NCH Implements Ebola Preparedness Protocols


(October 14, 2014) With the largest Ebola epidemic on record happening in West Africa and the first confirmed cases of the disease in the United States diagnosed in Texas, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has prepared its staff, facilities, equipment, and established protocols in the event a suspected case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is identified on the island.

Numerous hospital departments and employees have been involved in this effort to ensure the safety of the public and NCH medical staff. The hospital has been in close contact with state and federal health officials, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and other state medical centers. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of EVD in Massachusetts.

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Patient Airlift Services An Underutilized Resource for Nantucketers


(October 2, 2014) Nadine McGhie thought she was out of options.

The Nantucket mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts, and following chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she needed to travel to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston frequently for radiation and other treatments. McGhie had quickly exhausted the $1,000 she had received from the Marla Lamb Cancer Travel Fund to make those trips up to Boston, and did not have the funds necessary to continue the back and forth excursions to Mass General.

That’s when Patient Airlift Services (PALS) stepped in. Working with volunteer pilots, the non-profit charity arranged flights for McGhie so she could make it to Boston for her cancer treatments at no cost. To date, McGhie has utilized the service more than a dozen times.

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NCH to Partner with MEP Health in Emergency Department

(October 1, 2014) Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH) is pleased to announce a new partnership with MEP Health, LLC, an emergency and outpatient care group that is owned and managed by emergency physicians.

NCH is partnering with MEP to help accomplish its ongoing mission to improve quality throughout the hospital, and specifically in its Emergency Department, as well as help solve the complex puzzle of staffing the Emergency Department to handle the population changes that come with Nantucket’s seasons.

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NCH Offers Assistance With Medicare Part D


(October 1, 2014) The annual enrollment and change period for Medicare’s Part D drug coverage begins this year on October 15 and continues through December 7.

To get Medicare prescription drug coverage, you must be enrolled in, or join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Social Services Department provides one-on-one consultations for those Medicare recipients who wish to enroll or review their current prescription plan.

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Remembering Jane Bonvini, Former Chief Nurse at NCH


(September 24, 2014) The Nantucket Cottage Hospital family is mourning the loss of Jane Guerrieri Bonvini, who passed away Tuesday morning. For more than two decades, Jane, a critical care nurse, was an integral part of the NCH team and a mentor to many of the hospital’s nurses.

“Jane was a remarkable clinician of extraordinary capacity who gave her heart and soul to this hospital,” said NCH President and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann.

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Nantucket Cottage Hospital has entered the 2014 Pink Glove Dance competition to bring together island caregivers, cancer patients and survivors, and the entire Nantucket community to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for the Marla Ceely Lamb Cancer Travel Fund. Now we need your vote!

The Pink Glove Dance is an international competition in which hospitals and health care facilities from around the world organize and produce music videos – featuring, of course, pink-colored exam gloves - to raise breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Voting in the competition begins today, and the winners in each category (Healthcare System, Standalone Healthcare Provider, or Non-Healthcare Organization) will receive $10,000 toward the breast cancer charity of their choice. To vote for Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s video, please follow this link. Voting is tied to an e-mail address, so each registered e-mail address can vote once per day for a specific video. Votes can be submitted through September 23rd, and the winner will be announced October 2nd

Dr. Margot Hartmann’s Op-Ed on Nantucket’s New Hospital

Hospital seeking to meet Nantucket’s medical needs now and in the future

As we all consider the present and future health-care needs of Nantucket, I’m reminded of the sage words of Nantucket Cottage Hospital co-founder Dr. John S. Grouard in the early 1900s:“It is imperative that the conditions under which medicine and surgery are practiced (here) must be superseded by more modern ones.” 

Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s core mission has never changed. We are striving to improve health care on Nantucket and a new building that will serve the island today and into the future is a critical piece of this puzzle.

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