Health Care Checkup: Access to Primary Care Improving

Islanders seem to voice the complaint nearly as often as they grumble about summer traffic backups at the blinker light and spiking prices at the gas pump:

You can’t find a primary care doctor on the Island.

Hospital Lights Shine on First Lady of Island

Fran Resendes lit the tree of lights on Wednesday.

A long-time friend of Martha's Vineyard Hospital and its volunteers, Mrs. Resendes flicked the switch at dusk before a small gathering, and hundreds of red and white lights lit the familiar 30-foot tree at the entrance to the hospital. Anyone driving past this holiday season has an opportunity to remember friends, both here and gone.

Hospital Nursing Home Leaders Report on Moves to Secure Future of Facilities

Hospital leaders gave themselves a checkup this week, and while no crisis was detected, there was a prescription - for more work.

Hospital Leaders Brace For Prospect of Strike By Registered Nurses

Contract talks between management and nurses at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital are now at a bitter standoff, and hospital chief executive officer Kevin Burchill said this week that he is prepared for the possibility of a strike.

"Everything is now off the table. We're prepared for the worst but we expect the best," he said.

Island Doctor Shortage Prompts Renewed Efforts to Ease Problem

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.

Island Hospital Cuts Portuguese Translator; Brazilians Face Communication Problems

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.

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.

Hospital Posts Financial Gains

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.

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.

State Cuts Affect Island Health Care

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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