Dempsey Stands with Local Family as He Receives Hero Award

From left, Jay, Renee, Maddie and Patrick Connolly join state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey and Sandy Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, at the Massachusetts State House.

State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, flanked by a Haverhill family, was recently presented with Boston Children’s Hospital Child Health Hero Award during the hospital’s annual State House Breakfast.

Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was honored alongside pediatric patients and families who have been impacted by the work of the hospital. Among them were Jay, Renee, Maddie and Patrick Connolly of Haverhill, who shared their story about the life-changing impact that the Children’s Hospital has had on their family.

“The service and level of care that they provide patients and their families is second to none,” Dempsey said, adding, “It was humbling to be up there with families whose lives have been impacted by the work of Children’s Hospital. I will continue to do what I can to support their work and ensure access to their world class services.”

The breakfast took place in the Great Hall of the State House, and was followed by a day-long exhibit, showcasing programs that make measurable, life-changing difference in the care of their pediatric patients. Sandi Fenwick, Boston Children’s Hospital president and CEO, also shared stories from the Connollys and other families.

Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children in 1869, Boston Children’s Hospital now is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. It is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.