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The Block Island Medical Center is the sole provider of medical care on Block Island. Currently staffed by a board-certified family practitioner, a board-certified nurse practitioner, and a registered nurse, the Medical Center offers primary and urgent care for patients of all ages.

The Medical Center and Block Island Rescue Squad, in conjunction with Interstate Navigation (the ferry company), New England Airlines, and regional helicopter ambulance services, arrange for and provide emergency medical transport to mainland hospitals, when critical care is needed.



Block Island Health Services is licensed in Rhode Island as an ambulatory care facility. The center opened in 1989 and remains the sole provider of medical care on Block Island.  The facility provides a waiting room, physician’s office, three exam rooms, an emergency care room, a small laboratory and an x-ray suite.

Additional office space is provided for a visiting dentist and orthodontist, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a podiatrist, and a psychologist.

The center is currently staffed by a board-certified family practice physician, a board-certified nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and administrative support is provided by an office coordinator, a part-time financial specialist and an Executive Director. During the summer the physician and nurse practitioner supervise medical students and residents from Brown Medical School who assist with patient care.

The Medical Center provides: well and sick care for all ages, well woman care, urgent care, injury care, care for chronic illnesses, preventative care, blood pressure screening, flu shots, Lyme testing and referrals.  Most insurance is accepted.  All services are confidential.

Healthcare services are available Monday through Friday and urgent care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Appointments and non-emergencies may call 401-466-2974. Residents and visitors are welcome at the center.

Clinic Hours are 9:00am -3:00pm October through May and 9:00am – 5:00pm June through September.

Block Island Health Services is supported by the Town of New Shoreham, private contributions, grants, and patient fees. It is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.



The Block Island Medical Center is managed by an administrator and the board of directors of Block Island Health Services, Inc.

BIHS provides staff for billing and collections.

The Town of New Shoreham (Block Island) provides financial support for the Block Island Medical Center, as do a variety of donors and non-profit organizations.


OFFICE HOURS (as of July 2014)

Monday – Friday, 9 – 3, October – May

Monday – Friday, 9 – 5, June – September

Urgent Care: 24/7 (when on-call)


The TOWN OF NEW SHOREHAM (BLOCK ISLAND) provides financial support for the Block Island Medical Center, as do a variety of donors and non-profit organizations.


For further information:

Contact: Administrator: 401-466-2125

P.O. Box 919, Block Island, RI 02807




Important Numbers:

Emergency: 911

Medical Office: (401) 466-2974

Administrator: (401) 466-2125

Fax: (401) 466-5476



6 Payne Road

PO Box 919

Block Island, Rhode Island 02807

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