PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has selected seven organizations and two individuals to receive recognition for excellence, leadership and community service at the publication’s 13th annual Business Excellence Awards, one of the region’s longest-running and best-known business recognition programs.
Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, CEO of Lifespan, will be recognized for his business leadership.
Babineau – who serves on the boards of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Quality Institute and the University HealthSystem Consortium – has been the driving force behind Lifespan’s adoption of new methods to improve operations and patients’ experience at Lifespan hospitals.
“Through Dr. Babineau’s leadership, Lifespan is moving from a hospital-centric focus to a patient-centric focus,” said his BEA nomination. “His steadfast focus on the pursuit of excellence has transformed the organization to continuously strive to provide exceptional care and service.”
Constance Howes, executive vice president of Care New England, will be recognized for her corporate citizenship and more than 30 years of service at Women & Infants Hospital.
Under Howes’ leadership, Women & Infants received national recognition as a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and increased its research funding from $4 million in 2002 to $17 million in 2012. She has been actively involved in fundraising efforts for Women and Infants Hospital, the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.
“For the past two years, Connie has truly put her ‘money where her mouth is,’ issuing a challenge to all Women & Infants employees to increase participation and giving to the employee campaign,” her BEA nomination said.
Other winners include:
- Community Involvement: RBS Citizens Financial Group
- Excellence at a Large Company: Howley Bread Group/Panera Bread
- Excellence at a Mid-size Company: John Matouk & Co.
- Excellence at a Small Company: DiPrete Engineering
- Excellence at a Social Service Agency: Rhode Island Free Clinic
- Excellence at a Nonprofit: Highlander Charter School
- Entrepreneurship: Cherrystone Angel Group
The awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Providence Marriott at 1 Orms St.
Giovanni Feroce, CEO of Alex and Ani, will be the keynote speaker and Gene Valicenti, anchor for WJAR-TV NBC 10, will be the master of ceremonies.
The 2013 Business Excellence Awards competition is presented by Bank Rhode Island, and it is produced in partnership with Bryant University; Cox Business; Davitt Design Build Inc., LGC&D P.C., Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP; Tufts Health Plan and Gencorp Insurance Group.
For more information, visit the PBN Events page.