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...
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...
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...
DO use tweezers to remove the tick if possible DO grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible DO pull upward with steady even pressure DO call a doctor if you can’t get it out DO use repellent with permethrin...
Living on Martha’s Vineyard, we’re conditioned to meticulously check ourselves, our friends, and our kids for ticks. What happens if you find one? What happens if it’s embedded? Dr. Henry Nieder, co-chair of primary care at the Martha’s Vineyard...
Prudy, how long have you been on-Island?Twelve years. I originally accepted a six-month temporary position here as an overnight ER nurse in 2006. My family and I fell in love with the Island, so we decided to move here....

DID YOU KNOW?

Regardless of your immigration status, the Health Connector is open to everyone.

MVH has an in-house financial counselor.

Vineyard Health Care Access is a great resource for insurance questions — they come to MVH several times a week to meet with patients.

If you’re over 65, the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.

HELPFUL LINKS AND CONTACT INFO:

Vineyard Health Care Access: 508-696-0020

Health Connector: mahealthconnector.optum.com/individual/

The SHINE Program bit.ly/shineprog

You can reach a SHINE counselor at 800-243-4636.

Rocy Turner: 508-957-9588. Email: mvhgetinsurance@partners.org

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