Winchester Hospital Recognizes Boston Marathon Nurses

Winchester Hospital has recognized nurses Julie Christopher, Eun Kim, Sun Park and Betsy Horowitz, as its most recent recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. These nurses were nominated for their courage and compassion, as well as the expert care they provided during the tragic events at this year’s Boston Marathon. Marathon

The four nurses were volunteering in the medical tent at the marathon. When the bombings occurred, they immediately sprang into action to help the victims.

“[Their] extraordinary care, rendered so selflessly, at a time of horror, fear, and shock to everyone, must be honored, and we are so thrilled and proud that [they] are now DAISY Nurses,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, co-founder and president of the DAISY Foundation. 

The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day. Winchester Hospital has joined hundreds of medical facilities across the country in regularly honoring extraordinary nurses with a DAISY Award. Based in Glen Ellen, Calif., the nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in 1999. The DAISY Award, which stands for“Diseases Attacking the Immune System,” was established by Barnes’ wife and parents as a gesture of thanks to nurses nationwide for the profound difference they make in the lives of patients and their families.

“Julie, Eun, Sun and Betsy performed courageously and bravely during this horrific event,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “We will be forever grateful to them and all of the first responders.”

In recognition of their selection, Christopher, Kim, Park and Horowitz received a DAISY Award pin, a hand-carved sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch” and a certificate that reads, “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

To learn more about theDAISY Award program, visit www.daisyfoundation.org.

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, 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 www.winchesterhospital.org.