12 / 17 / 2020

Nantucket’s First COVID-19 Vaccination

Early this morning, Emergency Department Physician Assistant Maria Carey became the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. This is a monumental day in our fight against the pandemic. The vaccine is the most important intervention that will help us bring COVID-19 under control and get us back to normal. Over the next few days we will vaccinate our first 40 staff members and will continue holding employee vaccination clinics until all staff who want to be vaccinated are able to do so. We want to thank the team that has pulled together to begin providing vaccinations to staff, and all of you for your perseverance over the past 10 months. We still have work to do and we must remain vigilant, but today is time to celebrate this important step in bringing the pandemic to an end.

12 / 16 / 2020

COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive on Nantucket

December 16, 2020 – They’re here! The first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived on Nantucket this morning. Tomorrow we will begin vaccinating frontline NCH staff members most closely involved in COVID-19 patient care and testing. Today is a monumental day in our fight against the pandemic. The vaccine is the most important intervention that will help us bring COVID-19 under control and get us back to normal.

10 / 14 / 2020

3D Mammography at Nantucket Cottage Hospital

 

Three-dimensional mammography is available at Nantucket Cottage Hospital with the Imaging Department’s Genius 3D mammography unit capable of tomosynthesis scans.

This technology provides island residents with enhanced breast cancer detection, reduced false positives, and decreases the need for call backs.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3D mammography exam includes a tomosynthesis scan that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect. This type of exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam. (more…)

10 / 7 / 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and NCH is once again offering free mammography screenings to uninsured and underinsured Nantucket women over 40.
One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Diagnosing breast cancer early is key, so performing monthly self-exams, having routine mammograms, talking with your doctor and seeking care if diagnosed are critical. Today, with improved screening and early detection, 64% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.

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6 / 10 / 2020

Safe Care, Safe Summer

(June 10, 2020) Nantucket Cottage Hospital is making the medical care you need this summer accessible, convenient, and most of all, safe by implementing the following plan for non-emergency care beginning June 15th. Our foremost priority is the health and safety of our patients, so these initiatives will allow us to reduce the potential for transmission of the coronavirus within our facility and provide you with excellent care, safely.

Same-Day Appointments
Patients with common conditions and ailments that are non-life-threatening should call 508-825-1000 to schedule a same-day medical appointment. Staff will determine whether patients should be seen through a virtual visit or whether an in-person appointment is necessary. To keep patients and staff safe by reducing the number of individuals in our waiting area, NCH is not offering the walk-in care service this summer. Please do not arrive without calling ahead for a same-day appointment. Patients with same-day appointments will be seen at the physicians practice inside the main hospital, not at the Anderson Building. The entrance to the physicians practice will be reopened to patients on June 15.

Hours of operation for same-day appointments:

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing for Symptomatic Patients & Close Contacts
Testing criteria for COVID-19 now include all patients with at least one of the following signs or symptoms consistent with a viral respiratory syndrome: subjective/documented fever; new sore throat; new cough; new runny nose/nasal congestion; new shortness of breath; new muscle aches; anosmia (new loss of sense of smell); or typical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes). Close contacts of patients with COVID-19 without symptoms also meet criteria to be tested. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms,  please come to drive-thru evaluation and testing site at the hospital’s main entrance portico. There is no need to call ahead, and the costs of testing for symptomatic patients and close contacts are completely covered whether patients have insurance or not.

Hours of operation for COVID-19 testing:

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.