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
Nantucket Community School
NAMI on Nantucket