Careers at Lifespan Health System

Steve Rapoza, RN

Behavioral Health

I started at Newport Hospital in the float pool in the summer of 1996 after working for four years at Rhode Island Hospital's medical psychiatric unit.

Steve Rapoza, RN
I feel very fortunate to work here at Newport Hospital, where we continuously strive to meet and surpass our own lofty goals of being the best behavioral health care provider Newport County could ever hope for. I look forward to continuing this never-ending quest until the day I retire.

After a few years in the float pool, I took a position as onsite manager of The Occupational Health Center in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. This center, a satellite occupational health site affiliated with University Orthopedics, was a new endeavor for Newport Hospital. After a three-year trial, we decided to dissolve our affiliation and I made a lateral transfer back to Newport Hospital and my first love-psychiatry.

I've seen many changes since my years in the float pool and I'm proud to say that I think we offer the best care for this difficult and chronic population. As difficult as it can be, I enjoy every aspect of my job while working with many professionals from various disciplines to meet our population's needs. I have also enjoyed facilitating the unit's outpatient support group for nearly 14 years.

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