A Message from Gary Shaw & Dr. Diane Pearl

Life Changing.

We need you to be there for us:

A Message from Gary Shaw, FACHE and Dr. Diane Pearl … 

The past year has been incredibly challenging but has also shown us the remarkable spirit and sense of community that make our island such a special place to live and work. At Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the coronavirus pandemic has posed enormous difficulties for our staff members and the organization as a whole, but at the same time, it has brought us together in a shared sense of purpose to serve our community and help navigate these uncharted waters.

Since March, your hospital has completely changed the way it operates to continue providing excellent care while keeping our patients and colleagues safe within our walls. We have adapted to safely meet the community’s needs for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and to collaborate with the Town of Nantucket and other partners to face this public health crisis together.

With the support of our community and the tireless dedication of our committed staff, we have met these challenges and helped Nantucket stay open and healthy through a summer unlike any we have experienced before. Throughout this journey, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has been there for you and your family. Now, we need you to be there for us.

We know the pandemic has affected almost every business and non-profit, and our hospital is among those that are facing significant financial impacts from this crisis. With our high-fixed costs and low volume for most of the year, Nantucket Cottage Hospital faces fiscal challenges even during a normal year. So as we come to the end of 2020, your support is critical. The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a hospital that is able to nimbly respond to the needs of its community while keeping compassionate care for patients as the compass for every decision.

Together, we respectfully ask for your tax-deductible gift to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, a contribution that will go directly to supporting the health and wellness of our island. Thank you in advance for your unwavering support.

In sincere appreciation,
Gary Shaw, FACHE, President and CEO
Diane Pearl, MD, Chief Medical Officer


The NCH Fund, our annual appeal, gives us the resources that are critical to provide the everyday medical services you and your family rely upon. We want to fill the new hospital with the best staff, services and programs possible, and The NCH Fund is the key to accomplishing that goal.

Our ability to sustain primary care, emergency services, inpatient and surgical care, as well as diagnostic testing, depends upon the generosity of the island community and donations from people like you.