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Care New England Purchases New Beds for Women & Infants and Kent Hospitals to Focus on the Human Side of Health Care

(Providence, RI) – Care New England, a non-profit health system comprising several Rhode Island hospitals, today announced it is replacing 421 patient beds with state-of-the-art Hillrom™ beds and surfaces at Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The new bed systems are connected medical devices designed to help deliver therapy and enhance patient safety, supporting Care New England’s commitment to transforming the future of healthcare and ensuring the health of the people and communities it serves.

“There is so much more that goes into a hospital bed, than most people realize. A good hospital bed, with state-of-the-art technology, can have a positive effect on the healing and recovery process, and that’s what we want for our patients, at our CNE hospitals. Our organization decided to use Hillrom beds, because of the company’s reputation of offering a product which provides the highest quality of care and comfort for health care and home settings,” said James Fanale, MD, president and CEO, Care New England.

Beginning in late February, Women & Infants Hospital will receive 171 beds. Of those, 148 will be Centrella® Smart+ Beds, which will help advance patient safety and comfort with fall prevention and pressure injury reduction. The Affinity® 4 Birthing Bed will replace 21 birthing beds to deliver safety, comfort and convenience for the mother, baby and caregivers throughout the labor and delivery experience. Two Compella™ Bariatric Beds will enable safe, efficient and dignified transport of patients.

Kent Hospital will be installing 250 new patient beds. Of those, the hospital will receive 225 Centrella Smart+ Beds, 15 Progressa® Bed Systems for the Intensive Care Unit, 6 Compella™ Bariatric Beds and 4 Affinity® 4 Birthing Beds. At both hospitals, the Centrella beds will be connected to the nurse call system for quick response to patient needs, and include the Centrella pro Surface to provide pressure redistribution for optimal patient support and comfort.

“Care New England has a varied patient need between Kent and Women & Infants Hospitals, and patients look to us, as health care leaders, to make sure that our care, including our hospital beds are a part of the healing process,” Dr. Fanale added.

All new bed deliveries are expected to be made to each hospital by mid-March.

About Care New England

Care New England Health System is a trusted organization that fuels the latest advances in medical research, attracts the nation’s top specialty-trained doctors, hones renowned services and innovative programs, and engages in the important discussions people need to have about their health and end-of-life wishes. Care New England is helping to transform the future of health care, providing a leading voice in the ongoing effort to ensure the health of the individuals and communities we serve.

CNE was founded in 1996, and today it is the parent organization of Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Care New England Medical Group, the VNA of Care New England, The Providence Center, and Integra, a certified accountable care organization (ACO). Care New England includes 970 licensed beds and 216 infant bassinets. Through Butler, Kent, and Women & Infants hospitals, Care New England has a teaching and research affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kent is also a teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.