4 / 12 / 2019

Dr. George Butterworth Retiring After 40 Years of Practicing at NCH

If you see this guy around town, give him a high-five, a pat on the back, or maybe just a simple “Thank you.”

Dr. George Butterworth, the longest serving physician on Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s medical staff, will retire on May 31st, 2019 after more than 40 years of general practice and obstetrical care on the island.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of my patients, current and past, with a particular thank you to all of you who have allowed me to participate in the birth of your children,” Dr. Butterworth said. “It has been an honor and a privilege.”

Dr. Butterworth moved to Nantucket with his wife Kathy in 1978, shortly after receiving his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completing his family practice residency at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Connecticut.

During his more than four decades practicing medicine at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Dr. Butterworth has served as president of the NCH medical staff four times, delivered 1,037 babies, and provided care for countless patients at his primary care practice.

“Dr. Butterworth has touched the lives of so many of our patients and helped deliver a generation of Nantucket Natives at the hospital,” said Dr. Margot Hartmann, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “He has had an incredible career as a family doctor on Nantucket and I know we are all grateful for the continuity of care and dedication he has provided to the island as a physician. On behalf of everyone here at NCH, we thank Dr. Butterworth for his commitment to his patients, the island community, and the hospital.”

Dr. Butterworth’s patients have been notified by mail of his pending retirement and have been provided options to select a new primary care physician within the Nantucket Cottage Medical Group. If you are a patient of Dr. Butterworth and would like to establish a primary care relationship with a new physician, please call 508-825-1000.

3 / 27 / 2019

The New Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Thanks to Nantucket Community Television for putting together this video together highlighting the campaign for the island’s new hospital and our future in the new facility.

3 / 19 / 2019


During the big move into the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Feb. 20th, hundreds of pieces of medical equipment, furniture and other items were transferred from the old facility into the new building to be reused for patient care and comfort.

But what was left behind is not simply destined for the landfill.

In the days and weeks since the old hospital was closed, the remaining equipment, furniture, shelving, doors – nearly everything that can be removed from the building – has been inventoried and is finding new homes.

Locally, items including shelving, exam tables, furniture, carts, and IV poles, have been donated to several island-based organizations including the Nantucket Fire Department, the Nantucket Public SchoolsHealth Imperatives – Nantucket, the Nantucket New School, the Hospital Thrift Shop, as well as the Nantucket Sewer Department, which received old laboratory equipment such as refrigerators, microscopes and chairs.

2 / 28 / 2019

New NCH Opening Day

2 / 13 / 2019

New Hospital Opening Wednesday, February 20, 2019

HOW TO ACCESS THE NEW HOSPITAL: The main entrance of the new hospital will be unusable until the old building is taken down and removed. During this interim period, patients can access the new hospital two ways:

  • From the physician practices entrance near Vesper Lane
  • From the Emergency Department entrance off Prospect Street

Patients should use the physician practices entrance near Vesper Lane for doctors appointments. Nantucket Cottage Hospital will provide complimentary valet parking service at the entrance to the Emergency Department. We anticipate the main entrance will be open by late June.

Click here to learn more about the new hospital and see an enlarged map.