Investing in our Nurses

Corporate supporters and individuals thank our nurses

For the past 15 years, proceeds from the annual James F. McDonough, MD, Golf Classic have enabled more than 100 registered nurses (RN’s) at Winchester Hospital to obtain their bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the September tournament was canceled. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Winchester community, however, corporate supporters and individuals donated over $111,000 so that the hospital could continue to develop and educate nurses. For many donors, their gift was a tangible way to thank all of the nurses who have risked and continue to risk their lives caring for COVID-19 patients.

James F. McDonough, MD, was a beloved OB/GYN who spent 43 years at Winchester Hospital and delivered more than 17,000 babies. Dr. McDonough believed that educated nurses provided the best patient care and was insistent that the community should help nurses to further their education and obtain degrees and specialized certifications. 

In 2018, Deb Tarnowski, RN, BSN spoke at the golf tournament and credited the McDonough Fund with “changing her life.” Because of the Fund, she was able to get her bachelor’s degree and, later, a certification in infection prevention and control (CIC). Tarnowski started at Winchester in 1993 as a registered nurse with an associate’s degree. “The Fund definitely furthered my career,” Tarnowski said. “It made me a leader at the hospital.”

Deb has been nothing less than a super hero during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been an expert in infection prevention, educating all staff on the proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment), as well as other methods to decrease the transmission of the virus, and protect employees and patients.