Rhode Island Hospital honors contributors at celebration dinner

PICTURED WITH Dr. Margaret M. Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, at Rhode Island Hospital's President's Pursuit of Excellence Dinner on Nov. 21 are, from left, honorees Dr. Ed Iannuccilli; Robert Vincent, chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corp.; and Diane N. Weiss. / COURTESY CERIO COMMUNICATIONS

PROVIDENCE – A crowd of more than 500 attended Rhode Island Hospital’s “President’s Pursuit of Excellence Dinner,” in which several contributors were honored and hospital accomplishments highlighted.

At the event, held Nov. 21 at the R.I. Convention Center, Dr. Margaret M. Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital, noted that IBM Watson named the hospital among the top 50 cardiac centers in the country for a fifth time. The hospital’s cardiovascular center also has received national recognition from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, which designated it a “Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.”

“I am thankful for the visionary leadership, talented clinicians and staff, innovative researchers and dedicated educators who have committed themselves to the health and well-being of our patients and our community,” Van Bree said. “And I am grateful beyond measure to the generous donors whose philanthropy helps to make our work possible.”


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Those honored for contributions to the hospital were:

  • Diane N. Weiss – A philanthropist and retired research psychologist, Weiss was instrumental in creating the Diane N. Weiss Center for Orthopedic Trauma Research at Rhode Island Hospital, and also created the Intrepid Heroes Professorship in Orthopedic Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Weiss also supports researchers with connections to Rhode Island Hospital and is on several committees that are researching rare diseases in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Dr. Ed Iannuccilli – A retired gastroenterologist honored for lifetime achievement, Iannuccilli, the former chairman of the board and director of medical education at Rhode Island Hospital, was the founder and principal of University Gastroenterology. Rhode Island Hospital’s Edward A. Iannuccilli, MC Civic Leader of the Year Award is named for the popular doctor and is given annually to a hospital staffer who embodies the values and vision that he was known for.
  • International Game Technology PLC – The company was honored for its support of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals. It has sponsored events, donated auction items and introduced new donors to the hospitals. Robert Vincent, chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corp., volunteers at both hospitals, serving on the Every Child, Every Day Campaign Committee and the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation board. He and his wife, Grace, chaired the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Heroes Ball for the past three years, raising more than $3 million.

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