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WBUR Oral History Project: Stories from The Spaulding Rehabilitation Center

Oral historian Jayne Guberman and Spaulding President David Storto

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital played a critical role in the rehabilitation of many of the most seriously injured survivors of the bombings, including 15 amputees (two of whom were double amputees). They managed the opening of their new facility in the Boston Navy Yard just days after the bombings with the admission and care for dozens of patients and intense media attention, both of which continued for several months. Many of their staff were personally affected as they were runners on the Spaulding marathon charity team or were waiting near the finish line to support the team and witnessed the bombings.

Our Marathon's WBUR Oral History Project sought to collect a cross-section of interviews from Spaulding staff to chronicle how the rehabilitative care of marathon bombing survivors was an integral part of the city’s response to violence and mass trauma.

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David Storto

President of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Marathon runner



Maureen Banks

COO of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; First-Time Marathoner

Timothy Sullivan

Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network


Suzette Chiong-Oglesby

Clinical Nurse Manager, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Mother of Marathon runner; Treated Survivors


Dr. David Crandell

Director of Amputee Services at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Marathon Runner



Dr. Leslie Morse

Spaulding Physician; B.A.A. Marathon Medical Tent Volunteer; First Responder



Dara Casparian & Samantha Conley

Physical Therapist and Occupation Therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Provided Rehabilitation Care to Survivors



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