Dr. Alexinna Johns Leaving Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Jason Graziadei •


Less than a year after joining the Nantucket Cottage Hospital medical staff, Dr. Alexinna Johns is leaving the island and her position with NCH.

Johns, who had been practicing family medicine and obstetrics at the hospital's outpatient clinic, was just 10 months into her new role on Nantucket. Her patients were starting to be informed about her departure this week.

"Dr. Johns has resigned from NCH and her last day seeing patients will be November 4," said Chris Glowacki, NCH vice president for strategy, community health, and chief development officer. "We will have consistent coverage for her OB (obstetrics) patients and her family practice patients will have a choice of alternative providers."

Johns was just nine-years-old when her family fled political unrest in Sierra Leone. At 12, she decided she wanted to be a doctor, she told the Current back in January.

“As a provider you get emails from recruiters all the time, and I got one for this job on Nantucket, and something rang about it,” Johns said at the time. “I said I’m interested and I came over for an interview.”

After Johns met with Drs. Diane Pearl and Mimi Koehm, two of Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s longest serving physicians, she was sold. She arrived on the island earlier this year with her 11-year-old son, and landed in temporary hospital housing.

Johns could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Johns was hired by NCH to help fill the void left by the departure of Dr. Joel Hass, who announced his resignation from the hospital’s medical staff in May 2021.

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