Rhode Island Hospital Awards and Recognition

Featured Awards and Recognition

  • Comprehensive Cancer Center earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
  • Named a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island for spine surgery, complex and rare cancers, and knee and hip replacement services.
  • One of only 122 hospitals across the country — and the only one in Rhode Island — to receive the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation for 2015-16.
  • The Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) sites at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital named to Becker's Hospital Review 2015 "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs."
  • Earned Healthcare Technology Management's Best Practices in Healthcare Technology Management Award in 2012.
  • The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital recognized in both 2012 and 2015 by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program for delivering high-quality patient care.
  • Rhode Island Hospital’s Coop 3 and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit hold the prestigious Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
  1. Received Healthcare Equality Index leadership status from the Human Rights Campaign for its commitment to providing the best practices in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender care.

Accreditations

  • Only Level I Trauma Center in southeastern New England, verified by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Only verified Burn Center in the state of Rhode Island.
  • First hospital in state awarded advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • Only Rhode Island hospital accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • Received three-year accreditation in 2013 by the American College of Radiology.
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Center receives Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Center of Comprehensive Care Accreditation.

Awards and Achievements by Year

2014

  • Rhode Island Hospital received Healthcare Equality Index leadership status from the Human Rights Campaign for its commitment to providing the best practices in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender care.
  • The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Awardfrom the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

2012

  • 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.

2011

  • 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.

2010

  • 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.

2009

  • 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.

2008

  • 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 Centerfrom 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.

2007

  • The department of pathology at RIH was in the top ten percent of institutions in terms of abstracts that were peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP).
  • 2007 Best Doctors in America
  • The RIH kidney transplant program recognized the tenth anniversary of its first kidney transplant on March 23. The program, which was recognized by Tufts Health Plan as a Center of Excellence for Kidney Transplantation, has performed more than 660 transplants. In addition, the program has performed 21 pancreas transplants as well as 5 simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplants.
  • Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be recognized among the best in the country for low costs and low charges and using a strong financial position to reinvest in its facility to improve overall care. The Five-Star hospital ranking in the Community Value Provider listing, a proprietary index created by the private firm Cleverley and Associates, was designed to offer a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community. Cleverley and Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, released the findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry - 2007 Edition.
  • Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital were again named among the nation's 100 top hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare, formerly known as Solucient. Thomson's annual study identifies hospitals that are setting benchmark levels of performance for cardiovascular services throughout the nation. It recognizes the hospitals and their management teams for superior clinical, operational and financial performance in the area of cardiovascular service. This is the second consecutive year that Rhode Island and The Miriam were both named to the list, and they remain the only hospitals in the state to be honored with this recognition.
  • Rhode Island Hospital is the recipient of a $5 million emergency preparedness grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The hospital was chosen out of a field of 40 applicants and is one of only five in the country to be selected for the 2007 Healthcare Facilities Emergency Care Partnership Program.
  • The Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital has earned designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiologists (ACR). It is the only facility in the state to receive the designation.
  • Rhode Island Hospital announces the opening of the area's first Colorectal Care Center, the only facility in the region to provide multidisciplinary care for conditions such as colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, incontinence, pre-malignancies and other conditions that can have debilitating effects on the lives of individuals.
  • The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded Rhode Island Hospital an $11.1 million grant to study the prevention and treatment of skeletal joint diseases. The 5-year grant will establish the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Skeletal Health and Repair at Rhode Island Hospital and create a multidisciplinary team of scientists with its academic partner, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been named a Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation solely focused on aging and health. Rhode Island Hospital received the three-year, $450,000 grant award that accompanies the designation.
  • The United Nurses & Allied Professionals and Rhode Island Hospital have reached agreement on a new four-year contract that will make Rhode Island Hospital nurses, technologists, therapists and other allied health professionals among the highest paid in the State.
  • 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. The NEOB received the Distinguished Performance Award for excelling in measures considered most critical by donation professionals.
  • The Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Department has been named the Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center to recognize a significant gift from Elfriede A. Collis of Barrington, RI. The donation was made in memory of her son, Andrew Anderson, who passed away unexpectedly in 2005. Part of the gift will be used to enhance cardiac diagnostic capabilities in the emergency department. Another portion of the gift will support outreach efforts by the hospital's Injury Prevention Center, while the balance will be used for the funding of the Edward A. Iannucilli, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine, used specifically to fund education and research in the area of emergency medicine.
  • Hasbro Children's Hospital has become a member of the Children's Miracle Network, a partnership that will likely bring thousands of fundraising dollars to the premier pediatric facility for southeastern New England. An alliance of premier hospitals for children, Children's Miracle Network is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for more than 170 hospitals in North America. The network's partner hospitals receive proceeds from donations made in each of their communities through more than 70 corporate sponsors. Since its inception in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.7 billion for children's hospitals in North America.

2006

National Cardiac Center Designation|
Rhode Island Hospital has been designated a Blue Cross & Blue Shield national cardiac center based upon selected quality criteria and nationally established measures for process, structure and outcomes.

