7 / 5 / 2018

Physician Assistant Caitlin Kaplan Joins NCH

Caitlin O’Hearn Kaplan, PA-C, has joined the Nantucket Cottage Hospital medical staff as a full-time physician assistant who will support the Walk-In Care service and primary care practices.

Kaplan, who previously worked at Nantucket Cottage Hospital as an emergency room technician, has returned to the island after completing additional education and clinical training through Northeastern University and serving as a physician assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition to her familiarity with Nantucket patients through the NCH Emergency Department, Kaplan has also worked with island physician Tim Lepore and the Yale Medical School on three separate studies on tick-borne diseases.

“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to return to the place where I started my medical career,” Kaplan said. “I love my island community!” (more…)

6 / 14 / 2018

Letter to the Editor from Dr. Margot Hartmann – The Inquirer & Mirror, June 14, 2018

No other hospital in Massachusetts worries when they call for an ambulance to transport a patient whether that ambulance will show up or not. But our clinicians at Nantucket Cottage Hospital recently found themselves in this dilemma when the ambulance companies that previously travelled to the island to transport patients to the mainland stopped coming. For these companies, it was a matter of insurance reimbursements not covering their costs. For our team and some of our patients at NCH, it was a crisis. (more…)

6 / 6 / 2018

Important message for patients with MassHealth insurance

Fixed Enrollment begins July 1, 2018. What does this mean?

  • MassHealth includes Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Every MassHealth member has until June 30th, 2018 to change their health plan to ensure it aligns with their physician and health care providers.
  • Patients must have the correct MassHealth plan for their doctor.
  • On Nantucket, these plans include Partners Healthcare Choice, BMC HealthNet, and MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC).
  • If your Masshealth plan does not align with your primary care physician, they cannot accept your insurance.

For example:

  • MassHealth patients of Tim Lepore should enroll in either the BMC HealthNet plan or the MassHealth PCC plan.
  • MassHealth patients of Leif Norenberg should enroll in the Tufts/Boston Children’s ACO.
  • MassHealth patients of all other Nantucket physicians should enroll in the Partners Healthcare Choice.

For general information about the Plan Selection Period, please visit www.mass.gov/service-details/plan-selection-period and for details about the Fixed Enrollment Period, go to www.mass.gov/service-details/fixed-enrollment-period (more…)

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!