Friends of Nantucket Cottage Hospital
In the summer of 2014, a dozen volunteers came together to launch a new effort to build the next generation of leaders and advocates for Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
As global health care and the needs of all those who inhabit and enjoy Nantucket continue to evolve, the future of Nantucket Cottage Hospital and its role in providing access to the highest quality medical services is paramount. Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Board of Trustees are pleased to introduce “The Friends of Nantucket Cottage Hospital” – the next generation of leaders and donors who respect the 100 year history of NCH and also bring new insights to help guide the hospital into the future.
Putting their collective skills and networks to work, their inaugural “Apres Beach” event in 2014 attracted 225 people to meet, mingle, and learn about NCH. Led by co-chairs Tyler Hardy and Tad Lee, the Friends of NCH (affectionately known as FONCH) hopes to create broad-based awareness and visibility for the hospital and encourage support of the new building project.
“Nantucket is blessed with unmatched natural beauty, vibrant cultural resources, talented people and a rich history,” said Friends co-chair Tad Lee. “Nantucket should have a world-class medical facility that matches the qualities of this special place.”
Lee, a longtime summer resident of Nantucket, is the Vice President of New England Development, which owns and operates numerous properties on the island, and a co-founder and partner in Cru Oyster Bar Nantucket.
“We look forward to working with the entire community to help create a new Nantucket Cottage Hospital with increased capacity and state-of-the-art facilities,” Lee added. “This is an important investment in Nantucket’s future – one that will increase access to health care services and create new jobs and economic opportunities on the island.”
Terry Sanford, who was born at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and now runs the Boston-based real estate firm Territory, is also among the founding members of the Friends of Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
“As a Nantucket native I know first-hand how important the Cottage Hospital is to this community,” Sanford said. “I chose to get involved with the Friends after I became aware of the critical need to improve the hospital’s facility. My hope is that as a group we can raise awareness for what’s going on with perhaps the island’s paramount institution.”
Acting as ambassadors, The Friends of NCH will seek to engage young island residents, seasonal residents, and visitors alike by spreading awareness about the vital role NCH plays in supporting the Nantucket community.
The founding members of The Friends of Nantucket Cottage Hospital group include
- Ramin Arani
- Paul G. Dutra
- Andrea Finard
- Tyler Hardy
- Douglass Karp
- Tad Lee
- Michael S. Lorber
- Emily Ott
- Terry Sanford
- James M. Scheurell
- Jane N. Stoddard
- Brian Sullivan