Blue Coats

Giving time, energy, and compassion to our patients

Our Blue Coats are often the first people you see when you enter the hospital.  We know for a fact how the sight of their familiar faces reassures anxious patients and loved ones.  These volunteers meet and greet Emergency Department visitors, guide people through the hospital, register patients for surgery and support our administrative staff.

We welcome new volunteers who want to make a meaningful difference in patient care. Orientation for the Blue Coat program occurs once a year, in the spring. We are accepting new volunteer applications.

In order to volunteer with an  NCH Blue Coat Volunteer, the following is required:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • A firm time commitment of at least 3 hours per week.
  • A two-hour orientation training at NCH prior to volunteering that includes training in infection control, fire safety, back safety, and patient confidentiality.
  • A health evaluation form completed by your physician.
  • A copy of your up-to-date immunization record, or completed vaccination through our Occupational Health Department.
  • A completed CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check which is done through our Human Resources Department.
  • An initial TB screening in our Occupational Health Department with a follow-up check.
  • Completion of an annual online training course beginning in your second year as a volunteer.

Volunteers may apply online or contact the Human Resources Department at 508-825-8251.

Volunteer Spotlight Mona Ray, Blue Coat Volunteer

If the Blue Coats were a sports team, Mona Ray would be one of its captains. Ray, an 81-year-old former nurse, is the woman who scheduled the shifts of many of the hospital’s volunteers. She was recognized by the Board of Trustees of NCH with the Sandy Craig Leadership Award in August 2014 when she stepped down from this role. Until she retired, Ray and several others were responsible for managing the schedule of a group of 25 to 40 people in the registration area, the Emergency Department, as well as the surgical recovery area.

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Event Spotlight Annual Health Fair

Every year in May, we open our doors and invite the Nantucket community into the hospital to be proactive about their health. Our annual Health Fair, sponsored by the Peter M. Sacerdote Family, offers an array of healthcare services, including screenings, informational sessions, demonstrations and educational materials. The Health Fair is free of charge and all screenings and demonstrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Volunteer Spotlight Liz Winship, Volunteer

"I volunteer because It is important for me to know that my family will have the quality healthcare they’ll need in the future. More than a hundred years ago when our hospital was founded, islanders felt the same way – Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an island essential.”

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