Evening of Hope Event Raises $176,800 for The Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital

(Warwick, RI) -- Kent Hospital’s annual event, Evening of Hope Highlighting Survivors & Caregivers, which was held at the Dunes Club in Narragansett this year, raised $176,800 from generous community donors. Proceeds, which will have a direct impact on the community, will go to The Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support we received at this year’s fundraising event and am so thankful to those who believe in the the life-saving work we do at The Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital. Every dollar raised will support the Center’s programs and services that has a direct impact in those who live in our community, which includes our own mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors, and friends. It also brings continued awareness to the importance of breast health,” said Paari Gopalakrishnan, MD, MBA, president and COO, Kent Hospital.


“Seeing so many wonderful people turn out to support The Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital truly touches me, because the work I and my team do is very meaningful to us. Day after day, we see patients who look to us to give them the best care available, and that’s what we do, with a profound sense of dedication. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all who made a commitment, no matter how big or small, to The Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital, which goes toward the health and well-being of our patients,” said Jamie Patterson, MD, Director of The Breast Health Center.


“I’m struck by the generosity of the Kent Hospital community with special appreciation for the event’s Premiere Sponsor, Brentwood By the Bay Assisted Living and Eden Healthcare, plus other generous sponsors including Ken Jones Construction, The Kent Hospital Medical Staff, Navigant Credit Union, Cox Communications, Howes Products, Inc., Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Mass General Brigham, Seavest Healthcare Properties, Hinckley Allen, and Dr. Edward Thomas. I am also thrilled that Kent leadership recognized Ken Jones Construction, Inc. with the 2022 Jonathan K. Farnum Outstanding Philanthropist Award during the event.” said Jack Dresser, SVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Care New England Health System.


Led by a matching gift challenge donated by the Breast Health Center’s past director, Dr. Candace Dyer, Evening of Hope attendees contributed over $20,000 to a “fund-a-need” appeal at the event. To demonstrate their gratitude Kent Hospital President and COO, Paari Gopalakrishnan, MD, MBA, and Breast Health Center Director Jamie Patterson, MD, will dye their hair pink. The color pink and pink ribbons are symbols for breast cancer awareness and the fight to find a cure for the disease.


With the help of Shimmer Salon and Day Spa, located at 500 Main Street, in East Greenwich, on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Kent Hospital leadership will continue to support the Breast Health Center and it’s patients by bringing awareness to the cause during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month, with their new hairdos during the salon’s Pink Party.

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.