5 / 10 / 2019

Until Further Notice: Only Entrance to Hospital is Through Emergency Department

Starting May 13th, all patients must use the new hospital entrance. The physician clinics entrance near Vesper Lane will close.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital will enter the final phase of the new hospital construction next week, bringing us one step closer to completion of this historic project. Demolition of the old hospital will begin on May 14th, but this final hurdle will also require us to close the hospital entrance at the physician clinics to ensure the safety of our patients.

This means the only patient access to the hospital will be at the new emergency department entrance off Prospect Street, effective Monday, May 13th. The physician clinics entrance is temporarily closed during this period, so there is no access to the hospital from the main parking lot.

We recognize having only one entrance for patient access to the hospital, even temporarily, will be a challenge for our patients and staff, but this is necessary to ensure patient safety during the final construction activities on the hospital campus. The hospital will be implementing several measures to assist patients in accessing the hospital during this interim period, including, including free valet parking for patients at the ER entrance 7 days per week.

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5 / 3 / 2019

The Gift of Music: The Ashley Sanford Music Therapy Program at NCH

The new Steinway Spirio baby grand piano in the main lobby of the new hospital

The new Nantucket Cottage Hospital will be filled with the healing sounds of music thanks to a remarkable gift from Bruce and Marilou Sanford and their friends in memory of their late daughter, Ashley.

The lobby of the new hospital now features a Steinway Spirio baby grand piano, known as the world’s finest high resolution self-playing piano. This gift from the Sanford family and their friends will be the foundation of the new Ashely Sanford Music Therapy Program at NCH, in partnership with the Nantucket Community Music Center, a tribute to Ashley’s love of music and Nantucket that will impact the lives of island patients.

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4 / 25 / 2019

2019 Partners In Excellence Award Winners

From left to right, Olga Vasko, Dr. Margot Hartmann, Patricia Sheehy, Shawna Perry, Aaron Fishman, Hillary Polvere Reynolds, and Steve Taranto.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital honored the recipients of the annual Partners in Excellence awards, which recognize superlative performance throughout the Partners HealthCare system, during a ceremony this week in the dining area of the new hospital.

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4 / 24 / 2019

Public Health Advisory: Rise in U.S. Measles Cases

Nantucket Cottage Hospital would like to advise the island community about the rising number of measles cases in the U.S. this year, as well as the facts about the safe and effective vaccine for this highly contagious viral disease.

In 2019, the CDC has already reported 626 individual cases of measles that have been confirmed in 20 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. Most cases have occurred in unvaccinated individuals.

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4 / 12 / 2019

Dr. George Butterworth Retiring After 40 Years of Practicing at NCH

If you see this guy around town, give him a high-five, a pat on the back, or maybe just a simple “Thank you.”

Dr. George Butterworth, the longest serving physician on Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s medical staff, will retire on May 31st, 2019 after more than 40 years of general practice and obstetrical care on the island.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of my patients, current and past, with a particular thank you to all of you who have allowed me to participate in the birth of your children,” Dr. Butterworth said. “It has been an honor and a privilege.”

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