2017-07-13 / Mainsheet

‘A Salute to Health,’ Newport Hospital’s Summer Soiree


Holly Bannister, MD; Kimberly Palmer; Norey Dotterer Cullen; and Anne Hamilton Holly Bannister, MD; Kimberly Palmer; Norey Dotterer Cullen; and Anne Hamilton Enjoying picturesque views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, more than 400 friends of Newport Hospital gathered at the historic Eisenhower House on Thursday, July 6, for the hospital’s 2017 summer soirée, “A Salute to Health.”

Serving as the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser and an opportunity to honor longtime donors Ginny and Jim Purviance, the event raised more than $719,000. Of the total raised, the evening’s special fund-a-need generated $385,850 to support the expansion of Newport Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services Program by launching a new partial hospitalization program for patients struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

“Everyone has had their life impacted by mental illness and addiction in some way. It touches all of us, every family and every friendship, and this is a program that will create positive change in our community,” said Purviance.


Peter and Jennifer Capodilupo Peter and Jennifer Capodilupo “Thanks to the compassionate generosity of our donors, we will create a new path towards wellness for those who need this highly specialized program, ensuring that Newport Hospital offers the full continuum of care that not only changes lives, but saves lives,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital.

Among the guests was U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who spoke of the state of health care and the leadership role of Lifespan, a Rhode Island health system.

Since 2008, Newport Hospital’s summer benefit has raised nearly $3.4 million for critical programs and related equipment, including the emergency department, interventional radiology, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, the intensive care unit, diagnostic imaging, and women’s health services and programs.


Suzie Schochet and Sarah Schochet Henken Suzie Schochet and Sarah Schochet Henken Newport Hospital’s A Salute to Health was co-chaired by Holly Bannister, M.D., Norey Dotterer Cullen, Anne Hamilton, and Kimberly Palmer.



Barbara Bohan and Mary Gilbane Barbara Bohan and Mary Gilbane

Carrie Rose and Rick Gudoian 
Photos by Nicholas Mele Photography Carrie Rose and Rick Gudoian Photos by Nicholas Mele Photography

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