CharterCARE Presents Community EMS Award


CharterCARE Health Partners recently presented its annual Emergency Medical Services Award to Captain William O’keefe of the North Providence Fire Department. The award is given to a member of Rhode Island’s EMS community whose character, commitment and achievements exemplify excellence in the delivery of emergency medical services and the advancement of the EMS profession.

Captain O'keefe, assigned to Rescue 1, has been an EMT since 2007 and joined the NPFD in 2012. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014 and then to Captain that same year. He is a strong advocate for superior patient care and providing great service, and his professionalism is always outstanding in his interactions with patients, his superiors, subordinates and hospital staff. He is vigilant on the condition of the trucks, upkeep on supplies and daily operations. He is always consistent with his management approach toward his crews and other town agencies.

“This award is designed to reflect CharterCARE’s respect for the EMS profession and its desire to continue to be a positive partner with EMT’s and the EMS community,” said Donna Rubinate, RN, Chief Operating Officer, adding, “We are pleased to honor Captain O’keefe, who exemplifies everything good about an EMT”. 

Pictured at Fatima Hospital, from left to right; G. Richard Fossa, Chief of Staff, Chief John Horan, Chief John Silva, Donna Rubinate, RN, Chief Operating Officer at CharterCARE, Captain O’keefe, Mayor Charles Lombardi, and Battalion Chief Robert DeAngelis.