December 22, 2014
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Kent Hospital stepping to the plate as road race sponsor

Kent Hospital is pleased to announce that it will be the new corporate sponsor for a number of road races/walks taking place this year and next in North Kingstown and Warwick. The events will include the Kent Hospital NK5K, the Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K and a new race that will take place in the fall of 2013 at Kent Hospital.

"We are so pleased to play an active role in the health and wellness of so many people each and every day here at the hospital," said Kent Hospital CEO Sandra L. Coletta. "It is an honor for Kent Hospital to now be a part of these events that have been well known in the area for years. I think it only makes sense for the hospital to take an active role in the community encouraging healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, fun and exercise."

The Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K, in its 6th year, will be held on Sunday, September 30 at Goddard Park. It will mark the conclusion of an exciting weekend of race events featuring more than 4,000 runners from schools across New England and beyond. In addition, plans are currently in the works for a third race to round out the Kent Hospital Race Series, which will be held in 2013 and will start and finish at Kent Hospital. Details about that event will be made available next summer.

The Kent Hospital NK5K, in its 13th year, will be held on Saturday, September 8 at the North Kingstown High School and usually attracts approximately 800 runners and walkers. In addition, a portion of funds raised through this road race will be donated back to the North Kingstown School Department for use in developing the town's high school sports and school extracurricular activities.

Said race organizer Charles Breagy, "It is an honor to welcome Kent Hospital as corporate sponsor for this race series. This will be a great partnership and it will further serve to enhance these established events. Kent's participation helps raise these events to the next level of success."

For more information or to register for these upcoming events please log on to www.oceanstate5k.com and/or www.nk5k.net.

About Kent Hospital:

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island's second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island. Kent Hospital was identified as a recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award(tm), indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals. Kent is one of only 263 hospitals in the country to receive this designation and the only hospital in Rhode Island. A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent Hospital is Rhode Island's largest hyperbaric medicine facility and the only hospital offering 24- hour emergency hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the region. Kent's recently redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees close to 60,000 patients a year and ranks Kent's ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It is also the first and only hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.


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