Hospital Board Addresses Forum as CEO Resigns
Julia Wells

Quoting legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and expressing pride at his own accomplishments, Kevin Burchill, the embattled chief executive officer at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, announced last weekend that he will resign.

\\\\\\\"This will offer the hospital the best possible options to move forward - for everyone,\\\\\\\" Mr. Burchill said in a prepared statement read at the outset of a community forum on hospital affairs.

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Island Hospital Cuts Portuguese Translator; Brazilians Face Communication Problems
Chris Burrell
For members of the Island's Brazilian population, one of the most frightening prospects is a visit to the hospital. Rather than a lack of health insurance, what keeps many away is the fear of not being understood.
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Island Doctor Shortage Prompts Renewed Efforts to Ease Problem
Joshua Sabatini

Becoming a patient in a primary care physician's practice is now almost impossible for Islanders and visitors, but medical personnel are making an effort to alleviate the situation.

Primary physician practices, in the strictest sense, are closed to new patients, leaving those in search of a doctor in limbo.

Tim Walsh, who became the Martha's Vineyard Hospital's chief executive officer in August, said the lack of primary care physicians is a problem.

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Hospital Leaders Explain Plans to Rebuild at Present Location

Martha's Vineyard Hospital leaders told the Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday they are confident in their fund-raising abilities and plan to begin the permitting process for the $42 million hospital building project soon.

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Hospital Posts Financial Gains
James Kinsella

An increase in the number of primary care physicians employed at the Martha's Vineyard Community Hospital is improving its financial performance, according to the chief executive officer.

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Generous State Grant Will Assist With Solar Panels

Foundations for the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital won’t be poured until spring, but already the hospital has big plans for the rooftops.

This week the hospital received notice from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the state’s development agency for renewable energy and the innovation economy, that the hospital will receive a $198,000 design and construction grant for solar electric panels atop the new building.

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State Cuts Affect Island Health Care
Julia Rappaport

Health and human service agencies on the Vineyard are already feeling the effects of severe state budget cuts made last week by Gov. Deval Patrick and are bracing for more in the months ahead.

State funding to Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services was slashed in the cuts, while directors at the Island Health Care Rural Clinic in Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital were busy this week preparing for spending and hiring freezes.

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Hospital Work Shifts Traffic Access
Jack Shea

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is ready to pour the foundation for construction of its 90,000-square-foot expansion.

The site has undergone nearly six months of preparation for the construction, a project for which more than $46 million has been raised.

The expansion is on schedule for completion in late 2009.

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Hospital Employees Will Receive Partners Awards

Partners HealthCare will honor employees at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center today, Friday, Feb. 1 in the 12th Annual Partnership in Excellence Awards.

Partners owns the hospital and nursing center. This is the first year the Vineyard hospital and Windemere employees are eligible for nomination.

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Hospital to Drop Insurance Contract; Many Low-Income Islanders Affected
Mike Seccombe

Some 1,500 lower-income Vineyard residents face the prospect of having to find new health insurance because the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has determined its current insurer is not directing enough patients to its affiliated hospitals in Boston.

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