Join us for some laughs, tears, good food and wine, and to say THANK YOU to our local nurses, healthcare workers, and first responders!
This year’s winners were honored by the Labouré community, comedian Lenny Clarke, and KISS 108 morning hosts Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan.
Planning for the next Mass Care Awards Ceremony is underway!*Proceeds from this event go to scholarships for nursing & healthcare students in financial need
The Massachusetts Care Award is given each year, to nurses or healthcare professionals in Massachusetts who go above and beyond for their patients. These individuals exemplify the compassion and care that Labouré seeks to instill in its students. The College has organized a yearly event to shine a light on these heroes who quietly care for us and our loved ones everyday. Winners are and their families are given a special night they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Any nurse, healthcare professional, or first responder who works in patient care, and is currently working in Massachusetts can be nominated. Winners are nominated by patients, co-workers, and family.
Mary Therese Flanagan, RN
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton
Mary Therese is a registered nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center- Milton. Mary Therese became an RN in 2006, after raising 10 children. Roberta Lancione, RN, BSN said, “She has the ability to relate to patients on a deeper level, connecting, by identifying with them and their families. Whether it’s taking the time to explain tests and procedures or listening to patients and families concerns, she demonstrates a sincere willingness to care.”
Nick Barry, RN, BSN
Franciscan Hospital for Children
Nick is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital in Boston and previously worked at Franciscan Hospital for Children. Laurette Hughes, nurse manager, said, “Nick displays compassionate care through his thoughtful concern for parents caught in one of the most challenging times of their lives. At the same time, Nick’s playful nature ensures that his patients have their time to be kids; to play, laugh, and sing.”
Susan Rooney, RN
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Susan is a registered nurse at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Treating a young man with cancer in 2014 and 2015, Susan was able to form a bond with both him and his family. Crestina Perez, the young man’s mother, said, “I’ve never met a person or nurse who made my son so comfortable that he would say, ‘she’s my second mom’. When I could not calm him or explain things, Susan just stepped in and would sit with him for as long as it took.”
Jeremy Engelken, RN
Boston Health Care for the Homeless
Jeremy is a registered nurse at Boston Health Care for the Homeless- Barbara McInnis House. Jeremy explains why working with the homeless is different from other populations, “Every case here you have to build trust with people. They’ve all been robbed and lied to…they are all on guard.” Cheryl Kane, Director of Nursing said, “They want to be listened to…it’s really important that they have somebody who really understands them. I think Jeremy is very compassionate…He advocates for the patients.”
Cathy Munro, RN
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Cathy has worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for over 40 years on both the antepartum and mother and baby floors. "I do like the work that I do. Each baby is a new beginning, a new life, a new miracle." Ms. Munro, an active volunteer, has worked with DOVE in Quincy, a domestic violence shelter for women. Cathy was nominated by her daughter who says "she makes people's lives better."
Stephanie Montgomery, RN
Stephanie is a registered nurse for Lifeworks, where she works with adults with developmental disabilities. Danielle Warzecki, Senior Director of Residential Services, said, “She treats them with compassion and respect. She assisted in opening a medical model group home in which five men reside. Because of Stephanie's care, the health of all five men has improved, as well as the quality of their lives.”
Tarma Johnson, FNP-BC
Mattapan Community Health Center
Tarma serves as the Director of Clinical Health Services and a Nurse Practitioner at Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC), specializing in adult primary care. She has worked at MCHC for eleven years. As the current president of the Black Nurses Association in Massachusetts, Ms. Johnson serves as a leader in healthcare and her community.
Sara Hunter, RN, BSN, OCN
Massachusetts General Hospital
As an oncology nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, Sara is a trusted caregiver and friend to her patients. Billie Jo Weiss, one of Sara’s patients, says, “She has been my nurse since 2010 and even though she has many patients, she makes you feel like you are the only one. She is an instrumental part of my medical team, providing hope and continual support through my cancer journey.”
Rich Berrio, EMT
Boston EMS, Dorchester
Rich is in his 15th year at Boston EMS. Inspired by his father, a retired Boston Fire Department lieutenant, Rich became a member of Boston EMS saying, “I like helping people- being out in the street. Every call is different, its very rewarding. Laughing and joking with people makes them feel better during a tough time.”
Catherine O’Connor, MSN, RN, ACRN
Registered Nurse and Instructor, Health In Motion, Northeastern University
In the 1980s and 90s, when many feared and stigmatized patients battling HIV/AIDS, Catherine embraced them and gave this population the respect and support they needed. Mary Therese Flanagan, RN, nominator, says O’Connor, “has become a beacon of hope for those marginalized in our society…” Today, Catherine operates a Health in Motion van focusing on caring for poor, vulnerable populations throughout Boston, many of whom are struggling with opioid addiction, HIV, and diabetes.
Chris Dumont, EMT-P
Massachusetts State Trooper, Paramedic
Trooper Dumont played a critical role in saving Officer Richard Donohue’s life after he was shot during the manhunt following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. In her nomination, fellow 2017 Mass Care winner, Donna Morrissey, expressed the following: “On behalf of the Massachusetts State Police, Trooper Dumont has been tireless in his willingness to donate countless hours to teach others about the importance of volunteering, donating blood, working together, and doing all that we can to make sure our communities are prepared for anything.”
Director of Marketing for National Partnerships for Biomedical Services, American Red Cross
Donna believes that in a time of crisis, you have to take care of the whole person - mind, body, and soul. Donna has worked on-site with victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and Sandy Hook Elementary. She was described by Denise Edinger, friend and nominator, as “selfless and giving in every aspect of her life.”
Sean O’Leary, RTT,`96
Chief Therapist and Operations Manager of Radiation Therapy, Tufts Medical Center
Sean O’Leary has dedicated his life to helping patients fight cancer. Sean was nominated by his colleague Pauline Clancy, “Sean has never lost the meaning and inspiration for why we do our jobs and continues as a manager to treat patients because they are the reason he chose this profession. He is caring and compassionate and patients display an ease and comfort when with him.”
Any nurse, EMT, healthcare professional, or first responder who works in patient care, and is currently working in Massachusetts can be nominated. Winners are nominated by patients, co-workers, and family.
Nominations for the 2017 event are open through February 22, 2017.
Yes. You can nominate as many healthcare professionals as you think are deserving of this award. In the past, people have nominated a group of nurses who worked together on a particular floor or patient.
Winners are selected by a selection committee at the College. Nominators will be notified once the winners are selected.
Award winners are not chosen because of where they work, years of experience, or level of education. The selection process is based on the nominators description of the individuals compassion for others and the ways in which they serve their patients.
Including a story or example of how this individual has cared for their patients or gone above and beyond to deliver quality care and comfort to them in a time of need - is very compelling. These are the people who care for us every day and deserve recognition and a night of celebration!
Past winners have described the Massachusetts Care Awards Ceremony to be the "greatest night of their lives". There is no financial compensation for this award - but the winners are given an experience that they and their families will remember forever.
In the months leading up to the June 8 event, the College's marketing team will arrange a time to film and interview the award recipient, their nominator, and often co-workers and family. At the event, winners are not required to give a speech. They, along with their families and co-workers are our special guests. They will enjoy wine and food at a private table. That nght, their video will be played for the first time. This can be very emotional and often brings the crowd to its feat. The winner will be called up to the stage to receive their award. Everyone at the College, as well as Lenny Clarke, Billy Costa, and Lisa Donovan try to make this night as special as possible for the award recipients.
For one night, these professionals who work everyday in service to others, get the recognition and the thanks they truly deserve.