12 / 22 / 2021

Meet the Alario Family

(November 2021) When Abby and Bob Alario decided to start a family, they wanted their medical care delivered with compassion, kindness, and a sense of community. After careful planning and consideration, they knew the best place to meet their needs was Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

“We had lots of friends and family members that have had babies in major cities and realized a lot of hospitals treat labor and delivery like a factory line and don’t provide dedicated care,” said Bob. “We wanted something more, and we are so grateful we chose Nantucket Cottage Hospital.”

As it turns out, Abby’s delivery was more complicated than anyone expected. After 10 hours in labor, Abby was rushed to the operating room for an emergency c-section, where Jack Sampson Alario was safely delivered. (more…)

12 / 3 / 2021

Hospital Thrift Shop Donates 500k to Nantucket Cottage Hospital

President and CEO of Nantucket Hospital, Gary Shaw, accepts a donation of

$500,000 from the staff and volunteers of the Hospital Thrift Shop 


On November 9th, the Hospital Thrift Shop presented its 2021 gift of $500,000 to Nantucket Cottage Hospital during a ceremony attended by dozens of the volunteers that helped make the donation a reality, outside the shop on India Street.

Since its inception in 1929, the Hospital Thrift Shop and its team of over 100 volunteers have gifted over $6.5 million dollars toward the hospital, providing vital funding for live saving care and equipment, year after year.

“This is something everyone in the community is a part of, whether you donate to the thrift shop, volunteer here or shop here, everyone on Nantucket is able to help give a second life to so many items, while also giving back to our local hospital,” said Mary Casey, Executive Director of the Hospital Thrift Shop.

Fully supported through community donations, the Hospital Thrift Shop sells second-hand items ranging from books and glassware, to appliances and clothing from May through October each year.

“Our number one focus is to provide affordable goods to the community, items come in and almost immediately go back out, providing so much for our community,” said Casey. “Then at the end of the year, after we’ve cleared everything out, we have this wonderful bonus where we’re able to take what we made and pump it right back into the community through the hospital.”

In previous years, donations from the Hospital Thrift Shop have been used for a wide range of equipment and services such as telemedicine platforms, laboratory analyzers and most recently, funding toward a new MRI unit.

11 / 10 / 2021

NCH Completes 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment

Nantucket Cottage Hospital recently competed its 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment, detailing the most pressing health concerns facing Nantucket.

Since 2019, NCH has engaged the Nantucket community in an attempt to gain insight into the underlying health needs of the community. With the COVID-19 Pandemic reaching the shores of Nantucket during the middle of this engagement, the community had an increased interest and awareness of many of the needs that had been exacerbated by the pandemic. The result of this increased awareness and interest resulted in some new findings on top of many of the longstanding needs of Nantucket.

This CHNA marks the first-time food insecurity was highlighted by the community as a potential need, and a newfound awareness of racial inequities’ impact on health helped to create a more robust and inclusive understanding of community health needs.

While many issues emerged throughout the community engagement period, four stood out as the most consistently concerning and pressing, lack of affordable housing, the need for increased mental health care, the high demand for cancer care and substance use disorders.

The complete report can be found here: 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment 

11 / 4 / 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Over 5

(November 4, 2021) – Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is now available to children over the age of 5, at no cost to the patient, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Nantucket Cottage Hospital will be offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines from 2:00pm to 5:00pm every Monday beginning on the 15th of November, by appointment only.

Once a parent or guardian signs up their child for the first dose, they will automatically be signed up for a second dose three weeks later. Due to the limited availability of appointments, it is critical that patients understand that they must be available for both the first and second dose at the time of booking.

November 15 – Pfizer 1st Dose à December 6 – Pfizer 2nd Dose

November 22 – Pfizer 1st Dose à December 13 – Pfizer 2nd Dose

November 29 – Pfizer 1st Dose à December 20 – Pfizer 2nd Dose


Appointments for pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations can be made at https://covidvaccine.massgeneralbrigham.org/

10 / 29 / 2021

NCH Invests 1.1 Million Dollars in Community Non-Profits Throughout 2021

(October 26, 2021) – This year, Nantucket Cottage Hospital invested 1.1 million dollars to nine local non-profit entities aimed at improving community health concerns as part of its 5-year community health initiative.

This funding was made available by the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Determination of Need process regulating community investment as hospital capital improvement projects are approved. As part of the process, hospitals are required to allocate a mandatory 5% of capital improvement funds toward community health projects.

“Nantucket’s lack of affordable housing and behavioral health resources have been issues for our community for many years,” said Gary Shaw, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “These kinds of issues require long-term, sustained investments, which is exactly what this investment is about”

Since its inception in 2015, Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s community health initiative has provided nearly 4.3 million dollars to local non-profits with goals ranging from increasing access to healthcare, to housing, women and children’s health, and most recently, a new collaborative behavioral health initiative.

“Our community has changed in the five years since this program began, COVID-19 has brought to light some of the hidden needs in the community, like food insecurity and behavioral health, both of which are things we can address now and in the future by making strategic grants, many of which we’ve done through this funding,” said Margaretta Andrews, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Nantucket.

As part of the five-year process, Nantucket Cottage Hospital was able to identify and allocate nearly 4.3 million dollars for projects impacting the communities physical, mental and emotional well-being. Throughout the process, leaders from Nantucket Cottage Hospital worked with the Community Foundation for Nantucket to administer funds to dozens of local community health projects.

“These funds have completely transformed how the community is able to access services,” said Sunny Daily, of Nantucket Health Imperatives. “Now we can offer something in addition to what the hospital offers, which means that now there’s a place for everyone to access healthcare, now individuals have access to information, support, treatment and care. That leads to us having a healthy community, where people can not only take care of their own lives, but their families, neighbors and whole community.”

Each year since the initiative began, the hospital sought project proposals in four major areas: behavioral health; women’s and children’s health; access to healthcare; and access to housing.

“Our priority at the hospital over this last year has been to significantly expand the community’s ability to access high-quality medical care on the island,” said Shaw. “Anytime Nantucket Cottage Hospital can work with our local non-profit partners to expand access to care, the community wins.”

The 2021 Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative grant recipients include:

Artists Association of Nantucket

Behavioral Health Initiative Fund


Habitat for Humanity

Health Imperatives

Housing Nantucket

Nantucket Community School

NAMI on Nantucket

Small Friends