Rhode Island Hospital

Rhode Island Hospital

Infobox Hospital
Org/Group =

Caption = Rhode Island Hospital at the turn of the 20th century

Location = Providence
Region =
State = Rhode Island
Country = United States
HealthCare = Private
Type = Teaching
Speciality =
Standards =
Emergency =
Affiliation= Brown University
Beds = 719
Founded = 1863
Closed =
Website = http://www.lifespan.org/RIH
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Rhode Island Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Providence, Rhode Island.

It is a 719-bed acute care teaching hospial founded 1863. Local philanthropist and trustee, Henry J. Steere was instrumental in founding and funding the early hospital. The hospital was the first in the region and third in the nation to have an EKG machine in 1915. [http://www.lifespan.org/rih/about/milestones.htm]

The hospital is the largest of the state's general acute care hospitals, and a tertiary care referal center, providing comprehensive health services for both adults and children. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Brown Medical School.

The Rhode Island Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to inpatients and outpatients, with particular expertise in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences and orthopedics, as well as pediatrics at its children's hospitalHasbro Children's Hospital. It is designated as the Level I Trauma Center for southeastern New England.


In 2007 Rhode Island Hospital physicians operated on the incorrect side of a patient's head on three separate patients during three separate brain surgeries. The incidents occurred in January, July and November. Critics blame failure to use "universal protocol," and the nurses failure to speak up to the surgeons for the errors. [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22263412/]


* [http://www.lifespan.org/RIH Rhode Island Hospital Website]
* [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22263412/ MSNBC Associated Press Article]

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