Now?

“Now Accepting New Patients” doesn’t come close to describing the enthusiasm of our primary care doctors to bring you a better way to better health care. These exceptional physicians believe promoting lifelong wellness is as important as treating a specific sickness or injury. They don’t just wait for you to get sick but instead develop a personalized health and wellness plan that works for you. And when you are sick or injured, they deliver top-notch care, refer you to a specialist when needed and can link you with any of the vast array of services available from our acute care hospitals, rehabilitation center, home health services and our other affiliates and partners.

Of course, if you need immediate access to a physician specialist, they can connect you with hundreds of experts through our affiliate, CharterCARE Provider Group of Rhode Island. Contact any one of these physicians today!

CRANSTON

Dr. Dennis Botelho
Dr. David Kerzer
Dr. Matthew Salisbury
Dr. Jason Kerzer
1500 Pontiac Ave, Ste. 101
Cranston, RI 02920
944-4300

Dr. Richard Iacobucci
725 Reservoir Avenue
Suite 103
Cranston, RI 02920
353-4936

Dr. Mark Braun
Dr. Jane Doyle
351 Budlong Road
Cranston, RI 02920
943-1860

CUMBERLAND

Dr. Scott Wilson
106 Nate Whipple Highway
Cumberland, RI 02864
658-2020

EAST GREENWICH

Dr. John Horan
6 Wanton Shippee Road
E. Greenwich, RI 02818
884-2476

Dr. Todd Viccione
Dr. Gregory Allen
Dr. Karen Noyes
Dr. Sukanya Somasundar
1407 South County Trail, Ste. 432
E. Greenwich, RI 02818
471-6406

EAST PROVIDENCE

Dr. Jeffrey H. Drogin
Dr. Rafael Liporaci
450 Veterans Memorial
Parkway, Bldg. 1
E. Providence, RI 02914
434-5050

Dr. Neenoofar Haneef
Dr. Anne Bauman
Dr. SamarthChittargi
1 Office Parkway
East providence, RI 02914
435-3325

GREENVILLE

Dr. Michael Heru
466 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
949-2010

PROVIDENCE

Dr. Anne Bauman
1195 North Main St., 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02904
331-8555

WARWICK

Dr. Douglas Foreman
1444 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
463-5750

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OLF Central Registration Entrance to Temporarily Relocate During Construction Renovation - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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OLF Central Registration Entrance to Temporarily Relocate During Construction Renovation

On May 20, 2016, the central registration department will temporarily relocate to an adjacent space at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital while Gilbane Building Company prepares to renovate the entire Central Registration entrance and department.

During construction, patients and visitors can follow signs that will direct them to the temporary Central Registration location that will be located next to Corporate Care near the Emergency Department on the Southwest side of the campus.

Ambulance companies who transport patients to the hospital will be directed to use the Endoscopy Entrance on the north side of the campus.  Ambulances will not be able to idle in the drop off zone due to limited space.  Additional parking is available in the west lot behind the hospital.

There is no impact to the Emergency Department.  Rescue Vehicles dropping off at the Emergency Department can continue to do so.

48 CharterCARE physicians named RI Monthly “Top Docs” - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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48 CharterCARE physicians named RI Monthly “Top Docs”

A total of 48 physicians from CharterCARE Health Partners have been recognized as "Top Docs" in the May 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.

