South County Health held its annual meeting on Monday, April 25 at the Towers in Narragansett. Three staff members were honored: Celeste Corcoran, MD, was awarded Physician of the Year; Pat Fioravanti, BSN, RN, was presented with the President’s Award; and Louise Kiessling, MD, received the Chairman’s Award. Board Members Irwin Birnbaum, Henry D. Sharpe III, and Duncan Cocroft were also recognized for donating their time and talents to the South County Health Board of Trustees. Paula Viau-Hann was thanked for her time dedicated to the South County Home Health Board of Trustees.
Celeste Corcoran, MD, named Physician of the Year
Following the performance, South County Health's palliative care team held a panel discussion and Q&A on palliative care.In addition to the awards ceremony, the meeting featured a new and exciting element. Anne Scurria and Tim Crowe, two of the most respected resident artists at Trinity Repertory Theater, performed a dramatization about palliative care. Chair of the Board of Trustees Eve Keenan noted that including this short play in the meeting was one way to publicize the vision of the Board. “We are committed to connecting with the community to support every stage of life,” said Keenan. “Palliative care is very important for this mission, and we were looking for another avenue to tell the story. Most people in the community confuse hospice care with palliative care, and we thought this would be a good way to separate the two.”
The meeting was attended by the South County Health board of trustees, senior leadership, members of the medical staff, staff, volunteers, and the general public.