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Join us for our 2021 Event: Days of Hope

Donor Page Image_V2_KentThough we are unable to gather in person for our traditional Gala event this year, we hope you’ll join us in Honoring our Healthcare Heroes at Kent Hospital. Each day, tune in to our social media and website to learn about our providers and hear stories from our grateful patients.  On-site, we’ll be supporting our heroes with yoga practice, special treats from our cafeteria, and a raffle that supports the good work we do at Kent. 

There are two ways to help contribute to Days of Hope 2021: 
  • Donate to our Field of Flags - Make a contribution and leave a message of support for our Healthcare Heroes.  We’ll inscribe your message on a flag for our Field of Flags, which will be displayed at Kent all week during Days of Hope. 
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  • Event Sponsorship - Become a Days of Hope event sponsor
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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

Kate Wishart
300 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
P: (401) 737-7000, ext. 31134
F: (401) 453-7583

Nicole Purcell
P: (401) 430-2026
F: (401) 277-3666

Foundation Board of Directors

2020 Board of Directors
Gerard R. Goulet, Esq., Chairperson
Kenneth L. MacNaught, Vice Chairperson
Maribeth Q. Williamson, Secretary

Reid S. Appleby, Jr., MD
Robert E. Baute, MD
Jason B. Boudjouk, MD
Edward J. Cooney, Jr.
Susan Crossley
Andrew M. Erickson
James E. Fanale, MD
Andrea M. Hopkins

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

Generosity comes in many forms, and it's often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you.

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

  • Cash
  • Appreciated Securities
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Tangible Personal Property

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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.
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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Plaza of Honor

Purchase a brick and become a part of Kent Hospital's legacy. Bricks are placed at the Plaza of Honor which commemorates our armed forces, the hospital’s history, and our community. Visit Plaza of Honor to learn more.

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The 1951 Society
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. For more information, visit our Planned Giving page or contact the Foundation office at 401-737-4010 ext. 31134.

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.

A Donor's Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for its intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt and forthright answers.

Developed by: American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE). Initial endorsers: Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), National Council for Resource Development (NCRD), and United Way of America.

Patient Stories

  • The Power of Kent Phonathons
  • Helping Us Stay Strong Now and In the Future
  • More Than Just Your Health Care Provider

Geno Leco volunteered for Kent’s first phonathon in 1987. As manager of the Kent Hospital Employees’ Federal Credit Union, Geno thought it would be a great idea to form a volunteer group from the credit union’s board of directors and staff a phonathon for the hospital. Since 1963, the hospital has continuously supported the credit union’s mission of “People Helping People” and Geno saw it as an opportunity for the credit union to reciprocate.

The first Phonathon was dedicated to raising funds for the expansion of Kent’s Emergency Room and to help meet the goal of $150,000. From the moment the Phonathon kicked off, Geno discovered it was a fun and rewarding experience. “With a friendly competition to raise funds, a light supper, plenty of refreshments, and a great sense of pride for our community hospital, we took to the phone with enthusiasm for our mission,” Geno recalls. Not surprisingly, within a couple of hours, the group had raised thousands of dollars in pledges.

Nearly thirty years later, Geno continues to support the hospital. He cites that it’s been a “great experience for each and every one of us” and offers this advice for anyone considering a phonathon. “I guarantee if you volunteer for a phonathon once, you will continue to volunteer again and again. It’s very gratifying and very worthwhile.”

If you would like more information, please contact the Kent Hospital Foundation. at (401) 737-7000, ext. 31257 or email

Like many local residents who count on their community hospital for health care, trustee Laura Hilderley and her husband Dave realized soon after moving to Rhode Island how valuable a community hospital was for many of life’s events. As a result of their gifts, Laura and Dave became members of Kent's 1951 Society. Laura describes it, “Kent was there to celebrate with us in the joy of our daughter’s birth, and to support us in the grief of our son’s death.” They readily recognized the importance of ensuring that Kent remains a vital resource for central Rhode Island now and into the future by giving back to the hospital."

According to Laura, it was easy to say "yes" to giving back to Kent. As Kent grew and expanded its service area, Laura became more involved, reinforcing her belief that “it takes everyone's support to ensure that Kent Hospital is here for the future.”

Yet giving back can encompass many things and, as Laura acknowledges it can be more than just a “feel good” experience. She notes, “Sharing what you have, whether it’s time, talent, or treasure, is simply the right thing to do.”

It is not surprising that Laura and Dave have already moved forward with planned gifts for Kent Hospital as part of their estate plans. She explains, “It is one way that you can help to assure that the hospital is here for future generations while allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate planning goals.”

As a result of their gifts, Laura and Dave became founding members of Kent Hospital’s 1951 Society. Named in honor of the year of the hospital’s opening, the 1951 Society can offer tax and income benefits and allow one’s legacy to live on while ensuring the hospital’s vitality for future generations.

If you have already provided for Kent through a bequest intention or other planned gift, please notify the Foundation office so we may count you as a member of the 1951 Society. If you wish to be anonymous, we will be able to list you as such. There are a number of ways to support Kent Hospital through planned gifts.

If you would like more information, please contact the Kent Hospital Foundation. at (401) 737-7000, ext. 31257 or email

When Ray Brigidi accompanied his daughter Brianna to Kent Hospital for outpatient shoulder surgery, he planned to help her check-in and then head to the cafeteria for breakfast. His plans changed when Brianna suddenly passed out and was immediately taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“I was paralyzed with fear as my unconscious daughter was escorted away from me,” said Ray.

Once stabilized, Brianna was diagnosed with a life-threatening viral heart condition and placed on a ventilator; Ray was stunned and alone - but not for very long.

Kent’s nursing and medical staff, in addition to providing Brianna with the best possible medical care, quickly offered Ray moral support. “I felt more than supported. I felt like they were actually holding me up. It was very frightening and the staff never wavered in their commitment to Brianna or our family,” said Ray.

But it wasn’t just the emotional response that impressed him. “Their quick and skillful response to the initial, unexpected situation was impressive and saved her life. I will be eternally grateful.”

Brianna spent several days in ICU, but eventually recovered and is doing well today. Hers is just one example of the outstanding care that is given every day at Kent Hospital.

If you would like more information, please contact the Kent Hospital Foundation. at (401) 737-7000, ext. 31257 or email