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Undoing Harm

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April 16, 2013
Undoing Harm

HMS community rises to the challenge of Marathon disaster

There is a certain type of individual who runs toward disaster, whose hands reach out to others during times of unspeakable tragedy. Some use the word hero to describe these individuals, those who led the remarkable response to the April 15 Boston Marathon attack. But for those at HMS, this response is simply a vocation.

Medical professionals are often on the front lines of crisis, and such was the case on Marathon Monday when two explosions at the finish line resulted in three deaths and more than 145 injuries of the type more common to the battlefield than the streets of Boston. All of us were profoundly shaken by the day’s horrific events.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, doctors, nurses, medical students and staff heroically performed the difficult work for which we have trained and to which we have devoted our lives. This expert skill and dedication illustrate why Boston hospitals have earned a reputation as best in the world.

In the days and months to come, as their work continues, it is my hope that the members of our remarkable community will draw strength from each other, sharing our unique abilities as healers to comfort and restore.

I want to offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to the victims and their families. It is clear that the HMS community has united in an extraordinary way during this extremely difficult time, doing the lifesaving work required to care for the injured. To these HMS caregivers and those who support them, I offer my respect, admiration and sincere gratitude.

I also want to share with you a few articles that I view as offering especially meaningful thoughts in relation to this tragedy.

The Meaning of the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On

Two If By Sorrow: Boston and its Losses

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