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Release Date: 05/01/2014

A generous donation from a Pawtucket family has enabled Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island to institute a program through which a lullaby will play every time a baby is born in the hospital.

John McConaghy III and his family made a donation several months ago for purposes to be identified by hospital leadership. Acting President Edward Schottland approved using a portion of the funds to install software to play the lullabies and the system was made live this month.

“As a community hospital, we see a wide variety of patients at different phases of their lives. By playing a simple lullaby on the broadcast system throughout the hospital, we are all reminded of the miracle and joy of life,” Schottland says.

When a baby is born in one of the hospital’s newly updated labor-delivery-recovery rooms in The Birthing Center, the father or another designated support person can go into the hallway and push the designated button. Within seconds, strains of a lullaby - the hospital has chosen the Brahms music box – will start to play across the complex for 10 seconds.

“When you hear the lullaby overhead somewhere in the hospital, you can actually see people pause and smile. It’s a beautiful reminder of what we do here and how we impact people’s lives every day with the work we do,” says Michael A. Pepi, MD, obstetrician- and gynecologist-in-chief at Memorial.

For information on the personalized services available at Memorial Hospital's Birthing Center call (401) 729-2291.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.