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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, MD

Medical Director and CEO, 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.

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

Nurse Manager

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

Finance Specialist

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.

Alison Warfel, AT-C, MEd

Operations Chief
Director of Wellness and Risk Reduction

Recent Medical Center News

3 de Abril Actualizacion

3 de Abril Actualizacion

ACTUALIZACIÓN BIHS COVID-19 Viernes, 3 de abril de 2020 Querida Block Island Comunidad, Lamentamos informarle que el primer caso positivo documentado de COVID-19 ha sido identificado en Block Island. El paciente es un residente dela isla en sus 70 años que alertó...

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Listen and subscribe to a podcast from our very own Alison Warfel; featuring interviews with community members and contributers.First Episode: The Emphatic Wave The Emphatic Wave

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April 3 Update from Dr. Clark

April 3 Update from Dr. Clark

BIHS COVID-19 UpdateFriday, April 3, 2020 Dear Block Island Community, We regret to inform you that the first documented positive case of COVID-19 has been identified on Block Island.  The patient is an island resident in his 70’s who alerted the Medical Center...

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