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Amid Crisis, Community’s Outpouring of Support Invigorates Newport Hospital

Dozens of local businesses, community groups and individuals rally around Aquidneck Island’s only hospital with gifts of gratitude for frontline workers

During the unprecedented health crisis that has turned our state, the country and world on its end, dozens of Aquidneck Island businesses, individuals and community groups have rallied around Newport Hospital, making significant in-kind donations to frontline workers and staff.

From breakfast pastries and coffee, to custom masks, hearty lunches, restaurant prepared dinners and special treats, the community’s outpouring of generosity has been on full display since March and continues daily.

“It is nothing short of amazing to witness the incredible ways our neighbors are supporting the staff of their hospital – Newport Hospital truly belongs to the community,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “All of us have been deeply affected by this pandemic, including those who have set aside their own challenges to make a difference for others. I know none of us will ever forget these acts of kindness”.

Just a few examples among the more than 1,000 meals (and counting) gifted to Newport Hospital staff are doughnuts from Liberty Donuts, artisan sandwiches by The Red Parrot, dinners from Midtown Oyster Bar and Fluke Newport, some 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, and 1,800 specialty dessert cups.

“What the selfless gestures bestowed upon our caregivers and staff have meant to all of us is something I don’t think could ever be expressed with words,” said Pam McLaughlin, Newport Hospital’s director of patient experience. “We exist to care for our community, and it is our community that cares for us.”

Generous in-kind donors to Newport Hospital, through April 24, include:

A1 Pizza Anastasia BedJet Bagel Boys Bodhi Spa
CRU Café Domino’s Pizza Dunkin’ Feeding the Front Line Fluke Newport
French Confection Girl Scouts Guittard Chocolate Co. Hollywood Pizza Hungry Monkey
IYRS School of Technology & Trades Joe’s American Bistro King Arthur Flour Kitchen Companion Catering Le Bec Sucre’
Liberty Donuts Lobster Bar Lois Vaughn Music Ma’s Donuts McDonald’s
McGrath Clambakes and Catering Metropolitan Wealth Management Midtown Oyster Bar Newport Creamery Newport Dental Associates
Nikolas Pizza Norey’s Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo Pick Pocket Deli Scratch Kitchen
Slim Possible St. Michael’s School Surf Club The Black Pearl The Clarke Family
The JAN Companies The Landing Restaurant The Red Parrot Zelda’s Newport

Newport Hospital Receives $45,000 from Three Angels Fund in Support of Cancer Care

Generated through the organization’s annual fundraiser, gift will benefit the hospital’s outpatient IV therapy lab and patients undergoing cancer treatment

Celebrating a decade of giving to Aquidneck Island’s only hospital, the Three Angels Fund recently made a generous $45,000 donation to the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital to support the outpatient IV therapy lab and patients undergoing cancer treatment. The gift is the result of the organization’s annual fundraiser held at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, which has generated $309,549 for Newport Hospital since its inception in 2010.

“This gift marks ten years of extraordinary generosity by the Three Angels Fund and their incredible commitment to both our community and the lifesaving care available at Newport Hospital,” said Crista F. Durand, president, Newport Hospital. “Words alone cannot properly convey the impact of the Bulk family and the Three Angels Fund on the lives of our patients.”

The Three Angels Fund was created by cousins Andrew Bulk and Jennifer Lopes to honor the memories of beloved family members Eileen Bulk, Anne Pine, and Nan Bulk, who each fought courageously before losing their battles with cancer within 17 months of each other. The women had dedicated their lives to caring for family and friends, leading to the fund’s mission of helping others going through cancer treatment.

“When we started the Three Angels Fund ten years ago, we never thought we would be where we are today. Everyone out there has been touched by cancer in some way, and knowing that we can provide families some peace of mind during their illness is why we keep going,” said Jennifer Lopes.

Added Andrew Bulk, “Our roots lie within this community and with Newport Hospital, and we are proud to have supported the cancer patients and staff there for the last decade.”

Over the past ten years, support from the Three Angels Fund has purchased new infusion chairs for the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital and comfort items for patients receiving treatment in the IV therapy lab. The fund has helped the hospital provide patients with no-cost complementary Reiki and massage therapies, medical supplies not covered by insurance, and extra supports such as wigs and utilities assistance.

