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Your Medical Center Staff

These are the professionals who keep us running daily

A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Warcup brings a wealth of experience in primary care and health care management to BIHS.

Thomas K. Warcup, DO, MHA

Medical Director and CEO

Dr. Warcup is a native Rhode Islander and board certified Family Medicine physician with 19 years of clinical and administrative experience.  He received his medical degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine and a Master’s in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. 

Dr. Warcup was a National Health Service Corp Scholar and began his clinical career as one of two physicians with Thundermist Health Center of South County in 2001.  Then in 2003, he became the Medical Director for the Narragansett Indian Health Center in Charlestown, RI.  Concurrently, he was an active part of South County Hospital’s medical staff and served as the President of the Medical Staff prior joining the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2011.

At UNC, he led a new progressive comprehensive care office for patients with chronic illness burden such as COPD, Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes called Carolina Advanced Health.  His role evolved into the Senior Medical Director for the UNC Health Alliance, the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization of UNC.  In that role, he was responsible to execute a portfolio of health care interventions and cultural changes to achieve clinical quality metric goals and reduce care delivery variations across UNC’s clinically integrated office network.  His and others’ efforts led to UNC Health Alliance being named the #1 Quality Next Generation ACO entity in the US in 2018 by the Center for Medicare Services.           

Dr. Warcup is a former Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Brown University School of Medicine and the University of New England.  He currently holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment in Family Medicine at UNC- Chapel Hill.     

Laurie brings a caring nature and a background in both acute and primary care to the Medical Center. 

Laurie Anderson, APRN-C, MSN, CDOE

Nurse Practitioner

Laurie Anderson, MSN, APRN-C, CDOE is board certified advanced practice registered nurse in family medicine and a native Rhode Islander. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

Laurie began her career as a nurse practitioner in 2003 working at the Narragansett Indian Health Center as a primary care provider, caring for individuals from newborn to tribal elder’s well visits and chronic disease management.  She has a particular interest in diabetes self-management education and wellness programs and maintains a certification as an outpatient diabetes educator (CDOE) through the state of RI.

In 2006 she became a member of the emergency department team at South County Hospital and has been an active staff member of the hospital including efforts toward quality improvement in the emergency department and at the medical staff level to encourage the engagement of advanced practice providers in medical staff meetings and bylaws decisions that affected their practice.

Laurie is affiliated with the University of Rhode Island as a clinical preceptor in the family nurse practitioner program.

When she is not working Laurie enjoys outdoor activities and is looking forward to birding, hiking, biking and enjoying the Block Island beaches.

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

Alison Warfel, AT-C, MEd

Chief Operating Officer
Director of Wellness and Risk Reduction

Recent Medical Center News

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update from the Medical Center August 12, 2020 The Medical Center can confirm 2 additional cases of COVID-19 on Block Island. The positive individuals were found through asymptomatic testing performed by the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). As in all...

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COVID-19 Actualización

COVID-19 Actualización

COVID-19 Actualización del Centro Médico 12 de agosto de 2020 El Centro Médico puede confirmar 2 casos adicionales de COVID-19 en Block Island. Las personas positivas fueron encontradas a través de pruebas asintomáticas realizadas por el Equipo de Asistencia Médica...

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