My parents used to jokingly tell me that I was running before I learned how to walk. I have been a runner consistently throughout my entire life, as it has been one of my biggest sources of mindfulness, escape, and physical exercise. Historically I have exclusively run for the benefit of one person- me. This year I have commited to run for something bigger than myself; I decided to take the plunge and run the 2019 Boston Marathon with the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team. The funds that are raised through our team help to provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General which spans many departments. This foundation is crucial for ensuring that MGH is prepared both in terms of training and resources, for any man-made or natural disasters that effect our city and surrounding areas. On an even larger scale, these donations allow MGH employees trained in disaster relief to do outreach/assist in other areas of the country where man-made or environmental disaster strike, providing both the neccesary medical support and materials. This year, The MGH ER team is also focusing on improving the treatment of pediatric emergencies- kids are not just small adults!
As a new Nurse Practitioner in the MGH emergency department, I spend my days working with patients who are experiencing psychiatric emergencies, [but am surrounded emergencies of all kinds]. Even when fully staffed with exceptional health-care providers, the ED can become overwhelmed very quickly by the pure volume of patients who seek our services. In the event of a large-scale disaster, MGH needs to be fully prepared ahead of time to ensure that performance is efficient and flawless, and that patients are receiving timely and thorough care. This requires training and practice for ED (and many other departments') employees. As a result of the 2013 marathon bombings, my family was devastated by the loss of a close friend, Krystle Campbell. In 2019, I will be running with Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team on my shirt, and with Krystle in my heart. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, but I know times can be tough. The most important take away is be kind to each other and keep eachother safe. Boston Strong.
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MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote:
Following the tragedy of the 2013 marathon bombings, Mass General was fortunate to receive 40 guaranteed entries from the Boston Athletic Association to create an Emergency Response Marathon Team.
For the sixth year, thanks to John Hancock, the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team will be able to continue raising funds to help provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General; efforts that benefit victims worldwide.
These funds are crucial to ensure that Mass General is ready for the next disaster, man-made or natural, and to support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully, integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital. “There’s no room for error,” says David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. “Our performance must be flawless. As in football, if one player of the 11 on the field doesn’t do the job, the play fails.”
At Mass General, we take emergency planning very seriously. Preparing for the next disaster takes much training and practice. Donors, like you, are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Any donation towards the Mass General Emergency Response team allows Mass General to be ready when seconds count.