Centennial 5k taking place on May 11

Published 03/01/2019

South County Health will host a Centennial 5K on Saturday, May 11, 2019 as part of a year-long celebration commemorating the health system’s 100th anniversary. The event will benefit integrative services of the South County Health Cancer Center including therapies featuring Reiki, massage, and music.

The community is invited to participate in this family-friendly wellness event which will also include 100th birthday festivities. The race route for the Centennial 5K will run through the historic neighborhoods surrounding South County Hospital.

Medical oncologist James L. Smythe, MD, and cancer exercise specialist Matthew Callaghan are serving as the Physician and Employee Champion of the 5K. The two South County Health employees were brought together more than eight years ago when Matt was diagnosed with cancer and his care and treatment was directed by Dr. Smythe.

With the guidance of Dr. Smythe and the expertise of specialists from South County Health, Matt regained his health and re-focused his career from cardiac to cancer rehabilitation.

On April 17, Matt appeared on WPRI-TV's Rhode Show to talk about the upcoming event where host Michaela Johnson will be the day's emcee.

Pre-Registration for the Centennial 5K has ended! Please join us Saturday and register on-site! If you want your registration fee to go to a specific team, let us know when you register!


Race Information
9:00 AM Registration
9:45 AM Welcome Remarks
10:00 AM Race start

Post-Race Birthday Celebration with Awards in Parking Lot to follow with emcee Michaela Johnson from the Rhode Show

  • Entertainment by Wakefield Concert Band
  • Children's activities and face painting 
  • South County Dermatology with Dr. Robert Dyer to pass out skin cancer literature and answer questions
  • Integrative Therapies Tent with massage and reiki treatments
  • Visit the SCH Therapy Dogs
  • Tour the SCH Cancer Center


“I experienced first-hand the wonderful cancer care delivered by Dr. Smythe and our colleagues,” said Matt. “Each day, I am privileged to assist patients as they work to grow stronger. I am excited to be part of this event along with Dr. Smythe, our co-workers, and the community as we raise funds for cancer services at South County.”

“The team from South County Health Cancer Center delivers highly effective cancer treatment with a focus first and foremost on the highest quality of care delivered compassionately and conveniently,” said Dr. Smythe. “Matt was successfully treated and is now an important part of our continuum of cancer care. By joining a team, registering for the 5K or donating, you are saving lives and allowing our friends, family and neighbors to receive top quality care, close to home.”

Approximately 775 residents of Washington County are currently diagnosed with cancer every year. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to about 900 new cases annually.

The 5K event will be emceed by Michaela Johnson of The Rhode Show on WPRI-TV. The event will also include music, as well as displays and activities from community partners like the South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention, Choose Love Movement-SK, Integrative Therapies Tent, South County Hospital therapy dogs, and tours of the Cancer Center. The national anthem will be performed by the Wakefield Concert Band.

Learn more about South County Health's Centennial --->