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Release Date: 12/09/2016

Officials with Bristol County Savings Bank recently announced a grant of $7,600 to update the children’s area in Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

A committee has been formed at Memorial to plan the upgrade to the area, located off the waiting area just outside the Emergency Room. The vision is to improve the space by adding child-friendly furnishings and diversions, cheery artwork, a wall-mounted television, and children’s books, puzzles and games.

“We oftentimes have children who come in with sick parents or siblings and they have nowhere to play while we take care of their loved one,” explains Victor Pinkes, MD, director of the Emergency Department. “That adds stress to their parents at an already difficult time. We envision a space where they can relax and play while they’re here.”

"As a community bank, our focus is on supporting the neighborhoods we serve so the bank and its Foundation are proud to do our part to help make the children's area in the Emergency Room more comforting and fun for kids and families who are experiencing a stressful time," said Patrick Murray, president and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and president of Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation.

Murray added that the Foundation has donated more than $2.6 million to the Pawtucket area since 2001 when its formation was announced at the opening of the bank's Pawtucket branch.

Memorial’s Emergency Department serves more than 35,000 patients a year. For information about the services provided there, go to http://www.mhri.org/emergency-services/index.cfm.

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.