Hospital Cited for Two Safety Violations After On-Site Inspection
Olivia Hull

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two violations and must pay a $7,000 fine.

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Martha's Vineyard Hospital Ranked in Top 20
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has been ranked one of the top 20 highest critical access hospitals in the country, according to the National Rural Health Association.
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OSHA Visits Hospital Following Isolated Carbon Monoxide Incident
Olivia Hull

Detection of high counts of carbon monoxide were reported in the hospital boiler room in late March. Oak Bluffs fire and health officials said the incident was isolated and corrected quickly.

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Much to Take Away at Annual Hospital Health Fair
Sydney Bender
The Martha's Vineyard Hospital's annual health fair was on March 15. The event brought out hundreds of people and promoted healthy living by connecting the community with the hospital.
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Hospital Health Fair
The Martha's Vineyard Hospital hosts its annual health fair from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 15.
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Hospital Takes Steps to Ease Primary Care Crunch
Remy Tumin
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.
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Dr. Koehler Will Return to Vineyard Hospital

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.

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From Personal to Phone Line, Hospital Interpreter Program Endures
Felipe Cabrera

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.

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Hospital to Purchase Inn to House Staff
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced this week that it will buy the Thorncroft Inn in Vineyard Haven to house traveling medical professionals, including doctors and nurses. “The hospital spends more than $800,000 per year in costs related to housing medical professionals who travel to the Island to provide necessary patient services at the hospital. Most of the costs for housing occur during the s ummer months,” the hospital said in a brief announcement about the purchase.

The purchase price is $2.35 million, including land, buildings and furniture.

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New Hospital Oncology Program Will Begin Next Week
Ivy Ashe
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians and medical staffers met last Friday with leadership from the recently-announced Coordinated Cancer Care Program, a collaboration between MVH and Massachusetts General Hospital, to discuss details and goals of the new agreement, which increases oncological care access to Vineyarders by providing chemotherapy treatments on-Island. The program also includes Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The Coordinated Cancer Care Program was announced earlier this month, and began this week at the hospital.
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