Newport Hospital is planning an expansion of its IR services, in partnership with Rhode Island Medical Imaging. A fundraising campaign to support the expansion is under way. In late May, the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust approved a $350,000 challenge grant in support of the expansion. The Trust will match one dollar for every two dollars in cash or pledges received by Newport Hospital Foundation for the purpose of the grant.
“IR is a huge, dynamic field,” Hampson says. “We offer effective, safe, minimally invasive therapies for a broad range of conditions. By expanding IR services at Newport Hospital, patients will have easier and more rapid access to these leading-edge therapies.”
Common IR procedures include delivering chemotherapy directly into the arteries that supply blood to tumors, removing clots from veins, opening clogged or blocked arteries, and placing chest ports for chemotherapy.
The interventional radiologists are also involved in several research trials, including three multimillion-dollar projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. "Our fellowship is regarded as one of the best in the world," says Hampson. "It is our philosophy that all of our clinical, research and educational efforts will benefit the entire Newport community."
Obesity…alcohol and drug abuse…troubled families. We all know these problems plague young people in our community. But the solutions are more difficult to identify.
Thanks to a $3 million grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust to develop and support programs that promote community health, Newport Hospital will be spearheading proven solutions. The focus of this endowment will be on sports and other athletic programs that help local children and their families lead healthy lives, form a strong defense against alcohol and drugs and promote emotional and psychological well-being.
The munificent donation was conferred by Elizabeth Prince of Newport and her children Guillaume de Ramel, Diana Oehrli and Régis de Ramel. The grant supports the creation of a second Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital and is the largest single cash gift in the hospital’s history.
“We want the children in our community to fulfill their highest potential, to be the very best they can be; we want to give them inspiration to grab on to an activity or sport that promotes a healthy, active life. Together, the hospital and the community can do great things,” says Guillaume de Ramel.
An advisory group led by Guillaume de Ramel was selected by Newport Hospital and members of the family. The group has been meeting regularly and will make recommendations to the hospital’s board on distributions to programs that support the ideals of the gift.
August B. Cordeiro, president and chief executive officer of Newport Hospital, says this effort is a welcome partnership among the hospital, the donor family and the community. “Poor choices and inactivity cause many preventable conditions and diseases in our children,” he says. “We are very grateful to Lisette, Diana, Guillaume and Régis for recognizing this need in Newport County and stepping up to make a difference in the health of local children and their families.”
Elizabeth Prince says, “Guided by Newport Hospital’s mission ‘… to maximize the health status of all the people of Newport County, Rhode Island,’ we determined that with this program Newport Hospital can best lead Newport County’s communities in promoting a physically active lifestyle—all important in exemplifying the Latin motto ‘Mens sana in corpore sano,’ which means a healthy mind in a healthy body.”
This $3 million endowment for Newport Hospital follows the family’s recent $15 million grant to Rhode Island Hospital—the largest grant in that hospital’s history—for the creation of the new Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. It is in keeping with the family’s commitment to promote healthy lives for Rhode Islanders, treating mind and body, and brings the combined total of grants from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust to $21 million for health care in Rhode Island.
Frederick H. Prince (1859-1953) was a Boston financier who owned a brokerage and investment banking firm. An early investor in railroads, he owned the legendary Union Stockyards in Chicago and is credited with developing the first planned urban industrial real estate park in the world. He and his wife, Abigail (née Norman), owned the Marble House and were summer residents of Newport, where Abigail was born.
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