The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced this week that it will soon begin to provide anesthesia services as a collaborative venture with its affiliate Massachusetts General Hospital. Beginning in June, anesthesia coverage for both the surgical and maternity departments at the Island hospital will be provided by the Mass General department of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. The collaboration will mean enhanced coverage that will allow the Vineyard hospital to manage two surgical emergencies at the same time, a hospital press release said.
The collaboration will also improve patient scheduling through the use of an electronic operating room schedule and allow the hospital to adopt an anesthesia record-keeping system. Other benefits include pre-operative testing for elective patients, assistance with newborn resuscitation during deliveries, post-operative recovery, and ventilator management as well as support for endoscopic procedures, the hospital said.
Hospital chief executive officer Timothy Walsh said in the statement that the new service will translate to improved delivery of health care for Islanders. “Being able to increase the health care options for all Vineyarders is a major benefit of our affiliation. We are very pleased to be able to work more closely with MGH staff and look forward to the possibility of providing additional services, such as pain management, to our patients,” Mr. Walsh said.
Anesthesiologists from Mass General will be on site at the Island hospital during regular business hours on weekdays and provide on-call services weekends and evenings. Coverage will be augmented by certified registered nurse anesthetists who will be available 24 hours, year-round.
The hospital here became a Mass General affiliate and a member of Partners Health Care four years ago when the Boston hospital conglomerate bought the Vineyard and Nantucket hospitals.