The Three Angels Fund also awards grants to members of the Aquidneck Island community to assist with the financial hardships brought about as a result of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and supports a program with a local cab company that provides transportation for patients undergoing treatment at Newport Hospital.

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Pictured: Multiple generations of the Bulk family and of the Three Angels Fund are joined by leaders from Newport Hospital and the Lifespan Cancer Institute. Photo Credit: Andrea Hansen

Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Awards $121,100 in Grants

Newport Hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund has awarded a total of $121,100 to twenty local organizations. The “Powered by Prince” grants will help to enhance the lives of children and families throughout Newport County through programs that promote active, healthy lifestyles, education, and fun for youth.

“It is both an honor and a privilege for Newport Hospital to be the administrator of a fund that has such a far-reaching and positive impact on the children of our community,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “Together with the fund and its mission, we are committed to providing the youngest among us opportunities to develop and lead healthier lives. We’re really excited about the programs receiving funding.”

In 2010, a $3 million grant from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust was conferred to Newport Hospital by Elizabeth Prince of Newport and her children, Guillaume de Ramel, Diana Oehrli, and Regis de Ramel. In partnership with Newport Hospital, the grant established the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund. The fund provides support for programs that serve underserved, school-age children in Newport County and focus on promoting health and fitness through activity.

“Aquidneck Island is home to so many incredible programs dedicated to the wellbeing of our community’s youth,” said Guillaume de Ramel. “We are proud to support programs that truly make a difference in the lives of others, and to do so in partnership with Newport Hospital.”

The 2019 Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund recipients and projects include:

  • Bike Newport: Purchasing specialty bikes to explore tracks and trails
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newport County: Expanding physical fitness programming for low-income children
  • Butler Basketball Club: Collaborating with Boys Town of America to provide sports opportunities to at-risk and special needs children
  • Clean Ocean Access: Connecting 60 underserved youth to the Newport shoreline through interactive activities
  • Island Moving Company: Supporting ballet scholarship classes for children ages 8 and 9
  • Lucy’s Hearth: Providing physical exercise and healthy eating programming for children residing in a homeless shelter
  • Middletown Youth Wrestling Club: Supporting the coaching of new youth wrestling participants
  • Newport County YMCA: Offering a health, fitness, and empowerment program for girls ages 7-12; expanding the “Y Health and Fitness” program for physician referred children with medical obesity; and offering year-round after-school squash instruction combined with academic tutoring for disadvantaged youth in grades 5-8
  • Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club: Providing support for the rugby season and establishing an all-girls league for 7th and 8th graders
  • Newport Gulls: Supporting health and wellness presentations and active field days at Newport County middle schools
  • Newport Little League: Providing scholarships and equipment to disadvantaged boys and girls, ages 4-12
  • Newport Open Space Partnership: Offering summer-long, park-based recreational activities
  • Newport Quick Stix: Delivering a free, 8-week introductory indoor field hockey clinic to girls ages 8-13
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary: Supporting year-round youth hiking programs
  • The Potter League for Animals: Scholarships for children to participate in the summer day camp experience with animals, “Camp Happy Tails”
  • Sail Newport: Partnering with Newport Public Schools to teach 4th grade students how to sail
  • Sail to Prevail: Providing opportunities for children with disabilities to experience sailing through an adaptive program
  • Special Olympics RI: Supporting equipment and staffing for integrated team experiences for children with and without disabilities.
  • Star Kids Scholarship Program: Helping to provide after-school programs and summer camp opportunities to at-risk kids
  • Wayne Turner: Indoor Tennis Program: Providing an introduction to indoor tennis for local youth

Since the fund was established, more than $628,000 has been awarded to area programs.

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From left: Crista Durand, president, Newport Hospital; Roger D.H. Warburton, PhD, outgoing chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee; and Lori Allan, RN, the advisory council’s incoming chair, celebrate the $121,100 in grants awarded by the fund to twenty local organizations.

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Roger D.H. Warburton, PhD, congratulates Marvin Washington (right) of Butler Basketball Club on the funding that will help the organization provide sports opportunities to at-risk and special needs youth.

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Lucy’s Hearth was among the organizations awarded a grant by Newport Hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund. The funds will help the organization deliver physical exercise and healthy eating programs to children living in a homeless shelter. From left: Crista Durand, president, Newport Hospital; Jennifer Barrera, director, Lucy’s Hearth; and Roger D.H. Warburton, PhD, outgoing chair of the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee.