6 years ago in the second month of my pregnancy, I sadly had a stroke, my husband drove me to the MGH Emergency department in Boston, and due to the great efficiency of their team, the treatment was a success. There are no words to describe how grateful we are, and now I feel like it’s a privilege and honor to give something back to this amazing hospital who saved our lives.- Cristiane Chaves
In 2014, the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team was created in recognition of the lifesaving response of hospital employees following the 2013 Boston Marathon® bombings. The ER Team has raised more than $2.3 million in six years, providing critical funding to the hospital’s emergency preparedness and disaster medicine efforts that benefits victims worldwide.
Marathon funds support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital and ensures that Mass General is ready for the next disaster – be it man-made or natural.
“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 that next disaster takes thoughtful training and lots of practice. Donors are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours. Money raised by the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team allows Mass General to be ready . . . ready when second’s count.