Newport Hospital recently celebrated the graduation of Project SEARCH interns at a ceremony held last week at Newport Hospital.

The Project Search program prepares special needs students for the workplace, helping them acquire career and life skills through hands-on internships. Their interns completed three 10-week rotations throughout the hospital, working alongside Newport Hospital employees in facilities, environmental services, food services, the mail room and more. All seven interns have already found employment in the community!


Pamela McLaughlin, director of hospital patient experience and coordinator of the program, joined Tim Towey and I on What’sUpNewp Radio Show on AM 1540 WADK Newport today from 1 pm to 2 pm to chat about the program and tell us about how others might benefit from the program.

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Photo: Director of Patient Experience Pam McLaughlin was instrumental in bringing the Project Search program to Newport Hospital. Last week, she was able to see her own son, Patrick, (pictured with her) graduate from the program.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).