10 / 14 / 2014

NCH Implements Ebola Preparedness Protocols

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With the largest Ebola epidemic on record happening in West Africa and the first confirmed cases of the disease in the United States diagnosed in Texas, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has prepared its staff, facilities, equipment, and established protocols in the event a suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is identified on the island.

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10 / 2 / 2014

Patient Airlift Services An Underutilized Resource for Nantucketers

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Nadine McGhie thought she was out of options.

The Nantucket mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts, and following chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she needed to travel to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston frequently for radiation and other treatments. McGhie had quickly exhausted the $1,000 she had received from the Marla Lamb Cancer Travel Fund to make those trips up to Boston, and did not have the funds necessary to continue the back and forth excursions to Mass General.

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10 / 1 / 2014

NCH Honors Longtime Employees

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Nantucket Cottage Hospital recently held its annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon and celebrated employee service anniversaries. Most notable among the many honorees were Suzanne Sullivan, RN, and Annie Backus, LPN, who were recognized for 45 and 40 years, respectively, of dedicated service to the hospital and the island community.

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10 / 1 / 2014

Nantucketers Waving Goodbye to Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer impacts so many lives, and in a small community like Nantucket, almost everyone knows a friend or family member who has been affected.

Our video depicts Nantucketers waving goodbye to breast cancer so our courageous survivors can move on with their lives.

Our island’s lighthouses serve as beacons of hope to those at sea, much like Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Nantucket community compassionately serve those with breast cancer.

As we danced around the island with our pink gloves, it wasn’t about our dancing ability but rather our unity of purpose. You never know who you might be standing next to – a woman who lost her 30-year-old daughter to breast cancer, or a co-worker you have known for decades who was recently diagnosed. If our video spreads awareness in any way, we will have accomplished what we set out to do.

10 / 1 / 2014

NCH to Partner with MEP Health in Emergency Department

MEPNantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH) is pleased to announce a new partnership with MEP Health, LLC, an emergency and outpatient care group that is owned and managed by emergency physicians.

NCH is partnering with MEP to help accomplish its ongoing mission to improve quality throughout the hospital, and specifically in its Emergency Department, as well as help solve the complex puzzle of staffing the Emergency Department to handle the population changes that come with Nantucket’s seasons.

“Our vision for this partnership is that MEP will support and supplement our existing providers in the Emergency Department to continue improving our quality, stabilize our staffing levels, and generally enhance the great work already being done by our ED team,” said NCH President and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann.

“We are honored and excited to be partnering with a storied institution that has come to represent the heart of the Nantucket community. At MEP our mission is to make people better – we look forward to achieving this mission with the team at Nantucket Cottage Hospital,” said Dr. Angelo Falcone – CEO of MEP Health.

MEP will bring its expertise in managing and operating emergency departments at hospitals in Maryland and Connecticut, and customize that expertise to NCH’s unique circumstances as the only medical facility on an island 30 miles at sea.

While planning for the partnership has been underway for months, the new collaboration officially began today, October 1st.