As one of the hospitals on the front lines of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, America’s Essential Hospitals member Boston Medical Center (BMC) this year has taken several steps to honor victims of the tragedy.
On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264 runners, family members, and spectators. BMC, a level I trauma center and the city’s busiest, treated 23 victims in the bombs’ wake.
BMC Honors All Victims of Violence
While recognizing last year’s tragedy and the healing process ahead, BMC officials also are attempting to raise awareness around everyday violence in Boston.
According to BMC statistics, the hospital sees more than 1,000 incidents of “intentional violence” annually, including victims of gun violence and beatings, and between 70 and 80 percent of all gunshot and stab wound victims in Boston.
The hospital last week kicked off a series of commemorative events with a flag-raising ceremony that was dedicated to all victims of violence, in addition to the victims of the marathon attack.
Staff and Community Step Up
To remember the victims of the bombing, BMC this year formed a 107-member team to run this year’s marathon to raise money for the hospital. The team, made up of staff, patients, and community members, is led by honorary captain, actor Kevin Spacey, who became involved with the hospital shortly after the bombings last year.
The team set a $1 million fundraising goal to support several hospital initiatives, including expanding its emergency and trauma units, which played a critical role in caring for severely injured patients after the 2013 race.
This video, posted by team BMC sponsor, John Hancock, features several BMC emergency department staffers, as they encourage the community to run together through the #WeRunTogether campaign.
According to the team’s fundraising website, they already have raised a whopping $1.025 million!
As this year’s Boston Marathon events unfold, we remember all of the victims and the caregivers who helped them heal. We wish BMC runners – and all runners – good luck!