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New primary care physician coming to NCH

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is pleased to announce that Heidi Mae Larson, MD, will join the hospital’s medical staff as a full-time, year-round primary care physician in June 2014.

Dr. Larson, 48, will bolster the hospital’s roster of primary care physicians following the departure of Dr. Nicole Steinmuller. Her hiring demonstrates Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s continuing efforts to provide the island community with a full complement of physicians of varying specialties, and options for primary care.

“Dr. Larson is an excellent addition to our medical staff at NCH and we’re excited to be bringing in a physician with her experience and background,” said Dr. Margot Hartmann, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “Primary care is among our highest priorities, so we feel lucky to be adding a physician of her caliber to our staff of accomplished doctors and surgeons. Dr. Larson’s background in family practice aligns perfectly with our vision for assembling a team of physicians at NCH to meet the needs of the community.”

The proud mother of two college-aged sons, Alexander and Peter, Dr. Larson comes to Nantucket Cottage Hospital with extensive credentials and a history of leadership in the medical field.

A graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Larson founded and built her own private family practice in Portland, ME, in 2003. She served residencies at DeWitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA, as well as the Maine Medical Center in Portland, and was a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps from 1992-1997.

“Although I’m sad to leave a practice and a community I love, I’m excited to have this opportunity to shift my focus away from managing a solo practice and return to full-time patient care,” Dr. Larson said. “The island feels like a great fit for its small yet sophisticated population and its strong sense of community.”

In 2012, Dr. Larson was honored as a McAfee Fellow by the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership and completed its Physician Executive Leadership Institute Advanced Course. Her private practice was repeatedly recognized by the Maine Medical Center Physicians Health Organization as a “Practice of Distinction” for the management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, and depression.

Dr. Larson is an avid runner, cross-country skier and mountain biker, and is looking forward to continuing all those activities on Nantucket. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and playing with her new puppy, a chocolate lab who will definitely have a name by the time he arrives on Nantucket, she said.

“I wish to thank the leadership of Nantucket Cottage Hospital for this wonderful opportunity to build new relationships with patients, all the other providers, the hospital staff, and the entire Nantucket community,” Dr. Larson said.

Dr. Larson will become a member of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) group practice at NCH, joining Dr. Diane Pearl, Dr. George Butterworth, Dr. Margaret Koehm, and Dr. Jock Lawrason.

She is currently winding down her private practice in Portland, and is expecting to start seeing patients on Nantucket in June 2014. In the interim, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has also hired a temporary primary care physician who will be joining the medical staff in early 2014.