The physicians affiliated with CharterCARE who were named "Top Docs" are: Dr. Vijay Sudheendra (Anesthesiology), Dr. William Levin (Cardiology), Dr. Joseph Mazza (Cardiology), Dr. Joseph Meharg (Critical Care Medicine), Dr. Michael Bonitati (Emergency Care), Dr. Valerie Thomas (Endocrinology), Dr. Joseph Tucci (Endocrinology), Dr. Roberto Ortiz (Endocrinology), Dr. Robert Dobrzynski, (Endocrinology), Dr. William Chen (Gastroenterology), Dr. Edward Pensa (Gastroenterology), Dr. Christy Dibble (Gastroenterology), Dr. Joel Spellun (Gastroenterology), Dr. Mark Rosenberg (General/Family Practice), Dr. John Stoukides (Geriatrics), Dr. Cornelius Granai (Gynecological Oncology), Dr. Sundaresan Sambandam (Hematology/Oncology), Dr. Vincent Armenio (Hematology/Oncology), Dr. Glenn Fort (Infectious Diseases), Dr. Richard Cottiero (Nephrology), Dr. Christopher Cosgrove (Nephrology), Dr. Charles McCoy (Nephrology), Dr. George Lee (Nephrology), Dr. Elaine Jones (Neurology), Dr. Arshad Iqbal (Neurology), Dr. Francis Figueroa (Ophthalmology), Dr. John Tarro (Otolaryngology), Dr. Walter Donat (Pulmonary Diseases), Dr. William Corrao (Pulmonary Diseases), Dr. Jeffrey Rogg (Radiology), Dr. Jon Mukand (Rehabilitation/Physical Medicine), Dr. Kathy Radie-Keane (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Scott Triedman (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Edward Lally (Rheumatology), Dr. Adam Klipfel (Colon/Rectal Surgery), Dr. Dieter Pohl (General Surgery), Dr. Stephen Migliori (General Surgery), Dr. Prakash Sampath (Neurosurgery), Dr. Louis Mariorenzi (Orthopedic Surgery), Dr. David Barrall (Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery), Dr. Andrea Doyle (Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery), Dr. Steven Katz (Surgical Oncology), Dr. R. James Koness (Surgical Oncology), Dr. Ponnandai Somasundar (Surgical Oncology), Dr. N. Joseph Espat (Surgical Oncology), Dr. Laurie Reeder (Thoracic Surgery), Dr. Angelo Cambio (Urology) and Dr. Steven Colagiovanni (Urology).

"Our affiliated physicians -- and our hospitals -- are focused on quality care, which is why I am pleased to see so many of our medical staff members chosen by their peers as "Top Doctors," said Lester Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE. "Congratulations to all of the physicians honored and thank you to all our providers for what you do in the delivery of excellent patient care."

Front entrance project at Roger Williams hits milestone - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Front entrance project at Roger Williams hits milestone

The front entrance project at Roger Williams Medical Center hit a significant milestone the week of March 27 with the final steel cross beam erected. Roger Williams President Kimberly O’Connell and others signed the cross beam during an informal topping-off ceremony to mark the occasion. This project, featuring a covered entrance and a new elevator that connects a modern lobby with the diagnostic wing of the hospital, is expected to be completed in June. The renovations will dramatically improve the patient and visitor experience and provide for greater accessibility.

While this project nears completion, more are underway across  the CharterCARE system. Renovations of the main corridor at Fatima Hospital are almost completed, while construction of a new area for CT scan capabilities in the Emergency Room will start in May. Shortly after that project starts, renovation of the Central Registration entrance at Fatima is expected to begin. The design is completed for that project and permits are being finalized.

These projects and others were first announced at an October 19, 2015 press conference detailing $17.5 million in capital improvements to CharterCARE facilities. At the topping-off event, O’Connell was joined by colleagues involved in the project including Thomas Mann, Director of Facilities Development & Planning for CharterCARE, as well as members of Gilbane Construction and the design group of Blount Bennett Architects.

Some statistics on the project:

• Over 100 work days and 4,800 man hours without an injury or lost day. • Over $1 million invested to date.

• 15 tons of steel above ground; 5 tons of steel encased in concrete. • Over 150 cubic yards of earth has been moved.

• Over 100 cubic yards of concrete has been placed. • Over 10 tons of pre-cast concrete has been placed.

Lester Schindel named American Hospital Association “Grassroots Champion” - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Lester Schindel named American Hospital Association “Grassroots Champion”

Lester P. Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Part­ners, will be honored as the Rhode Island “Grass­roots Champion” by the American Hospital As­sociation (AHA) in May. Schindel will be present­ed with the award at the AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC, and will also be recognized at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) annual meeting in No­vember. Each year, HARI chooses one “cham­pion” with a strong track record of grassroots activity within their hospital and community.

