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Hospital & Community Spotlight

The latest news and information from Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

1 / 8 / 2019

Hospital Open House Featured in The Cape Cod Times

NANTUCKET — Nantucket is on the verge a new era of health care, and in movie parlance, its new hospital is ready for a close-up.

An estimated 500 people got a sneak peek at the gleaming new Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Saturday during two open house events — one for employees and their families and one for the general public — in advance of an official opening next month. The $89 million, 106,000-square-foot facility is adjacent to the existing and soon-to-be demolished hospital that was built in 1957 when the island had roughly one-third of its current year-round population.

“I think of it as time travel from 1957 to the 21st century,” said Dr. Margot Hartmann, president and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

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12 / 31 / 2018

NCH Featured in The Boston Globe

NANTUCKET — Pauline Skok was struck by the beauty of this island the first time she stepped off the ferry, on a work assignment in 2016. So after years of working as a traveling nurse, she decided to take a job at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Skok knew that this summer playground of the upper crust, with its historic charm and picture-perfect beaches, had a shortage of affordable housing. But she was not prepared for the struggle she would face next.The veteran nurse wanted a stable, year-long lease — but instead drifted through eight residences over two and a half years. Every time she moved, she wondered: “How much more can I do?” Skok’s experience is so common that it has a name — “the Nantucket Shuffle” — and the local hospital, a major employer on the island, is taking an unusual step to address it.

11 / 30 / 2018

NCH Awards $1.1 million in Community Health Initiative Grants

Nantucket Cottage Hospital announced Friday that it has awarded $1.1 million in grant funding to 14 non-profit agencies and organizations through its Community Health Initiative, which seeks to address the island’s most pressing health issues through collaborative, innovative, and sustainable programs.

The Community Health Initiative grant funds are available through the private donations to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capital campaign to build the island’s new hospital. As a state-approved capital project, the hospital is required to invest 5 percent of the total project cost in improving community health outside the walls of the hospital.

This year’s awards are the second in a series of grant cycles that will ultimately invest more than $4 million to improve the health and wellbeing of the island. The hospital sought proposals in four areas: behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; access to healthcare; and access to housing. (more…)

11 / 14 / 2018

Hospital Thrift Shop Donates $427,610 to NCH

The Hospital Thrift Shop presented its annual gift to Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Monday, continuing its 89-year tradition of generous giving with a $427,610 contribution that will be used to purchase new medical equipment and other capital items, as well as handmade furniture for the new hospital. It will also complete the Thrift Shop’s pledge of $500,000 toward the new hospital it made back in 2015.

The members of the Hospital Thrift Shop Board of Directors presented Nantucket Cottage Hospital president and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann with a check on Monday following another successful season in business on India Street. The $427,610 gift represents the Thrift Shop’s largest annual contribution in nearly nine decades of steadfast support of the hospital. (more…)

10 / 30 / 2018

NCH, Gosnold Launch Behavioral Health Integration

Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Gosnold on Nantucket have launched a pilot behavioral health integration program to embed Gosnold’s behavioral health consultants in the hospital’s primary care practices.

This collaborative pilot program aims to identify patients at risk for behavioral health issues in the primary care setting and develop a treatment plan before their issues become a crisis.

By embedding with the hospital’s primary care practices, Gosnold on Nantucket staff members will work with hospital providers to offer treatment and services without patients having to leave the comfort and familiarity of their doctor’s office, helping to further reduce the stigma and challenge of seeking help for behavioral health issues. (more…)

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