March 21st 2020
The following statement was made by the President/CEO of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard Hospitals and posted to the Steamship Authority website.
Martha's Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital have asked the Steamship Authority to post a joint statement to residents and visitors of the islands.
Joint Statement from Martha's Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Martha's Vineyard Hospital and Nantucket Cottage Hospital are urging residents and visitors of the islands to consider the limitations of our critical access hospitals during this unprecedented time of pandemic. For your safety and to save lives, we strongly advise you to STAY AT HOME. The perception that the Islands are a safe haven are not realistic given the limited number of personnel, critical supplies and beds. Our system will not be able to handle the large number of infected patients from rapid community spread which is expected. For your safety and to ensure the safety of our medical personnel on the front line we need you to do the following:
• We are asking you to stay at home
• For those Island residents, only travel for the absolute necessities, such as food or prescriptions
• If you come to the Island – you will only strain our limited resources, putting your life and others at risk
• If you have a summer home here – we are asking you to stay at your home residence – we have limited bed capacity 25 at MVH and 14 at NCH – and that is already strained
• We have limited medical resources here on the Island and they are dwindling rapidly
• We will not have enough staff to care for you or your loved ones
• Our hospitals are virtually locked down to prevent the flow of people through the facility
• We must act now – to prevent any further spread
Denise Schepici, MPH, President & CEO, Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Gary Shaw, FACHE, President & CEO, Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Thinking of Coming to Martha's Vineyard to ride out Corona, perhaps think again?
March 21st 2020