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Dr. Sarni recognized with Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Robert P. Sarni was recently recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the medical staff of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. The award is presented annually to physicians from Fatima Hospital who have made significant contributions to the medical staff, hospitals, and patient care.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Sarni on December 7, 2015 at the annual medical staff holiday party.

Dr. Robert Sarni, who retired this year, had a distinguished career as a physician that spanned more than 50 years. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Sarni joined the United States Army, serving in Germany and rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, before completing his internship at Rhode Island Hospital and his residency at St. Joseph Hospital. He joined the St. Joseph Hospital medical staff in 1961 and began his private practice in Cranston where he would care for generations of families. During his career, he served in numerous leadership roles including President of the St. Joseph medical staff, member of the St. Joseph Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine for more than two decades.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Sarni, who embodies the qualities of an outstanding physician,” said Lester Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “Fatima Hospital – and more importantly, our community – has benefited greatly from his expertise, dedication and compassion.”


Thomas Hughes, president, Dr. Robert Sarni, Dr. Raffi Calikyan, medical staff president and Lester Schindel, CEO.