6 / 10 / 2021

Update on 2021 Boston Pops on Nantucket

A statement from Gary Shaw, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital:

(June 10, 2021) This year was to have been the 25th anniversary of The Boston Pops on Nantucket in support of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. While we hoped to bring this event back to Nantucket this summer, after consulting with the Town we have made the difficult decision to postpone celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Pops to 2022.  All of the Island’s resources are stretched while we are re-adjusting to a post-COVID world.  It has been a difficult 15 months for NCH and the loss of financial support from the Pops presents another real challenge.  We are grateful for the support of our donors during this time.  We look forward to bringing The Pops back to Nantucket on August 13, 2022, better than ever.

6 / 2 / 2021

Safe Care, Safe Summer

(June 1, 2021) Nantucket Cottage Hospital is making the medical care you need this summer accessible, convenient, and most of all, safe, for patients with common conditions and ailments that are non-life-threatening.

Same-day appointments are available Monday through Friday. NCH is not offering the walk-in care service this summer to reduce the number of individuals in our waiting area. Call 508-825-1000 for a same-day appointment. Phone lines open at 7:00 a.m. and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to same-day appointments, virtual visits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via tablet, smartphone, or computer. Download the Partners HealthCare On Demand mobile application or visit https://ondemand.partners.org/

Patients of any age with one or more symptoms of COVID-19, as well as close contacts of confirmed positive cases, can schedule a COVID-19 test by calling 508-825-1000.

Same-day appointments are intended for treatment of a range of ailments, including:

  • Coughs, colds & viruses
  • Minor scrapes & cuts
  • Sunburns
  • Asthma flares
  • Back pain
  • Illness
  • Rashes
  • Earaches
  • Infections
  • Tick bites
  • Minor bone injuries
  • Slips & falls
  • Muscle pain & sprains
  • Respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sore throat

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is a member of Mass General Brigham, formerly Partners HealthCare. If you have never received services at an MGB facility, you must register ahead of time by calling (866) 211-6588.

5 / 5 / 2021

NCH Supports Community Wide Effort Underway to Address Behavioral Health on Nantucket

(May 4, 2021) A major community-wide effort to address inadequacies in the delivery and coordination of behavioral health and substance misuse services on Nantucket got underway today. A new steering committee made up of leadership from the island’s major health and human service organizations, local government and public safety met today and endorsed the first phase of a plan to evaluate the current state of service availability on the island.

The evaluation will be coordinated by Government Performance Solutions, Inc. (GPS), a Denver, CO consulting firm with extensive experience in the facilitation of community-wide collaborations to address Behavioral Health systems. This phase of the project is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Nantucket (CFN) to a new Behavioral Health Initiative Fund. CFN Executive Director, Margaretta Andrews said “CFN is excited to award this grant and to see the leaders of all of these organizations move quickly to push this critical initiative forward. Despite all best efforts, the current system of care is fragmented, and people fall through the cracks.”

Representatives from CFN, Fairwinds, NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands and Nantucket Cottage Hospital make up the advisory board of the Behavioral Health Initiative Fund; they recommended proceeding with this assessment. Work on the evaluation will begin immediately and will run through the summer.

The evaluation will include extensive interviews, focus groups and data mining across a broad swath of service organizations, community groups, and constituents on the island. This work will ultimately result in a detailed current-state analysis in early fall. The next phase of the project is envisioned to chart a course forward including the development of a strategic initiative roadmap. Steering Committee member Dawn Hill Holdgate said, “we are not working towards a final solution yet, but beginning the critical identification of barriers and gaps and building consensus for a community supported vision of the future of behavioral healthcare on Nantucket.”

The steering committee will continue to meet throughout the project to review progress and make recommendations. Gary Shaw, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital offered that “no single entity can solve this problem; it will take alignment, collaboration, and integration to make a difference.”

The 15-member steering committee includes:

  • Margaretta Andrews, Executive Director, Community Foundation for Nantucket
  • Jennifer Frazee, Executive Director, A Safe Place
  • Libby Gibson, Town Manager, Town of Nantucket
  • Chris Glowacki, Vice President of Strategy and Community Development, Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • Dr. Beth Hallett, Superintendent, Nantucket Public Schools
  • Dawn Hill Holdgate, Chair, Nantucket Select Board
  • Michael Kellerman, Executive Director (Interim), Fairwinds
  • Jackie Lane, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Dr. Tim Lepore, Addiction Solutions of Nantucket
  • Holly McGowan, Community Member
  • Jim Perelman, Sheriff, Nantucket County Sheriff’s Department
  • William Pittman, Chief of Police, Nantucket Police Department
  • Kevin Ralph, Chief Development and Community Relations Officer, Gosnold Inc.
  • Gary Shaw, President and CEO, Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • Father Max Wolf, Rector, St. Paul’s Church
4 / 24 / 2021

Survey: Community Health Needs Assessment: LEP

Nantucket Cottage Hospital wants to hear from our Spanish speaking and Portuguese speaking community members.

Hospital de Nantucket quiere escuchar a los miembros de nuestra comunidad hispanohablante.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital quer ouvir a opinião dos membros da nossa comunidade de língua portuguesa.


4 / 23 / 2021

Asymptomatic Testing by Appointment Only Starting Wednesday, 4/28/21

Beginning on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, “Stop the Spread” elective testing for asymptomatic patients (no symptoms and no known contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case as defined by the CDC), will be by appointment only. 75 appointments are available per day, Monday through Saturday. Appointments must be scheduled 2 days in advance and are available up to 6 days in advance. View and schedule an appointment for elective testing by clicking here.

COVID-19 Testing Hours as of April 28, 2021

COVID-19 testing hours for those with symptoms & close contacts

  • Drive-through, first come, first served
  • Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Drive-through evaluation site at 57 Prospect Street

COVID-19 elective testing for persons without COVID-19 symptoms or close contact – “Stop the Spread”

  • By appointment only – click here
  • Appointments available Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Appointments available Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Drive-through evaluation site at 57 Prospect Street
  • Beginning Wednesday, April 28 asymptomatic tests will not be given without an appointment.