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Release Date: 07/15/2016

A Summer Breeze - Memorial Hospital’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament and dinner reception held at recently Pawtucket Country Club - raised more than $106,000 for improvements to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

The event included one flight of golf, a poolside dinner reception with a steel drum band, awards, live and silent auctions and raffles. Guests heard news about Memorial from President Michael Dacey, MD, and Foundation Chair Virginia Roberts. “It’s always wonderful to see the community come out in support of Memorial Hospital. This year’s focus is on the Emergency Department, which serves a vital role in this area, helping patients of all ages who are in need of emergent care. Thanks to the committee that planned the event, and everyone who donated to this worthwhile cause,” said Michael Dacey, MD, president of Memorial. In addition, Victor Pinkes, MD, chief of emergency medicine, spoke about the Emergency Department and its critical role as the front door of the hospital and guests heard one grateful patient’s story about his Emergency Department experience and subsequent surgery.

In recent years, Memorial Hospital has taken steps to reduce wait times in its Emergency Department and improve overall efficiency. Proceeds from the tournament will help Memorial to further improve care by focusing upon the patient experience, investing in equipment and using innovative strategies to ensure that every patient receives the right level of care in a safe, comfortable and compassionate setting.

Special thanks to tournament co-chairs Gary Reis, president and CEO, and Beth Reis, certified public accountant and CFO, both of Med Tech Ambulance Service, members of the Golf Tournament Planning Committee and members of the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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.