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Hopkins and Ure join Wood River Health board

HOPE VALLEY — Francis X. Hopkins of Charlestown and Jonathan Ure of Wyoming have joined the board of directors of Wood River Health Services Inc.

Ure is a partner in URE Outfitters in Hope Valley and Ure Realty.

Hopkins is chief operating officer of University Pathologists and a managing partner of University Pathologists Diagnostics. The Warwick-based pathologists group serves hospitals in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Hopkins previously served as executive director of University Medical Group’s pathology division and in several positions at The Westerly Hospital, starting as nurse manager in the intensive care unit in 1990. He was the hospital’s vice president of clinical services, interim director of nursing, vice president of finance and planning, interim chief financial officer, vice president of planning and program development, and vice president of clinical support services.

A Navy hospital corpsman and a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves Nurse Corps, Marine Support Providence, Hopkins began his civilian career as a staff nurse in the ICU at Miriam Hospital in Providence. He worked as a cardiac research assistant and charge nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and returned to Rhode Island as nursing supervisor and charge nurse in the ICU at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Hopkins received his MBA degree in health care administration from Bryant University and graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College with a B.S. in nursing.

He is currently treasurer of the Rotary Club of Chariho and chairman of the club’s scholarship committee and has previously volunteered as treasurer at the Arcadia YMCA board of directors, as a mentor in the Westerly Middle School Mentors Program, on the finance committee at Christ the King Parish in Kingston and as a YMCA youth basketball coach.

Ure has 29 years of experience in small business and worked for 15 years as a self-employed carpenter.

He is a member of the Hopkinton Zoning Board and has served as a soccer coach for various teams in Exeter-West Greenwich for 8 years.

Wood River Health Services currently has 11 board members and the maximum size of the board is 18. David Henley,

development coordinator, said the health service is accepting applications from qualified parties. He noted that the treasurer, Phil Tracy of West Kingston, recently completed his nine-year commitment to the board; in effect, Hopkins is taking over that position.

Wood River is the federally qualified community health center for southwestern Rhode Island, providing medical and dental care and social services to over 9,000 area residents.

The center also administers the area WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program, provides a nationally recognized chronic disease management program, has available onsite lab testing in cooperation with The Westerly Hospital, including blood work, x-ray and mammography, and provides referrals for behavioral and mental health counseling.

Sliding scale payments are available to those who qualify.

Wood River Health Services is located at 823 Main St., Hope Valley (on Route 3 south of the village, just off Route I-95 at Exit 2). For more information, call 401-539-2461 or visit

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