Celebrating Our Healthcare Legacy
Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd for this year’s
Caring, Candlelight and Community celebration.
During this special event, we will honor two strong women who have made an impact on our community’s health and wellness: Betsy Cotter, RN and Jane Stabler.
This year’s Tribute celebration will benefit the 3D Mammography Fund, helping our non-profit Medical Center to purchase a new, state of the art machine for cancer screening.
BETSY COTTER, RN, graduated from Crouse Irving Memorial School of Nursing and made the care and well-being of others her life’s work. Cheshire Medical Center became the focal point of her career in 1974, when she accepted a position as a labor and delivery nurse. Subsequently, she was persuaded to join the Keene Clinic as an OB-GYN nurse. She became the clinic’s Director of Nursing and transitioned to Director of Operations following the clinic and hospital’s merger. Betsy’s dedication to quality and continuity of patient care, and advocacy for fellow nurses, culminated in her being named Cheshire’s Senior Director of Ambulatory Care, a position held until her 2016 retirement. Betsy also served many years on the board of trustees for Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services and Center Stage of Cheshire County. She further supported the Greater Monadnock community through membership in the American Academy for Ambulatory Care, the American Legion Auxiliary, Keene Kiwanis Club, and 100 Women Who Care. Today, she continues to focus on local healthcare as a trustee of Cheshire Medical Center and Cheshire Health Foundation. Betsy lost her beloved husband, Bill, in 2019, but is otherwise enjoying retirement being with her daughters, Jessica and KC, two granddaughters, and exploring in her classic, red Jeep. Thank you, Betsy!
JANE STABLER moved to Keene from Chicago in 1982 and quickly made an impact on healthcare services in the Greater Monadnock region. With a background in accounting and finance, she first joined Cheshire Medical Center’s Investment Committee, helping to plot a course forward to expand care at our non-profit hospital. She served as an adjunct professor at Keene State College and was Vice President and CFO of the MacMillan Co. before being asked to join the 1911 Office of the Putnam Foundation. It was her time there as Executive Director that impressed upon Jane the important role philanthropy fulfills within the community and beyond. At the behest of Jim Putnam, Jane later joined Cheshire Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She assisted in reconfiguring the board and played a pivotal role in redefining the function of philanthropy at the Medical Center. Her dedication, focus and wisdom were integral to fundraising efforts impacting patient care throughout her board tenure, which culminated in 2020 when her service as chair concluded. Jane’s commitment to the health and wellness of the community will have long-reaching effects. She is now enjoying retirement alongside her husband, David, keeping bees, and proudly watching the accomplishments of their three sons. Thank you, Jane!