Kevin Hickey

Leading It Together

The Names and Faces of Our Campaign Leadership

Nantucket is blessed with many things: tranquility, history, and breathtaking beauty. A passionate and compassionate community with the tenacity to weather any storm. The amazingly talented set of volunteer leaders leading our hospital – and our campaign – are among the most passionate. Like the generous donors to the campaign, our fundraising and outreach team reflects generations of Nantucket residents, scattered across the island and across the country. Driven by passion, tenacity and a dedication to ensuring the future of health care on Nantucket

In July 2016, Trustee Kevin Hickey was re-elected as the Board’s chairman, while vice chair Jack Burke and clerk Judith Belash were both re-elected to their posts. New officers include Catherine Ward, who was elected as vice chair, and Bill Camp, who was elected treasurer.

Maureen Hackett, Campaign Chair since the beginning of the campaign, has transitioned to the role of Honorary Chair of the Campaign and continues to support Trustee Melanie Sabelhaus who have taken on the roles of co-chairs of the Board’s Marketing and Development Committee. Bruce Percelay leads the current phase of our capital campaign to secure the future of the institution by creating an actual hospital campus complete with new housing for medical staff.

A Message from Bruce Percelay, Chairman of the Capital Campaign

(November 2018):
“Thanks to an unprecedented island-wide effort, our capital campaign for the hospital part of our campus is now complete. We are now on the homestretch of our efforts to raise $20 million for a dedicated housing facility for traveling nurses, visiting specialists, consultants and a wide range of medical personnel.

The shortage of quality affordable housing on Nantucket can best be described as critical. Virtually every institution on this island is feeling the effects of the lack of available housing within the budgets of their staffs and NCH is no exception. Without the ability to provide quality employee housing we simply cannot attract and retain the quality of talent we need to service what will be a cutting-edge medical facility.

The new housing complex will be situated on land we already own behind Holdgates Cleaners and will enable employees to simply walk across the street to get to work. Not only will the building provide incredible convenience versus the scattered locations that we now have but the buildings themselves will be environmentally sensitive and operationally efficient.

We could not be more excited about showcasing the new hospital to the island in the coming months and beginning the final leg of our campus plan with a badly needed housing amenity.”




Bruce A. Percelay, Chairman, Capital Campaign

Development Committee Co-Chairs
Meet Reed Chisholm and Jeanine Borthwick


  • Jeanine Borthwick is passionate about the island as well as health care policy, and was appointed to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Board of Trustees in 2014. Her involvement with the Nantucket Cottage Hospital campaign grew quickly by assisting on solicitations and working with her daughter and the Richardson family in the development, production, and marketing of Nantucketopoly (an island version of the board game that raises funds for the campaign). Jeanine has an extensive background in investment banking and finance. A former Institutional Investor ranked research analyst in the telecommunications and consumer products industries while at Merrill Lynch, she is currently actively involved in fundraising at the Spence School, the Buckley School and Colgate University.
  • When not on Nantucket, Reed Chisholm is based in Boston where he serves as a managing director with Goldman Sachs. He brings a wealth of experience from a career in investment management and board experience at The Dana Hall School, The New England Aquarium, and City Year Boston. He has been a member of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Board since 2013 and has effectively engaged scores of new donors and volunteers through a series of gatherings in New York and Boston.

Community Outreach Committee

In 2012, a group of island residents came together to help us get the word out on the island about this exciting project, rally community support, and solicit their friends and neighbors to get involved. The original team of Trish Bridier, Robin and EJ Harvey, Liz Winship, Bob and Marsha Egan and Jean Grimmer grew to include representatives across the island.

Through events, marketing, personal testimonials, letters to the editor, and old-fashioned doorknocking and phone-calling, this committee was critical to our efforts to help the community understand the need for the new hospital, and secure positive votes at the April 2015 Town Meeting to rezone our campus. The committee has now set its sights on helping us finish the campaign and build the new hospital.

Trish Bridier
Trish Bridier

“Our hospital has seen us through all stages of our lives, from the cuts, scrapes and broken bones of our childhoods to the birth of my children. Our experiences have always been positive. There are many non-profits on Nantucket, but Nantucket Cottage Hospital remains the most important to me and my family. Giving ‘time and treasure’ to this great organization brings joy to us.”

– Trish Bridier, Chair, Community Outreach Committee 




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