The Block Island Times

B.I. Medical Center receives $23K grant

Will purchase new supplies and equipment
By Stephanie Turaj | Jan 10, 2014

The Block Island Medical Center has received a $23,700 grant that will purchase supplies for the center.

The funds, awarded by The Champlin Foundations, will provide a new dental chair, a patient monitor (monitors blood pressure, pulse, etc.), an emergency crash cart (contains supplies for a medical emergency), and a new trauma room lamp, according to Medical Center Executive Director Barbara Baldwin.

“We are extremely grateful for the Champlin Foundations funds,” said Baldwin. “Our dental equipment has not been replaced recently. The fact that we will have a new chair will mean a lot to our patients.”

Baldwin said the Medical Center provides yearly dental screenings for students at the Block Island School and also sees adults for dental services.

Baldwin said the center applied for the grant in April 2013, and received the grant money at the end of December. It received the total amount it had applied for.

According to Baldwin, the dental chair, emergency cart, and trauma lamp will replace the current equipment, which are in disrepair. The patient monitor will allow the center to monitor two patients; currently the center has only one monitor.

According to a press release, The Champlin Foundations awarded a total of $18,119,840 in grant money to 189 organizations in 2013. Most of the organizations were located in Rhode Island, said the press release. The Champlin  Foundations is a private organization based in Cranston, R.I. that awards grant money to tax-exempt organizations.

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