Schindel joined CharterCARE in November 2015, following five years of service as CEO and President of Steward Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospital. He has led further development of the system and has been instrumental in building CharterCARE’s innovative model of coordinated regional care including a thriving independent practice association.

Prior to leading Steward Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospital, Schindel was CEO of Merrimack Valley Hospital, COO of Metrowest Medical Center in Natick, MA and COO of Leonard Morse Hospital, also in Natick.

Schindel is a graduate of Rutgers University and received a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Schindel has delivered numerous addresses to a variety of national and regional health care organizations.

CharterCARE Lab Network Now Accepts BlueChip for Medicare - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE Lab Network Now Accepts BlueChip for Medicare

CharterCARE Health Partners has announced that its network of close to 40 community-based laboratory sites are now accepting BlueCHIP for Medicare, effective April 1st, 2016. This means that seniors can get fast and accurate testing results from one of the area’s most sophisticated and recognized laboratories at Fatima Hospital. CharterCARE is Rhode Island’s first Coordinated Regional Care health system and includes Roger Williams Medical Center, Fatima Hospital and six other providers,

BlueCHiP for Medicare from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan built around a network of qualified providers.

CharterCARE laboratory sites include:

Barrington
Barrington Urgent Care
310 Maple Avenue
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Phone: 401-245-2646

Coventry
Family Health Services
191 MacArthur Boulevard
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-589-2611

Centre of New England
Primary/Urgent Care
775 Centre of New England Boulevard
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-615-9478

Cranston
James Cardi, M.D.
673 Atwood Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-383-3578

Family Health Services
1090 Cranston Street
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Phone: 401-943-0603

Knightsville Medical Building
1681 Cranston Street, Suite F
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Phone: 401-942-2258

Cranston Medical Associates
725 Reservoir Avenue, Suite 6
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Phone: 401-464-9313

CharterCARE Medical Associates Pontiac Primary Care
1500 Pontiac Avenue, Suite 101
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-228-3918

Woodrige Medical Associates
351 Budlong Road, Suite 101A
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-489-4676

Cumberland
Family Internal Medicine
Bassam Khabbaz, MD
2295 Diamond Hill Road
Wednesday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-333-3445

Cumberland Medical Building
2138 Mendon Road
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-334-2538

Cumberland Medical Center
106 Nate Whipple Highway
Monday, Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-658-2033

East Greenwich
Dermatology Associates
1351 South County Trail, Building 3; Suite 302
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-885-5140

East Providence
CharterCARE Medical Associates
Vincent Armenio, MD
1 Office Parkway, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-432-2551

CharterCARE Medical Associates
Jeffrey Drogin, MD
450 Veterans Memorial Parkway, #14
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Phone: 401-270-2873

East Providence Medical Center
525 Taunton Avenue
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-435-5404

East Providence Primary/Urgent Care
Constantine Vafidis, MD
684 Warren Avenue
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-437-6430

Anthony Rocha, MD
387 Waterman Avenue
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 401-438-2452

Michael Souza, DO
2761 Pawtucket Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-434-1132

Gilbert Teixeira, DO
400 Massasoit Avenue, #300
Monday, Tuesday, Friday,  7:30 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-432-7025

Greenville
CharterCARE Medical Associates
Family Treatment Center
466 Putnam Pike, Rear Entrance
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-456-3915

Johnston
Atwood Medical Lab
1524 Atwood Avenue, Suite 133
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Phone: 401-421-5925

Lincoln
CharterCARE Medical Associates, Blackstone
Hugo Yamada, MD
6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 502
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Every 3rd Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-475-2367

North Providence
North Providence Primary Care
The Grace Building - Lower Level
1830 Mineral Spring Avenue
Monday, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Phone: 401-437-6848

Claude Younes, MD
1300 Mineral Spring Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-729-7417

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
200 High Service Avenue
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Phone: 401-456-3170

North Providence Medical Services
1637 Mineral Spring Avenue, Suite 111B
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-354-8308

Pawtucket
St. Joseph Health Center
249 Roosevelt Avenue
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Phone: 401-726-3816

Providence
Hope Medical
Wadid Azer, MD
770 North Main Street
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-331-2066

Emilio Rodrigues-Peris, MD
Hindle Building
655 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-273-0644

