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164 Summit Ave Providence, RI 02906

FALL 2015

Dear Neighbors, September is a busy time of year for all of us and I want to be sure you know about two important dates at The Miriam Hospital this month. The first is our Public Meeting for our Institutional Master Plan scheduled for Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 pm in the Hurvitz Board Room, and the second is the Fall Festival on Hope Street on Sunday, September 20th from 12–5 pm.

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The Miriam Hospital plans to submit its Institutional Master Plan in October 2015. In advance of that meeting, we invite you to attend our community forum to discuss plans for the main campus which have remained unchanged. We will need to create single patient hospital rooms in Building A on the main campus. Our goal is to accomplish this in the next five years, however we are not in the design phase of this work nor have we developed the funding for the project. Our hope is that by 2020 we will have the ability to begin that work. Please come to the meeting to discuss our Master Plan. Kindly RSVP by calling Monica Anderson at The Neighborhood Hotline at (401) 793-4040 no later than September 15th to reserve your seats. Come early as we will be serving refreshments.


Food Trucks. Vendors. Wine Garden. YMCA Bounce House. Rock Climbing Wall. Free Kids & Adults Fitness Classes by the Dwares JCC. Group Fun Runs with Roisin McGettigan. Boldrdash Fitness Challenge for All Ages. International Compassion Games & Food Drive. Electronic Recycling with Indie Cycle. Scavenger Hunt (with prizes).

Emma Joy Galvin | Emeline Easton | John Faraone ERB Band | Eastern Medicine Singers | Joe's Backyard Band

Live Music, Live Dance...

*Streets will be closed.

for Adults & Kids on Hope Street between Fifth & Rochambeau*


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Fall Fest


The Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital Fall Festival on Hope Street will be held in collaboration with the Hope Street Merchants Association. Scheduled for Sunday, September 20th, this event is a perfect way to spend the first day of autumn with your family. The event will be held on Hope Street between Fifth Street and Rochambeau with these streets closed in advance of, and during the event. Bring your family and friends to enjoy live entertainment, food and shopping. Take part in the Scavenger Hunt and you could WIN a Prize Pack of Gift Certificates to Hope Street. For more information visit our website at or go to the Hope Street Merchants Association website — Happy September.


Arthur J. Sampson President, The Miriam Hospital

A Lifespan Partner.

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Letter From The President Community Liaison Corner Community Investment Grants Community Relations Survey



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door to door Survey



FALL 2015

—Monica Anderson, Director of Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship

As the summer swelter begins to fade away, plans are heating up

on Hope Street as we prepare for the Fall Festival. Be sure to save the date of Sunday, September 20th for an afternoon of food, entertainment, fitness and fun. A team of Hope Street Merchants and I have worked together to create a vibrant community festival that has something for everyone. There will be all kinds of entertainment including live music and dance. Musical performances include (but are not limited to) Emiline Easton, Joe’s Backyard Band and singer, playwright and entertainer extraordinaire, Rose Weaver. To top it off, The Festival Ballet, the Eastern Medicine Singers, and a local dance group called “Part of the Oath” will delight the festival goers with one of a kind performances. Interested in reviving your fitness routine? The Fall Festival will have everyone and everything you need to fortify the healthiest you this autumn. Take part in free adult and kids classes generously offered by the fitness pros at the Dwares JCC. The J-Fitness crew will take kids through a creative and entertaining session promoting fun in physical education. Adults can take an inspiring dynamic class by Lisa Mongeau which is sure to get heart rates beating and energy soaring. Looking for something else? Go for a group fun run with Roisin McGettigan, take a free martial arts class or even climb the rock wall. Challenge yourself on the Boldrdash course developed for aspiring recreational athletes of all ages. Whatever your interests in the fitness arena, chances are you can try it on for size on September 20th. As part of our efforts to give back to the community, we are asking everyone to participate in creating food access for all Rhode Islanders by participating in a food drive, or donating to Farm Fresh’s Fresh For All Fund. By bringing a food item to the Fall Festival we can make an impact against the issue of hunger and food access in Rhode Island. For more information about the food drive and how to donate to the food drive, please see the list of items needed below. To donate to the Fresh For All Fund, visit the Farm Fresh tent at the Festival.


August 31, 2015


Dear Neighbors, To your right is a one-page survey, which all of our next-door neighbors are receiving. The goal of this survey is to get your OPINION on how we are doing in our effort to be a good neighbor. The Miriam Hospital is committed to being a good neighbor and continues to work on building our communication with neighbors, bettering the community by sharing our resources, and applying a model of balance to conflicts and neighborhood issues whether they arise internally or externally. We refer to these efforts as the 3 B’s; BUILD communication, BETTER the community and BALANCE concerns. The attached survey is brief and will only take a few minutes of your time. We value your feedback and will use your comments to work on the areas where we need improvement. Your answers will also help us plan for future initiatives with regard to the 3 B’s. We will choose at random two individuals who have completed the questionnaire to WIN a $100 gift certificate to the store, salon, or restaurant of their choice on Hope Street or North Main Street in the Summit Neighborhood. To be eligible for the drawing, you must be a neighbor of The Miriam Hospital. Additionally, you must be 18 years of age and fill out all the CONTACT INFORMATION on the questionnaire. The survey can be detached, folded and mailed (postage paid), or it can be dropped off in the lobby of the main hospital building. All surveys must be completed by October 2nd to be entered to win. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at The Miriam Hospital by calling the Neighborhood Hotline at (401) 793-4040. Sincerely,

