Representative of the Newport Hospital Foundation presented a community grant of $35,000 to Newport Community Schools (NCS) on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The donation will benefit the organization’s NCS Connects program, which was established to better meet the essential needs of secondary students by promoting health and wellness and encouraging family involvement. NCS Connects has enhanced these efforts thanks to the continued financial assistance of Newport Hospital.

In attached photograph, pictured from left to right at Newport Hospital are David Vieira, program coordinator of NCS; Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital; Tracy Shea, executive director of NCS; Pam Breves, NCS board chair, Michael Dawson, vice president of finance for Newport Hospital; and Loriana De Crescenzo, chief development officer for Newport Hospital.

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