In collaboration with architects from Cannon Design, Nantucket Cottage Hospital staff, volunteers, patients, and community members have all provided valuable insights that have guided the design of our new hospital. These plans honor the architectural heritage of Nantucket, while also reflecting the quality medical care that is provided inside. 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 site plan we have developed for our property at 57 Prospect Street will maximize the hospital’s current location, while allowing us to continue operating the current facility during construction. The new layout will create dedicated entrances to the site for patient parking from both Prospect Street and Vesper Lane, as well as separate entrances for the emergency department and deliveries to the loading bay. To create a viable construction site for the new hospital, several buildings on the NCH property were moved. The Founders Building was relocated to hospital property at 10 Vesper Lane. The Anderson Building and medical offices was moved to the northeast end of the hospital property along Prospect Street, and the old nurses dorm was demolished.
An expanded Emergency Department will make us crisis ready, while co-locating the department adjacent to the inpatient beds creates flexibility and efficiency for our staff and clinicians. The new Emergency Department will increase in size from the current 4,400 square feet to 7,340 square feet, and expand from the existing seven exam rooms to a total of 12 exam rooms in the new hospital, including two trauma rooms and two patient observation rooms. It will also feature all private treatment rooms, a “racetrack” layout for optimal patient observation, observation rooms that convert for the care of behavioral health patients, and a specialty room for OB/GYN service. It will have direct access to the Imaging Department for diagnostic scans, and an additional ambulance bay that will allow two ambulances to access the department simultaneously. In addition, the new Emergency Department will be located directly adjacent to the hospital helipad, improving both efficiency and privacy when medical transports are required
The new Nantucket Cottage Hospital will feature an expanded interventional services area that includes two operating rooms, one of which will be dedicated for C-sections, as well as a procedure room for endoscopies. By adding a second operating room, the hospital will have the capability to accommodate elective and emergency surgeries, as well as C-sections, simultaneously. The interventional services area also includes five private infusion bays for chemotherapy treatment and other infusion therapies, as well as a dialysis center with three treatment rooms that increase the hospital’s capacity to provide this critical service.
The inpatient rooms inside the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital will provide island patients with a spacious, private, and comfortable setting that is full of natural light, conducive to healing, and overlook the nearby conservation land. Situated adjacent to key clinical and diagnostic departments, the new inpatient rooms will also have direct access to a family center to facilitate family and social network support, as well as participation in the process of patient care. An upgraded and expanded physical therapy gym on the inpatient floor will also provide patients with greater opportunities for recovery.