Newport Hospital
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Newport Hospital Founders Society

Our Invitation to You

Established in 2001 by our Board of Trustees, the Founders Society recognizes and encourages those donors who make a substantial financial commitment to Newport Hospital on an annual basis. Named in honor of the caring and farsighted individuals who contributed their financial resources in 1873 to first establish Newport Hospital, the Founders Society pays tribute to our distinguished past, while also recognizing and showing appreciation for the philanthropy of those who continue to help Newport Hospital today.

Membership in the Founders Society offers numerous benefits, including opportunities to learn more about health care and the hospital’s broad array of services, to become more involved in Newport Hospital’s thriving community, and to better recognize those who step forward for their generous philanthropy. Best of all is the assurance that, as a member of our distinguished Founders Society, you are helping the hospital stand ready with the best facilities, equipment and staff – whenever you, your loved ones, and your community needs care.

Membership in the Founders Society is based on total cash gifts received for any purpose during the calendar year (January 1 – December 31), and offers a range of recognition levels. We hope you will join us. Please call 401-845-1763 with any questions.

Join the Founders Society

Levels and Benefits

All Founders Society members are listed in the donor honor roll and receive invitations to special events, and Newport Hospital’s Community Lecture Series.

Founders Society members of $7,500 and above receive an invitation to enroll in Newport Hospital Foundation's Donor Amenity Program: Friend of the Foundation. For more information call 401-845-4339.

The Ellen Mason Society

$50,000 and above

Created to recognize the earliest advocate for building a hospital in Newport, who started the successful movement to raise funds for its construction in 1873.

General John A. Hazard Society


Honors an early benefactor who left large tracts of land now known as Ocean Drive, Second Beach and Sachuest Point to the hospital.

Henry Ledyard Society


Honors the original founder of Newport Hospital, who led a subscription drive to build the original hospital “for the sick and injured who are unable to obtain, at home, the care and attention they need.”

The Vanderbilt Society


Honors Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose wife contributed funds for the Vanderbilt Building, opened in 1903, with the hospital’s first maternity and pediatric units.

The Rovensky Society


Pays tribute to John Rovensky who provided funds in memory of his wife, Mae Cadwell Rovensky, for construction of the Rovensky Building, completed in 1962.

Corcoran Family Circle

$1,000 - $2,499

Honors a Newport family whose members have been advocates and supporters of Newport Hospital for three generations.

The MacLaurin Society


In honor of the revered nursing superintendent Janet MacLaurin and the building named for her that served as the physical location of the Newport Hospital School of Nursing from 1910-1990.

The 1873 Society


Honors the year Newport Hospital was established as a 12-bed cottage hospital.