Rhode Island Medical Society
The RIMS Foundation is governed by a five-member board of trustees, which is comprised of the three most recent past presidents of the Society, the current president and the current treasurer.
Russell A. Settipane, MD, President
Jose Polanco, MD, Secretary-Treasurer
Peter Karczmar, MD,
Sarah J. Fessler, MD
Elaine C. Jones, MD
Newell E. Warde, PhD, Executive Director
Supporting health and welfare in the community since 1983.
To support a variety of public service activities and educational efforts, including but not limited to:
To assist physicians and their families in financial need. The Benevolence Fund is administered by its own Trustee: Frank Sullivan, MD.
For capital improvements and major equipment purchases.
Medical Professional Liability Fund
To support public educational programs and raise awareness relating to professional liability and tort reform.
Physicians' Health Fund
To support the cost of employing one full-time clinician and one part-time administrative support professional providing services pertaining to the health of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, and PAs.
The RIMS Foundation is a scientific, educational, charitable and peer review foundation. It was approved by the Internal Revenue Service on June 6, 1983, as a 501(c)(3) organization. Under this designation, it may "promote health and welfare in the community by engaging in charitable, educational and scientific activities related to the field of medicine." The RIMS Foundation may receive gifts from any individual or organization, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.