5 / 11 / 2018

Physician Assistant Chris Brannigan Joins NCH

Chris Brannigan, PA-C, has joined the Nantucket Cottage Hospital medical staff as a full-time physician assistant who will support the primary care practices.

Brannigan, a former island resident, has returned to Nantucket after several years working overseas as a medical health officer with the St. George International School in Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior to that, Brannigan served as a medical hospitalist at the Anne Arundel Medical Group in Maryland.

“The people of Nantucket have given so much to me and my family over the years. I am thankful for the opportunity to give back,” Brannigan said. (more…)

5 / 9 / 2018

Happy National Nurses Week!

Happy National Nurses Week!

Here are a few of the more than 70 nurses who work at NCH and the physician practices.

Please take a moment to recognize the NCH nursing staff members who provide compassionate care to our island community every day of the year!

4 / 10 / 2018

2018 Boston Pops on Nantucket Special Musical Guest: RAIN A Tribute to The Beatles

The British Invasion will land at Jetties Beach on Nantucket this summer when RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra as the special musical guest for the 22nd annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles recorded in studio but never performed for an audience. Now together longer than the legendary foursome, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of The Beatles, delivering a note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.

For more than 20 years, the Boston Pops on Nantucket has been the largest and most popular summer event on the island, attracting thousands to Jetties Beach for a night of spectacular entertainment all to raise critical funds for Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Paired with RAIN, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will deliver another memorable edition of the concert, which is set for Aug. 11th, 2018. This year’s event chairs are Sarah and Jeff Newton, longtime summer residents of Nantucket who maintain their primary residence in Concord, MA.

“We are thrilled to be chairing the 22nd annual concert,” said Sarah. “For us, the Pops is the highlight of every summer, and we are working with a terrific group of volunteers and committee members to create another successful fund raising event for our cherished hospital.” (more…)

4 / 3 / 2018

Dr. Derek Andelloux Joins NCH as Primary Care Physician

Derek Andelloux, MD, has joined the Nantucket Cottage Hospital medical staff as a full-time, year-round primary care physician. Dr. Andelloux’s new family practice will open this month in the hospital’s Anderson Building at 57 Prospect Street where he will welcome new patients of all ages before moving into the new hospital when it is completed later this year.

“I really believe in general practice care, womb-to-tomb family medicine,” Dr. Andelloux said. “I enjoy the challenge of not knowing what’s going to walk through your door, and seeing a wide range of ailments.”

With his roots in Southeastern New England, Dr. Andelloux is moving from Rhode Island to Nantucket in part to be closer to his family, and has purchased a home on the island with his wife Megan.

“We’ve been coming to Nantucket for 10 years,” Dr. Andelloux said. “We fell in love with the island, and not just in the summer, but also in the offseason when it’s quiet and peaceful. We will enjoy living here year-round.” (more…)

1 / 23 / 2018

Flu Advisory

Nantucket Cottage Hospital has seen an increase in the number of confirmed flu cases on the island over the past week. In addition to these cases which have been confirmed through laboratory testing, there are other presumed flu cases in which patients have been diagnosed based on their symptoms as well as those who have not sought treatment. Flu cases are expected to rise as the season continues.

NCH would like to remind island residents of ways to reduce the risk of contracting this year’s flu virus:

  • It is recommended, and not too late, to receive a flu shot. The vaccine not only protects the person receiving it but also those around them
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, as this is the most effective way to halt the spread of flu
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick
  • If you are experiencing flu symptoms, seek out treatment if necessary, but stay home from work or school to avoid exposing others, and do not return until you have been symptom-free without the use of medications for at least 24 hours

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea.