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Four Legs to Stand On

Four Legs to Stand On

Substance abuse and addiction destroy lives of young and old, from all walks of life.   Good people can and do become addicted, with devastating effect… It can happen to anyone.    You can help…  PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS PLAY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS.   This Saturday, May 6th at 7 p.m. at BIMI. “Four Legs to Stand On” A Play in Two Parts Free Admission   Sponsored by NAMI-BI, BI Wellness Coalition and The Block Island Medical...
Shop on AmazonSmile.com to Support BIHS

Shop on AmazonSmile.com to Support BIHS

Are you looking for another way to support the Block Island Medical Center? You can support Block Island Health Services when you shop at AmazonSmile.   Please think of signing on to AmazonSmile when you do your holiday shopping this year! To learn more read the information from AmazonSmile below. What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Block Island Health Services when you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the Block Island Medical Center when you choose BIHS as the charitable organization you wish to support. How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations? Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible. Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile? Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?   On your first...
Medical Center Fun Run 2015

Medical Center Fun Run 2015

Beginning in 2011, board members and friends of the Medical Center have  organized an annual 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk at the Town Beach on the first Sunday in August.  This family –oriented event is intended to promote a healthy, active and fun lifestyle among islanders, visitors, and especially the youngsters. On Aug 2nd  2015, 115 runners participants crossed the finish line—the youngest participant was 6 years old and the oldest was 75—ALL WINNERS! With generous seed money donated by eighteen island businesses and two mainland volunteers who supplied many hands on race day, the 2015 run was a great success and raised $3,700 for  the Medical Center. The 2016 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Sunday August 7th at 10:30 am at Town Beach. We hope to see you all there running for your health and fitness and for the health and fitness of Block...
In Case of Medical Emergency on Island

In Case of Medical Emergency on Island

If you,  a loved one or friend is experiencing what you believe to be a medical emergency on Block Island the best course of action is to call 911 immediately.  Your call will be answered by the 911 system and routed to one of the excellent BI Rescue Dispatchers who will alert the Island Physician or Nurse Practitioner on call as well as the Block Island Rescue Squad if needed.  On Block Island there is a medical provider and rescue team on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  When a true emergency takes place our Rescue Squad will arrive to the scene and transport you to the Medical Center as needed where you will be met and your emergency expertly addressed by the on-call Physician or Nurse Practitioner. In some cases you may not be certain whether or not your concern is an “emergency.”  Examples of this include fever in a child, a minimal trauma such as a fall with scrapes and bruises, or concern over a new rash.  If the problem is minimal with no threat to life or limb and you are certain it is safe to wait until the Medical Center is open during normal operating hours (9-5, Monday-Friday May through September or 9-3 Monday-Friday October-April), then do so. In any case where you are uncertain if it is safe to wait, it is best to call the Medical Center’s main number: (410) 466-2974, and ask to speak with the Doctor or Nurse Practitioner on call.  If your call is outside of normal operating hours for the Medical Center, you will be given...
A Letter from the Medical Center

A Letter from the Medical Center

Dear All, Most of you know that The Block Island Medical Center provides emergent and urgent care around the clock, every day of the year. Many of you know that we also provide excellent adult and pediatric primary care. For those who have not yet established BIHS as your primary care provider we now invite you to do so and we invite everyone, new or established, to schedule your annual wellness and preventive health care visit. The best way to improve health and remain healthy is to take a proactive approach. At your yearly visit we will: Perform an update of the status of any ongoing health issues you may have. Identify and address any new health concerns you may have. Discuss your age appropriate recommended preventive health screening based upon accepted national guidelines. Complete a comprehensive physical examination. Update your advanced directives, emergency contact and specialist provider information. Identify any risks to your health and together strategize to minimize their potential impact. Provide tools and counseling as needed for smoking cessation, weight loss, stress reduction, nutrition, and exercise. Discuss routine test results and identify any additional testing you may require. Make sure you are up-to-date on important preventive vaccines. Provide any needed referrals to specialist services and community resources. Your health, well being and privacy are of maximal importance to all of us at the Medical Center. It is our privilege to provide these services to the BI community with the utmost care and professionalism. Call to make your appointment. As always we welcome your questions and suggestions. Sincerely, The Medical Team at Block Island Medical Center Mark...