Individuals from throughout the state were recently honored at “Celebration of Excellence in Hospital Care,” an annual awards ceremony held by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI). Employees of the year from HARI’s member hospitals were recognized by the HARI Board of Trustees for exemplary performance and dedication to health care. In addition, recipients of the Benjamin R. Sturges Distinguished Service Award and Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service were honored.
Recipients of the Award for Excellence in Hospital Care included Rebecca Morin Lukowicz, public relations and marketing specialist at Kent Hospital.
George Vecchione and George Shuster were recipients of the 2012 Benjamin R. Sturges Distinguished Service Award. Vecchione was honored for dedicated service to Lifespan, where he served as president and CEO. Shuster was recognized for his contributions to Care New England, where he is currently chairman of the board. The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed in honor of Benjamin Sturges, a community leader who devoted his life to health care and to bettering the community. For half a century, Sturges was active in hospital issues as a trustee at South County Hospital and Butler Hospital, and was committed to many educational and environmental causes.
Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Rhoda Perry were the recipients of the Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service. A longtime supporter of hospitals, Sen. Reed was instrumental in recently securing $7 million in additional funding for hospitals in Rhode Island. Sen. Perry has been instrumental in forging a series of reforms to improve Rhode Island’s health care system. The Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service honors individuals for remarkable contributions to health care issues. HARI dedicates its public service award to the legacy of Francis Dietz, a longtime CEO of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.