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URI web chat Oct. 21

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Miriam Hospital VP to answer questions about
‘the informed patient’ during URI web chat Oct. 21

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 15, 2008 – Rebecca Burke, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer at The Miriam Hospital, will answer questions and discuss “the informed patient” -- how to get the best possible hospital care -- during an online chat Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from URI in 1976, Burke has been dedicated to patient care. As a senior vice-president of patient services at Miriam since 1999, Burke has collaborated with URI to develop a bachelor’s degree program at the hospital. The program was designed to help nurses pursue their degrees in a convenient place. This nursing initiative and others put Miriam at the forefront of patient care. Under Burke’s leadership, The Miriam’s Department of Nursing was awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the third time in March 2006.

Burke is the 2003 recipient of the URI College of Nursing Alumni Award and a 2007 recipient of the URI Distinguished Achievement Dean’s List Award. She lives in Barrington.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online Chats, which began in September 2004, have featured sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com website.