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Social Services & Case Management


Social Services

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital's Social Services and Case Management Department is here to help patients find solutions to problems they may encounter in managing their health care. We accomplish this through a combination of counseling and a direct connection with a wide network of community resources available both on and off-Island. Our social workers collaborate with our Hospital providers and staff as well as community agencies to assure delivery of comprehensive patient/family focused care. Social work services are private and confidential.

Case Management

The Case Management Office works with your physician and other healthcare clinicians to assure quality care is provided to you during your hospitalization. Upon admission, we can provide you with assistance in preparing a Health Care Proxy (see below).

Case managers are available to help you, your significant other, caregiver and your physician develop a plan of care to meet your healthcare needs upon discharge. Along with the Social Services Office, we will also work with you to identify available financial resources to meet your healthcare needs.

This includes facilitating referrals to:

  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Community Agencies
  • MV Hospital Financial Services

Advanced Directives: The Health Care Proxy

The Health Care Proxy is a simple legal document that allows you to name someone you know and trust to make healthcare decisions for you if, for any reason and at any time, you become unable to make or communicate those decisions. It is an important document because it concerns not only the choices you make about your healthcare, but also the relationships you have with your physician, family, and others who may be involved with your care.

Ask for one during the admissions process or ask a nurse or your case manager. Martha's Vineyard Hospital's Case Management Department can help you complete a Health Care Proxy.

A copy of your Health Care Proxy will then be filed in your Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Medical Record. Your physician, your agent and a family member should also have a copy. While Massachusetts’ law does not require that you have a Health Care Proxy, completing one will help to ensure that you will receive medical treatment in accordance with your wishes. Medical care is not conditional nor will discrimination occur based on whether you have a Health Care Proxy.

View or download a Health Care Proxy