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
March 2017

“We are in a period of more dramatic and historic change to healthcare than perhaps at any time in our 105 year history. The stresses of navigating these challenges have driven the hospital to higher and higher levels of service quality and clinical quality. It is the support and the participation of generous individuals, families, businesses and other organizations that enable Nantucket Cottage Hospital to respond to the community’s needs with the right programs and services for Nantucketers.

During the past year we brought the campaign to build a new hospital to the level where we have begun work on the site of the new building to make the campus ready. Input from all corners of the Island has been incorporated into our planning, and has enabled the process of approvals and permitting for the building to proceed with unanimous support at Town Meeting and Town committees. We will soon be breaking ground on this dynamic new hospital that will serve the island for generations.

It has been a long road to get to this point, and we are very excited to see the Island’s shared vision for the future taking shape at the 57 Prospect Street campus. We have received contributions from hundreds of individuals, families and businesses, both large and small, and we are extremely grateful for this robust support from the community.

With the expansion of the capital campaign to complete the campus by adding to our hospital housing and securing resources for critical programs, services, and hard-to-recruit-staff, we will ensure that the needed caregivers and expertise will be available to our patients in a safe, efficient and appropriately staffed new facility.

So once again, we thank all Nantucketers for supporting the vital role that Nantucket Cottage Hospital plays in the island community, now and in the future.”

Progress Update:

The hospital campus at 57 Prospect Street has been completely transformed over the past six months in preparation for the groundbreaking of Nantucket’s new hospital. These efforts have included the temporary moves of 45 employees, including the physician practices of Drs. George Butterworth and Tim Lepore, building moves, demolition, parking reorganization, tree removal, and extensive site work.

The building site for the new hospital is located directly behind the current facility, so this required the moves of the medical office building, known as the Anderson Building, to Prospect Street, as well as the Founders Building, which was relocated to Vesper Lane. A third structure on the NCH property that contained offices and conference rooms was demolished. In late March, site work began to reorganize and improve the front parking lot of the hospital before groundbreaking for the new facility.

Other recent milestones include the issuance of a building permit from the Town of Nantucket’s Building Department, as well as the signing of a construction contract with a general contractor to begin the project. The estimated completion date for the new hospital is September 2018, and the current facility will remain fully operational throughout construction.

Meanwhile, the capital campaign for the new hospital has generated unprecedented support from the island community. To date, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has received pledges and commitments of more than $97 million toward its campaign goal of $120 million for the new hospital and urgently needed hospital housing that will complete its campus. This represents the largest capital campaign in island history.

We hope you will stop by the campus and take a look at the progress we have made. Thanks to the generosity of the community, we are able to make our shared vision for the new hospital a reality.

The first phase of the project included:

  • 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

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
  • September 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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