Newly constructed Smithfield location on Douglas Pike expected to open in May 2021

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (January 11, 2021):  Brown Medicine, a primary care and subspecialty medical group practice with over 200 physicians in multiple patient care locations throughout Rhode Island, announces it is expanding into a new medical facility to serve primary care and subspecialty patients.

In May 2021, Brown Medicine will occupy 5,200 sq. ft of Class A leased medical office space in the Smithfield Office Center located at 900 Douglas Pike in Smithfield, R.I.  Build-out of the new location began late last year. Other medical practices under the Brown Physicians, Inc. umbrella, of which Brown Medicine is a part, will be opening offices in the building including Brown Dermatology and Brown Neurology. Lifespan Labs and Performance Physical Therapy will also be operational in the Center.

“We are very excited about expanding our presence to the northern part of the state, and eager to provide services to patients from this area,” states Dr. Louis B. Rice, president of Brown Medicine. “We are conveniently located off Route 295 and Route 7 and offer plenty of free parking.”

Brown Medicine is one of several healthcare practices in the region that support the ‘patient centered medical home’ model of care, allowing for collaboration and coordination between primary care and the specialties. “Our patients will experience a facility that features work spaces for physically distanced collaboration between doctors, other clinicians and administrative personnel; as well as reception and check-out areas optimized for safe traffic flow,” adds Dr. Rice. “It is designed to be responsive to and centered around patient needs and our desired outcomes for the highest quality of care.”

For more information, call Brown Medicine at 649-4050 or visit

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Established in 2000, Brown Medicine is a nonprofit primary care, specialty outpatient and sub-specialty medical group practice with over 200 physicians and multiple patient care locations across the state of Rhode Island.  One of the largest physician groups in Rhode Island, Brown Medicine is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and employs most of the full-time faculty of Brown’s Department of Medicine. Specialties and clinical divisions include:  general internal medicine; primary care; diabetes and endocrinology; infectious disease; hospital medicine; hypertension and kidney diseases; hematology/oncology; nephrology; pulmonary, critical care and sleep; gastroenterology; rheumatology and geriatrics. Over 100,000 patients are served annually from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and other states and countries.  The three-part mission of Brown Medicine is high-level quality medical patient care, state-of-the-art clinical research studies, and dedicated teaching of more than 400 medical students, residents and fellows trained by Brown Medicine physicians annually. Brown Medicine is headquartered at 110 Elm Street in Providence, RI  02903; phone:  877-771-7401; web:

Brown Medicine is part of Brown Physicians, Inc., a clinical, research and teaching affiliate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

June 12, 2020 AnnouncementsNews

The events of the last several weeks, beginning with the killing of George Floyd, followed by protests and public dialogue have illustrated longstanding issues of inequality and racism in our society. Healthcare is not immune to this. We know that access to healthcare, health status and health outcomes are not equal and at least in part is due to systemic racism.  Similarly, the makeup of our healthcare workforce has not and does not adequately reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has laid this inequality bare before us. Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately suffering the health burdens of COVID: more infections, deaths, hospitalizations, and more severe economic impacts. 

We strongly support the aims of the “Code Black: Health Equity for Black Lives” march that is planned for this Sunday, June 14th. We also know that our employees have differing views regarding large public gatherings and the importance of examples we set as health care providers. We support those among us who feel it is important to attend this event and know they will lead by example by wearing a mask, maintaining a safe distance, and practicing handwashing.  We also know that many in our foundations support the goals of the march but will not attend because of personal concerns over spreading COVID and concern that large groups of gathered health care workers could be misconstrued by some as minimizing the importance of ongoing social distancing in preventing another COVID-19 surge.

Over the last few weeks we at Brown Physicians Inc. (BPI) and its constituent foundations have been engaged in listening, discussions, and self-reflection on our role in health inequities and how we can address them. While our foundations have each previously committed to diversity and inclusion action plans in coordination with Brown Alpert Medical School, it is clear that we have not done enough. We are committed to doing more. Moving forward, BPI will be listening, reviewing our actions to date, and committing to meaningful change to reduce health disparities and improve health equity for the patients we serve and in Rhode Island more broadly.


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