Gaines appointed chief medical officer
of Newport Hospital

NEWPORT – A longtime emergency room doctor at Newport Hospital has been appointed vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, the hospital announced on April 16.

Dr. Jeffrey Gaines will succeed Dr. Thomas McGue, who served as the hospital’s chief medical officer from 2013 through the beginning of this year.

Gaines’s appointment is effective July 1.

He has worked full time in Newport Hospital’s emergency department for the past 10 years and served as medical staff president from 2016 to 2017. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the emergency medicine department of the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and is working toward a master’s degree in health care management at Harvard University.

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“I am deeply honored to become part of Newport Hospital’s rich history,” Gaines said. “I’m passionate about upholding the hospital’s tradition of excellence while bringing innovative ideas to fruition. I welcome the opportunity to both serve and lead the hospital with the entire senior leadership team.”

Gaines was appointed after a nationwide search, Crista F. Durand, Newport Hospital’s president, said.

“His energy, vision and leadership skills, combined with his thorough understanding of the culture of Newport Hospital, make him an ideal choice,” Durand said. “His years of clinical experience in emergency medicine, his dedication and empathy, and his service in numerous leadership roles throughout the hospital will prove a significant benefit for patients and staff alike. I’m delighted to welcome him to this new role.”