John Peterson Memorial Fund for Child Psychiatry

John Peterson
Drawing of John Peterson by Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC, art therapist

In the spring of 2018, adult and child behavioral health services at Lifespan lost a very special team member: John Peterson – the person who made the numbers work brilliantly.

John believed in doing what was best for the patients, not just what was best for the bottom line. He also believed in making the latter work with the former. A musician, a gardener, a lover of all the arts, he had a soft spot for the Healing Arts in a child psychiatric setting, and as he took on system-wide responsibility within behavioral health, he also saw the very special circumstances faced by adult patients and the things that could make a real difference in their quality of life.

The John Peterson Memorial Fund has been established to pay tribute to a numbers man with an enormous heart. Through Bradley Hospital, the fund will support healing arts for children, and through Rhode Island Hospital, support transportation and other critical needs for adults. We hope you will honor his memory with your generous support at either affiliate.

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Second Annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Game

To pay tribute to John – a life-long basketball fan - his colleagues have dedicated this fun and family-friendly fundraising event in his memory.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
East Providence High School Gym
2000 Pawtucket Ave
East Providence, RI 02914
Lifespan Psych Celebrity Players • Sports Mascots • Concessions • Door Prizes • Three Point Contest • Raffles • Silent Auction

Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital hosted the first tournament in May of 2018, raising more than $29,000 for healing arts programs at Bradley and transportation and other support services for Rhode Island Adult Psych. Adult Psych squeezed out a single-digit win in 2018, and we hope you’ll join us to cheer on both teams in 2019.

For tickets and information about the event, or to sponsor a player in the 3-point contest, contact Mike Montella at mmontella1@lifespan.org or 401-432-1316.


Participants in the first annual John Peterson Memorial Basketball Tournament, including the Adult and Children’s Psychiatry Teams, Bradley Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital department leadership, and members of the Peterson family.