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.
12 / 6 / 2019

Nantucket Cottage Hospital Names Gary Shaw President and CEO

Experienced hospital CEO, former U.S. Navy Lt. Commander to Lead Island’s Largest Private Employer

Gary Shaw

(December 6, 2019) The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Board of Trustees has named Gary Shaw President and Chief Executive Officer of Nantucket Cottage Hospital following a nationwide search. Shaw brings more than two decades of experience leading hospitals and healthcare organizations from Delaware to Alaska, as well as 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He will join Nantucket Cottage Hospital in his new role on Monday, Dec. 9th.

“Gary is the right person to lead Nantucket Cottage Hospital into this new era with the island’s new healthcare facility, and every member of the search committee and the Board feels confident that his experience and skillset are well-matched to meet the challenges of our remote island hospital,” said Kevin Hickey, President of the NCH Board of Trustees. “Gary’s leadership style and track record of accomplishments, both in the Navy and as a healthcare executive, stood out to us during the search process and we look forward to introducing him to NCH staff and the island community.”

Shaw most recently served as President of Cambridge Medical Center in Minnesota, an 86-bed facility that is part of the Allina Health not-for-profit healthcare system. At Cambridge Medical Center, he was responsible for a number of systemwide improvement initiatives in quality and patient care and led the development of a new $9 million outpatient clinic. Prior to that, Shaw was the hospital administrator of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, a 158-bed regional referral center and teaching hospital for the Alaska Native and American Indian populations.

“My wife Trisha and I are very excited to be returning to our New England roots, joining the Nantucket community, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be invited to work with the wide array of highly skilled team members at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. I am truly humbled.”

Shaw enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977, progressing from Hospital Corpsman to Lieutenant Commander of the Navy’s Medical Service Corps over the span of two decades. He served during four wars and his last overseas assignment was as a Navy Environmental health advisor (Public Health) to the United Nations during the Bosnian war.

Shaw and his wife Trisha have two grown children. The Shaws will relocate from Minnesota to Nantucket in the coming months.

“Gary’s experience in healthcare organizations that serve remote and rural areas and being an active member of those communities is one of his many attributes that we believe will benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the island,” said Jack Burke, Vice President of the NCH Board of Trustees and the chair of the hospital search committee. “Of the many potential candidates we interviewed during this search process, Gary was the clear, unanimous choice of the committee given his background, leadership qualities and extensive accomplishments as a healthcare executive.”

Shaw succeeds Dr. Margot Hartmann, who had served as Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s President and CEO since 2010 and stepped down from that role in September 2019. Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, has served the hospital as interim President and CEO since Dr. Hartmann’s departure, and will continue to assist NCH in a consulting role.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Shaw received a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare/Business Administration, followed by a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. He holds an Executive Professional Coaching Certificate from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

1 / 30 / 2019

Your Doctor’s Office in the New Hospital

Following the opening of the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital (anticipated on Feb. 20th, 2019) please note the new office locations of the hospital’s primary care and specialty physicians:  (more…)

12 / 31 / 2018

New Hospital Open House


OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, January 5, 2019 | 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. | 57 Prospect Street, Nantucket

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is preparing to open the doors of our new hospital following the largest community fundraising campaign in island history. We want to offer you a sneak peek of the new hospital before it opens for patient care to see the incredible results of this effort.

Please park in the new Emergency Department parking area off Prospect Street. Once full, please utilize the main hospital parking lot. You will be directed to the appropriate entrance for the new hospital. Light refreshments will be served.

9 / 24 / 2018

Fall 2018 Flu Shot Clinics at NCH

(Sept. 2018) The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year, and the federal Centers for Disease Control recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Nantucket patients can receive a flu shot from their primary care provider by taking advantage of the following walk-in flu shot clinics: (more…)