In a first-of-its-kind program here, the Martha's Vineyard Hospital will hire doctors who are acute care specialists to manage inpatient care. Primary care doctors will no longer shoulder the burden of doing rounds, hospital leaders said.
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced just before Christmas that it would welcome the return of Dr. Richard H. Koehler, a surgeon and specialist in laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Koehler was a staff surgeon at the hospital from 1994 to 2002. His arrival on the Vineyard was hailed as a new era in medicine on the Island. Seven years later he severed his contract with the hospital amid outspoken criticism of the former hospital administration and its board of trustees. The chief executive officer and board have since changed.
One year after a program using a live interpreter was discontinued at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, patients and medical providers say the replacement system, which uses an electronic telephone program instead of a person, is meeting needs adequately, if not as personably.
Twelve months ago the hospital replaced its interpreter program with an AT&T telephone interpreter service.