Kent Hospital ends year in black, pays tribute to Lang & Hynes


The numbers are going up at Kent Hospital with more admissions, a bigger budget, and, as it turns out, a $3.2 million surplus in operating revenues, but that wasn’t to be the thrust of the hospital’s 61st annual meeting held last night at Quidnesset Country Club in North Kingstown.

Rather, a focus of the meeting was a look back with appreciation for two men who have had a deep impact on the institution: former hospital administrator William Lang, who died this year, and John J. Hynes, who stepped down as Care New England President this year.

“They stand alone,” hospital president and CEO Sandra L. Coletta said in a telephone interview prior to the meeting. She said she wanted to take the time to recognize the service of both men.

Lang, who was the administrator and CEO of Kent Hospital from 1960 until his retirement in 1985, died April 19 at the age of 88. Lang made the hospital his career, starting soon after it opened as a pharmacist. He was a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives and a member of the Hospital Association, where he served as president in the 1970s. In 2001, he co-authored “The Imperishable Gift,” about the history of Kent Hospital.

Hynes, who retired during the year, was president and CEO of Kent Hospital when named to head New England Care. He is a past trustee and chair of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, trustee of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, vice chair of the Rhode Island Quality Institute and trustee of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Rhode Island and American Bar associations.

He is succeeded by Dennis D. Keefe.

Almost across the board, numbers at the hospital showed an increase for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 over the same period for the prior year. Operating revenues for the year were $315.3 million as compared to $292.4 million. Inpatient admissions went from 15,592 to 15,743 and inpatient days were up more than 2,000 to 83,775.

There was more than numbers growing at the hospital.

Coletta was prepared to speak about the construction of the hospital’s ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and medical office building. Steel work for the building is in place and last week cranes started lifting into place the giant section of pre-cast concrete forming the walls.

The ASC will include five operating rooms at 600 square feet each and three additional operating rooms at 400 square feet, respectively. The ASC will also include space for peri-operative bays, clinical support services, administration, reception/waiting area and storage. The ASC will handle the majority of outpatient surgeries as well as endoscopic and pain management procedures currently performed in the main hospital.

Coletta is especially proud of changes made to the emergency department where the time between someone walking in the door and seeing a care provider is now averaging about 30 minutes. Previously it was over an hour.

“This has been about improving the quality of care,” she said of the changes.

Kent is the first and only hospital in the state to implement a policy of no diversion for ambulances. In addition, Kent has dramatically focused time, energy and resources in creating the new emergency department patient rapid assessment model, dramatically cutting down wait times and, in some instances, virtually eliminating them.

“Kent Hospital has made significant accomplishments in the past year and with hard work and dedication we continue to grow and better serve our patients and community with the highest quality care,” Coletta said in a statement. “For 60 years Kent has shown dedication and commitment and as time progresses, we will continue to improve facilities, procedures, patient care models and more. I am excited and pleased with the positive changes and impact Kent has made over the past year and look forward to our future.”

The meeting is also the occasion when new incorporators and foundation members are named.

Newly elected incorporators and the towns they are from are: Barrington: Bradford Dimeo, Michael Quas, MD, Lisa Shea, MD; Cranston: John Callaci, Kent Gladding; East Greenwich: The Honorable Robert Flanders, John Gelzhiser, MD, Paari Gopalakrishnan, MD, Harold Hitchen, Winifred Hitchen, Steve Lombardi, Paul Pyne, William Sequino; Fairfax, Va.: Esther Emard, Richard Emard; Greenville: Mike Lombardi; Jamestown: Allen Cicchitelli; Lincoln: John Galvin, Alisa Merolli, MD; North Kingstown: Janet Marcantonio; Norwood, Mass.: Dennis Keefe, Laura Keefe; Providence: Doug Jacobs, Cynthia Patterson, Bachir Sakr, MD, Santina Siena, MD; and Warwick: Carolyn Dutra, George Perdrizet, MD and Dan Pendergast.

New foundation board members are: East Greenwich: Reid S, Appleby, MD, Joseph W. Spinale, DO; Wakefield: Ray Bolster; and Warwick: Candace L. Dyer, MD.


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