Roger Williams Medical Center
Diagnostic Wing Entrance
825 Chalkstone Avenue
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-456-2135

University Medical Group
50 Maude Street
Elmhurst Pavilion Entrance
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 401-456-2106

St. Joseph Outpatient
21 Peace Street
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-456-4152

Warwick
Family Health Services of Warwick
Everett C. Wilcox Center
226 Buttonwoods Avenue
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Phone: 401-209-6661

Hospital Employees of the Year recognized at statewide event - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE’s hospital Employees of the Year were recognized on March 22 at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island's 2016 "Celebration of Excellence" ceremony. The event, which featured Employees of the Year from hospitals throughout Rhode Island, took place at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

Keri Kinniburgh, COTA, from Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, is the Fatima Hospital Employee of the Year. She is an occupational therapy assistant who is among a select group of clinicians who are Certified Rehab Stroke Specialists. Keri leads our stroke support group at Fatima, organizes fundraisers, and is known for her hands-on, compassionate manner delivery of care.

Dan Albuquerque, an HVAC mechanic, is this year’s honoree from Roger Williams. He is responsible for the heating and cooling systems for Roger Williams’ two main campuses. Dan has been with the Maintenance & Engineering Department at Roger Williams for 34 years, making him the longest serving member of that team.

Pictured from left to right are Fatima Hospital President Tom Hughes, Keri Kinniburgh, COTA, Dan Albuquerque, and Kimberly O'Connell, Roger Williams President.

CharterCARE hospitals awarded Blue Distinction Center status for hip, knee & spine surgery programs - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE hospitals awarded Blue Distinction Center status for hip, knee & spine surgery programs

The hip, knee, and spine surgery programs at both Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital have been awarded Blue Distinction Center status by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in these specialties.

The two CharterCARE hospitals were chosen for the designations following a comprehensive review of each facility’s spine surgery and knee and hip replacement programs.

“Patients need to know that their surgery is performed in a hospital focused on the highest quality outcomes,” said Lester P. Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “This important designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes the quality care provided through our hip, knee and spine surgery programs. This distinction was made possible because of our extraordinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, nurses and support staff.”

Roger Williams received initial designation in these specialties in 2011 and was re-designated in 2013. Fatima was designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery in 2013 and is receiving the hip and knee designation for the first time.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction program has recognized facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. The program provides BCBSRI members with a credible means of identifying hospitals that meet their individual healthcare needs for select procedures and conditions.

The Blue Distinction Center program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals on their ability to deliver high quality and safe specialty care based on criteria -- like surgical team expertise and a history of better patient outcomes -- that directly impact patient results.

Blue Distinction Centers have a proven track-record for delivering better results—such as fewer complications and readmissions—than facilities without these recognitions.

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery or a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, hospitals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume.
  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care.
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care.
  • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education.
  Orthopaedic Physicians  
Arcand, Michael A., MD                         

1524 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI  02919

401-351-6200
Austin, Gregory J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Belanger, Michael J., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Buonanno, A. Robert, MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Buonanno, William S., MD

35 Sockanossett Crossroad, Suite 7, Cranston, RI  02920

401-946-6622
Catallozzi, Kenneth R., MD 2138 Mendon Road, Ste. 302, Cumberland, RI  02864 401-334-1060
Czerwein, Jr., John K., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI  02919
401-351-6200
Fortuna, Robert J., MD 2138 Mendon Road, Ste. 302, Cumberland, RI  02864 401-334-1060
Hubbard, Leonard, MD 1150 Reservoir Avenue, Ste. 301, Cranston, RI  02920 401-942-0280
Izzi, Jr., Joseph A., MD 1351 Smith Street
North Providence, RI  02911
401-353-5550
Mariorenzi, Louis J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Mariorenzi, Michael P., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
Mirrer, Franklin, MD 215 Toll Gate Road, Ste. 206, Warwick, RI  02886 401-739-9050
Morrissey, Kenneth J., MD 1150 Reservoir Avenue, Ste. 200, Cranston, RI  02920 401-944-8700
Moss, David A., MD 1524 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 140, Johnston, RI  02919 401-351-6200
Pizzarello, Jr., Peter A., MD 868 Admiral Street
Providence, RI  02904
401-273-8400
Singer, Ira J., MD 725 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI  02910
401-944-3800
  Neurosurgeon Physicians  

