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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Hospital Hires New Orthopedic Surgeon
Ivy Ashe

With Dr. Rocco Monto’s impending relocation to Nantucket in May, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is taking immediate steps to expand orthopedic services on the Island, including emergency orthopedic services.

Dr. Mark Scheffer, an orthopedic surgeon at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Clinic in Concord, New Hampshire, will join the hospital staff this summer. He is expected to arrive in mid to late July, director of physician services Jay Ferriter told the Gazette on Wednesday.

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Flu Outbreak Spreads; Hospital Hosts Free Vaccine Clinic
Ivy Ashe

With a worsening early flu outbreak across the country causing a run on vaccines on the Island, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health announced that they will hold a free clinic Sunday for Islanders seeking flu vaccinations. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, Edgartown health agent Matthew Poole said. The clinic will be held in the physician's office building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, Edgartown health agent Matthew Poole said.

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