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Board chair Sheri Smith, Ph.D, recipient of Distinguished Service Award

Sheri L. Smith, Ph.D., chairperson of the Roger Williams Medical Center board of trustees, was recognized on November 16 with the Hospital Association of Rhode Island’s 2015 Benjamin R. Sturges Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Smith, who is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Rhode Island College, joined the Roger Williams board in 2006. She has served as chair of the Quality Committee and has made ethics a focus of her board activities. She also serves as chair of the HARI Clinical Affairs Council which directs the quality improvement and patient safety activities of the association. She has also served on the CharterCARE Executive Committee. The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed in honor of Benjamin Sturges, a community leader who devoted his life to health care and to bettering the community.