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.

A message from Kevin Hickey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
November 2016

“Greetings from Nantucket Cottage Hospital. As you read this, we are in the midst of preparing our site for the groundbreaking of Nantucket’s new hospital in early 2017. We had an incredible summer that was highlighted by surpassing our initial capital campaign goal of $89 million and securing all the state and local regulatory permits needed to move forward with this historic project.

With generous support from all corners of the island, the enabling projects that are necessary to clear the site for the new hospital at 57 Prospect Street are now underway. These complex and multi-phased enabling projects include the moving of two buildings, demolishing two others, and temporarily relocating 45 employees. Our team has done a tremendous job in managing and coordinating this challenging effort as the hospital campus begins to transform.

During the 20th Boston Pops on Nantucket concert in August, we announced a game-changing gift to the hospital’s campaign: a $10 million contribution from Bruce and Elisabeth Percelay. This gift represents a challenge that will allow us to go beyond the bricks and mortar of the new building. With Bruce’s leadership as our new campaign chair, we intend to complete our campus with new hospital housing and address the other critical needs of our organization, including sustaining our core medical services and retaining hard-to-recruit clinical staff. This next phase of the campaign will fulfill the promise of our new hospital.

From the unprecedented gift from the Percelay family, to the inspiring contributions from our “Little Builders,” the Nantucket children who set up lemonade stands around the island to raise money for our campaign over the summer, our new hospital is truly a community-wide undertaking. With this amazing generosity, we are excited to watch our vision for the future start to become reality in the coming months.”


Progress Update:

Since July 2016, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has achieved significant progress toward making the island’s new hospital a reality. Over the summer, the building design and site plan for the new hospital received unanimous approvals from island regulatory agencies, including the Nantucket Planning Board and Historic District Commission. In mid-September, the state Public Health Council voted unanimously to approve the Determination of Need application for the new hospital. And on September 28th, the Board of Selectmen voted to convey to the hospital the two dirt roads that border the hospital campus, allowing these unnamed ways to be incorporated into the site and provide much-needed flexibility during construction. These approvals and endorsements were the result of months of work by hospital staff and architects from Cannon Design, as well as patients and community members who offered their time and insights during the design process.

For a project of this size, scope and complexity, it is remarkable that the regulatory process was completed ahead of schedule, with no controversy, and with the unanimous support from the
reviewing agencies at both the state and local levels. This progress brings the hospital and the community to an exciting and historic moment with the groundbreaking for the new building on the horizon. Over the past two months, the enabling projects necessary to clear the footprint for the new hospital at 57 Prospect Street began in earnest.

The first phase of the project includes:

  • The relocation of the Anderson Building to Prospect Street
  • The relocation of the Founders Building to 10 Vesper Lane
  • The demolition of the Dormitory Offices building
  • The demolition of a small cottage at 10 Vesper Lane
  • The creation of a temporary staff parking lot in Gouin Village
  • The temporary relocation of 45 hospital employees
  • Tree removal around the site
  • Work will continue into the fall and early winter as the 57 Prospect Street campus transforms and the footprint is cleared and prepared for groundbreaking on the new hospital.

Preliminary Timeline

  • September 2016: Raise 90% of funds needed for building costs through private donations
  • Fall 2016: Begin moving buildings on our existing site to clear a footprint.
  • Late 2016 – Early 2017: With approvals in-hand, construction begins
  • 2018: Construction completed, followed by occupancy of new building

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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