Two years ago, our hospitals treated nearly a hundred patients who were injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. On April 15th we marked the second anniversary of the attack by taking part in a new tradition: One Boston Day. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh designated One Boston Day as a time to give back to the local community and celebrate its resiliency.
At Partners HealthCare, we marked One Boston Day at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where many Boston Marathon survivors inspired us with their own personal resiliency and strength during their treatment. Volunteers from WHDH 7News and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores came to Charlestown to clean up the grounds at Spaulding for the spring, set up outdoor patio furniture and plant flowers with patients. They were assisted by members of the Project Search internship program for students with disabilities who have been at Spaulding all semester. Mayor Walsh stopped by to join their efforts, and many WHDH viewers also made donations to the hospital.
Just as the entire Partners system came together to treat Marathon survivors, we were encouraged to see the community come together once again yesterday to honor our city’s strength.