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....
“There is a great deal of scientific evidence that confirms the importance of breastfeeding, both for babies and their moms,” said Joyce Capobianco, nurse manager of the maternity unit at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. “And in fact, some have called...
Sandy, how long have you been at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital?We moved to the Island permanently in 1986, and I started work right after that. I’ve been at the hospital for 32 years now. What do you enjoy doing in your...
You or a loved one grow old, take a little fall, and suddenly fracture a hip. It’s an all-too-common scenario, but doesn’t have to be. Many of these fractures are preventable, not just by being more careful, but by...
Anthony, how did you get to the MVH?I initially worked with Rocco Monto, M.D in West Tisbury and in Nantucket. He decided to move to Nantucket full-time, and I decided to stay on the Vineyard after a position opened...

DID YOU KNOW?

In the coming weeks, the CHA survey will be available online in English and Portuguese. There will also be a schedule published for dates, times, and locations of where surveys will be administered in locations around the island. Please visit mvhospital.com/chna for information as it becomes available.

MVH has an opiate drop box in the little lobby, near Primary Care.

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