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Release Date: 11/16/2015

The Kent Hospital Auxiliary has reached its $1 million pledge made to the hospital to help support important clinical services and advancements. In January 2012 the Auxiliary pledged to raise $1 million for the Ambulatory Service Pavilion, Dialysis Unit and renovations to the 3 North patient floor. Through the Auxiliary’s annual golf tournament, the Hospitality Shop revenue, and numerous fundraisers, this pledge was reached in about 3 ½ years, well under the five-year estimate. Auxiliary members presented the check during their annual luncheon.

"The hard work and dedication the Kent Hospital Auxiliary has demonstrated is truly commendable," said Michael J. Dacey, MD, MS, FACP, president and chief operating officer, Kent Hospital. "They are tireless ambassadors for the hospital and our community. Their generosity and ongoing commitment is a testament to their hard work and leadership for the growth and betterment of Kent Hospital."

"It is an honor to give back to Kent Hospital for all that it does for the community," said Mary-Jane Sweetland, president of the Kent Hospital Auxiliary. "The Auxiliary is thrilled to be able to present this million dollar donation to ensure the constant improvement of programs and services that daily help meet needs of so many."

For 60-plus years the Kent Hospital Auxiliary has acted as Kent Hospital’s champion, supporter, and one of its most important fundraisers. Since 1951, the Auxiliary has raised millions of dollars for activities and building programs ranging from instructor textbooks, new hospital beds, to the funding of the Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center and Emergency Department. Through all its years of growth, through changing community needs, and through crises and changes in health care delivery, the Auxiliary has remained steadfast in its mission of positive, hard-working volunteers who willingly and creatively respond to every challenge asked of them.

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About Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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