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Massachusetts Care Award

Given from 2015 - 2017 to honor nurses, healthcare workers, and first responders who treat their patients with extraordinary compassion.

The Massachusetts Care Award was given 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 organized an event to shine a light on these heroes who quietly care for us and our loved ones everyday, celebrating winners in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the college celebrated its 125th anniversary and inducted 5 alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame. 

In 2021, in recognition of the impact nurses have on their patients, patients' families, and communities, the college celebrated these incredible men and women at Nurse Impact Night. 

View Our Winners' Individual Stories

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2015 Winner

Mary Therese Flanagan, RN

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.”

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2015 Winner

Nick Barry, RN, BSN

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.”

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2015 Winner

Susan Rooney, RN

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.”

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2015 Winner

Jeremy Engelken, RN

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.”

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2016 Winner

Cathy Munro, RN

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."

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2016 Winner

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.”

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2016 Winner

Tarma Johnson, FNP-BC

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.

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2016 Winner

Sara Hunter, RN, BSN, OCN

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.”

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2016 Winner

Rich Berrio, EMT

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.”

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2017 Winner

Catherine O’Connor, MSN, RN, ACRN

Catherine is a Registered Nurse and Instructor at 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.

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2017 Winner

Chris Dumont, EMT-P

A Massachusetts State Trooper and 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.”

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2017 Winner

Donna Morrissey

As Director of Marketing for National Partnerships for Biomedical Services, American Red Cross, Donna believed that in a time of crisis, you have to take care of the whole person - mind, body, and soul. Donna 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.” Donna died of COVID-19 in May 2020.

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2017 Winner story

Sean O’Leary, RTT,`96

Sean O’Leary, Chief Therapist and Operations Manager of Radiation Therapy at Tufts Medical Center, 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.”