Richard R. Charest named 2014 Woonsocket Rotary Vocational Service Award Recipient
On April 17, 2014, the Woonsocket Rotary honored Richard R. Charest, President Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, as the recipient of the 2014 Vocational Service Award. The coveted award represents one of the four cornerstones of the Rotary Club. Rotarians are charged to uphold high ethical standards in all their vocational and professional practices, to recognize the worthiness of all use occupations and to consider their own occupation as an opportunity to service society. The Rotary Club of Woonsocket advances this idea through its Vocational Service Award, created to recognize and honor Rotarian or community members or business, which has through their work practiced in keeping the highest ethical standards and strived to help others.
Richard R. Charest became president of Landmark Medical Center in January 2007. He serves as president and chief executive officer of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Charest is a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in pharmacy and Bryant University with an M.B.A. in healthcare administration.
Known as a strategic, result-oriented executive and for being a visionary leader with a passion for quality, patient safety and service excellence, he has a demonstrated record of organizational leadership and success, including the development and implementation of financial and operational turnaround strategies, the development of tertiary-level programs and negotiation of programmatic partnership with external organizations.
A native of northern Rhode Island, he currently serves as a governing board member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Heart Association and an advisory board member at St. Antoine Residence. He has held board appointments at the Rhode Island Blood Center, Rhode Island Drug Utilization Review Board, Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy and the Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Woonsocket.