Hearty congratulations

To the Editor:

Clearly the nation is opening a new chapter in providing health care for most all of its citizens. Meanwhile in Massachusetts, we are leading the charge in redesigning the health care delivery system using payment reform and rapid advances in quality and patient safety, both wrapped in the mantle of greater transparency.

At the community level, Martha’s Vineyard is extremely privileged to have rebuilt their community hospital from scratch, including many of the latest technologies and a structure designed for patient convenience and privacy. I had an opportunity to tour the site with the hospital CEO, Tim Walsh, last summer, when President Obama was on the Island. Even in its unfinished state, the many benefits that would accrue to the patients, family, medical professionals and staff, who come together in the hospital were apparent.

I regret that I am unable to celebrate this auspicious occasion, but I send hearty congratulations from the Massachusetts Hospital Association, which has been a partner with Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for many long and productive years. Whatever evolves from the health care changes afoot, the citizens and visitors on Martha’s Vineyard will be well served by this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.

Lynn Nicholas, FACHE

President & CEO Massachusetts Hospital Association