Das, Sumit K., MD

1526 Atwood Avenue, Ste. 200, Johnston, RI  02919

401-404-2975   

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Employees of the Year from CharterCARE system recognized - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Employees of the Year from CharterCARE system recognized

Congratulations to our three Employees of the Year pictured here with Lester Schindel, CharterCARE CEO(second from the right). They are Keri Kinniburgh, occupational therapy assistant with Southern New England Rehabilitation Center, Kimberly Bogan, biomedical equipment engineer with CharterCARE, and Dan Albuquerque, an HVAC mechanic from Roger Williams Medical Center.

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CharterCARE Opens New Outpatient Integrated Behavioral Health Center

CharterCARE Health Partners has announced the opening of its new  Integrated Behavioral Health Center, an outpatient program designed specifically for people who need a structured support system to achieve early recovery from addiction. The Center is located on the campus of Roger Williams Medical Center in a building adjacent to the hospital at 877 Chalkstone Avenue in Providence.  

The Department of Outpatient Addiction Medicine, currently located on the first floor of the main building at Roger Williams Medical Center, has also moved into this space.  

The new Center is staffed by a multi-disciplinary treatment team including physicians, nurses, and therapists, and will be led by Alex Etienne, M.D., and Vincent Marcaccio, M.D., both of whom are certified Suboxone providers.  The program is directed by Liz Cantor, Ph.D., and will offer same day appointments for  outpatient evaluation/intake for co-occurring disorders and/or co-morbid behavioral health and medical conditions, short and long term counseling, individual counseling, Suboxone treatment from induction phase to maintenance, a Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

“Opiate addiction is a national and local epidemic and, since CharterCARE is a leading provider of behavioral health services, it is a natural extension of our program to create an outpatient center that offers services to this complex population,” said Dr. Liz Cantor, Director. “Additional supports and treatment toward sustaining their recovery are important at this critical stage” She added that CharterCARE is working closely with the state of Rhode Island to become a center of excellence in Suboxone outpatient treatment.   

To make a referral or appointment, please call (401) 456-2362. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Liz Cantor, Director of Behavioral Health Outpatient Services, at (401) 318-2452 or at Elizabeth.cantor@chartercare.org

An affiliate of CharterCARE Health Partners, Roger Williams Medical Center is a comprehensive health care institution offering a broad range of adult health services to residents of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.

Excellence in care affirmed with more than a dozen quality awards - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Exceptional quality care does not happen by chance.

In the last year, the care delivered through CharterCARE’s hospital and nursing home affiliates was affirmed with more than a dozen quality awards, accreditations, and certifications. These awards were delivered by the country’s leading health care accrediting agencies like The Joint Commission, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Nurses Association.

Roger Williams Medical Center, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, and Elmhurst Extended Care were recognized for safety, positive patient outcomes, and excellent clinical care. The programs that received recognition for quality in 2015 included cancer, nursing, weight loss surgery, stroke, orthopaedic surgery, sleep medicine, diabetes, laboratory medicine, and elder care.  And the first half of 2016 brought even more quality recognition with the following awards:

  • The Roger Williams Medical Center Blood and Marrow Transplant program, the only unit of its kind in the state, 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 accreditation is effective January 2016 for a period of three years.
  • The hip, knee, and spine surgery programs at both Fatima and Roger Williams were awarded Blue Distinction Center status by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in these specialties.
  • Roger Williams Cancer Center was one of just 24 accredited cancer programs in the country to receive the June-December 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The award acknowledges programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. 
  • Elmhurst Extended Care received a deficiency-free survey following a four day inspection from the federal office of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“These national quality awards and accreditations reflect our uncompromised commitment to excellence in patient care,” said Lester Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE. “Delivering safe, high quality care is the most important promise we make to our patients and their families.”

