BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will host Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Night, presented by Mass General Brigham, on Tuesday, November 9 against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m.
As part of Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Night, staff from Mass General Brigham have come together to participate in a special puck delivery for the game. Each honoree has passed the puck onto the next honoree, ending with Katie Bradley, a charge nurse for Brigham & Women's Connors Center for Women & Newborns, who will deliver it to the officials pregame. Even though Bradley's floor was turned into a COVID intake during the pandemic, her staff has raised over $7,000 for Ovarian Cancer research in the past few months.
Other Spaulding Hospital staff participating in the puck delivery include Leanne Quigley (RN, Admissions), Kazumi Walton (RN, Outpatient Medical Clinic), Lisa Perkins (PT, Physical Therapy), Gabrielle Zorkers (RN, 5th floor nurse), Stuart Mackinnon (First Chef, Spaulding Rehab Hospital) and Dr. Ross Zafonte (President, Spaulding Rehab Hospital), all of whom were integral to the operation of their respective staffs throughout the pandemic.
Pamela Thomas (RN) and Dr. Marvin Ryou (Advanced Gastroenterologist) will be the Ice Resurfacer Riders for the game. Thomas managed a COVID testing tent for Martha's Vineyard at the beginning of the pandemic, ensuring that all residents had access to testing and contact tracing, while also managing all new hires at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Dr. Marvin Ryou, a member of Mass General Brigham for over 10 years, joined nurses in treating patients at the height of COVID, and has been known for his quick thinking, decisive action, and calming force, all of which have saved multiple lives throughout the pandemic.
For Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Night, the 8-Spoked Salute will go to Captain Ann Marie Leifer of the United States Air Force Reserves. A Melrose, MA resident, Leifer was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2009, and has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit awards for command of her unit. In 2015, Leifer moved to the Air Force Reserves Medical Detachment unit, and is currently a nurse practitioner at Mass General Brigham. Leifer worked on the front lines during COVID, and was part of a task force charged with vaccine distribution in Massachusetts.
Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Night will also feature several initiatives to celebrate healthcare professionals, including a 20-percent in-house discount at the ProShop, powered by '47. Additionally, proceeds from the Boston Bruins Foundation 50/50 Raffle, presented by DraftKings, will support the Neighborhood Food Action Collaborative, a community partner of Mass General Brigham.
The Neighborhood Food Action Collaborative is a local organization built through community members, community-based groups and healthcare and government institutions, with the goal of creating a more healthy, accessible, robust and equitable food ecosystem for the entire Boston community.
The Raffle will run through the second period of tonight's game, and tickets can be purchased online at BostonBruins.com/5050.