NANTUCKET, Mass. – Feb. 20, 2019 – Today, Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH) opened its doors to patients on a new campus, the first new hospital for the island community in more than 60 years. Built entirely through private donations, the almost $90 million, 14-bed, 106,000 square-foot hospital completely replaces Nantucket’s former facility constructed in 1957. Additionally, the new NCH sets a national standard for small community hospitals, offering state-of-the-art equipment with expanded outpatient services and increased capacity for inpatient care and surgery. The opening of the new hospital affords patients a central location for all their health care needs, including primary, emergency, and specialty care, as well as diagnostic testing.

“Our new hospital is the incredible result of a small island community coming together to do something big,” said Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD, NCH president and CEO. “This dynamic new facility will give our patients the best of both words, allowing us to leverage the the expertise and resources of our trusted affiliate Massachusetts General Hospital, paired with the comfort, tradition, and familiarity of Nantucket’s beloved community hospital.”

As the only healthcare facility for the island, NCH plays a vital role in the lives of year-round residents and visitors alike, managing the health care needs of a community which experiences seasonal swings in population between a year-round community of approximately 17,000 residents and nearly 50,000 during the summer months.

Because the island of Nantucket is designated as an historic district, the new hospital required approvals from the island’s architectural review board. The new NCH also meets hurricane design specifications established by Miami Dade County – some of the strictest in the country – allowing it to withstand winds of more than 185 mph. All mechanical systems have been installed on the roof, rather than in a basement.

Also historic to today’s opening is the unprecedented $120 million capital campaign to construct the new hospital – the largest in Nantucket history. The new campus was built free of debt and with no taxpayer dollars. Following the completion of the $89 million new hospital project, NCH will use the remaining capital campaign funds to complete its campus with new staff housing units to help address the island’s affordable housing crisis, fulfilling the promise of the new facility. 

“We felt that building a true campus with not just a cutting-edge hospital but on-site housing would give us flexibility for our staff that we never had in the past,” said Bruce Percelay, the chairman of the hospital’s capital campaign whose family provided the lead $10 million gift for the new facility on the condition that the campaign be expanded to include staff housing. “We are proud to have been a part of an island wide effort that will change healthcare delivery on Nantucket for the next generation.”

NCH has been affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners Health Care since 2007.


About Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is a nonprofit hospital that serves an island community 30 miles at sea. Founded in 1911, the hospital maintains a deep tradition of providing a full range of high-quality health and wellness services in a safe, compassionate environment. Nantucket Cottage Hospital ensures these health care services are readily accessible to all Nantucket residents and visitors. Since 2007, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has been an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners Healthcare.


About Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH Research Institute conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the nation, with an annual research budget of more than $900 million and major research centers in HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, genomic medicine, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, systems biology, photomedicine and transplantation biology. The MGH topped the 2015 Nature Index list of health care organizations publishing in leading scientific journals and earned the prestigious 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. In August 2018 the MGH was once again named to the Honor Roll in the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Hospitals.”


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