Friday, April 12, 2024


2023 Health Care Summit and Health Care Heroes Awards

This hybrid summit and awards event will begin with a panel discussion about the latest trends in the health care and will be followed by an awards ceremony recognizing people in the health care field who are making a difference.  A buffet breakfast will be served. Registration begins at 8:30am.

9:00-11:00am – Health Care Summit – will feature two panels of health care experts and business leaders as they explore the multiple facets of this key industry from current challenges to workforce shortages, access, affordability and health care inequities to collaboration and innovation within the state.


Topics include: (not limited to)

  • Covid Update
  • Affordability & Accessibility
  • Health Care Workforce Shortage
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Solving Health Care Inequities
  • Research Collaboration
  • The state of health care innovation in R.I

11:00-11:30am – Health Care Heroes Awards Ceremony


  • Career Achievement: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, Nuestra Salud Productions LLC founder and CEO
  • Advancement in Health Care: Dr. Dioscaris Garcia, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School assistant professor of orthopaedics, assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion; and director of the Center for Student Belonging, Recruitment and Retention
  • Health Care Administrator: Dr. Jennifer Ritzau, HopeHealth vice president, medical staff
  • Health Care Educator: University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
  • Mental Health Provider/Advocate: Patricia Fiske, The Groden Network senior director of adult services and director of nursing
  • Nurse: Meghan McCoy, Newport Hospital registered nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant: Kacia Yazbak Toussaint, Westerly Hospital physician assistant
  • Home Health Care: Brenda Brassard, PACE Organization of Rhode Island lead certified nursing assistant – home care
  • Physician: Dr. Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie, The Miriam Hospital director of the Division of Hospitalist Medicine

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Event Date

04/06/2023 - 04/06/2023

Event Time

9:00am - 11:30am

Event Location

Providence Marriott
1 Orms Street
Providence , RI 02904
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