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Longtime MCH birthing suite nurse gets sendoff

  • Monadnock Community Hospital celebrated the retirement of Debbie Chase of Weare, who has spent 44 years in the hospital's birthing suit on Monday afternoon. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Monadnock Community Hospital Birthing Suite Director Melody Moscham awards Debbie Chase of Weare, who has spent 44 years in the hospital's birthing suite, a plaque thanking her for her service during Chase’s retirement party on Monday afternoon. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Debbie Chase of Weare, proudly holds up a plaque thanking her for 44 years of service to Monadnock Community Hospital, where she has worked as a nurse in the birthing suite. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Monadnock Community Hospital Vice President of Communications Laura Gingras and Debbie Chase of Weare, at Chase’s retirement party on Monday afternoon. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Debbie Chase knew, from the time she was in nursing school years ago, that she wanted to work with children. It was just a choice between pediatrics and obstetrics. 

“I’m glad I made the choice to go into obstetrics,” said Chase, at her send-off party at Monadnock Community Hospital on Monday, celebrating her 44 years working as a nurse in the birthing suite. “Most of the time, you get a happy ending, and you get to help people start their families.”

Like Caroline Tremblay of Fitzwilliam, who attended Chase’s retirement party with her four and a half year old baby, Ariadne Tremblay. Her baby was born on Christmas Day, and with Chase and her fellow long-time nurse Mary McLynch and Tremblay’s mother, Marian Rogers (also a nurse) surrounding her, it’s become a family joke that Ariadne was welcomed into the world by “three wise women” said Tremblay.

Heidi Kinsinger of New Ipswich, has both worked beside Chase as a nurse, and been under her care as a patient three times, she said. 

“She is the most amazing, motherly, kindest person in the world,” said Kinsinger. That was made clear to her, she said, when she lost her first baby. Even after Chase was off-shift, she stayed with her through the night. 

“She would stay all night — she would for anyone,” said Kinsinger. “She is always there, for her patients, the doctors, and fellow nurses. Even when something bad is going on, she’s always the calm one.”

Chase, a Weare resident, said that she’s come to know the community through her work at the hospital. More than a few times, the women she cares for in the birthing suit were once babies she helped to care for when they were being birthed. 

“It’s been a joy and privilege to help these moms deliver their babies,” she said. 

Chase, entering her retirement, said she’ll stay busy with her two grandchildren, involvement with missions to Haiti through her church — she’s anticipating making her 15th trip this fall — and making use of a new camper to travel once her husband joins her in retirement in a few years.

“There have been a tremendous amount of changes in the birthing suite over the years,” said Melody Moschan, the director of the birthing suite. “But Debbie has been a constant. She’s going to be missed dearly.”

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.