Women & Infants fundraiser nets $462K

CLINICIANS FROM WOMEN AND INFANTS' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology celebrated 70s style at You Should Be Dancing. Pictured left to right are Dr. Maureen Phipps; Dr. Paul DiSilvestro, Dr. Deborah Myers, Dr. Kristen Matteson, Elisabeth Howard, Dr. Katharine Wenstrom, Dr. Ruben Alvero and Dr. Roxanne Vrees. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL
CLINICIANS FROM WOMEN AND INFANTS' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology celebrated 70s style at You Should Be Dancing. Pictured left to right are Dr. Maureen Phipps; Dr. Paul DiSilvestro, Dr. Deborah Myers, Dr. Kristen Matteson, Elisabeth Howard, Dr. Katharine Wenstrom, Dr. Ruben Alvero and Dr. Roxanne Vrees. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

PROVIDENCE – More than $462,000 was raised at a late October fundraising event to support Women & Infants Hospital’s Birth Center, which helps deliver nearly 9,000 babies each year, the hospital announced Wednesday.

Women & Infants interim president and chief operating officer, Diane Rafferty, thanked donors and event sponsors in a statement, saying the hospital is “honored” by their support and called it “essential … to continue [the hospital’s] legacy of care and innovation.”

Staffed by a team of nurses, midwives, physicians and caregivers, the center features 19 private delivery rooms, three dedicated Cesarean birth rooms and an Alternative Birthing Center – for those who would prefer a “home-like” birth experience.

Three hundred guests celebrated the accomplishments of the center and gave in support of its future at the Oct. 21 “You Should Be Dancing,” 1970s-themed event held at Providence’s Cafe Nuovo.

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