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CharterCARE Announces $17.5 Million Capital Investment in Rhode Island Facilities

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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:

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.