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WEST WARWICK â€” While many people have been struggling during the recession, Thundermist Health Center has acted like a backbone, providing health care for those who have lost coverage.
Xavier Arinez, Executive Director of Thundermist West Warwick, said that he has recently begun to see a greater number of patients coming to the health center for care.
â€śMost people lose their jobs so theyâ€™ll lose coverage,â€ť he said. â€śThey need to rely on us and we mainly serve uninsured people.â€ť
He explained that even if the patients do not have insurance, they are only charged a $20 fee per visit.
Thundermist originally began in 1969 in Woonsocket as a family planning center, which soon begat a health center.
It then expanded into West Warwick in 2003 when it opened a school-based health care program at John F. Deering Middle School.
This program benefited West Warwick High School as well and offered information on obesity management, nutritional education, family planning, behavioral health counseling, dental screening, and preventive and episodic care.
In June of 2011 it opened its newest health facility on Providence Street in West Warwickâ€™s Riverpoint section and since then the center has been expanding and adding new services for their approximately 6,000 patients.
Since the opening of its new, larger facility, Thundermist has been given the opportunity to accept new patients.
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