“Primary care serves an important role in this crisis,” said Chief Medical Officer David Bourassa, MD. “Thundermist Health Center remained opened to our communities ensuring their health care needs were met during an unprecedented emergency. In addition, we provided specialty care and testing for people with COVID-19.”
Since the first case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island on March 1, Thundermist Health Center provided care to more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders at nearly 274,000 patient visits. Our health care employees provided COVID-19 care in our respiratory clinics nearly 12,000 times and administered nearly 11,000 COVID-19 tests.
Thundermist President/CEO Jeanne LaChance stated, “Our employees have been on the frontlines of this crisis. Their bravery, dedication, and sacrifices helped many in our community during the last ten months. Vaccinating our health care workforce means our nearly 700 employees will continue to be able to serve our community and help limit the spread of COVID-19.”
“We are thankful there is a vaccine and studies show it is safe and effective,” said Sapna Chowdhry, MD, medical director of Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket and an infectious disease specialist. “I strongly encourage all Rhode Islanders to get the vaccine. Together, we can stop the spread of the virus and begin to return to a sense of normalcy.”
Natalia Munoz, medical assistant lead; Aminata Gassama, medical assistant lead; and Megan McVay, nurse practitioner were among the first employees to be vaccinated. All three have worked in Thundermist’s respiratory clinics caring for patients with COVID-19.
"I am getting vaccinated to help end the pandemic and for the safety of our patients, my family, and myself,” said Nurse Practitioner Megan McVay.
After getting the first does of the vaccine, Lori Woodbine, a public health dental hygienist, said, "I'm so excited to get the vaccine today and help end this disease."
Daniel Zariczny, a behavioral health clinician, said, "I am getting vaccinated to keep everyone in our community safe and help end this pandemic."
All employees were scheduled for a second dose of the vaccine in late January. The vaccine requires two doses to be effective.
The vaccine is not yet available to patients. There is not a waiting list for patients. Patients should follow Thundermist’s social media and web pages for updates on availability.