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Westerly Hospital Foundation receives $1 million in support from area foundations

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

WESTERLY, RI (May 18, 2021) – The Westerly Hospital Foundation has received generous pledges from the Alfred M. Roberts, Jr. Charitable Foundation and the Meredith and Whitney George Family Foundation with a combined contribution of $1 million.

“We are grateful for these landmark gifts from two very generous organizations that have long supported Westerly Hospital,” said Patrick L. Green, president and CEO of Westerly Hospital. “These gifts will help augment the world class clinical programs at Westerly Hospital and allow us to further upgrade our facility so that it reflects the extraordinary care that is provided to our patients and their families.”

“The Trustees of the Alfred M Roberts Jr. Charitable Foundation are pleased to support the Westerly Hospital in providing world class clinical expertise here in our community setting,” said Stephen M. Greene, Foundation administrator. “The Foundation believes in supporting the cutting edge medical care, the addition and expansion of essential services and accessibility to all those in need, right here at home. We are very happy to be a part of this continuing success story.”

The Georges, residents of Darien, CT, and Watch Hill, have been loyal supporters of Westerly Hospital since 1996. In addition to their generous support of Westerly Hospital, the Georges have also supported Parkinson’s disease research at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Over the past 18 months, the hospital has focused on addressing the healthcare needs of the community by bringing Yale New Haven Health’s prestigious Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center to the Westerly Hospital campus to provide world class treatment programs, genetic counseling, tumor board reviews, clinical trials and much more; opening an 18-bed Behavioral Health unit for the geriatric population in a completely renovated space, so much needed that it has operated at or near capacity since inception; and expanding the orthopedic program by adding new providers to the medical staff who care for patients in their Westerly office and perform surgeries at Westerly Hospital.

And, just last year, Yale New Haven Health invested $4 million to upgrade the Westerly Hospital pharmacy at Westerly Hospital. This investment is key to supporting the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Westerly by providing the ability to mix vital chemotherapy medications on site. In addition, Westerly Hospital has expanded its Urology, General Surgery and Orthopedics programs.

“We believe that these donations, coupled with the clinical investments from Yale New Haven Health will further distinguish Westerly Hospital in the our community for many years to come,” said Green.

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private.

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