Merrill Thomas is President and CEO of Providence Community Health Centers, Rhode Island’s largest community health center with more than 85,000 patients, 650 employees, and 14 clinical sites including three public schools.
Since Merrill was appointed CEO in 2001, the organization has opened four new health centers and launched numerous programs with a goal of creating a healthier community. In March 2022, the organization opened its newest health center — PCHC Atwood — in Olneyville, one of the most underserved neighborhoods in Providence.
Merrill received his MBA with a focus on health care administration from Providence College, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Washington. Merrill serves as a board member of several organizations including The Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Commonwealth Advisory Board, Health Choice Network, and the National Association of Community Health Centers.