As of January 2019, the hospital has made great progress on its $120 million capital campaign, with just $3 million to go to complete the campus with critical hospital housing. This fundraising campaign, the largest in island history, will create the foundation for our future with one of the finest community hospitals in the country at the heart of a healthcare campus that can help accommodate our unique staff housing challenges. The funds raised during this campaign go directly toward these projects to cover the one-time expenses associated with the construction of the new hospital and the housing component. Through the extraordinary generosity of the Nantucket community, the new hospital will be funded entirely with private donations, debt-free, and without taxpayer dollars.
Touring the Construction Site
At the end of August, Nantucket Cottage Hospital invited our major donors to the construction site for tours of the island’s new hospital. Hosted by Bruce Percelay, Campaign Chair, our donors saw a first-hand glimpse into the incredible progress toward completing the facility. After touring the construction site, guests enjoyed a reception, emceed by David Gregory, to celebrate the power of philanthropy and our generous island community. The new hospital will be funded entirely with private donations, debt-free, and without taxpayer dollars.
For many of our past fundraising efforts, we have displayed a campaign thermometer on the Pacific National Bank on Main Street. Thanks to the generosity of the community, we honored that tradition this year with a new thermometer.
2016: On April 25, 2016, Trish Murray Bridier paints the Nantucket Cottage Hospital capital campaign thermometer on the Pacific National Bank while NCH President and CEO, Dr. Margot Hartmann, looks on.
1990: Betsey Barvoets paints the Nantucket Cottage Hospital capital campaign thermometer on the Pacific National Bank while Phil Murray and Sandy Craig look on. Courtesy of the Nantucket Atheneum.
1966: A previous hospital fundraising thermometer is shown on the Pacific National Bank in 1966. Courtesy of Woodhaven Historic.
1940: As early as 1940, the community’s support of NCH has been represented on the Pacific National Bank on Main Street. Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.
The Power of Our Community
An Inspired Gift: Percelay Family Donates $10 Million to Complete Campus
For Bruce and Elisabeth Percelay, Nantucket Cottage Hospital is more than just the only medical center on the island, it’s where their children, William and Charlie, were born. The hospital is the safety net for their family and for the community they love.
That relationship and the Percelays’ passion to make a difference on Nantucket were manifested over the summer in the largest family gift in the history of the island: a $10 million contribution to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capital campaign.
This transformational challenge gift is intended not only to inspire others to join the campaign and move the hospital closer toward its dynamic new facility, but also to secure the future of the institution by creating an actual hospital campus complete with new housing for medical staff.
“This enormously generous gift is important on many levels, not the least of which is that it is coming from a family that has been so involved with the hospital on a personal level,” said Dr. Margot Hartmann, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “It is truly a game-changer for our campaign.”
It was at the Percelays’ direction to expand the scope of the campaign which will ultimately result in not only a cutting edge hospital but a unified campus. The expanded campaign will also fulfill the potential of the new building by marshalling the resources necessary to staff it with the best programs and best clinical staff. A key part of that equation is addressing the enormous challenge of affordable housing for the hospital in the midst of an island-wide housing crisis.
“Elisabeth and I consider housing for hospital staff to be almost a medical care delivery issue – if we don’t have the people and the programs to deliver high quality care, the building is nothing more than bricks and mortar,” said Bruce Percelay. “And by addressing the housing needs of our community’s hospital, it will reduce the pressure on the island’s housing supply in general.”
The Gift of a Lifetime: Hackett Family Contributes $6 Million
The year was 1979 when Jim and Maureen Hackett made their first visit to Nantucket. It was a weekend jaunt to the island on a whim while Jim was attending graduate school in Boston, but Nantucket left its mark on the young couple. They’ve been coming back ever since.
More than 30 years later, they’ve made memories here with their four children, and now their grandchildren. They speak about the island community in terms of an extended family.
It’s among the many reasons why the Hacketts made one of their largest gifts ever to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capital campaign, a $6 million commitment from the Hackett Family Foundation toward the creation of the island’s new hospital.
“We want to focus on family, not just the individual family, but the island family: people who live year-round, seasonally, and all the visitors,” said Maureen Hackett. “I’ve always felt that for those who’ve worked hard and have been blessed, we must give back and take care of our family.” Read more.
Empowering the Future of Nantucket: Wendy and Eric Schmidt Pledge $5 Million
Sustaining and strengthening the Nantucket community to empower the future of the island is one of Wendy Schmidt’s many passions.
She and her husband, Eric, are engaged in philanthropy that encompasses issues as global as ocean health and renewable energy technologies, while also having an impact on a local level. Schmidt’s support for education, transportation, and community gathering places in downtown Nantucket includes a bookstore, bakery, culinary center, music center and community school and The Dreamland Theater. Wendy Schmidt’s team at ReMain Nantucket has worked since 2008 to foster ideas, investments and new initiatives that enhance the vitality of the island.
The Schmidts’ commitment to the island was further manifested with a $5 million pledge to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capital campaign for the new hospital.
“We’re talking about Nantucket’s one and only hospital,” Wendy Schmidt said. “The one that has had to serve generations of islanders and visitors as the cost of healthcare soared and as technology advanced rapidly, without many options for keeping up with the demand and remaining current. The need for a good solution for providing ongoing high level health care on the island has never been greater than it is now.” Read more.