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Donating to Block Island Health Services

Why we hope you will choose to give in support of BIHS

Your BIHS donation supports the Medical Center and the community in many ways.

The Block Island Medical Center exists to protect the health and safety of our island residents and visitors.  To date BIHS has been able to accomplish its mission because of the contributions of many. Costs of maintaining, improving and updating our facility are challenging. Without ongoing adequate funding, we are in danger of falling behind in our medical equipment, IT support and maintenance of our facility—all of which are vital to BIHS carrying out its mission. We need to make certain that the medical professionals at BIHS have the resources they need to continue to provide outstanding primary and emergency care to islanders and visitors of all ages.

BIHS depends on billing, grants, investment income and fundraising for its survival.  The Center was opened in 1989 as a result of Islanders who understood the need and came forward with the means to build the Block Island Medical Center.  We depend on the community and visitors to continue to show support by participating in our annual events–the Summer Gala, Fun Run and by contributing to fundraisers like our Lights of Love campaign. These events and fundraisers help to keep our doors open and generally cover up to 10% of our operating expenses

If we are going to reduce the risks to our medical center that result from periodic funding crises, and assure continued quality healthcare on Block Islandwe need year round and seasonal residents, patients, families, and visitors to regularly give what they can to maintain and grow the best island medical center in New England.   

Our goal is to increase our reserves by $3M in the next 5 years. The self-sustaining revenue generated from this increase in our endowment will minimize the threat of ongoing funding crises and decrease reliance on continued external funding support.  Please think about us when you receive your Lights of Love card, in end-of-year giving, when you begin or renew your membership, and in estate planning.  Every gift–large or small–matters!  

Your BIHS donation supports the Medical Center and the community in many ways.

Here are some samples of what your gift can do for Block Island Health Services


will cover the cost of a health care visit for an uninsured patient


will maintain the waiting area for a year


will provide AV equipment for our conference room to facilitate ongoing educational sessions for our students, and staff


will pay for critical lab equipment that will enable us to perform on-site laboratory testing with immediate results


will enable us to update our cardiac resuscitation equipment and biphasic defibrillators


will allow the purchase of life-sustaining mechanical ventilator/BIPAP equipment essential for critical medical and trauma patients awaiting transfer


will fund the “Block Island Medical Center Health and Wellness Educational Conference Series” for one year.  This series will provide monthlyeducational presentations for our community on important health and wellness topics given by nationally recognized experts


will cover the cost of a Helipad at the Medical Center which will dramatically increase our standard of care by improving the speed and safety of our critical air transfers to tertiary care centers for trauma, stroke and heart attack

Every $100,000 in the Endowment will yield approximately $5,000 towards operating expenses year in and year out.