August 16, 2023 (Smithfield, RI) – Hundreds of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood) employees enjoyed an afternoon of fun at the third annual “CEO Soak” – a corporate version of the Ice Bucket Challenge – and raised more than $19,000 to benefit the ALS Association of Rhode Island Chapter which offers support to Rhode Islanders living with ALS.
Held on Neighborhood’s Smithfield campus (910 Douglas Pike) on July 21, Neighborhood’s President and CEO Peter Marino and other members of the organization’s leadership team braving the dunk tank and ice bucket challenges all while eager employees lined up for a turn at dunking or soaking them.
“Our CEO Soak captured the essence of our employees’ community spirit,” said Marino. “Neighborhood employees are the heart and soul of this organization, and I am so proud how they rally around important issues for our community partners like the ALS Association of Rhode Island.”
“Neighborhood has been a tremendous supporter of the ALS Association of Rhode Island Chapter over the years,” said Julianne Langlais, executive director of the local ALS Chapter. “We are proud to once again partner with Neighborhood in this important and fun event. The CEO Soak is one of our Chapter’s major fundraising events and proceeds will help to support our Care Service programs.”
Total fundraising for the local chapter is over $81,000 with Neighborhood helping the ALS organization exceed its goal.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and breathe. Presently there is no known cause. Generally, it costs an average of $250,000 a year to provide care for people living with ALS. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes someone dies from it.
ABOUT ALS ASSOCIATION RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER:
The Rhode Island Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association is the central source in Rhode Island for services and education to ALS patients, families, and caregivers. The Chapter has a strong commitment to providing a comprehensive patient services program. These programs include the Louise Wilcox ALS Clinic, transportation program, respite program, equipment loan program, and support groups. The Rhode Island Chapter of the ALS Association supports people living with ALS and their loved ones through services and education. We leave no stone unturned in search for the cure of this progressive neurodegenerative disease.
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood) is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) founded in December 1993 in partnership with Rhode Island’s Community Health Centers and the state to ensure everyone in Rhode Island has access to high quality, cost-effective health care. Neighborhood serves over 230,000 members in the state with 84 percent of its membership Medicaid eligible through its ACCESS and TRUST plans and 6 percent of its membership utilizing Neighborhood’s INTEGRITY Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP). About 10 percent of Neighborhood’s members are individuals, families and small businesses who select one of eight Neighborhood commercial plans available through the health exchange, HealthSourceRI. Of these members, about 85 percent qualify for federal subsidies to cover a portion of their costs. Today, Neighborhood—with nearly 650 employees and $1.6 billion in revenue—serves one out of every five Rhode Islanders. Learn more at nhpri.org.