Among the certifications and accreditations achieved over the past year:

Roger Williams Medical Center:

  • Re-certified as a Primary Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission.
  • Our Bariatric Surgery was reaccredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited and Quality Improvement Program.
  • Our Breast Health Program was accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology.
  • Roger Williams Center has been designated as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons.
  • The Cancer Center received Gold Level Accreditation Status from the American College of Surgeons.
  • The American Orthopaedic Association has designated our orthopaedics program as a Star performer in its national Own the Bone quality campaign.
  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) reaccredited the Sleep Disorders Center at Roger Williams for five years.

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital:

  • Recertified as a Primary Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission
  • Our clinical laboratory received full recertification from the College of American Pathologists.
  • Fatima’s total hip and knee surgery program – The first in the state to be certified by The Joint Commission – was recertified.
  • Fatima was the first hospital in New England to be certified in Advanced Diabetes Care by The Joint Commission.
  • Fatima was awarded the prestigious Pathways to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Association’s Credentialing Center.
  • Fatima was awarded Exemplar status for its NICHE program (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders), which is focused on quality care for hospitalized seniors.
  • Fatima-based Southern New England Rehabilitation Center received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Elmhurst Extended Care:

  • Received a deficiency-free inspection from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

      

Short emergency department waiting times at Roger Williams, Fatima Hospital confirmed by study - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Short emergency department waiting times at Roger Williams, Fatima Hospital confirmed by study

CharterCARE’s two hospitals -- Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital -- are home to emergency departments with some of the shortest waiting times in Rhode Island, according to a recent study posted on GoLocalProv.com

Both hospitals were in the top three in terms of shortest emergency department waiting times. The average waiting time for an emergency department patient to be seen by a doctor at Fatima Hospital was 23 minutes. The time at Roger Williams was 20 minutes. The hospital with the highest average in the state was 73 minutes.

GoLocalProv.com utilized data prepared by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The American Hospital Association reports that emergency room visits have increased by nearly 19 percent over the past decade.

Both hospitals have a history of leadership in the delivery of emergency care. In 2013, Fatima and Roger Williams opened the state’s first (and still only) senior-friendly emergency departments. For nearly a year, both emergency departments underwent physical renovations and modifications, while providing enhanced training and assessment tools for staff. Both hospitals are also certified in Advanced Stroke Care by The Joint Commission.

In 2014, Fatima became one of the first hospitals in Rhode Island to post current emergency department waiting times on its hospital web site. And late last year, CharterCARE announced expansion and renovations to both hospital emergency departments as part of a $17.5 million capital improvement program. These facility improvements will serve to further enhance the already-excellent emergency care delivered at CharterCARE’s two hospitals.

To read the article on the study of emergency department waiting times, please visit: http://m.golocalprov.com/news/ri-hospitals-emergency-room-waiting-times

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A crowd of more than 500 -- including honorees, guests, co-workers, and leadership -- were on hand to celebrate at the 2015 CharterCARE Service Awards Dinner on November 20. Employees from throughout CharterCARE were recognized for five year increments of service.

The 45-year honorees who were in attendance are pictured here, along with system leadership, from left to right: Lester Schindel, CharterCARE CEO, Paul Speakman, Roger Williams, cook; Kimberly O’Connell, Roger Williams president; Charles Martineau, RN, Fatima, PACU;  Gloria Matteson, LPN, Fatima, Endoscopy; Diane Ledoux, LPN, Fatima, Occupational Health; Donna Clegg, RN, Fatima, Pre-Admission Testing; Karen Maxwell, RN, Roger Williams, Operating Room; James Peloso, RN, Fatima, PACU; Joanne Dooley, RN, Roger Wiliams, Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer; and Thomas Hughes, Fatima Hospital president. The 45 year honorees not in attendance were Maureen Krupski, senior medical technologist, Roger Williams; Denis Leveillee, first cook, Fatima; and Kathleen Moran, Fatima, nutrition assistant.

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A better way to “Be Healthy Rhode Island!”

