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How a Nurse Practitioner From New England Baptist Hospital Uses Her Gold Medal-Winning Experience To Help Her Patients

Boston, Mass. – Tara Mounsey started ice skating at the age of three. She started on the ponds of New Hampshire and ended up on the elite ice hockey rinks at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She won a gold medal in Japan and a silver medal in Utah. Two years after medaling, she became a nurse practitioner in orthopedics. She has worked at New England Baptist Hospital ever since, for 17 years.

During her skating career, she tore her ACLs in both knees, resulting in surgery and physical therapy. She said it was that experience that sparked her interest in orthopedics. “I’ve spent a lot of time in operating rooms and physical therapy programs, both as a nurse practitioner and a patient. I have tremendous sympathy and empathy for what my orthopedic patients are going through,” said Mounsey.

“As an orthopedic specialty hospital, we are proud to have Tara on our staff,” said New England Baptist Hospital President David Passafaro. “Her Olympic career has inspired her medical career in a way that is incalculable. She’s been in her patient’s shoes and can inform them from a place of both knowledge and experience.”

“Being an elite Olympic medalist has helped me dearly in my profession,” said Mounsey. “Training as an elite athlete alongside twenty teammates allowed me to develop high-level collaboration skills that I apply every day when interacting with patients and colleagues.”

When she isn’t working as a nurse practitioner at NEBH, Mounsey volunteers as an ice hockey coach all over New England, including to her own children.

About Beth Israel Lahey Health

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years.

New England Baptist Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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