McDonough Fund


McDonough Fund Helps Winchester Hospital Nurses

When Deb Smith went back to school, not only did she have to focus on getting good grades, but she also worried about how she would pay for her classes. McDonough

Smith has worked at Winchester Hospital for the past 24 years, the last 13 as a nurse manager.

In order to stay current in her profession, Smith decided to pursue a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Financially it was very difficult, but the McDonough Fund allowed Smith to accomplish her goal as she expects to graduate from Simmons College in 2015.

“The McDonough scholarship has helped many nursing students achieve their dreams, whether it be the entry into their profession, or to further their education to promote positive outcomes for our patients at Winchester Hospital,” Smith 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 138 players on 35 teams. The event raised $190,000 bringing the total raised to $2.4 million.

“Winchester Hospital is committed to providing a well-educated, well-prepared nursing workforce,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of Winchester Hospital. “Nurses at Winchester Hospital are on the continuous journey of learning.  Whether it is obtaining a baccalaureate, or going on to obtain a masters or doctorate, Winchester Hospital is committed to supporting these nurses in their efforts to advance their education.

To date, the McDonough Fund has provided:

·        Financial support  for 33 Winchester Hospital employees who have transitioned into registered nurse (RN) roles,

·        Financial support for 40 employees currently enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and will graduate between 2013 and 2017; 30 of these nurses are enrolled in our on-site program.

·        A collaboration with Simmons College to create RN to BSN, RN to Master of Science in Nursing and RN to Master of Healthcare Administration programs benefiting more than 20 nurses

·        A collaboration with Salem State University to provide RN to BSN program

“I am very excited at what new doors and opportunities will avail themselves to me with this expanded knowledge and magnificent opportunity,” Deb Smith said. “I can not thank [the McDonough Fund] enough for assisting me in this endeavor.”

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

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