Hundreds of Rhode Islanders were screened, educated and informed at the first-ever “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” event hosted by CharterCARE Health Partners on November 14, 2015 at Twin River Event Center. Attendees at the health fair stopped by informational booths to “Ask The Doctor” -- including physicians from CharterCARE Medical Associates -- and “Ask The Pharmacist.” They also were screened for body mass index, blood pressure, dermatologic conditions, diabetes, cholesterol, podiatric issues, and glucose. Further information was available on cancer, diabetes, elder care, wound care, weight loss surgery, rehabilitation, behavioral health, sleep disorders, pediatric dentistry, and employment with CharterCARE. Our partners from Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Prospect Provider Group RI, the Department of Health and Ocean State Urgent Care and Primary Care Centers were also available to share important health information.

The program was opened up by Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and CharterCARE CEO Lester Schindel. Speakers on the program included surgical oncologist Dr. Steven Katz, psychiatrist Dr. Scott Haltzman, endocrinologist Dr. Roberto Ortiz, weight loss surgeon Dr. Dieter Pohl, and Richard Gamache, VP/Extended Care, Administrator, Elmhurst Extended Care.

The media sponsor of “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” was WPRI-TV 12 and the event was hosted by Michaela Johnson from WPRI’s “The Rhode Show.” Thank you to everyone who attended to learn more and take control of their own health care!


Michaela Johnson


Lt. Gov. Dan McKee and Lester Schindel


Dr. Steven Katz


Dr. Scott Haltzman


Dr. Roberto Ortiz


Richard Gamache


Dr. Dieter Pohl

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CharterCARE Health Partners has released two new commercials focusing on its dedicated experienced team members and an innovative model of healthcare delivery known as coordinated regional care.  You can view the commercials embedded below.

 

 

 

 

CharterCARE team promotes “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” on Dan Yorke’s program - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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CharterCARE team members were recently featured on Dan Yorke’s “State of Mind” television program to discuss Rhode Island’s most comprehensive health fair – “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” The television program, which is embedded at the bottom of this page, will run again on Sunday, November 8 at 10:30 p.m. on WNAC Fox Providence.

Several members of our team including psychiatrist Dr. Scott Haltzman and surgical oncologists Dr. Steven Katz and Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino were interviewed for the program.

“Be Healthy Rhode Island!” takes place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. The media sponsor of “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” is WPRI-TV 12. To learn more about this event, follow this link:

http://www.chartercare.org/news-and-events/post/chartercare-hosting-be-healthy-rhode-island-on-november-14-at-twin-river-ev

Our CharterCARE team members’ appearance on “State of Mind is featured here:

http://foxprovidence.com/2015/10/30/1029-chartercare-on-state-of-mind/

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CharterCARE hosting “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” on November 14 at Twin River Event Center

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, CharterCARE Health Partners is presenting the year’s most comprehensive health fair -- “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” This free event takes place at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln from 8:30 a.m. to noon and features a host of speakers, health screenings, and informational tables. Flu shots are now available on a frist come first serve basis; please bring an ID and your insurance card.  The media sponsor of “Be Healthy Rhode Island!” is WPRI-TV 12.

“Be Healthy Rhode Island!” is hosted by Michaela Johnson from WPRI’s “The Rhode Show.” Attendees at the health fair can stop by booths to “Ask The Doctor” -- including physicians from CharterCARE Medical Associates -- or “Ask The Pharmacist.” They can also partake in health screenings for body mass index, blood pressure, dermatologic conditions, diabetes, cholesterol and glucose.

Information will also be available on health topics like cancer, diabetes, elder care, wound care, weight loss surgery, rehabilitation, behavioral health, sleep disorders, pediatric dentistry, and employment with CharterCARE. Our partners from Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Prospect Provider Group RI, and Ocean State Urgent Care and Primary Care Centers will also be on-hand to share important health information. The first 500 attendees will receive a free first aid kit.

Speakers on the program (along with their times and topics are):

  • 9:15 a.m.     Dr. Steven Katz
    Partnering With Your Cancer Center: The Role of the Surgical Oncologist”
  • 9:40 a.m.     Dr. Scott Haltzman
    “Deck The Halls With Sanity: How To Deal With Holiday Stress”
  • 10:15 a.m.   Dr. Roberto Ortiz
    “Beating Diabetes”
  • 10:40 a.m.   Richard Gamache
    “The Apocalypse of Ageism”
  • 11:00 a.m.   Dr. Dieter Pohl
    “Weight Loss: What Really Works!”

