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Block Island Health Services Medical Staff
Dr. Clark’s primary interests are in fostering outstanding patient-centered medical care that honors the dignity of the human person; medical ethics, global health, graduate medical education, and innovations in care and curriculum that promote humanism, compassion and professionalism in the practice of medicine and medical training. He lectures nationally on these topics.
Mark Andrew Clark, M.D.
Medical Director, Block Island Health Services
After completing an undergraduate degree cum laude in Philosophy at Fordham University, Dr. Mark Clark earned his M.D. degree from the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident. Following residency he developed skills as a clinician and educator, serving as a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Attending Physician for 20 years during which he directed the emergency care of acutely ill and injured adult and pediatric patients in the Emergency Departments of Roosevelt and St. Luke’s Hospitals— a Level One Trauma, Cardiac and Stroke Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with a combined annual census of approximately 200,000 patient visits/year. During these years he taught emergency medicine, medical ethics and physical diagnosis to medical students and resident physicians from Columbia, Cornell and Mount Sinai. He became a local and national leader in emergency medicine and was engaged in Graduate Medical Education at the national level He served as the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt from 2010 to 2015–for which he was recognized nationally as the EMRA Residency Director of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Clark was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1998-2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He serves on the Ethics Committee of Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the Academic Affairs Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Elizabeth Dyer is a seasoned and effective Board Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She brings skill, insight and compassion to her patient care and is an integral part of the provider team at BIHS.
Elizabeth G. Dyer, RPN, MSN
Family Practice Advanced Nurse Practitioner
After receiving a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, Elizabeth went on to complete a Master of Science degree, also from the University of Rhode Island, graduating as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in 1999.
Elizabeth’s extensive clinical background includes 16 years of experience as a staff nurse in both Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Units at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence and South County Hospital in Wakefield RI during which time she was directly involved in the medical care of high acuity and critically ill patients. In addition to her clinical role she developed management, teaching, and leadership skills serving as the Clinical Nurse Manager of Critical Care for four years and for nearly two years as Senior Nursing Management of Critical Care with oversight of multiple units and reporting directly to the Vice President of Nursing at Roger Williams Medical Center. She also served as the North East Director of the New England Organ Bank in 1999.
Prior to joining the Medical Team at BIHS, Elizabeth was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Kent Hospital—a busy community hospital where her practice entailed evaluating the full spectrum of emergent and urgent presentations, and caring for patients of all ages. During that time she was active on the Kent Hospital Ethics Committee and Credentialing Committee and was recognized as the Kent Hospital Employee of the Year in 2009. She gained specialty expertise in the care of renal patients through her work with a Medical-Renal private practice—in which her roles and responsibilities were fundamentally the same as those of the attending physicians in the group.
Elizabeth has served as an educator and preceptor for Advanced Nurse Practitioner students, medical students and resident physicians from the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, The Massachusetts General and Kent Hospitals. She has been regionally active on the Rhode Island Ethics Network. Her professional interests include Hypertension, Nephrology and Critical Care.
Linda goes above and beyond every day to provide expert nursing care and never seeks out credit for her countless contributions. She is truly the heart of the Block Island Medical Center.
Linda Closter, RN
Linda Closter, RN, was born and raised in Newport, RI. She completed her nursing training at Newport Hospital and spent the early part of her career working in the medical intensive care unit at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA. As a critical care nurse, she gained experience and expertise working with acutely ill patients and providing advanced clinical care.
Linda moved to Block Island 38 years ago and accepted the position of staff nurse when the Block Island Medical Center opened in 1989. Through the terms of 10 different medical providers and 4 executive directors, Linda has remained a constant force in healthcare delivery to the island’s residents and visitors. She manages the clinical area of the medical center, directing the flow of patients, triaging and treating. She anticipates patient needs and reaches out to patients who should be returning for follow up. She orients our Brown medical students and residents each month and ensures they are situated to begin clinical work. Her patient care skills are impeccable. Linda spearheads the community outreach annual flu vaccine administration clinics, blood pressure monitoring program, and pre-school health screenings. She is intimately familiar with the healthcare needs of the families of Block Island and often visits with patients in their homes when they cannot make the trip to the medical center.
Block Island Health Services Administrative Staff
Terri Chmiel joined BIHS in April of 2015 as the Finance Specialist. She currently works oversees financial planning, recordkeeping, and reporting as providing financial risk management. She has a BS in Business Administration from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina and is currently pursuing a BS in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University with a concentration in Fraud and Forensic accounting. Terri has lived on Block Island for 13 years, and has been active in a variety community activities including participating in the Haiti Project and serving as an alternate on the Water and Sewer Commission.
Office Administrative Support and Reception
Patricia joined the Block Island Medical Center staff in 2006 as the Office Coordinator. Her responsibilities include greeting and registering patients, patient scheduling, answering the phones, coordinating the submission of insurance claims, and collecting payment for services. This requires working closely with the practice management firm that does the actual billing of claims. Over the years the complexity of the tasks has become more complicated and requires additional computer skills. Patricia now assists with the a variety IT issues.