"Excellence in Mentoring" Award
Rhode Island Hospital received an "Excellence in Mentoring" award from Governor Donald Carcieri at a State House ceremony.  The MET School nominated Rhode Island Hospital for the award in recognition of our mentors who volunteer to provide meaningful internship opportunities for MET Center students through their "Learning Through Internships" program for the past three years.

Bridge Building Construction Receives Recognition
The bridge building has received an Honor Award in New Construction from the RI Associated General Contractors Association in recognition of the highly technical aspects of the project, the team's use of innovative construction methodology and demonstrated sensitivity to the community. The award was presented jointly to Rhode Island Hospital and Walsh Brothers, Inc. This is the second award for the new building.

Rhode Island Hospital among Solucient 100 Top Hospitals
Rhode Island Hospital was selected for the third year in a row for the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders. This award recognizes Rhode Island Hospital as an organization that has instilled a true culture of performance improvement across the organization over five consecutive years.

"Excellence in Mentoring" Award
Rhode Island Hospital received an "Excellence in Mentoring" award from Governor Donald Carcieri.  The MET School nominated RIH for the award in recognition of our mentors who volunteer to provide meaningful internship opportunities for MET Center students through their "Learning Through Internships" (LTI) program for the past 3 years.

Celebration for Hospital Quality Awards
At the recent Celebration for Hospital Quality, our quality management department received two awards: the Collaborative Sharing Award from MassPRO and the Participation Award from Quality Partners of Rhode Island. The Collaborative Sharing Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the improvement of health care quality in surgical infection prevention. The Participation Award honors a demonstrated commitment to improvements in acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care improvement

Nurses Improving Care to Health System Elders Designation
Rhode Island Hospital has been designated an official Nurses Improving Care to Health System Elders (NICHE) site, acknowledging commitment to geriatric nursing care by the New York University College of Nursing and the Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Rhode Island Hospital joins a network of distinguished hospitals that demonstrate dedication to improving the quality of care for older adults.

Heroes of Infection Prevention Award
The Infection Control Team at Rhode Island Hospital has been announced as a winner of the national "2007 Heroes of Infection Prevention" award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Top Doctors Recognized
Once again, physicians from Rhode Island Hospital have been named among "America's Top Doctors" in the 6th edition of the Castle-Connolly recognition. Twenty-six Rhode Island Hospital physicians were recognized for their passion for excellence.

Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care Designation
Rhode Island Hospital was named among the nation's 100 top hospital for cardiovascular care by Solucient. The eighth "100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study" identifies hospitals that are setting benchmark levels of performance for cardiovascular services throughout the nation. The top 100 hospitals are identified from among more than 6,000 hospitals in the country. Rhode Island Hospital was among the top 30 teaching hospitals in the country.

Joint Commission on Quality and Patient Safety
Rhode Island Hospital's quality management department was honored by The Joint Commission on  Quality and Patient Safety. Their initiative in critical results reporting will be included in a publication called Best Practices, along with such institutions as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Hallmark Health System and St. Vincent Hospital.

Consumer Choice Award
Rhode Island Hospital received the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.

2005

Top Performance Improvement Leader by Solucient
Featured in Modern Healthcare, Rhode Island Hospital was named as one of the nation's top performance leader hospitals by Solucient.

Solucient 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
Rhode Island Hospital was listed among the top hospitals in the country for cardiovascular service in the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals.

Build New England Merit Award
The new bridge building at Rhode Island Hospital, home to the new emergency department received a 2005 "Build New England" merit award from the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts.

Certified by National Cancer Commission
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital has been granted a Certificate of Approval with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. They also received a 3-year approval of its cancer program by the ACOS with four areas of commendation, including performance improvement.

Honor Roll for Coverage Award
Hillside Family and Community Medicine, a family healthcare practice has received the Honor Roll for Coverage award from the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Hasbro Children's Hospital Recognized Among Best in the Country
Hasbro Children's Hospital has been named among the best children's hospitals in the country by Child magazine, ranking 9th in orthopedics.

Innovative Art Program Receives National Recognition
The "Art While You Wait" program at Hasbro Children's Hospital's emergency department is one of five winners in the Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Competition in the 2005 professional category.

Quality Respiratory Care Recognition
The respiratory care department has received the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Rhode Island Medical Society Accreditation
Rhode Island Hospital has received a 4-year accreditation from the Rhode Island Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education programs. A four-year accreditation is the maximum awarded and reflects the hospital's commitment to the programs and the quality of our educational activities.

"Healthy Schools! Healthy Kids!" Award
Hasbro Children's Hospital's community asthma programs received a 2005 "Healthy Schools! Healthy Kids!" award from the RI Department of Health and the RI Department of Education. The award is presented in recognition of the success of the Asthma and Allergy Center's successful collaboration in the Providence School Department to bring asthma education to students. It was the second time in three years that the program was recognized for outstanding achievement.

2004

The US Department of Health and Human Services Awards Rhode Island Hospital
Rhode Island Hospital was awarded by The US Department of Health and Human Services for its consistent high rate of organ donation for three quarters of 2005, scoring 69 percent. One of only nine hospitals nationwide that scored between 65 percent and 75 percent in successful organ donations.

