Roger Williams Cancer Center Recognized by the American Cancer Society

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
GoLocalProv News Team

The Cancer Center at Roger Williams Medical Center was recognized at the American Cancer Society’s 3rd annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast for receiving the commission on Cancer’s “Outstanding Achievement Award.” 

The Roger Williams Cancer Center was one of only 24 accredited cancer programs in the country to receive the June-December 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award and the only cancer center in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

“Our recognition today -- and from the Commission on Cancer last year -- is reflective of the team effort that goes into the care of every single patient who comes to our Cancer Center. Exemplary cancer care is delivered when you have a highly experienced and motivated team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, along with oncology nurses, laboratory professionals, and support staff. The best care is delivered in a collaborative manner and we strive to do that every day,” said  Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Chairman of Surgery and Director of the Cancer Center at Roger Williams. 

“It is important for all of us as individuals, companies, and health care institutions to urge policymakers and leaders from across the life sciences and health system ecosystem to do everything we can to save more lives from cancer. It is my honor to recognize Roger Williams for receiving the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes programs that strive for excellence in delivering high quality cancer care,” said Bernard Jackvony, former Lt. Governor and chair of the ACS CAN Research Breakfast.

Dr. Espat accepted the Certificate of Excellence from the American Cancer Society at the breakfast, which took place on October 14. 

The Breakfast 

The goal of the Rhode Island Research Breakfast is to create an event for innovators, leaders in business, academia, public policy, and patient advocacy to capture the latest and best thinking about the impact of local cancer research. 

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee served as this year’s honorary event chair. Along with Roger Williams, others recognized at the breakfast included researcher Dr. Adam Olszewski, Dr. James Padbury from Brown University, and volunteer and caregiver Ramone Johnson.

  • Inside Man

    Russell Carey - A name few outside of Brown’s campus know, but Carey is the power source at the Providence Ivy League institution. 

    Today, his title is Executive Vice President and he has had almost every title at Brown short of President. Carey is a 1991 graduate of Brown and has never left College Hill.

    While Brown’s President Christine Paxson — who is functionally invisible in Rhode Island — is managing alumni affairs and fundraising, Carey is influencing almost everything in Rhode Island.

  • Top Raimondo Appointment

    Nicole Alexander-Scott - MD, MPH, and rock star in the making. As Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, she is fast developing a reputation as someone in the Raimondo Administration who can get things done. Her counsel and leadership on developing a strategy on opioid addiction has been widely been lauded.

    In addition, she has handled the mundane - from beach closings to food recalls - with competency. An expert in infectious disease, it may be time for her to become a strong leader on Zika.

  • The CEO

    Ronald Machtley - Bryant University's President rightfully deserves to be on a lot of lists, but what few understand is that Machtley’s influence extends far beyond Bryant’s campus in Smithfield. Machtley could make this list as a business leader or as a political force as much as for education.

    Machtley is recognized for transforming Bryant University from a financially struggling regional college to a university with a national reputation for business.

    Machtley serves on Amica’s Board and the Rhode Island Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Fantex Brands.

  • Power Broker

    Larry Purtill - While Bob Walsh gets the face time as the Executive Director in the media for the NEA of Rhode Island, NEARI President Purtill tends to be the inside man who gets things done.

    The teachers' largest union is formidable, but is still reeling from the beat down it took when Gina Raimondo’s pension reform cut the benefits of teachers disproportionately over other employee groups. 

    Make no mistake about it - not much happens in education in Rhode Island without Purtill's sign-off.

  • Visionary

    Mim Runey - While Rhode Islanders wait, and wait some more, for development on the 195 land, Johnson and Wale's University's Runey is watching it come to fruition, as JWU is set to open the first completed building on the former Interstate on September 1, when it will host a ribbon cutting for its John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation. 

    Under Runey, JWU continues to establish its foothold as one of the country's top schools for culinary training. Now Runey will oversee the addition of the new building on the old 195 which will house the university's School of Engineering and Design and its biology program. 

    In 2015, students from the School of Engineering & Design participated in the construction of the Holocaust Memorial on South Main Street, a collaboration between the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Rhode Island.

    A true community partner in every sense, JWU under Runey's watchful eye is expanding to an even greater presence in Providence. 

  • Chairman of the Board

    Edwin J. Santos - The former banker is Chairman of the Board of CharterCare, after having been a top executive at Citizens Bank. He has been a board leader for Crossroads, Washington Trust, Rocky Hill School -- you name it and Santos has helped to lead it.

    His best work to date just might be at CharterCare, where he has helped the once fledgling hospital (Roger Williams Medical Center) into a growing hospital system.

  • Lion Tamer

    Weber Shill - He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of University Orthopedics, or in other words, dozens and dozens of oh-so-confident docs.

    Shill has a background in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Whitemore School at the University of New Hampshire. Experienced in managing medical groups, but this group is big and influential.



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