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  • Awards and Achievements

  • 2014


    • Rhode Island Hospital's adult cardiothoracic intensive care unit received its second Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
    • Rhode Island Hospital's diagnostic imaging department wins Healthcare Technology Management's first Best Practices in Healthcare Technology Management Award. The award recognizes the hospital's effort to establish and sustain a culture of safety.
    • The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital was recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program for delivering high-quality patient care. The QOPI Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.


    • Orthopedic surgeon Phillip R. Lucas, MD, receives the Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award for his leadership, commitment to patient care, hospital and community service, and local and national recognition by his peers. The award is the highest honor the Rhode Island Hospital medical staff bestows on one of its own. More about this award.
    • The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This award recognizes the significant commitment by the hospitals to providing high-quality cancer care, as well as to meeting and exceeding the standards set by the commission.


    • Rhode Island Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center. Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital provides services to more than 900 adult and geriatric patients with suspected transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke annually in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. More about this award
    • Rhode Island Hospital recently earned Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. HIMSS Analytics, a subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, rates more than 5,000 acute-care, non-federal hospitals on their progress in implementing the components of an electronic medical records system. Rhode Island Hospital is one of only 105 that were awarded this designation.
    • Lifespan and its Rhode Island Hospital has been selected Lifespan for a 21st Century Award by The IDG Computerworld Honors Program, honoring the development of the Rapid Emergency Satellite Communications system (RESCQ).
    • The cardiothoracic intensive care unit has been given the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, the most prestigious award possible for critical care nursing. Ours is the only adult unit in Rhode Island and the Boston area to be so honored.
    • Rhode Island Hospital was named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island following a comprehensive review of its spine surgery and knee and hip replacement services. The Blue Distinction program recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. More about this award
    • Rhode Island Hospital is designated the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
    • Rhode Island Hospital receives the Consumer Choice Award for the fifteenth consecutive year.
    • The Rhode Island Burn Center at Rhode Island Hospital receives designation as a verified adult and pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons.


    • Rhode Island Hospital received an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will fund research that will lead to a general understanding of stem cell biology and identify unique approaches to tissue regeneration in lung and marrow diseases. The 5-year grant, awarded to Peter Quesenberry, MD, director of hematology/oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, also provides funding for the development of a major stem cell research center at Rhode Island Hospital.
    • Rhode Island Hospital receives the Consumer Choice Award.
    • Rhode Island Hospital is recognized by Nursing Professionals magazine as one of the "Top 100 Hospitals" to work for.


    • Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital were named Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Rhode Island and The Miriam are the only two hospitals in the state to be recognized with this merit.
    • Rhode Island Hospital received full approval for its dental residency program at the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
    • Rhode Island Hospital has been verified again as a Level I Trauma Center by the Committee on trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
    • Rhode Island Hospital has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
    • Rhode Island Hospital's Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging earned designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiologists.
    • The diagnostic imaging residency training program at Rhode Island Hospital, a partnership with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been ranked number one in the country. The ranking, released annually by the American Board of Radiology, objectively measures residency training programs based on the past five years of written and oral board examinations. The Rhode Island Hospital-sponsored graduate medical education program was ranked number one out of the 186 training programs across the country. Based at Rhode Island Hospital, residents also spend one month training at both The Miriam Hospital and Women and Infant's Hospital each year.
    • Rhode Island Hospital has once again been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center and a UnitedHealth Premium Surgical Spine Specialty Center. Hospitals receiving the designation have met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.
    • For the second consecutive year, Rhode Island Hospital and its New England Organ Bank (NEOB) staff have been recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as one of the nation's best performing organ procurement organizations. Rhode Island Hospital's NEOB received the Distinguished Performance Award for excelling in measures considered most critical by donation professionals, including high conversion rates (the number of potential deceased organ donors who become donors), high rate of organs transplanted per donor and high percentage of donors who donate following cardiac death (as compared to following brain death, which is more common). Rhode Island Hospital was recognized for a donor conversion rate of 75 percent for the past year and received its award during the national meeting of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative in Nashville, TN.
    • Rhode Island Hospital has been recognized as a national leader in providing heart attack care and for meeting the 90-minute national standard to provide life-saving care. The hospital was selected by VHA, Inc., a national health care alliance, as a model of treatment for heart attack patients. The hospital presented its care process at the VHA's national meeting in Orlando to serve as a model and help other hospitals achieve such performance levels.
    • Thomson Healthcare names Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital among the nation's top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care.
    • The Samuels Sinclair Dental Center of Rhode Island Hospital receives the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award from Exceptional Parent magazine. The award recognizes the center for its advocacy on behalf of people living with disabilities and special needs.

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