Healthcare Heroes: Aanya Naik

Change had been piling up in Aanya Naik’s piggy bank since she was four years old. Now 9, Aanya, whose first name means “unique” and last name means “hero,” has grown up to be just that. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, she has watched the news religiously, hoping to find a way to help. She decided that she wanted to donate her $30 in savings to Winchester Hospital.

Healthcare Heroes: Aanya Naik

Change had been piling up in Aanya Naik’s piggy bank since she was four years old. Now 9, Aanya, whose first name means “unique” and last name means “hero,” has grown up to be just that. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, she has watched the news religiously, hoping to find a way to help. She decided that she wanted to donate her $30 in savings to Winchester Hospital.

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Healthcare Heroes: Alexa Sequeira, BSN, RN

Driving home after a 12-hour shift treating COVID-19 patients at Winchester Hospital in early May, Alexa Sequeira, BSN, RN, thought her work was done for the day. But when she came upon a crash scene on the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester and didn’t see any Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), she knew she had to help.

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Healthcare Heroes: Cummings Foundation

The outpouring of support for community hospitals has been remarkable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cummings Foundation, a longtime supporter of Winchester Hospital, has made a gift of $100,000 to support the hospital’s Healthcare Heroes Fund. This is the largest gift the hospital has received for the fund. 

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Healthcare Heroes: StonehamBank

Recently, StonehamBank CEO Edward F. Doherty Jr., was wondering how to help Winchester Hospital during this pandemic. After viewing a news story about a local car manufacturer making tens of thousands of face shields to help with the national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), Doherty decided to help the hospital by purchasing and then donating 1,000 face shields for the frontline staff.

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Healthcare Heroes: Teri Ciccone, MD

Working in the Emergency Department, Teri Ciccone, MD, has come to expect the unexpected. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, knowing what’s coming, but not knowing when, is the hard part. “When these sick people come in, they’re really sick and it’s really scary,” Dr. Ciccone said. 

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Saved by Healthcare Heroes: Virginia Fitzgerald

Walking into the Emergency Department at Winchester Hospital, Virginia Fitzgerald was terrified that she wouldn’t walk out or return to her home. The 82-year-old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother from Melrose was showing symptoms of COVID-19 and later tested positive. She knew from watching the news that her age put her at higher risk.

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Giving to Healthcare Heroes: Heimlich’s Nurseries

Businesses around the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. With Easter services and other events getting canceled, Heimlich’s Nurseries in Woburn wasn’t going to let its holiday supply of tulips and daffodils go to waste. Instead, they chose to brighten the days of the frontline caregivers and patients at Winchester Hospital.

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Healthcare Heroes: Winchester Hospital’s Winton Club

The daily COVID-19 headlines about hospitals being stretched financially were troubling one member of the Winton Club, a philanthropic group of women whose mission is to support Winchester Hospital. So she reached out to Margaret Bertochi, the club’s president, and asked if they could make their annual donation to Winchester Hospital earlier than planned.

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