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Kent Hospital Foundation

Even before the first patient walked through the door at Kent Hospital, there has been a reliance on the generosity of our neighbors, friends and community members to provide support to build and sustain the hospital we have today. Since 1951, Kent Hospital has grown from a small community hospital to the second busiest Emergency Department in the state, serving more than 70,000 patients per year. As the community grows, Kent will continue to meet the health care needs of our patients, friends and neighbors. Through the support of our donors, Kent Hospital is consistently investing in our facilities, medical equipment and technology to improve the patient experience and improve outcomes.

Kent Hospital has become the hospital it is today because of the support of thousands of donors like you. Join them in creating a legacy of generosity and support for Kent Hospital today!

With so many changes in health care, our donors want to be sure that their gifts will continue to be directed to local health care priorities and initiatives. To provide that assurance, we formed the Kent Hospital Foundation, which was incorporated on November 29, 2000. The Foundation’s Board of Directors oversees the growth and development of the Hospital’s endowment and ensures that all gifts to Kent Hospital continue to benefit our patients now and in the future.

It is important for you to know that all prior and future gifts, bequests, and endowments will remain the assets of the Care New England affiliate to whom they were donated. In addition, they will remain under the exclusive direction and control of the governing body holding the assets.

Contact Information

Kent Hospital Foundation

Kent Hospital
Philanthropy Building 2
171 Service Avenue, Suite 310
Warwick, RI 02886

Kate Wishart
P: (401) 737-7000, ext. 31134
F: (401) 453-7583

Nicole Purcell
P: (401) 921-8505
F: (401) 277-3666

Foundation Board of Directors

2021 Board of Directors

Edward J. Cooney Jr., Chairperson
James M. Burke, Treasurer
Maribeth Q. Williamson, Secretary


Karen M. Balch
Jason B. Boudjouk, MD
James M. Burke
Edward J. Cooney Jr.
Charles L. Cronin III, MD
Susan Crossley
James E. Fanale, MD
Paari Gopalakrishnan, MD
Mark P. Scott
Edward S. Thomas, MD
Maribeth Q. Williamson

Ways to Give

Online Giving

The easiest way to give to Kent Hospital is to donate online by clicking on the donate now button to the left. To make a donation by check, please make it payable to Kent Hospital Foundation and mail to Kent Hospital, 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886.

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Planned Giving/1951 Society

Generosity comes in many forms, and it's often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you. The 1951 Society is named in honor of the year Kent Hospital opened. Create your legacy, ensure the future of Kent Hospital, and join the 1951 Society by making an estate or planned gift. Your planned gift may offer tax and income benefits. Kent Hospital has served the community for over 65 years, thanks to the investments and foresight of our generous donors. 

There are a number of gift options available to you, including:

  • Cash
  • Appreciated Securities
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Tangible Personal Property
For more information about leaving a legacy gift to Kent and becoming a member of our 1951 Society please visit You may also contact our Major Giving Officer Kate Wishart at 401-737-4010 ext. 31134.
Stock Gifts

Gifts of securities may be wired directly to the Care New England account at Merrill Lynch. Your investment manager or broker should contact Mary Winstanley at Merrill Lynch: (401) 278-7019, fax (401) 369-8795, or email at

Please provide the following information when initiating the gift:

  • Donor name
  • Indicate that the gift is for Kent Hospital

Transfer securities to:

Merrill Lynch, DTC #8862
Care New England Health System
Account Number: 6QV-02323

In addition, please call Kate Wishart, Major Gifts Officer, 401 737-7010 ext. 31134 or to let her know to expect your gift. Should you wish to make a gift of mutual funds, please contact Kate for additional information. We deeply appreciate your generous support!

Instructions for Mutual Funds
Instructions for Transfers of Securities 

Honor and Memorial Gifts

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, physician, caregiver, nurse, colleague, or friend. It is a very special way to support Kent Hospital and also recognize a special relationship or care that was provided. When you make a gift in honor or memory of someone, we will notify the individual or family member of your generous act of gratitude or remembrance.

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Matching Gifts

You have the opportunity to double your gift to Kent Hospital. Many companies will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies will also match gifts made by retirees or directors. Check to see if you or your spouse’s company has a Gift Matching Program. Please let us know if your gift will be matched.

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Healthcare Heroes

Want to recognize the excellent care you received at Kent Hospital? Please visit our Healthcare Heroes giving page and make your contribution. Leave a note in the comments section and we’ll pass your thoughts on to your Healthcare Hero. 

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Thank You!

Happy multi-generation family using digital tablet in living room at homeThe COVID-19 crisis has shone a light on the importance of health care: both the necessity of maintaining our own good health and how much we rely on the invaluable resource of our healthcare facilities. No resource has stood out so much as those on the frontline and those who support them behind the scenes – the nurses, physicians, technicians, and all those who work tirelessly to provide compassionate care for those who are ill and comfort to their loved ones.

While the pandemic has created an astounding need, the community has responded with contributions that total more than $1 million! Thank you!

There are countless examples of generosity. Donated funds supported telemedicine access for the mental health and substance use disorders that are exacerbated by the stress and isolation of the pandemic. Care New England staff whose families have been struggling financially have received community support through the Employee Relief Fund. A donated iPad allowed a mom to see her newborn during their isolation due to infection concerns. Thousands of meals and tens of thousands of masks were donated to our staff, and the financial donations, large and small, came from the heart and were put to immediate use.

Thank you from the Care New England Health System, which includes Butler Hospital, the Care New England Medical Group, Integra, Kent Hospital, The Providence Center, the VNA of Care New England, and Women & Infants Hospital.