Featured Letter: Time for community to support BIHS
To the Editor:
The Block Island Health Services Board of Directors is about to begin its 2013 Membership Campaign. We have just completed an election for new directors, and we have selected an almost entirely new slate of officers. Pete Tweedy and Cindy Baute were reelected, and Dr. Al Casazza was elected as a new director. Thanks to everyone who participated, and to all the candidates who ran.
The new officers elected at the annual meeting are:
President Bob Fallon
Vice President Cindy Baute
Treasurer Pete Tweedy
Secretary Sue Hagedorn
Thanks to outgoing President Pam Hinthorn, Secretary Kay Lewis and Director Judith Cyronak for their great work and commitment to BIHS. Pam and Kay will stay involved as directors and Judith as a committee member. Congratulations to Mary Donnelly on her retirement! The Board counts on her continued participation and guidance.
Executive Director Barbara Baldwin, Dr. Jan Miller, Liz Dyer, Linda Closter and Patty Murphy deserve our thanks for the great job they have done. They have always performed their services in the most professional manner.
Now, it’s time for our community to come together and support the duly elected board and officers of the BIHS. Your support is needed through your membership, donations and willingness to serve on our committees and participate in special fundraising events.
BIHS provides health care and counseling to all who need it, whether they are from the island or not. Many have insurance to cover their care, but many do not. As our busy summer continues, our excellent providers maintain and improve services to island residents and visitors. Your support of BIHS, along with the community aid provided by the town, is vital. Without it, our medical staff could not provide the support our community needs.
We hope to replicate the wellness program that was started by Dr. Casazza at the Block Island Power Company. This year we will reach out to Block Island businesses for their support and participation in programs available for their staff. Island businesses have always supported our fundraising events. We thank them and hope they will continue and to be sponsors of BIHS.
In response to many requests, we are revising our membership forms. This will now allow members to indicate whether or not they want their names to be available to the Directors, other members and those running for a vacancy on the board. No contact information will be released and the list will not be available for any kind of solicitation. Naturally, donation information will be confidential. A check box on your form should be completed to insure your choice is included on our rolls. If the box is checked we will not disclose your name. If the box is not checked, we may disclose your name to those listed above.
Membership forms are available at the Block Island Medical Center if you don’t have one, or you can call Barbara Baldwin (401) 466-2125 to have one sent. Please renew or establish your membership in Block Island Health Services by sending in the membership form with your contribution. Your continuing support is vital and greatly appreciated.
Don’t forget to join us for this year’s Fun Run on Sunday, Aug. 4!
Bob Fallon, President