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 (July 2018):

Just over one year after Nantucket Cottage Hospital staff and island community members gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for Nantucket’s new hospital, the facility is now nearing completion and we are preparing to open what will be one of the finest community hospitals in the country.

Over the past year, the new hospital has risen behind the existing building, creating a sense of excitement and anticipation among patients, staff, and community members who have witnessed the dramatic progress on a daily basis.

As of late July, the interior of the building was a beehive of activity as construction crews put the finishing touches on the 106,000-square-foot facility, while the hospital administration is fine-tuning the plan to transition into the new building before the end of 2018.

And while the completion of construction phase of the project is cause for celebration, the campaign to complete the hospital campus is not yet at the finish line, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital continues to seek contributions both large and small from the island community. The $120 million fundraising campaign will fund both the construction of the new hospital and much-needed housing units for staff. The staff housing will be located across the street on land the hospital already owns. Once the construction of the new hospital is complete, the next phase of the project will focus on building these flexible-design housing units that will be capable of serving a range of hospital employees.


  • 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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