Nantucket's New Hospital

We’re seizing a once in a generation opportunity to build the right hospital for Nantucket. Our new hospital will be modern, efficient, and flexible enough to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of health care delivery and meet the challenges that come with being the ultimate safety net for a community 30 miles at sea.

Progress Update (November 2018):

As of fall 2018, the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital is nearing completion, with the facility expected to open for patient care in January 2019.

With the exterior construction largely completed, construction teams are currently working to finish the interior floors, wiring, lighting, and other fixtures. New equipment is arriving and being installed, tested and calibrated in preparation for the extensive inspection process by local and state agencies ahead of the grand opening.

Construction crews are also working toward completing the new helipad for MedFlight transports, which will be located in the northwest corner of the property close to the emergency department to allow for safer and more efficient transfers.

Meanwhile, the hospital staff is engaged in an extensive transition planning effort to prepare for the move into the new building. Logistics, staffing, and safety are all being considered with a consulting team that specializes in hospital moves.

The clinical team is also preparing for a transition to a group practice, which will allow all NCH primary care physicians and visiting specialists to come together under one roof to better serve patients. This feature of the new building will also allow NCH to earn a designation as a rural health clinic, which will improve the hospital’s finances by achieving a higher reimbursement rate from Medicare and Medicaid.

When the new facility opens to patients in January, the final phase of the project will commence including the demolition of the old hospital and the completion of the final site work, parking area, and landscaping. This phase is expected to be completed by June 2019.

The hospital has made great progress on its $120 million capital campaign, with just $4.5 million to go to complete the campus with critical hospital housing. This fundraising campaign, the largest in island history, will create the foundation for our future with one of the finest community hospitals in the country at the heart of a healthcare campus that can help accommodate our unique staff housing challenges. The funds raised during this campaign go directly toward these projects to cover the one-time expenses associated with the construction of the new hospital and the housing component. Through the extraordinary generosity of the Nantucket community, the new hospital will be funded entirely with private donations, debt-free, and without taxpayer dollars. We look forward to welcoming the island community into our new hospital in 2019.


  • 2013: Identified the need for the new hospital after careful study
  • 2014: Building sites evaluated with extensive community dialogue
  • 2015: Unanimous Town Meeting vote to rezone 57 Prospect Street and create new Hospital Overlay District
  • 2016: State and local permits secured
  • 2017: On-site construction begins while existing hospital remains operating
  • 2018: Construction completed, followed by occupancy of the new hospital
  • 2019: Demolition of old hospital and restructured parking; housing project begins

How a New Hospital Will Benefit Our Patients:

Our new hospital will transform the patient experience by enhancing privacy and safety, increasing access to our providers, and incorporating new technology throughout the building. It also creates the foundation for our future by providing new opportunities to expand services and attract the best clinicians. The new Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an investment in the future of the island, and will create a foundation for the community’s health and wellness for the next 50-plus years. By designing the hospital for the way medicine is practiced today, and designing in the flexibility to support the medicine of tomorrow, the hospital will be able to meet current healthcare room size codes (which only one room does now) as well as incorporate modern technology for the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems. The upgraded and efficient infrastructure in a new building will lower our operating costs, making our organization financially sound, and allowing us to invest more resources in programs and services instead of our outdated and aging facility.


Top 8 Reasons To Build

Our current hospital facilities are no longer adequate to meet the demand for healthcare on Nantucket.

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Floor Plans

See how we have organized our departments and services to maximize efficiency and provide the best patient care possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions about our campaign for a new hospital on Nantucket.

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