When people think of tick-borne illnesses, they most often think of Lyme disease, but there are other possibilities as well. While nowhere near as common as Lyme disease, tularemia is something that Islanders should be aware of.Tularemia comes from...
Merrie Beth, when did you come to MVH? I was first hired as a seasonal hospitalist at MVH in the summer of 2008. Later, I was asked to be the first full-time year-round hospitalist.  How would you describe your role as...
“Though strokes can and do occur to people of any age, the risk of stroke increases with advanced age,” Mike Spiro, nurse manager, ER at MVH, said. “Given our aging population on the Island, strokes are quite common.” According...
Nancy, what is your role at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital? I am an RN CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse) in the emergency room.What brought you here originally? I fell in love with the Island after vacationing here, and I took a permanent position...
This month, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will be conducting the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a way to take a snapshot of the many factors that contribute to the community health of the Island. Every three years, nonprofit...
How long have you been at the hospital, Karen? I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and I’ve been here since 2002. Prior to coming here I was at the Boston Medical Center, and the Yale New Haven Hospital. Looking at...
How long have you been at the hospital, Martha? I came to work here five years ago. Prior to that I was a clinical manager in pediatric ER trauma in Florida. What’s a typical day like for you? I work with all...
According to Dr. Steven Feder, primary care medical director at MVH, there’s been an uptick in measles in recent years. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that about 300 to 350 cases of measles were reported...
National Healthcare Decisions Day exists “to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning end-of-life decisions.” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is partnering with Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard to help educate the community about...
Dr. Ellen McMahon: Family medicine physician at MVH physician group, medical director of Windemere, and vice-chair of the medical executive committee What are your responsibilities? I work most days with our team to try to help our patients get the primary...
Peter, how long have you been at the hospital?I’ve been here for six years now.What brought you here?We visited the Island one summer, and six months later I drove off the Island Home to my new home. Previously, I...
Vineyarders are fortunate in that in addition to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, we can draw on specialized medical resources in Boston and on the Cape. Something that not everyone is aware of is that if you go to, say, Boston...
How long have you been at MVH, Rocy? I have been here for almost two years now.What was your background before coming here? I am the mother of two children, ages 9 and 12. I completed my associate’s degree in science...
Open Enrollment refers to the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. The enrollment periods for commercial plans are typically in November and December, Medicare plans are from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and the...
It’s a mixed blessing. You look forward to holiday parties and going out to eat, but you know there’s a price to pay. But believe it or not, it is possible to go out and celebrate the holidays without...
How long have you been at MVH?I’ve been at the hospital for four years. What brought you here?Formerly, I was a photographer. I loved the work, but I reached a point in my career where it wasn’t enough. The tipping...
Debby, what exactly is a sonographer? An ultrasound technologist. In my case I do breast ultrasounds.How long have you been doing it? Thirty-three years; I went to a hospital program to be an x-ray technologist after high school.How long have...
One in eight women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s the most common cancer in women, and the second leading cause of death after skin cancer. While these statistics may seem daunting, there is evidence...
Valci, how long have you been on the Island?I was born in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard when I was 14 years old. I went to high school here.What do you enjoy doing in your...
There’s a great deal of controversy today surrounding the subject of vaccinations, particularly when it comes to children. It should be noted that Dukes County has the highest rate of school-age children opting out of vaccinations in the state....

DID YOU KNOW?

Tularemia doesn’t occur naturally in humans, and isn’t known to pass from person to person.

To be most effective, masks should be labeled NIOSH-certified, or N-95.

Tularemia is most common in the South-Central states, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard.

The deer tick, dog tick, and lone star tick transmit tularemia.

There’s currently no publicly available vaccine for tularemia.

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