Friday, April 19, 2013

To Our MGH Family: Thank You

In the days following the devastating attacks at the Boston Marathon, there remains an overwhelming sense of sadness and confusion. Our hearts go out to all who have been personally affected by this truly tragic event - including the family, friends and colleagues of Jessica Kensky, RN, one of our own wonderful, caring nurses who was seriously injured in the bombings. Jessica, who works on the Lunder 10 Oncology Unit, was at the finish line when the explosion occurred.

We know this week has been extremely emotional and demanding for everyone in our MGH family, and we thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to our patients and their families, to the hospital and also to the greater Boston community.

It has been more than 200 years since our MGH founding physicians wrote, “When in distress, every man becomes our neighbor,” and those words once again resonated throughout our hallways this week. Despite these incredibly challenging times, there were countless situations that showcased unity, resilience and spirit. Physicians and nurses banded together to provide compassionate clinical care to the wounded; Police and Security staff ensured our campus was safe; social workers and chaplains listened and offered guidance to those seeking counsel; and so many other MGHers provided much-needed and much-appreciated comfort and support to patients’ families and friends, as well as to their fellow colleagues.

It is also extremely important to remember and honor the efforts of the athletes who trained for months to run as part of our MGH marathon teams. Although, sadly, their accomplishments have been overshadowed by these devastating circumstances, their dedication and their fundraising efforts are not – and will not – be overlooked. Their generosity will serve as a lasting legacy through the many hospital programs that benefit from their support.

We again thank you for your continued efforts – they are a true testament that the MGH spirit is alive and thriving. And, as always, we thank you for everything you do, every day, to make this hospital such an extraordinary place.

Peter L. Slavin, MD                           David F. Torchiana, MD
MGH President                           MGPO Chairman and CEO

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