“We are pleased to bring the state’s most comprehensive health fair to our fellow Rhode Islanders free of charge,” said Lester P. Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “Community outreach, education and screening are vitally important to our mission of creating a healthier Rhode Island.”

To learn more about “Be Healthy Rhode Island!”, please visit www.chartercare.org.

CharterCARE Health Partners is the corporate parent of Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima hospital. It operates a total of 579 licensed hospital beds, employs approximately 2,800 employees and has annual operating revenues of approximately $330 million.

CharterCARE Announces $17.5 Million Capital Investment in Rhode Island Facilities - Latest News from CharterCARE Health Partners - Providence, Rhode Island (RI)

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Click to see WPRI-TV 12 coverage of CharterCARE's capital investment program.
http://wpri.com/2015/10/19/modernized-ers-among-changes-slated-for-fatima-roger-williams/

Click to read the Providence Journal's coverage of CharterCARE's capital investment program.
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151019/NEWS/151019346

CharterCARE Health Partners has announced the next phase of its capital investment program, a $17.5 million facility improvement plan to dramatically enhance both hospital campuses. The investments were announced at a press conference an October 19, 2015 attended by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Congressman James Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, and Gregory Mancini, executive director of BuildRI, along with hospital and medical staff leadership, board members, and more than 100 employees and guests.

The projects announced are:

  • Expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department at Roger Williams Medical Center. This approximately 23,000 square-foot project will significantly increase the capacity and efficiency of the Emergency Department and will also provide state-of-the art emergency medical technologies to the staff of the emergency room. This project first requires state approval through the Health Services Council and Certificate of Need process.
  • Renovation and modernization of the Emergency Department at Fatima Hospital. Improvements will include upgrades to the core nursing area to enhance patient care and workflow, expanded treatment space for behavioral health patients and separate access for both patients and EMS professionals.
  • Construction of a new lobby and entrance to Roger Williams Medical Center. This project will feature a covered entrance and a new elevator that connects a modern lobby with the diagnostic wing of the hospital.  The project will dramatically improve the patient and visitor experience with improvements designed for greater accessibility.
  • Construction of a new main entrance at Fatima Hospital. This project will re-locate the main hospital entrance to the southern side of the facility to provide more convenient access and parking for patients and visitors. It will also consolidate and improve registration and business office functions to better accommodate patients.

With these projects nearing the final stages of design development, construction is scheduled to begin on the new entrances and is expected to be completed in phases by the end of 2016. The projects will create approximately 235 direct and indirect construction jobs.

“At a time when the Rhode Island economy continues to struggle, we are proud to be making this significant capital investment,” said Lester Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE. “These projects will enhance our facility infrastructure and allow us to serve our patients and their families in a more efficient and modern way. In addition, this investment reflects our optimism that Rhode Island is poised for a steady economic recovery under the leadership of Governor Raimondo and our General Assembly.”

Edwin Santos, Chairman of the Board of Directors, added, “This is an exciting time for our organization as we are now in a position to make needed capital improvements for our patients but also for our physicians and employees who continue to provide the high quality, compassionate care synonymous with hospitals and health services.”

Schindel said that since the joint venture with California-based Prospect Medical Holdings occurred last year, the hospital has focused on operational efficiencies, productivity improvements and strategic planning. During that time, the hospital has also spent more than $7 million in new equipment for surgical and patient care services while achieving several quality distinctions and awards.


Pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony, from left to right, are: Thomas Hughes, Fatima Hospital president; Kimberly O’Connell, Roger Williams Medical Center president; Congressman David Cicilline, Edwin J. Santos, chairman of the board, CharterCARE; Governor Gina Raimondo, Lester P. Schindel, CharterCARE CEO; Congressman James Langevin; Dr. Cynthia Alves, medical staff president, Roger Williams Medical Center; Dr. Raffi Calikyan, medical staff president, Fatima Hospital, and Gregory Mancini, executive director of BuildRI.