Gala Raises Support for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
The Providence Gala held in May to celebrate Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies was a resounding success, as more than 500 attendees helped the Foundation raise nearly $600,000 to benefit hospital programs and projects, including critical medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Maternal and Infant Health (MIH) services.
Chris Matthews, host of Hardball MSNBC, served as an entertaining Master of Ceremonies for the spectacular evening at the Omni. One highlight of the evening occurred when Providence awarded the Advocate Award to Mrs. Joan Bowser, M.S., a retired licensed practical nurse and mother of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“I am so pleased to be able to present this award and honor my mother for her many years of dedication and care to citizens of our city,” said Mayor Bowser, who introduced her mother and joined President and CEO, Amy Freeman in presenting her the award.
The Caregiver Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by clinicians to Providence, was this year given to Drs. Arthur Macaraeg and Maria Ruiz, both of whom were instrumental in establishing the current department and NICU. Debra Keith, Director of Nurse Midwifery Services, who was instrumental in initiating the group prenatal care model, Centering Pregnancy®, in the Center for Life at Providence, was the third Caregiver Award recipient honored at the Gala.
“All our award recipients exemplify Providence’s values of service, integrity, and dedication,” said Amy E. Freeman, Providence President and CEO.
The gala launched a new capital campaign for the Providence Health Foundation, to garner support and resources for expansion and renovation of maternal and infant health services.
Providence completed a successful expansion of the Emergency Care Center(ECC) last year which more than doubled its capacity, enabling us to better provide high-quality, patient-centered care in service to all -- especially those who are poor and vulnerable. At the conclusion of this special evening, Amy Freeman and the Gala Co-Chairs, Beth Veihmeyer and Steve Strazzella, announced that the Emergency Care Center is named for His Holiness, Pope Francis. Because Providence’s mission and the Pope’s messages are one in the same it is only fitting that we name the ECC for Pope Francis.
“Last year alone, Providence provided $23 million dollars in uncompensated care to those in need throughout our community,” said Philip Mazzara, president of the Foundation. “The gala was a big step forward in allowing us to further enhance our services for expectant mothers and infants, in line with our mission of service and healing.”