Circle of Life Award
The Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital was the honoree of Cirle of Life Award given by the American Hospital Association. One of only ten organizations from across the country were honored by this award.

Excellence in Caring Award
The Rhode Island Hospital trauma intensive care unit staff received the Excellence in Caring Award from the National Teaching Institute of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for the hospital's commitment to nursing excellence.

Top Performance Improvement Leader by Solucient
Featured in Modern Healthcare, Rhode Island Hospital was named as one of the nation's top performance leader hospitals by Solucient.

Cardiac Center of Excellence
Rhode Island Hospital was awarded the distinction of Cardiac Center of Excellence for the New England community by United Healthcare. Our hospital was recognized as a leader in providing cardiac services for United Healthcare enrollees.

Center of Excellence for Kidney Transplantation
Our transplant program met the criteria required to continue as a Center of Excellence for kidney transplantation from Tufts Health Plan. This is a testament to the dedicated staff who coordinate our program.

Emergency Department Amoung the Busiest in the Country
Modern Healthcare ranked Rhode Island Hospital as the 23rd busiest emergency departments in the country.

2003

America's Top Doctors
Twenty-two Rhode Island Hospital physicians were named top physicians in the country in the 2005 edition of America's Top Doctors, placing Rhode Island Hospital among the top 50 hospitals nationally.

"Tribute to Nurses" Award
Rhode Island Hospital's senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Jane Metzger, RN, DNSc, received a New York Times Job Market Tribute to Nurses award.

Hospital Named Top Instensive Care Unit
Rhode Island Hospital's medical intensive care unit was named one of the top intensive care units in the country by the National Coalition on Health Care and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Most Wired Award
Lifespan has been cited by the journal of the American Hospital Association for its use of Internet technologies to improve patient care.  Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) annually surveys the nation's health care systems on their use of high-tech communications, and its "Most Wired" status is awarded to what they call "technically savvy" hospitals. This is the fourth year that H&HN has conducted the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, polling hospitals and health systems on their use of Internet-based technologies to better serve employees and patients.

VHA Northeast Leadership Innovation Award
IT Innovation Award honors VHA Northeast organizations exhibiting leadership and innovation while implementing information technology improvements that make a significant difference and are widely diffused throughout the organization.

Innovation of the Year Award
Rhode Island Hospital received the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Innovation of the Year Award. This award honors and recognizes healthcare CIOs who use IT applications in creative and exciting new ways in their organizations.

Consumer Choice Award
Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in Rhode Island to receive the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. This is the eighth year in a row Rhode Island Hospital has received this award.

2002

Rhode Island Hospital received $50 million in Funding from National Institutes of Health
Rhode Island Hospital received $50 million in Funding from the National Institutes of Health. Bioresearch funding included: A five-year $8.4 million grant from the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) to establish laboratory based cancer research, a five-year $7.5 million grant from the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) a five-year $3.3 million grant focusing on asthma trends among Latino children, and an $8.4 million grant to establish a cancer research center.

Medical Intensive Care Unit Top in Country
Rhode Island Hospital's medical intensive care unit was named one of the top in the country by the National Coalition on Health Care and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement.

CIO 100 Award
This award is given to companies that demonstrate impressive progress toward enterprise integration, bringing information from various sources into a single view. Among the other winners of this year's award are: CISCO, Dell, Dow Chemical, GE, IBM, MetLife, Royal Bank of Canada, Italy's Perilli, S.p.A., and Wal-Mart. Lifespan is the only health care system to be recognized in 2002.

Consumer Choice Award
Rhode Island Hospital received the Consumer Choice Award

2001

Top Physicians
Ten Rhode Island Hospital physicians were named among the top physicians in the country, according to a national survey by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Consumer Choice Award
Rhode Island Hospital is once again the only hospital in Rhode Island to receive the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.

2000

Best in Cardiac Services
Rhode Island Hospital was named Best in Cardiac Services by Healthgrades.com.

Heart Care Service Award
Rhode Island Hospital received the Heart Care Service Award from the National Research Corporation.

Consumer Choice Award
Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in Rhode Island to receive the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.

1999

For the third year in a row, RIH was selected as a top hospital by consumers taking the nationwide NRC consumer preference survey.

RIH once again ranked among the nation's top hospitals, according to the 10th annual guide published by U. S. News & World Report for respiratory disorders.

Received the Consumers Choice award for Cardiac Heart Care Service.

1998

The National Research Corporation (NRC) honored the hospital as a Quality Leader, the only hospital in Rhode Island to receive the award.

Rhode Island Hospital received the Consumer Choice Award

1997

Literacy Award from the RI State Council for the Read to Me Program

Providence Safe Communities Partnership grant awarded 1997 - Citation Award for design by the American Institute of Architect's Academy of Architecture for Health

RIH earned the major distinction of the HCIA Inc.'s annual "100 Top Hospitals - Benchmarks for Success" list, ranking for the first time as a national benchmark.