Compassionate Caregiver


Winchester Hospital Doctor Named Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

Patients, staff and colleagues know that when Barbara Bjornson, MD, enters the exam room, her undivided attention is on the patient. Dr. Bjornson

The compassion she shows to her patients is one of the many reasons why Dr. Bjornson, a medical oncologist at Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, was named the recipient of the Kenneth Tucker, MD Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award. The award was presented at the hospital’s 60th annual Service Awards dinner on Thursday, May 9.

According to Marlene Williamson, director of inpatientnursing at Winchester Hospital, Dr. Bjornson exhibits all the characteristics of acompassionate caregiver.

“Dr. Bjornson has the amazing ability to make each patient feel as if nothing else is as important as their health and well-being,” Williamson said  “She will step into the room and immediately the air is charged with compassion, competence and grace, without her saying a word. Fears are heard, emotions are calmed, next steps are discussed and the patient leaves the appointment not only knowing that he or she is in very capable hands, but also that they have begun a journey with an angel of medicine walking next to them every step of the way.”

The award is named after Kenneth Tucker, MD who passed awayin January 2012. He was a beloved member of the medical staff since 1978,specializing in internal medicine and cardiology, and a founding co-chair ofthe Schwartz Center Rounds at Winchester Hospital. Dr. Tucker was well known for the exemplarycompassionate care he gave to each and every one of his patients. 

“The world of cancer care can be overwhelming to bothpatient and caregiver,” Williamson said, “yet Dr. Bjornson manages this beautifullywith empathy and hope.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. 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, pediatrics, cardiology,pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiationon cology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology 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