Greetings everyone.

I’d like to recognize two groups of healthcare professionals many of us routinely visit for our medical needs. The Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) of Nantucket Cottage Hospital are among the highest trained and hardest working providers within our facility. Yet many patients aren’t familiar with what these two positions are responsible for and how they help address our community’s healthcare needs. It is my privilege to highlight the roles of these dedicated colleagues and introduce our practitioners working in this capacity.

A Nurse Practitioner (“NP”) is a nurse with a specialized graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. Physicain Assistants (“PAs”) are graduates of an accredited PA educational program who are nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. Both NPs and PAs are tasked with taking the patient's history, performing physical exams, ordering laboratory tests and procedures, and diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases. Additionally, NPs and PAs write prescriptions, coordinate referrals and counsel patients while working as an integral part of a healthcare team.

Please join me in acknowledging theses dedicated professionals. To each and all of you, I wish safe and enjoyable summer.

Yours in good health,
Margot Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D.

President and CEO, Nantucket Cottage Hospital

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Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.