April 22, 2016 – Brown University School of Medicine recently hosted inter-professional training meetings to address overdose prevention methods. This event brought together students to provide instruction and facilitate overdose response practice groups. One important overdose prevention method being taught is the administration of naloxone.
SMART’s Director of Partner Services and Operations, Ann-Marie Reid Richardson has been volunteering with Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps and NOPE-RI since 2009. For this gathering she provided naloxone training for attendees and participating organizations; The RI MRC / NOPE-RI, The Drug and Overdose Prevention & Rescue Coalition, in addition to Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, and Brown University Medical School. Multidisciplinary teams of medical students, pharmacy students, and nursing students were educated on recognizing the symptoms of overdose, how to prevent overdose, and how to revive victims of overdose until emergency medical care can be administered. When asked why she volunteers Ann-Marie said, “Participating and volunteering keeps me involved in the communities directly served by our partners. It is my way of giving back.”
The past few years have generated the largest number of fatal overdoses in our nation’s history. SMART is proud to support volunteer efforts that positively contribute to the recovery from the ongoing opiate epidemic.
December 2015, SMART’s President David Piccoli, II hosted the entire staff of SMART Management, Inc. for an unforgettable holiday party at Café Nuovo in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. This swanky establishment on the ground floor of the Citizens Bank Building at the Gondola Landing on the famed River-walk was the perfect setting for this annual social event. Associates were thrilled to enjoy an evening of delicious food, dancing, and music in the domed, glass and marble rotunda event room.
A very special thank you to David for the kindness and generosity that he extends to our Associates this and every year.
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September 2015, SMART’s President and CEO David Piccoli, II and wife Gilda again welcomed SMART Associates to their home on the coast of Rhode Island for SMART’s annual company party. This year was a particularly memorable traditional New England clam bake. Associates enjoyed watching the staff from ClamBakes, Etc. of Cape Cod whip up a delicious menu of lobster, clams, mussels, steak, corn and potatoes in the bake pit they constructed on the shore line.
This event was great way to bring together our growing company for a delightful day of socializing, swimming, fishing, football and kayaking. All attending associates received special embroidered beach towels to commemorate the day and as a little thank you for all their hard work everyday.
April 23, 2014 – April is Autism Awareness Month. SMART Management’s Provider Relations Representative Candi Arevalo and her family are participating in The Autism Project Walk. This will be held at Goddard Park on Sunday, April 27th in honor of her wonderful son Tyler. If you would like to make a donation to help her team reach their goal please visit their fundraising page. No donation is too small … every dollar counts!!!
If you or someone you know are interested in participating, the check-in time is at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 10:00 am. However, you don’t have to participate in the walk to enjoy the Family Fun Day. This includes a reptile show, a visit from the URI Rams Football Team, cotton candy, and popcorn, obstacle course, face painting, arts and crafts, a marketplace and much more!
Autism affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and build relationships. Candi’s son, Tyler was diagnosed with Autism at the age of five. He has struggled over the years with sensory issues, communication, and overall socialization.
Fundraising organizations like The Autism Project and Autism Speaks are there to advocate, teach and support not only children but their families as well.
Candi explained that “Thanks to these organizations, Tyler has progressed enough to be a member of the Unified Special Olympics Basketball Team, a sport he absolutely loves. He has actually become renowned for his famous 3 point shot!! The support that Tyler receives from autism programs has helped him become more independent. It has also allowed him to overcome some of the many challenges of Autism.
Tyler has been on the honor roll every quarter since middle school! I’m grateful for the strides Tyler has made throughout his life. I attribute much of this to the wonderful programs that fundraising for Autism provides.”
Did you know that Autism:
- Now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Prevalence figures are growing
- Is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Is nearly five times more likely in boys than girls
- Has no medical detection or cure for autism
April 2, 2014 – As a part of SMART Management’s established associate run community awareness efforts, in the Month of April we will be focusing on two separate but equally important causes. These are the Run to Stop MS and the Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism Awareness Month.
SMART Associates will take part in the 12th annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism on April 27th at Goddard Park in Warwick, RI. This event was established to show support to Rhode Island Families of children with autism. For more details or to sign up visit the Autism Project website.
Then May 3rd Associates will be lacing up their sneakers for the 6th annual Run to Stop MS 5K. The run is at Colt State Park on May 3rd in support of those who are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. For more details or to sign up visit the National MS Society website.
SMART Management, Inc. has established an associate run community awareness team to raise awareness of a different cause each month. February is National Heart Month. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of keeping your heart healthy. The hope is to empower associates to take control of their personal cardiovascular health. Symptoms of a heart attack vary between men and women. It is important that our associates are aware of the different signs, especially if heart disease runs in the family.
Wear Red Day
February 7th is National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association started the “Go Red for Women” campaign. This is aimed at educating the public about women and cardiovascular disease. A heart attack is the number one killer of women today. It’s called the “silent killer”. Most women do not recognize the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late. SMART Associates participated in wearing red on this day and/or wore their “Red Dress” pins/stickers. SMART is very proud of our associates for showing their support. It’s “heart” warming to see so many willing participants.