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Newport County Community Mental Health Center Holds 50th Annual Meeting

The following report is from the Newport County Community Mental Health Center: 

The Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC) conducted its 50th Annual Meeting on February 24, 2014, at The Atlantic Beach Club, Middletown, Rhode Island.  NCCMHC served 2,170 Newport County residents in FY 2012-2013, in its Community Support Program, General Outpatient Program and Children’s Services Program.

Ms. Colleen Medeiros, Ms. Janice Vashon, Ms. Joyce Kirby and Ms. Varina Gunn were elected as new members of the Board of Directors.  Mr. J. Clement (Bud) Cicilline was named an Honorary Board Member. 

Receiving Outstanding Community Service Awards were Dr. Heather Hall, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Newport Hospital and Ms. Sandra Patti, President, BankNewport. 

Receiving the Center’s Annual Board of Directors Award was Ms. Ruth Barge Thumbtzen.  In recognition of her commitment to the mission of Newport County Community Mental Health Center in her role as a member of the Board of Directors. 

Ms. Brett Corrigan, BA, NCCMHC Quality Improvement Program Coordinator, received the First Annual J. Clement Cicilline Employee Recognition Award.

Consumer Achievement Awards were presented to: Ms. Ruth Burns, Ms. Marklyn Jackson, Mr. George Silvia and Mr. Eric Correia.

Our speakers this year were Ms. Judy Jones, Chair and Mr. Jamie Lehane, President & CEO.  Both highlighted how the healthcare environment is changing dramatically. Ms. Jones said that Newport County Community Mental Health Center will respond to the challenges with confidence built on the foundation of our past fifty years and with the ability to innovate in the future to ensure that the residents in Newport County with mental illness receive the services and support they need on their road to recovery.  The center is launching its 50th year anniversary celebration by adopting the slogan, “Empowering Individuals, Promoting Healthy Communities.”

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