Watch this video from Nantucket Magazine and Yellow Productions featuring portraits of NCH staff members. Read the full story from the July issue of Nantucket Magazine by clicking here.
The summer has arrived on Nantucket. As President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, I want to take this opportunity to praise the shared sacrifices the community has made since March to keep the coronavirus at bay, but also urge everyone on the island to stay vigilant in the weeks and months ahead.
On Monday, June 22, Nantucket Cottage Hospital reported the first new confirmed case of COVID-19 on the island in more than month, and we have had three more additional people test positive since then. I think this should be a reminder that as much as we want to be done with this virus, it is not yet done with us.
Now is the riskiest time for Nantucket, as we have not had a surge or significant caseload as other parts of the country have, and the island population is increasing. After the months of stay-at-home orders and restrictions on activity, we all want to enjoy the summer, socialize, and have our local businesses recover. We can do all of this, but on behalf of my team at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, I urge you to do it safely and responsibly. We should expect that there will be more cases this summer, but there are things we all can do to prevent them from spreading more widely in the community.
Governor Charlie Baker has ordered everyone in Massachusetts over the age of two to wear a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. Locally, the Nantucket Board of Health this week approved an emergency order requiring masks or face coverings in the downtown historic district and in Sconset at all times, indoors or outside, regardless of distancing. These are sensible orders, backed-up by scientific studies, and something we all can do.
Recognizing that providing compassionate care is a key hospital goal, Nantucket Cottage Hospital established an annual prize honoring a staff member for extraordinarily compassionate care.
The Seinfeld/Hartmann Prize for Compassionate Medical Care will pay lasting tribute to a physician, nurse or any other hospital staff member who throughout his or her professional career demonstrates an outstanding level of compassion and care in their role at NCH.
The Seinfeld/Hartmann Prize for Compassionate Medical Care, a $2,000 cash award, will be given each year at the NCH Annual Meeting in August, and the winner will be announced to the hospital and the island community at-large.
Nominations can be initiated by any patient or staff member who witnessed an act of compassion by an NCH employee. Learn more and nominate a caregiver by clicking here or call 508-825-8250. Nominations are due by July 31, 2020.
COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients (no symptoms)
In collaboration with the Town of Nantucket, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has expanded testing for COVID-19 to include individuals who are asymptomatic, or not experiencing any symptoms, by appointment at our drive-through evaluation site. This service is for any individual or employer based on Nantucket and is intended to enhance the island community’s COVID-19 surveillance testing capability.
Employers and individuals must complete this online application form to apply for this elective, PCR COVID-19 test. Applicants will be added to a wait list and contacted when the next testing appointment is available. The Town of Nantucket has grant funds available to cover the costs of testing for those considered to be a public health priority by the local Health Department. For all others, the cost of this elective test is $150 per person.
Please be aware that there are three steps that must be completed before individuals can be scheduled for asymptomatic testing:
- Complete the town’s online application form
- Register with Mass General Brigham, or MGB, (formerly Partners Healthcare) at 866-211-6588.
- Sign-up for the Partners Patient Gateway or by opening the link sent to your personal email address after you register with MGB. You may also download the Partners Patient Gateway APP at the Apple App store or Google Play.
Once you have completed these three steps, please wait to be contacted by NCH to be scheduled for a testing appointment. Do not call the hospital or the Nantucket Health Department asking for an appointment. We will contact you after all three steps have been completed.