| John F. Collins, Winthrop's President and CEO (left), and Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop (right), present long-serving Winthrop Board member, Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In gratitude for his remarkable lifetime of service to Winthrop and the communities it serves, John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop, and Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors, were pleased to present longtime Board of Directors member, Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., with the Winthrop-University Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award on June 10, 2014.
A dedicated businessman, Mr. Newhouse has exhibited unwavering loyalty to his personal business, R.A. Newhouse Inc., as well as to Winthrop over the years. He has been a member of the Winthrop Board of Directors since 1986, serving as Chairman from 2000-2003. Mr. Newhouse also served several terms as the Board's Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. His involvement in numerous other Board initiatives includes his service on the Executive, Development, Joint Conference, Planning and the Quality/Assurance Risk Management Committees. He also chaired the Board's Medical Education and Research Committee.
Mr. Newhouse's association with Winthrop predates his Board service, however. He was born at Winthrop, then known as Nassau Hospital, in 1942.
"I have strong feeling and love for the Hospital," said Mr. Newhouse recently.
One such example of Mr. Newhouse's commitment to working with Hospital Administration to put new initiatives into place for the benefit of patients and their families was his involvement in establishing the Hospital's Chaplaincy Program a unique service whereby healthcare professionals and spiritual leaders work together to treat the body, mind and spirit. As a man of deep faith, Mr. Newhouse connected with the need for such a program at Winthrop.
Mr. Newhouse celebrates with his wife, Tracy, and son, Andrew.
"The holistic approach to care is important. Doctors and nurses can help you physically but if you can be treated mentally and spiritually as well, the end result will be even better," said Mr. Newhouse, who, along with his family, dedicated a room in memory of his mother, Marguerite S. Newhouse, in the Hospital's Serenity Chapel.
Winthrop's Lifetime Achievement Award is certainly an admirable honor of which Mr. Newhouse's colleagues feel he is very deserving.
"Dick Newhouse is someone who has distinctively gone about his duties and viewed them not as duties, but as a responsibility to his fellow man. He's done it with distinction, class and first-rate impact," said Winthrop Board member Ed Travaglianti. "If there's anyone who deserves a lifetime achievement award, it's Dick Newhouse."
"Dick is one of the most caring people you'll ever meet," said John T. Lane, Winthrop board member and Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the award. "He cares about his family and about this institution."
"I feel honored and very humbled," concluded Mr. Newhouse. "You do things in your life because you want to do them you try to be helpful and caring. There are a number of wonderful people on the Board of Directors and in the Hospital, and it is very much of an honor to be recognized."