Staff Spotlight

Learn more about the people that make Martha’s Vineyard Hospital not only a great place to receive care, but also a great place to work.

Dr. Aletheia Donahue, Primary Care/Internal Medicine

What brought you to MVH, Dr. Donahue?

I have been coming to the Island for years, working here in various positions before I went to med school. I volunteered a few summers at Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard, so I knew the Island pretty well, and after working in Manhattan for a couple of years, I was ready to come back. I was hearing good things about the direction the hospital was going, and I wanted to work in a rural community, and so this seemed just right.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Being a healthcare provider is not an easy job. We all have sleepless nights worrying about a sick patient. It’s hard not to take work home, because you want to be there for people, and I think one of the biggest challenges is striking the balance between being a really conscientious provider and making sure you have enough time for yourself.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

By far the best part of my job is getting to know people who live on the Island.

Dr. Sonya Stevens, Pediatrician

Dr. Stevens, how long have you been practicing at MVH?
I moved to the Island permanently in 2014 and practiced off-Island for a year prior to joining MVH pediatrics in 2015. Prior to moving here, I was a partner/owner of a private pediatric practice and pediatric medical home. I have been practicing pediatric medicine since 1998.

Can you describe your duties at the hospital?
I am an attending pediatric physician at MVH. We see newborns through 22-year-olds for primary care, and consult on pediatric patients in the ER, oversee pediatric admissions, attend deliveries when needed, and care for newborns while they are in the hospital.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The Island patient population is the most rewarding part of practice here and I hope to be able to continue to improve the quality of care and access for all Island patients.

Marcela Pouliot, Physical Therapist

What brought you to MVH?

I first came to the Vineyard in 1995 as a PT student for an internship at Windemere. I spent 12 weeks here, and during that time I met my husband and fell in love with the Island. I returned to the Island after graduating in 1996 from Northeastern University. In 2001 I joined the MVH outpatient rehabilitation department.

Could you describe a typical day as a physical therapist?

On a typical day, I see 10 patients with varied physical deficits. I see clients one-on-one, for 45-minute sessions.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love helping people get back to doing what they enjoy, and being able to participate fully in their life.

A Force in Facilities: Braden Witt, Lead Mechanic

by: Tami Dinkel, Facility Manager

Braden Witt, our Lead Mechanic here at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital brings a diverse skillset with a wide range of experience not only in Healthcare but across an array of industries including Hospitality, Event Planning, Custom Fabrication and Television and Theater production. From BIOMED to Utilities, he leaves a wake of successful possibilities with his cutting-edge process improvement skills. His knowledge of operation control systems allows the hospital to further its sustainability initiatives in new and creative ways.

In Braden’s relatively short time here at MVH he has lead the preparation, training and implementation of MVH WORXHUB, our web-based work order request system which has transformed how our Facility Department operates. This robust initiative has both significantly increased our compliance reliability while shortening our response time to work orders. This made an impactful impression on Dude Solutions (the developer of WORXHUB) and resulted in them extending an invitation to Braden to join their Advisory Board putting both Braden and MVH on the national stage through their innovative webinars on Energy Management and Space Visualization.

Braden also lead the prep and implementation of Energy Manager within the WORXHUB that compiles and analyzes our energy utilization and expenses that in turn helps us identify ways of improving our sustainability efforts.

Additionally, Braden has built an exciting collaboration with the MGH BIOMED Team and together they are moving us into the future with the rollout of the newest generation of equipment and processes. This collaboration has led to better use of capital monies by utilizing MGH resources to place the new anesthesia machines and forced triads ultimately saving MVH thousands of dollars. As well, we have realized substantial cost savings by utilizing MGH BIOMED expertise instead of having to outsource costly repairs to off island vendors

Collaborating with our OR team Braden helped redevelop our scope processing by facilitating the selection, installation and launch of the new Medivator which is a scope reprocessing machine.

Collaborating with our Dialysis team Braden helped with the integration of our Dialysis machines into EPIC, and the expansion of data fields to improve patient workflows.

I think it goes without saying that Braden’s willingness to think outside the box and foster true collaboration upholds and furthers the mission and capabilities of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.