Lastly, don’t miss the Fall Festival Scavenger Hunt or the opportunity to participate in the International Compassion Games. The Scavenger Hunt will lead you up and down Hope Street searching for clues to solve the word scramble puzzle for the hunt. The Games will give you a unique opportunity to perform an act of compassion either towards someone else, towards the earth, or towards yourself. To learn more about the Compassion Games visit As usual there will be delicious food, sidewalk sales and plenty of other surprises. Gather your friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate the changing of the season at this year’s Fall Festival. For more information, go to the Hope Street Merchants Association website at or call The Neighborhood Hotline at (401) 793-4040.

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The following items are requested for the Food Drive being held in collaboration with the Jewish Alliance, The Miriam Hospital and Hope St. Merchants Association. More detailed information and bags for the food drive can be found in shops and stores on Hope Street. For a listing of stores with food drive bags, please visit Benefactors of the Food Drive will be The Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry, Camp Street Community Ministries, St. Raymond’s Food Pantry, and Lifespan Community Health Services.

Items requested Canned Vegetables: carrots, corn, peas, string beans, tomatoes Canned Beans: any (cannellini, black, kidney, black eyed peas) Peanut Butter, Whole Wheat Pasta, Brown Rice

*Kosher Items Plain Instant Oatmeal, Sugar Free Jelly or Jam,Tuna Fish, No-Salt Canned Veggies, Canned Fruit (regular or no added sugar) *These items need to have a kosher hechsher symbol.

Monica A.J. Anderson

Director of Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship The Miriam Hospital A Lifespan Partner.

Investing In the Community Did you know that The Miriam Hospital has funded over $560,000 in Community Investment Grants since 2006? Our focus areas for investing include programs for youth development and education for grades 6–12, health and wellness programming, plus community beautification and revitalization projects. Funding for programs in our community enrich the lives of youth via non-profits such as Groundwork Providence, Billy Taylor House, Festival Ballet, Mt. Hope Learning Center, and the Mt. Hope Neighborhood’s Summer Billy Taylor Basketball League. Collaborations with groups like the Hope Street Merchants Association and the Summit Neighborhood Association strive to support the quality of life in our neighborhood through revitalization,

outreach and beautification efforts in commercial areas and beyond. Programs like the Billy Taylor Basketball League promote health and wellness while this year’s collaboration with the SNA’s Summer Concert increased healthy fresh food access for all Rhode Islanders. Our next round of investment grant’s submission deadline is Friday, November 13th at 5 pm. The grant application form can be found on The Miriam Hospital website or can be requested by email via The Neighborhood Hotline. Final decisions will be made on December 4th. Should you have any questions about our Community Investment Grants, please contact Monica Anderson at (401) 793-4040 or email her at The Neighborhood Hotline at

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS to complete this survey. Your participation is essential to The Miriam Hospital as we will use information to improve neighborhood relations. When your survey is complete, fold as directed, place tape on the top flap and drop the form in a mailbox (postage is paid). You will be included in a drawing for one of two $100 Gift Certificates to the store or restaurant of your choice on Hope Street or North Main Street (within the Summit neighborhood). Thank you in advance for your participation and we look forward to hearing from you! 1. The Neighborhood Hotline: a. Are you aware of the Neighborhood Hotline established by The Miriam Hospital for neighbors to call with complaints or concerns?

5. Compared to five years ago, my satisfaction with The Miriam Hospital Community Relations is: Yes

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c. If you used the hotline, were you satisfied with your responses?

2. Please rate how well The Miriam Hospital does: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h.

Communications Parking Noise Trash Lights Landscaping efforts Deliveries Construction Notification

3. Please rate how well the following communication formats work for you: a. b. c. d. e. f.

The Door-to-Door Newsletter Notifications by Mail Hand-delivered Notifications The Miriam Hospital Website Neighborhood Bulletin Board E-mail

4. Are you aware of the following community relations’ efforts: a. Hope Street Beautification b. Groundwork Summer Green Team c. Festivals in the Neighborhood d. Annual Coat & Toy Drives e. North Main Revitalization Efforts f. Billy Taylor Basketball League g. Landscaping & Environmental Committees h. Crime Watch of the Summit Neighborhood i. Free Health Screenings, Flu Clinics j. Community Investment Grants


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6. Your comments are important to us! (Please be as specific as you can) a. What are we doing well? _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ b. What requires improvement? _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 7. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with Monica Anderson, our Director of Community Relations, to further discuss these survey results, and/or to enter the $100 Gift Certificate Raffle (2 will be drawn), please provide your Contact Information below:

❑ Yes, I’m interested in a one-on-one meeting. Name: _______________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please call Monica Anderson at The Neighborhood Hotline: (401) 793-4040 The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

The Miriam Hospital Door to Door: Fall 2015  
The Miriam Hospital Door to Door: Fall 2015