11 / 30 / 2018

NCH Awards $1.1 million in Community Health Initiative Grants

Nantucket Cottage Hospital announced Friday that it has awarded $1.1 million in grant funding to 14 non-profit agencies and organizations through its Community Health Initiative, which seeks to address the island’s most pressing health issues through collaborative, innovative, and sustainable programs.

The Community Health Initiative grant funds are available through the private donations to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capital campaign to build the island’s new hospital. As a state-approved capital project, the hospital is required to invest 5 percent of the total project cost in improving community health outside the walls of the hospital.

This year’s awards are the second in a series of grant cycles that will ultimately invest more than $4 million to improve the health and wellbeing of the island. The hospital sought proposals in four areas: behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; access to healthcare; and access to housing. (more…)

11 / 14 / 2018

Hospital Thrift Shop Donates $427,610 to NCH

The Hospital Thrift Shop presented its annual gift to Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Monday, continuing its 89-year tradition of generous giving with a $427,610 contribution that will be used to purchase new medical equipment and other capital items, as well as handmade furniture for the new hospital. It will also complete the Thrift Shop’s pledge of $500,000 toward the new hospital it made back in 2015.

The members of the Hospital Thrift Shop Board of Directors presented Nantucket Cottage Hospital president and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann with a check on Monday following another successful season in business on India Street. The $427,610 gift represents the Thrift Shop’s largest annual contribution in nearly nine decades of steadfast support of the hospital. (more…)

10 / 30 / 2018

NCH, Gosnold Launch Behavioral Health Integration

Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Gosnold on Nantucket have launched a pilot behavioral health integration program to embed Gosnold’s behavioral health consultants in the hospital’s primary care practices.

This collaborative pilot program aims to identify patients at risk for behavioral health issues in the primary care setting and develop a treatment plan before their issues become a crisis.

By embedding with the hospital’s primary care practices, Gosnold on Nantucket staff members will work with hospital providers to offer treatment and services without patients having to leave the comfort and familiarity of their doctor’s office, helping to further reduce the stigma and challenge of seeking help for behavioral health issues. (more…)

10 / 17 / 2018

Dr. Lepore: Say “No” to Question 1

Ballot Question 1 would impose mandated nurse staffing ratios for all patients, at all times, in all hospitals in Massachusetts. 

Dr. Lepore: “I’m not a nurse but I work with them all day long, I am married to a nurse and my daughter is a nurse. I feel that Question 1 is an attempt to impose on all hospitals artificial staffing patterns which can be better managed by collaboration between hospital administration and the nursing administration. There is no “one size fits all” way to handle nursing staffing patterns. The requirements of Nantucket Cottage Hospital are very different from the Boston hospitals and very different from the specialty hospitals such as mental health institutions.

This question appears to provide an answer to the staffing questions, but, in fact, would create unrealistic, unnecessary and costly problems. Everyone supports the work of our nurses, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals but staffing numbers are idiosyncratic to the institution and the patients.”

Read more about Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s position on Ballot Question 1 by clicking here.

10 / 5 / 2018

NCH Chief Nurse: I’m Voting No on Question 1

You have probably begun to see television advertisements and heard the debate surrounding the upcoming Ballot Question 1 that proposes to regulate nurse staffing ratios at all Massachusetts hospitals. This Ballot Question will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 6th.

We all want good nurse staffing and, quite frankly, good staffing for all our departments, but we do not need the government telling us what to do. We want that autonomy and flexibility to make these decisions on our own, not a one-size-fits-all mandate that would devastate health care in Massachusetts, especially our tiny hospital.   I want you to know why Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH) has joined more than 95 other hospitals and over 200 professional organizations, businesses, and chambers of commerce around the state in opposing this ballot initiative (see listing at end). (more…)