Your Health, Your Hospital
October 2012 

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New Electronic Health Record System 
Improves Patient Safety and Care 
Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD
President and CEO
Major technological advances continue at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, with implementation of the hospital's new electronic health record (EHR) system.

The move will result in a fully computerized, digital record-keeping system at the hospital, for all aspects of patient care including diagnosis, treatment, medications and follow-up care. Handwritten records will eventually be phased out.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital's new EHR system is part of a general move by the hospital to incorporate the latest healthcare technologies, especially those that increase patient safety, and to satisfy a federal mandate for all hospitals in the U.S. to adopt electronic health records. All costs to the hospital for implementing EHRs is reimbursed through monies allocated by the federal Affordable Care Act, and final implementation of the system will bring additional Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. 

Patients will observe the system at work through new portable workstations on wheels and computer terminals installed throughout the hospital in all inpatient rooms. Ergonomic terminals have been put in place near every bed, which allows doctors and nurses to access a patient's records, monitor their progress and make decisions about their care while standing or sitting at a patient's bedside. A wireless scanner at each bedside terminal enables hospital staff to confirm a patient's identity and to accurately administer and record medications.

To read the full press release detailing the implementation of electronic health records at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, please click here.  
David Goodman
Patient Testimonial
David Goodman
Tile Setter/Writer, Nantucket  

"Over the past decade, I've been to NCH for Emergency Room treatment, hospitalization twice and monthly lab work. On every occasion, volunteers, nurses, lab techs and the doctors have been professional and understanding. I can't say enough good things about my visits to NCH. They saved my life twice. I feel good about walking through their door, and even better on the way out. We are fortunate to have such an incredible facility in our midst."

MGH Ranked #1 Hospital in the Nation   
U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in America based on quality of care, reputation and patient safety in 16 different specialties. Learn more. 
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month  
About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. At this time, there are nearly three million breast cancer survivors in the country.
Using a state-of-the-art digital mammography unit, NCH's Imaging Services Department conducts screening, diagnostic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. 
The best prevention is early detection. To contact the Imaging Services Department at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, please call 508-825-8382. Look for more information in The Inquirer and Mirror about this year's mammography clinic at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. 
New Public Access and Security Measures
Nantucket Cottage Hospital adopted new security measures for entering and accessing the hospital, in a move designed to make the hospital safer for patients, their families, visitors and staff.

The greatest change involves securing the hospital's Emergency Department. Patients and visitors to the hospital's ER will now be restricted to that area, without direct access to the rest of the hospital. At all times, patients and visitors who are coming only to the ER are asked to enter and exit at the outside entrance door to that area, which is open year-round, 24-hours daily. To learn more about these changes, please click here.  
Hospital Honored at Lifesavers Recognition Day 
Nantucket Cottage Hospital was honored at Lifesavers Recognition Day by the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, for the hospital's response to a van-rollover accident in May involving 16 members of a UMass-Boston lifelong learning program. At least four victims were level-one trauma patients with potentially serious injuries. Nearly all were senior citizens, here on an educational trip. 
Doctors, nurses, physicians assistants and support staff stood at the ready before the first patient arrived. In the end, all of the rollover accident victims survived and recovered from their injuries. 
So many patients in such a short time would be a great challenge for any hospital. Nantucket Cottage Hospital was able to treat everyone with great care, resulting in great outcomes, thanks to the hospital's emergency preparedness and the cooperation of Nantucket's EMTs, Nantucket Police Department, the Steamship Authority and Hy-line Cruises. Our hospital, fire department and police train continuously to be prepared for such emergencies, small and large. The Lifesavers honor recognized all the men and women who worked that day to help so many patients. 
An Easy Way to Help
Melanie Sabelhaus,
Chair, 2012-2013 Boston Pops on Nantucket

Suggested by Melanie Sabelhaus, Chair of the Boston Pops on Nantucket, the island's first ever text-to-give campaign is a fast and easy way to show support for Nantucket's only around-the-clock medical facility. Sabelhaus suggested the NCH text-to-give program based on a similar effort at the American Red Cross, where she serves as vice chairman of the board. Funds raised by the NCH program support general operations of the hospital. 

Text the word HEALTH to 80077 to make a one-time donation of $10.

The $10 donation is added to your cell phone bill.  

Flu Season Approaching 
Why get vaccinated? Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease. It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine each year. By getting the flu vaccine you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others.

Flu shots are available through your primary care physician's office at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. On-island pharmacies also plan to administer flu shots throughout the season.  
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