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Butler Hospital Establishes Foundation to Support Mission

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Butler Hospital Board of Trustees has recently approved the formation of a Foundation to further the mission of the hospital. While the foundation's primary purpose is to provide the hospital with unparalleled philanthropic support, foundation members also see their role as ambassadors for the hospital. In this role, board members are eager to reduce misconceptions about mental health and increase understanding and support of these illnesses that touch one out of every four people in our community.

"In establishing a foundation, Butler's Board of Trustees has provided a means by which the community can continue its rich history of support that dates back to the hospital's founding in 1844 as Rhode Island's first hospital. The foundation will reach out to the community to garner support of its work as a leader in brain science research, teaching, and developing innovative treatment," said Butler President and CEO Patricia R. Recupero, JD, MD.

Through the foundation, donors may support the hospital's general fund needs or tailor their gift to special funds used to support a range of needs from purchasing new playground equipment for the child and adolescent programs, to researching ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

"Cutting-edge research is being conducted at Butler by world-renowned researchers who are on the cusp of making the discoveries that will change the outcome for people with brain disorders like Alzheimer's, depression and OCD. Contributions made to Butler will further these efforts today and into the future," said Allen Cicchitelli, chairman of the Butler Hospital Foundation Board.

Two fundraising areas of focus for the foundation today that will serve the needs of the community in the future are Butler's first endowed chair and a new Patient Care Facility . The Stanley M. Aronson Endowed Chair for Movement Disorders will be named for Dr. Stanley Aronson, who devoted decades of service and guidance to Butler and was the founding dean of Brown University's medical school. The establishment of this first endowed chair at Butler will further support the research mission of the hospital. The new Patient Care Facility will house an expanded Patient Assessment Services (PAS) center and a 26-bed adult inpatient care unit to meet the growing need for Butler's services.

To learn more about the foundation and it board members visit www.SupportButlerHospital.org.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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