Your Health, Your Hospital
November 2012 

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President and CEO Update
with Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD 
Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD President & CEO
Thank you for taking a moment to read through this newsletter and learn about some recent accomplishments here at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. 
Of the more exciting happenings, a recent New York Times article featured our hospital's telemedicine program. I hope you will read below about the advantages to telemedicine. I also want to congratulate our staff and doctors for their hard work in the recent implementation of electronic health records, a move that will result in a fully computerized, digital record-keeping system. 
We are Nantucket's medical safety net, whether you are on-island year-round or for the summer. The vitality of Nantucket relies on a top-notch hospital that offers primary care, urgent care and specialty services. 
Yours in good health,
With Telemedicine as a Bridge,
No Hospital Is an Island 
From The New York Times ...

"On Nantucket, an island 30 miles from the nearest spit of mainland, 'telemedicine just makes a lot of sense,' said Dr. Margot Hartmann, chief executive officer of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. 'It allows us to meet the mission of the hospital better because we're offering more locally,' and saves patients the cost and time of flying or ferrying off-island, then driving to Cape Cod or Boston hospitals.
Telemedicine, done by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, saves costs, and generates revenue because it means more tests are done on Nantucket. 'If someone was going off-island to see a dermatologist, they would probably have their labs and X-rays done where that dermatologist was,' Dr. Hartmann said. 
Dr. Peter Schalock, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, demonstrates how he sees a patient at Nantucket Cottage Hospital 
via tele-dermatology.
Nantucket also uses tele-radiology, having Boston radiologists, some specializing in certain body areas, read X-rays and scans. It has used tele-pediatrics twice, for a child in a car accident and one in diabetic crisis. Tele-stroke uses video neurologists to quickly determine if a patient's stroke type warrants a clot-busting drug, tPA, or if tPA could harm the patient. 
Tele-endocrinology, for thyroid problems and diabetes, is starting. And Nantucket hopes to have video sessions for autistic children in the near future."
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is pleased to announce Trish Bridier and Robert Shapiro, MD as
co-chairs for the 2012-2013 annual fund campaign. 

Successfully reaching a financial goal of $750,000 depends on your participation as a respected member of our island community. The money raised from our annual fund provides the added financial support needed to deliver the quality of care you deserve for your health care. All of us here at NCH hope you'll consider an annual fund gift this year to help us achieve our overall goals for our hospital. 

Maureen Hackett
Foundation Chair Receives Top Honors 
Maureen Hackett and the Hackett Family Foundation have been selected to receive the Maurice Hirsch Award, the highest award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Houston. Hackett will be honored during the chapter's annual awards luncheon on November 15th, National Philanthropy Day. She is now eligible for a similar award from the national AFP. 
Hackett is the President and Chair of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation and serves on the hospital's Board of Trustees. She brings over 30 years of philanthropic experience to her various roles at nonprofits throughout the country.  
Suzanne Davis, Certified Diabetes Educator
November is Diabetes Awareness Month  
American Diabetes Month, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, raises awareness of diabetes, the issues surrounding the disease and the many people who are impaired by it.   
About Diabetes
  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes
  • Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 
  • It is estimated that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $174 billion
Reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking small steps to change your diet, increasing your levels of physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. Suzanne Davis, Nantucket Cottage Hospital's Certified Diabetes Educator, is happy to outline preventative care as well as offer management advise to those currently with the disease. Give her a call at 508-825-8141.  
Nutrition for Those in Need

Please consider a donation to the Nantucket Food Pantry as they prepare Thanksgiving meals for distribution to island families. Nantucket Cottage Hospital accepts nonperishable food items for donation to the pantry, as do many other island institutions. A donation box for nonperishable foods is located in the hospital lobby. To make a financial contribution to the Nantucket Food Pantry, call 508-228-7438. 
Mary Malavase
Mary Malavase, Patient  
Broker, Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate

"In September of 2010, I went to the ER for what I thought was to get a prescription. Since I was experiencing no pain, I assumed the tightness in my chest was the beginning of a bronchial infection. Nurses Jamie and Heather realized quickly that I was having a heart attack. Along with other medical staff, they immediately and professionally diagnosed my serious medical emergency. In a short time, MedFlight transported me to Mass General, where I underwent successful bypass surgery. I recovered successfully on Nantucket, with three months of cardiac rehab right here at our hospital. We are truly lucky to have such dedicated professionals at NCH whenever the community needs help."  

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