James F. McDonough, MD Golf Classic

12/04/12

McDonough Fund Helps Winchester Hospital Nurses

Ever since she was a child, as she watched her mother leave for work in the evenings, wearing a white dress and placing a white cap on her head, Barbara Sullivan had wanted to be a nurse. 

The Wilmington-resident has worked at Winchester Hospital for the past 15 years; this past year as a registered nurse.

Becoming a nurse was a difficult journey for the single mother of two. 

After years of taking evening classes at a community college, it was time for Sullivan to transfer to a full-time school that had a baccalaureate nursing program. Financially it would have been impossible for Sullivan to carry a mortgage, go to nursing school full-time and support her family on a part-time salary. 

But the McDonough Scholarship Fund allowed Sullivan to achieve her lifelong goal.

“Words cannot express the relief that I had; knowing that all my financial obligations for a college education would be covered at no cost to me,” she said. 

Since its inception in 2004, the James F. McDonough, MD Golf Classic has been the main fundraising event for the McDonough Fund, which was established as a way for grateful community members to meaningfully memorialize the late James F. McDonough, MD and support nurse education. This year’s friendly competition, which was held at the Winchester Country Club, featured a total of 128 players on 32 teams. The event raised $178,500 bringing the total to $2.2 million. 

To date, the McDonough Fund has provided scholarships for 33 Winchester Hospital employees who have transitioned into registered nurse (RN) roles. 

“The generosity of the McDonough Fund does not end with me,” Sullivan said. “This has also made it possible for my son to attend the college of his choice, knowing that when we both graduated I would be in a position to assist him with his own student loans.”

And in December 2011, Barbara and her son Brian graduated together.

“Throughout these past few years the culture of Winchester Hospital, as it always does, has shined,” Barbara said. “The constant offering of kind words, heartfelt support and encouragement that I received not just from my direct coworkers, but from every corner of the hospital continues to and will always be greatly appreciated.” 

For further information about the James F. McDonough Fund, visit www.winchesterhospital.org or contact the Winchester Hospital Foundation at (781) 756-2156.   

About Winchester Hospital 

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.