Thundermist Health Center Expands Health Care Access in South County to 3,000 patients
Open House and Family Fun Day on October 15
(Narragansett – September 21, 2022) – Thundermist is expanding access to health care in South County. On September 1, 2022, Thundermist Health Center opened a new location in Narragansett – Thundermist South County Pediatrics (360 Kingstown Road, Narragansett).
The acquisition expands access to integrated primary care, behavioral health, dental care and social services to 3,000 patients in South County. All patients will have access to Convenient Care, Thundermist’s walk-in medical service, open 365 days per year for patients one year and older.
In addition, the acquisition creates 13 new jobs in South County. In total, nearly 100 people will work at Thundermist locations in South County. All employees of South County Pediatrics were offered employment with Thundermist.
Previously, South County Pediatrics was owned by David Chronley, MD. Dr. Chronley retired on August 31 after decades of service to the South County community. He chose Thundermist Health Center to lead his practice into the future. Thundermist is proud to expand its commitment to the community.
”Thundermist Health Center is committed to the community of South County,” said Christopher Klaus, MD, medical director of Thundermist Health Center of South County. “Thundermist will now care for more than 10,000 patients at our offices in Wakefield and Narragansett. The Thundermist care team is ready to meet each patient’s unique needs.”
Thundermist South County Pediatrics has three primary care providers. Tina Butler, CPNP, previously served as a pediatric nurse practitioner at South County Pediatrics and is excited to continue providing care for her patients. Abram Collard, MD, has been a pediatrician for nearly ten years. He also served in the United States Air Force prior to becoming a pediatrician. Laura Chaviano Chong, MD, is a pediatrician who loves working with children and helping parents. She is interested in preventative care. She is fluent in Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese.
“I’m excited to return to Thundermist Health Center,” said Tina Butler, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner at Thundermist South County Pediatrics. “Patients will continue to see familiar faces and get high-quality care. There will be more services available to them than ever before.”
To celebrate the opening of Thundermist South County Pediatrics, Thundermist will host an open house for patients, parents, and the community on Saturday, October 15. Join us for a tour of the facility, kids’ story-time, balloon animals by our friends at the Contemporary Theatre Company, popcorn, and more. The event is free to attend.
Thundermist Health Center is a full-service primary care provider with dental and behavioral health services. The non-profit community health center aims to improve the health of patients and communities by delivering exceptional health care, removing barriers to that care, and advancing healthy lifestyles. Thundermist has locations in West Warwick, Woonsocket, and South County. The organization cares for patients regardless of insurance and ability to pay. In 2021, Thundermist cared for more than 52,000 patients.