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Beltone New England’s “Hear for Children” Campaign will Raise Funds for Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Audiology

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Throughout the month of September, Beltone New England, one of the nation’s leaders in hearing care, is hosting its “Hear for Children” campaign to raise funds in support of pediatric audiology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the area’s leading pediatric hospital.

The month-long campaign has set a goal to raise $15,000 to support the purchase of new equipment for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Audiology Department.

Across 55 Beltone locations, staff and customers of the company will be able to support “Hear for Children” by making a donation on-site via check or credit card. Additionally, the effort will feature a dedicated online giving page where members of the community can make secure gifts and share the page with others who wish to support the campaign. Through its philanthropy program, Beltone will match all employee donations, up to a total of $5,000.

“As well as any of our community partners, Beltone understands the importance of taking advantage of the latest state-of-the-art audiology equipment when treating patients with hearing disorders,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Funds raised through this campaign will directly impact the lives of our patients; we are so grateful to Beltone for giving their staff and patients an opportunity to support our Pediatric Audiology Department.”

The Pediatric Audiology Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital offers a full range of services for children, which include: comprehensive hearing testing using conventional, visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometry, as well as physiological measures; sedated audio evaluations, including auditory brainstem response; central auditory processing evaluations; monitoring for ototoxicity; and cochlear implants and hearing aids. 

About Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., a part of the Lifespan health care system, is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research and education for Rhode Island and surrounding southeastern New England. A private, not-for-profit institution, it is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, through which the department of pediatrics brings in $23 million in external research funding annually. Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s “All for One” commitment devotes all of its knowledge, experience, and passion for healing to each child in its care. For more information visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or Pin with us on Pinterest.

University Medicine Announces New Director of Research Integration, Dr. Ramratnam, MD

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University Medicine, a nonprofit primary care, specialty outpatient and sub-specialty medical group practice with over 200 physicians and over 20 patient care locations across the state, announces that Bharat Ramratnam, MD has been named Director of Research Integration. The announcement was made by Louis B. Rice, MD, president and CEO of University Medicine.

In this newly created role, Dr. Ramratnam will work closely with Dr. Lance Dworkin, vice chairman for research, ethics and academic affairs, to promote collaborative research across disciplines within University Medicine’s Department of Medicine. Dr. Ramratnam, who completed undergraduate and postgraduate education at Brown University and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center of the Rockefeller University, is uniquely suited to spearhead this new initiative given his proven record of continuous NIH-funded research in basic, clinical and behavioral science, according to Dr. Rice.

Dr. Ramratnam, an associate professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research Laboratory of Retrovirology at Rhode Island Hospital. He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team focusing on reproductive hormones and their impact on HIV-1 acquisition. Additionally, he directs the COBRE Center for Cancer Research Development at Rhode Island Hospital and is the Medical Director for the Lifespan Clinical Research Center.

Under Dr. Ramratnam’s leadership, the Office of Research Integration will issue requests for applications (RFAs) to fund the preparation of a number of collaborative program project grants in fiscal year 2015. The office will also assess the state of clinical and basic science research in the Department of Medicine, disseminate opportunities, and develop a strategic plan that will ensure the continued excellence of the department in its mission of providing state-of-the-art medical care to individuals in Rhode Island and surrounding communities.

For over 12 years, Dr. Ramratnam has been an appointed reviewer of investigator-initiated grants for a wide range of national and international medical boards, drug treatments and programs, and research projects. He is currently overseeing seven ongoing grants involving a total of over $2 million in funding. In addition to his research on the role of reproductive hormones on HIV-1 acquisitions, other grants he is involved with include an investigation on the genetic information transfer to hematopoietic cells and the role of microvesicles, studies in HIV-1 pathogenesis and transmission, and a study of bio behavioral interactions and intervention between alcohol and HIV.

Ramratnam has received numerous awards including the NIH Career Development Award, the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Award, the Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation from the American Philosophical Society, and the Culpepper Award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Locally, he received the Lifespan Bruce Selya award for Research Excellence, and the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Ramratnam earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brown University in 1986 and his doctor of medicine degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 1993. He resides in Little Compton, R.I.

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