State Senator honors Dr. Clark

With Senate resolution
Fri, 07/26/2019 - 8:45am

Dr. Mark Clark has been honored by the Rhode Island Senate for his years of dedicated service as Medical Director of the Block Island Medical Center.

Sen. Susan Sosnowski said the Senate resolution recognizing Dr. Clark was drafted and introduced by her on June 5, 2019. The resolution passed in the Senate the following day.

“I introduced the legislation after I read about Dr. Clark’s plan to resign in The Block Island Times,” said Sosnowski. “He has done such a great job.”

Sosnowski added: “We had already passed the resolution in the Senate when I read that he had decided to stay on at the Medical Center.”

Dr. Clark resigned on May 1, 2019, but on June 3 rescinded his resignation, saying that he would be staying on indefinitely at the Medical Center. Clark began at the Medical Center on July 1, 2015.

The following is the resolution that was drafted by Sosnowski:

WHEREAS, Dr. Mark Clark earned his M.D. degree from the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he served as Chief Resident; and

WHEREAS, Over the following twenty years, Dr. Clark served as a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Attending Physician directing the emergency care of acutely ill and injured adult and pediatric patients in the Emergency Departments of Roosevelt and St. Luke's Hospitals. He also taught emergency medicine, medical ethics and physical diagnosis to medical students and resident physicians from Columbia, Cornell, and Mount Sinai; and

WHEREAS, In 1998, Dr. Clark was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and served in that capacity until 2014; and

WHEREAS, In addition, from 2010 through 2015, Dr. Clark served as the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt and was nationally recognized as the EMRA Residency Director of the Year in 2014; and

WHEREAS, In 2015, Dr. Clark was named Director of the Block Island Medical Center, which provides emergent and urgent care around the clock and also provides adult and pediatric primary care; and

WHEREAS, During his tenure, Dr. Clark is credited with improving the public image of the Center and spearheading an expansion of services resulting in a four-year increase in patients seeking primary care; and WHEREAS, With kindness, dedication, and generosity of spirit, Dr. Mark Clark has improved the health care and touched the lives of many in the Block Island community, and he is truly worthy of our gratitude and acknowledgement; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby recognizes and thanks Dr. Mark Clark for his years of service to the people of Block Island. We wish him good health, fulfillment, and much success in all his future endeavors; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Dr. Mark Clark.