From the youngest babies to the most golden oldies, Lifespan Corporation has the health of Rhode Islanders covered through every stage of life. Founded in 1994, the multi-hospital health system includes the state's largest acute care facility, Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital has about 720 beds and provides general and advanced medical-surgical care in a wide range of specialties, including organ transplantation, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. Rhode Island Hospital and its sister facility, the 250-bed Miriam Hospital, serve as teaching facilities for Brown University's medical school. Lifespan was formed through the partnership of Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital in 1994.
Lifespan Corporation's multi-hospital health system includes Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital (located on the Rhode Island Hospital campus), Bradley Hospital (a 60-bed inpatient psychiatric facility for children and adolescents), and Newport Hospital (an affiliated general community hospital with 130 beds). Rhode Island Hospital and its sister facility Miriam Hospital serve as teaching facilities for Brown University's medical school.
In addition, the network includes the RIH Foundation and the TMH Foundations, as well as outpatient care facilities and home health agencies.
Instead of of looking for an outside partner to merge with, Lifespan chose to merge the operations of the Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital to create one academic medical center on two campuses.
Lifespan has also taken other steps to fight off economic challenges, such as a salary freeze for employees and improved data management programs to enhance clinical efficiencies.
The health system also seeks to remain competitive by investing in advanced medical procedures such as NanoKnife technology, which uses pulses of electricity to destroy tumors, and CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery, which uses beams of radiation to target tumors.
Lifespan also has been investing in expanding its electronic health record system to make patient information more portable and accessible across its various care centers.
Lifespan was formed through the partnership of Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital in 1994. – less