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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...
B.I. Health Services Solar PV Project

B.I. Health Services Solar PV Project

Block Island Health Services Inc.seeks proposals to design, furnish, and install a roof mounted solar PV system at the Block Island Medical Center with an intended capacity of approximately 6000 watts. The system is to be grid-tied system with electrical interface to allow for net metering. No battery back up is required. B.I.H.S. is a non-profit tax exempt corporation, operating the Block Island Medical Center, providing health care on Block Island. It is exempt from federal excise and state sales tax. Click Here to read the...
Lights of Love Campaign

Lights of Love Campaign

It’s Thanksgiving, the Holidays, and Lights of Love time once again. We, at the Block Island Medical Center, are bursting with thankfulness. We are thankful for the excellent healthcare on-island. We are thankful to our health providers and Rescue Squad for the expert urgent care and coordination of care. We are thankful for the support we have in the community, expressed in any number of ways, as memorial gifts, attendance at our events, your membership, and your past generosity. We appreciate the satisfaction of working for you and your family. We love being a part of the Block Island community and being responsive to your needs. Donations in the past year have yielded real life outcomes. Nurse Practitioner Liz Dyer tells the story of how, using one of our new diagnostic devices, she was quickly able to detect a serious, but relatively asymptomatic, cardiac condition in an individual who was dizzy. The patient was immediately transported to an off-island facility and received the care needed to prevent further cardiac damage. We are thankful for our new equipment. While our financial stability has improved, our needs have increased. Better care means needing better equipment; more patients require more staffing. More staffing means additional and more efficient use of space. High levels of 24/7 care require assurance of fair incomes for our providers. Your tax-deductible contribution will be recognized as an ornament on the Medical Center’s Holiday tree. Donors and honorees will be acknowledged. You can respond to Lights of Love through the BIHS website (www.bihealthservices.com) by snail mail, by printing out and using our donation card. Click HERE to open...
5th annual 5K Fun Run Beach Run

5th annual 5K Fun Run Beach Run

The 5th annual 5K Fun Run Beach Run takes place on August 7 2016. Signs up today! You can register online at www.active.com   Online registration is $25 and closes August 3, 2016. Registration is $30 the day of the race. The start, finish, and check in are located at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. Check in is at 8:30 am and the race starts at 9:30 am. Sign up and come out and run or come out and support your friends and family.  The Fun Run benefits the Block Island Medical...
New ultrasound for the Medical Center

New ultrasound for the Medical Center

Some might say it was a case of divine intervention, with the Block Island Medical Center as the beneficiary.  The result of that intervention came in the form of a brand new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for the Center. “The new ultrasound machine provides a dramatic increase in the standard of care we can deliver at BIHS for both common and emergent conditions,” Dr. Mark Clark told The Block Island Times. “Our goal at BIHS is to continually improve patient care and to assure that we are meeting or exceeding the standard of care delivered anywhere, even though we are 12 miles off the coast.” In the fall of 2015, during a meet- and-greet held by the Block Island Residents Association to introduce the doctor to the community, Clark spoke and noted that the Medical Center “needed an ultrasound machine to raise the standard of care.” Clark said that five minutes after speaking, David Roosa of the Roosa Fund informed him that he would be happy if the fund chose to make the donation for the machine. A short time later, the doctor said that the Medical Center was the recipient of a Minimal brand L14000 SonoSite EDGE ultrasound machine. The purchase was made possible by a shared donation between The Florence E. and Vernon D. Roosa Fund of Block Island Ecumenical Ministries and the Champlin Foundations. The new equipment was delivered in January. “We are currently in the process of integrating it into our IT system for wireless transmission and archiving of images necessary for medical records and insurance purposes,” said Clark. “This process requires upgrading our radiology imaging...
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...
Medical Center 25th Anniversary Gala

Medical Center 25th Anniversary Gala

The Block Island Health Services Fundraising Committee and Board thank the hundreds of community members who made the July 16 Block Island Medical Center 25th Anniversary Gala successful. We especially want to thank Honorary Co-Chairs, Nancy Greenaway and Mary Donnelly, and Pat and Tom Doyle, Margie Comings, and Kimberly and Norman Ward for their extraordinary effort. We are forever grateful to Rick Foreman, Bruce Johnson, the Block Island Maritime Institute, and the Medical Center Staff (past and present) for making the event spectacularly successful.  We appreciate the hard work of the Kitchen, Bar and Tent Crews (Sam and Linda Spak, Pat and Sandy Kelly, Jack Lynch, Gail and Mike Dugan, Lisa Omerle, Bruce and Audrey Comings, Jeanne and Bill Stax and Rick Lysik, Dave Schaller, John Desmarais, Gary Delaney, Jake Hall, Jim Hinthorn, and Brian Lenoci, among others), decorators Sharon Lehman and Karen Duale, and musicians Cameron Greenlee and Megan Hennessey. We honor the Rescue Squad (past and present) and Bill and Lois Bendokas of New England Airlines. We thank the many hundreds of people who built and nurtured the Medical Center for the last 25 years. We look forward to the next 25 years of care. The night was perfect and support for the Block Island Medical Center unequivocal.  Almost $70,000 was raised to help the Block Island Medical Center; more than 400 tickets were sold; 600 raffle tickets were sold by the committee at the BIG and Farmers’ Market; the weather was perfect; over 60 silent auction and silent auction items were donated by businesses and individuals; the food was extraordinary; it was a perfect example of what we together can...
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...