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Release Date: 11/08/2017

On Saturday, October 21, approximately 300 guests joined together for “You Should Be Dancing,” an event that raised more than $462,000 for Women & Infants Hospital’s Birth Center. The event was held at Café Nuovo in Providence and featured an evening of disco sounds with DJ Jaybeau Jones and live performances by the Boston-based band SoHo.

“We are honored to have the support of so many generous sponsors and donors who we thank for their commitment to Women & Infants and to the women and newborns of our community,” said Women & Infants Interim President and Chief Operating Officer Diane Rafferty. “The dedication of our event sponsors is essential in order for Women & Infants to continue its legacy of care and innovation.”

The evening’s contributors included Presenting Sponsor CVS Health; Solid Gold Sponsors Cox Business, Women & Infants’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Women & Infants’ Department of Pediatrics; Disco Ball Sponsors Malcolm G. Chace Jr., Women & Infants’ Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hinckley Allen, Women & Infants’ Medical Staff Association, NOW Delivery, Cynthia B. Patterson, Jack and Judith Remondi, and Southern New England Healthcare for Women; Dance Fever Sponsors ABM, Atlantic Management, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Lisa G. Bisaccia and Robert P. Neparstek, MD, Bernie and Heidi Buonanno, Claflin, Joanna and Angus Davis, Women & Infants’ Department of Medicine, Hasbro, IGT, Nursing Moms, Etc., Sodexo, Anne and Michael Szostak, The Foundry, Verrecchia Family Foundation, and University Ob-Gyn, Inc.

Close to 9,000 babies are born each year at Women & Infants Hospital, most in one of 19 private rooms or one of three dedicated Cesarean birth rooms. A team of nurses, midwives, physicians and other caregivers provides a wide range of services, ranging from a home-like experience in the Alternative Birthing Center to intensive monitoring by specialists for high-risk pregnancy and delivery.

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research in Women’s Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital and Care New England Health System, thanked guests for supporting the program’s expansion and stated, “We are raising funds that will ensure the very best environment for the women and families who choose to deliver their babies at Women & Infants Hospital. Our plan is to transform our current Birthing Center into a state-of-the-art setting, a place where there is comfort and caring at all times, and the very best technology and talent are always available.”

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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Pictured with Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Maureen Phipps (center) are event co-chairs Oliver Bennett, Leslie Sweeney, Martha Boss Bennett and Michael Sweeney.

You Should be Dancing
Pictured left to right are Maureen Phipps, MD; Paul DiSilvestro, MD; Deborah Myers, MD; Kristen Matteson, MD; Elisabeth Howard, CNM; Katharine Wenstrom, MD; Ruben Alvero, MD; and Roxanne Vrees, MD.


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