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Your Health, Your Hospital
Native Reunion
NCH in the News
2011 Community Report
Local Artists Spruce Up Hallways
Heart Disease Awareness
NCH's Heart Healthy Programs
Community Forum Recap
Research Survey Underway
One Book, One Island
Native Reunion
New Kids on the Rock

Sunday, February 5, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The hospital will transform into a circus for an afternoon of fun. Meet other natives and enjoy a kid-friendly lunch, games, crafts and more.

All children born at NCH since 2007 and their siblings 12 and under are invited to attend accompanied by an adult.

Please RSVP: 508-825-8250 or  

2011 Annual
Community Report
Community Report
2011 Statistics and Facts Available Now  

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Nantucket Bookworks Shows NCH Some Love

As part of Nantucket Bookworks' "Love Month," on Saturday, February 4, the local retailer will donate 10% of their proceeds to the hospital. 

Local Artists Spruce Up Hallways
Knight Art
The Gallery at Four India
NCH is proud to showcase the hospital's first display of artwork from galleries, with owner Kathleen Knight of the Gallery at Four India. Planned as a rotating exhibition from local galleries, a percentage of all sales will benefit the hospital.

Last month, photographer Dr. Laurie Robertson put her colorful landscape photos on permanent loan in the hallways on our ground-floor wing.

National Healthcare Observances
Heart Month


Low Vision Awareness Month

February 7-14

National Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 14
National Donor Day  

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February 2012
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Coronary heart disease often affects sufferers as a heart attack. The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack.
To dispel the myth that heart disease is a "man's disease," the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women - a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women encourage men and women to wear red on Friday, February 3, as a way to raise awareness for heart disease. 

For more information about heart disease, including signs, symptoms, statistics and more, visit the American Heart Association online at 

Heart Health and Recovery Programs at NCH
Nantucket Cottage Hospital offers several programs and services
to support a healthy heart.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program of exercise, education and counseling offered through the Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Department. The goal and mission are to develop an individualized plan for each patient with heart disease. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Department is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.     

The Wellness Program is also offered through the Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Department and aims to manage cardiovascular disease risk factors by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Wellness Program emphasizes appropriate exercise, good nutritional practices and stress management techniques needed to stay as strong and healthy as possible.

Nutritional Services provides counseling by a qualified registered dietician and certified diabetes educator to educate patients about medically indicated diets for diagnoses including heart disease.

Swing Bed is a federally-approved program that allows small hospitals like NCH to use regular patient rooms for special types of care. In the Swing Bed program a patient is able to "swing" from post-operative and acute care into skilled nursing, including physical rehabilitation and monitoring of the patient's improvement. Our Swing Bed program is available for patients in many circumstances, including those who need therapy, rehabilitation or management of heart conditions.
Wellness Program
Katie DeHertogh, R.N.,
working with participants in the Wellness Program

Community Forum Recap
On January 24, more than 60 individuals attended the first in a series of forums hosted by the hospital. Dr. Margot Hartmann and other NCH staff began an informal, open dialogue with year-round and seasonal Nantucket residents about future plans for our hospital.

From The Inquirer and Mirror
"The concept of building a new Nantucket Cottage Hospital to replace the aging facility off Prospect Street highlighted a public forum that sought community input on the future of the island's healthcare provider.

The possibility of building a new facility has been percolating for months, and hospital CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann has spoken openly since last summer about the deficiencies of the decaying building, constructed in 1957, and potential benefits of replacing it.

But [January 24] was the first open dialogue about the possibility with the community, and Hartmann and other hospital officials clearly conveyed how serious they are about garnering public support for what could be the largest capital fundraising campaign for a single project in island history."


Market Research Survey Underway,
Please Participate
The hospital is in the midst of a market research survey of Nantucket residents and seasonal homeowners to find out how we might better serve your needs and the needs of our community.
You may be contacted by the market research firm we have engaged to conduct this survey. Whether you are asked by postcard, email or over the phone, please consider investing 15 or 20 minutes of your time to
help us understand your needs.

The survey is anonymous, and all responses will be kept private. There will be no follow up contact resulting from taking the survey. No patient files are being used for personal contact information. 

To voluntarily participate in the survey:
     Go online anytime to:
     or call: 1-888-787-8398
                (M-F 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm-9pm EST)

To thank you for participating, you will be invited to enter a drawing for one of 25 Boston Pops on Nantucket prize packages including premium seating and general admission tickets.

For more details about the survey and prize packages, please visit our website.  

One Book, One Island Maltese Falcon
The 2012 book selection is
"The Maltese Falcon."

One Book, One Island is a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors that seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging everyone on Nantucket to read, discuss and reflect upon the same book.

Free copies of the book are available at these locations: Annye's Whole Foods, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket Cottage Hospital,
Nantucket Historical Association and the Saltmarsh Center.

Visit the Atheneum website for more information about
One Book, One Island programs or call Molly Anderson at the Atheneum at 508-228-1110.   

This e-newsletter is produced and emailed by staff of the
Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation. If you have any questions, please contact the foundation office at 508-825-8250 or email
Shay Murphy at

Snowy NCH



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