As President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, I want to thank you for taking the time to know our story, because it truly is part of the island’s story.
Our hospital has learned that practicing medicine on Nantucket presents unique challenges in a dynamic environment, but that means our mission is also deeply fulfilling and gratifying.
During my career in medicine, including more than a decade as an emergency department physician at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and now six years as its President and CEO, I’ve come to understand how much this hospital means to the island and the depth of our relationship with the community. We exist solely for Nantucket and its people, giving everyone who calls the island home the confidence to live, work and play in this special place.
For me, it continues to be an honor and a privilege to lead a talented group of medical professionals and staff as we take on the responsibility of caring for our friends, family, neighbors and visitors – the entire community.
They may not know they need us – until they do. That’s when our team gets to show its colors and demonstrate its remarkable capabilities and resources. And they shine.
As the sole medical provider on Nantucket, the hospital represents the island’s safety net on so many different levels:
- We are committed to creating greater access to primary care, which is at the core of our mission and the foundation for community wellness, so we continue to recruit new physicians and providers.
- Our 24/7 departments – Emergency, Labor and Delivery, and the medical/surgical floor – are the backbone of what we do as a hospital and accessible around the clock.
- Sustaining a range of outpatient services, including chemotherapy and dialysis, allows more Nantucketers to stay close to home for the care they need.
- And we now have over 30 visiting physicians practicing 24 sub-specialties in our clinics, including a new partnership with the Mass General Cancer Center that gives patients the option of staying on Nantucket for much of their cancer care.
What I believe we’ve created is a hospital that gives our patients the best of both worlds: the comfort and familiarity of a small, community hospital that is also able to leverage the world-class medical resources of our affiliate Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the finest hospitals in the country.
I often tell people that we’re a lot more hospital than you might expect, and an improbable amount of hospital for an island 30 miles at sea. That has never been truer than it is today.
Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD | President & CEO