NCH Foundation
Celebrate 100  

2012 Dates
Lauri Robertson Photographs
Patient Satisfaction Survey
Accreditation Reaffirmed

2011 Statistics and Facts Available Now:
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NCH's Annual Community Report

Community Report

The hospital's annual Community Report was inserted in the December 1 edition of the I&M. Check out the full report here.

NCH Receives Community Foundation Grant


The Community Foundation for Nantucket awarded NCH $1,000 to help cover the costs of our Medication Reconciliation Project. The project, which was launched by NCH's Patient and Family Advisory Council in early 2011, educates the public about potential problems with medications interacting badly with other prescription drugs,
over-the-counter medications or home remedies.  


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Your Health, Your Hospital                                          January 2012


Happy 2012
Thank you to all who participated in Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation events last year, whether as a volunteer, donor, sponsor or as a participant, and especially in those events that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the hospital.

Established legally in 1911, NCH doctors and nurses began caring for outpatients
soon after. It wasn't until 1914 that the hospital moved into its first physical home on West Chester Street. Over the coming months, we'll continue to display our centennial logo as we observe a century of caring for Nantucket residents and visitors. And we'll occasionally observe other milestones from the hospital's early years.
     NCH Foundation
     Kate Bartleman, Bill Ferrall, Beth Moyer,
     Shay Murphy and Courtney O'Neill

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Save the Date!  

Community Forum  

January 24, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The hospital begins a series of three to four community forums as a way to get feedback from island residents and visitors.
Dr. Margot Hartmann, NCH President and CEO, will lead the forums to start a dialogue with the community, hear their opinions about what NCH is doing right and what they would like from our hospital in the future. The first forum will be held at the new town administration building on Faregrounds Road.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Additional forum dates will be scheduled for the spring and summer.
Native Reunion
February 5, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

All children born at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in 2006 and later, their families, are invited to the annual Nantucket Native Reunion Party at the hospital on Sunday, February 5, 2012, from noon to 2:00 p.m. The hospital will transform into a circus, for an afternoon of games, treats, gifts and lunch.
Health Fair
May 5, 2012

The Annual Health Fair, sponsored by the Peter M. Sacerdote Family, offers an array of health care services including medical consultations, demonstrations, screenings and educational presentations. The Health Fair provides medical and wellness services and information from NCH and other island healthcare providers.
Boston Pops on Nantucket
August 11, 2012

Join us for our 16th annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert, consistently rated the "Best Summer Event on Nantucket" by the readers of The Inquirer and Mirror. Stay tuned for announcements regarding special guest performers and hosts. Showtime starts at 7:00 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.
Swing for NCH Golf Tournament
September 10, 2012

The hospital's annual benefit golf tournament includes an afternoon round of golf, a luncheon and an evening awards ceremony at Sankaty Head Golf Club.
For more information, including ticket purchases, please visit the Events page or call the Foundation office at 508-825-8250.  

Work of Photographer Lauri Robertson  

Decorates Ground-floor Hallway 


Photographer Lauri Robertson's photographic landscapes, each depicting Nantucket's striking natural beauty, now greet staff and visitors in two ground-floor hallways at the hospital.  


Robertson, a consulting psychiatrist to the hospital, is also a well known photographer who exhibits at the Artists Association of Nantucket's Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery and in commercial and museum venues on and off Nantucket. She and her husband, architect David Barham, moved to the island in 2006.  


The 19 prints on display at the hospital were featured in a recent exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Robertson said she's "delighted to have the opportunity to keep them together as a group."  

Lauri Robertson Photo

Titled "Embodied by a Landscape: Images of Nantucket's Interior," the exhibit includes images of the island's meadows, grass plains and moors. Robertson sees her compositions, which border on the abstract, as the sense of immersion in the landscape she feels when walking through conservation property with her dog Maddie. The Griffin Museum exhibition catalogue wrote that Robertson's work shows "the Nantucket landscape is a remarkable place with roots fixed deeply in the ancient philosophies of the sublime."                               


Hospital Scores High on Patient Satisfaction  


The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey is the first national standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. As a participant in the program, Nantucket Cottage Hospital received excellent results in its HCAHPS survey for the second quarter of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011.


Although many hospitals have collected information on patient satisfaction for their own internal use, until HCAHPS there was no national standard for collecting and publicly reporting information about patient experience of care that allowed valid comparisons to be made across hospitals locally, regionally and nationally.   


The HCAHPS survey asks discharged patients 27 questions about their recent hospital stay. The survey contains 18 core questions about critical aspects of patients' hospital experiences including communication with nurses and doctors, responsiveness of hospital staff, cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment, pain management, communication about medicines, discharge information and whether they would recommend the hospital.  


Across categories, NCH scored as much as 22% above statewide and national results. The survey found, for example, that 82% of our patients would "definitely recommend" Nantucket Cottage Hospital, compared to an average of 73% in Massachusetts and 70% nationally. 


Patients who reported that their nurses "ALWAYS" communicated well 

Survey Results      

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Joint Commission Accreditation Reaffirmed    


Nantucket Cottage Hospital has earned The Joint Commisssion's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes the dedication by our hospital leadership and staff to continue compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

NCH underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in early September. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. 

Joint Commission Gold Seal
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Learn more about The Joint Commission by visiting  



Michael A.F. Roberts ~ Chair  -  Bernard S. Carrey ~ Vice Chair

Robert H. Brust ~ Treasurer  -  Arthur I. Reade, Jr. ~ Clerk

 Elisa H. Allen  -  Charles L. Balas  -  Judith G. Belash  -  Bruce A. Chabner, M.D.  -  Heidi Cox
Maureen Hackett  -  William P. Hourihan, Jr.  -  James R. Kelly  -  Peter W. Nash  -  Gregory J. Pauly 
K. Keith Roe  -   Peter L. Slavin, M.D.  -  John W. Stakes III, M.D.  -  Richard D. Thomson
Diane Pearl, M.D. ~ President of Medical Staff
Margot Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D. ~ President & CEO
Stephen C. Anderson ~ Immediate Past Chair


Maureen Hackett ~ President & Chair
Michael A. Molinar ~ Treasurer  -   Mrs. Nathan R. Allen, Jr. ~ Clerk
Cary W. Akins, M.D.  -  Stephen C. Anderson  -  Dennis W. Perry
Michael A.F. Roberts  -  Judith R. Stewart