Friday, April 26, 2013

In the wake of tragedy

TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Father Joseph Boafo Oswusu, of MGH Chaplaincy, ties a ribbon on the Prayer Tree on display in the MGH Chapel foyer. Many staff, patients and their families gathered in the chapel at 2:50 pm on April 22 to observe a moment of silence and participate in a prayer service to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attacks.

Partners HealthCare has announced it is committing $1 million to the newly created One Fund Boston to help the families who lost loved ones and the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. This donation is made in honor and recognition of the employees of the Partners HealthCare system who live and work in this community and dedicate themselves every day to our mission, enabling its hospitals to deliver some of the best patient care in the world.

“This donation on behalf of the 60,600 men and women of Partners HealthCare will help fulfill the vision of the mayor and governor in delivering much needed financial support directly to the victims and families as they recover both physically and psychologically,” said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, president and CEO of Partners.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino last week announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, the purpose of which is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the Boston Marathon. For more information, visit

MGH Emergency Response Fund
In the aftermath of the devastating events on April 15, many friends of the MGH also have asked how they can provide support directly to the hospital. In response, the MGH has established an Emergency Response Fund to support the institution’s immediate handling of devastating events such as the Boston Marathon tragedy. Funds will be used to provide social services support for victims and families of disasters and will support emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training. For more information, visit

Community support
A special gift also was given by the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which donated $50,000 to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children to support pediatric palliative care in recognition of the treatment and support the hospital provided to the victims of the Marathon attacks. Boston and Nova Scotia have a long history of supporting one another. On Dec. 6, 1917, a munitions ship exploded in Halifax Harbour and an MGH contingent joined the relief efforts to help care for the wounded. “While there is a border and a number of miles between us, we share a common heritage and ancestors,” Premier Darrell Dexter wrote in a letter to the hospital. “Massachusetts was there for Nova Scotia 96 years ago during the tragedy of the Halifax explosion, and many times since then. Our hearts and minds are with the people of Boston now and in the future.”

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