MVHN: Islanders await promised public health funds

One more story about the hospital. Today’s  Vineyard Gazette features a piece about how community health funds linked $50 million hospital have never materialized.

More than four years after the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital was required, as a condition of its expansion, to spend $2 million on community health programs, not one dollar has yet been spent on initiatives not directly connected to the hospital…

Who’s to blame for such an attenuated process? The hospital? State health officials? The Vineyard’s long-observed inclination for procrastination, mediated through committees? There seems enough blame to go around, although it is worth noting the only beneficiary of the long, long process has been the hospital.

The bottom line is that for several years, during a cycle of great economic stress, people in need of help have not received it.

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