Compassionate Caregiver of the Year 2015


Donna Leavitt Named Winchester Hospital’s Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

Compassionate Caregiver - Donna Leavitt
Donna Leavitt (left) was named Compassionate Caregiver of the Year at Winchester Hospital.

Winchester, MA (July 31, 2015) – Donna Leavitt a dietetic technician at Winchester Hospital was named Winchester Hospital’s Compassionate Caregiver of the Year. This honor is bestowed on a hospital staffer who goes above and beyond for his or her patients and fellow colleagues and exemplifies tenderness toward patients. The compassion, care and understanding she shows to her patients and their family members is one of the many reasons why Leavitt was named the recipient of the Kenneth Tucker, MD Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award. The award was presented recently at Winchester Hospital’s 62nd annual Service Awards dinner.

Leavitt’s caring attitude and wonderful bedside manner leave a lasting impression on her patients. One such patient, Pam Beckford remembers the exact moment when she unexpectedly entered Winchester Hospital to have her colon removed. For nearly a week leading up the surgery Beckford was not permitted to eat solid foods. Once her surgery was over and she was clear, Leavitt went above and beyond to make sure that Beckford had everything she needed. “My meals were there when I wanted,” Beckford said. “If I had to leave my hospital room for a procedure prior to eating, Donna made a point to take a personal trip down to the cafeteria and put my meals aside. If they happened to get cold, she would always make me a new plate and deliver it to me with a smile.” This is only one example of how Leavitt’s work transcends her traditional job description; she takes the time to form healing relationships with each of her patients and gives them the extra care they need to make it through each day.

According to Lauren Reardon, Director of Guest Services and Patient Experience at Winchester Hospital, Leavitt is one of the most compassionate, caring people that she knows.

“She is a person that you would want to be around. She gets to know each of her patients,” Reardon said. “For their food preferences, she gets to know their likes and dislikes and is then sensitive to their needs. If someone isn’t eating anything she works hard to try and find out that one little thing they might like and she works with the kitchen to try and accommodate that request. If the hospital doesn’t have it she goes on her own time to get them that special tea, candy, or even a meal they like. Donna makes a lasting impression on her patients, their families, and her co-workers.”

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

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, 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, radiation oncology, 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

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