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MGHHOTLINE 11.19.10 A PUBLICATION FOR EmPLOYEES AND STAFF OF ThE mASSAChUSETTS gENERAL hOSPITAL Tenth Anniversary MGHfC celebrates 10 years of transforming pediatric health care O On nOv. 11, the MGH celebrated the 10th anniversary of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with a birthday party at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care. The event also celebrated 100 years of comprehensive pediatric services and 50 years of pediatric surgery at the MGH. Attendees at the event included Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, MGHfC physician-in-chief; Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, MGHfC mgh 2011: An architect’s rendering of the museum of surgeon-in-chief; Sandy Dodge, MGHfC executive director; Debra N. Burke, RN, MSN, medical innovation, scheduled to open in late 2011 MBA, MGHfC associate chief nurse; and many MGHfC caregivers and employees. As guests sampled cupcakes, candy, ice cream and other treats, Slavin spoke of MGH museum of the remarkable record of accomplishments and wonderful care provided by MGHfC. medical innovation “This hospital has a great record of providing terrific As the MGh prepares to mark its bicentennial in care to the kids of this region,” 2011, plans are focusing not only on the hospital’s he said. “I know that historic milestones in patient care, research, medical firsthand because both of education and in the community but also on its my children have been cared current and future contributions as well. As part for by MassGeneral Hospital of this all-inclusive commemoration, the MGH has for Children, and we are begun construction of a landmark museum of medical very fortunate to have such a innovation, scheduled to be completed in late 2011. talented group of physicians, Following several years of planning and nurses, other caregivers and coordination led by the MGH History Committee, administrative staff.” the hospital has designated the area adjacent to the In his remarks, Kleinman Resident Physician’s House at the corner of North described the rapid growth Grove and Cambridge streets as the site for the and expansion of the new, two-story building. The museum will serve as pediatric program at the a gateway to the hospital campus – a modern and MGH since it took on the engaging attraction for hospital staff, patients, visitors designation MGHfC. “If you CELEBRATINg 10 YEARS: MGHf C staff from left, Beth E. Charland, PNP, Wendy Jennings, RN, holding a card during one of and passersby. go upstairs to the entrance of the party’s activities, and “Pedi the Bear" The ground-floor gallery will showcase several Ellison 17 and 18, you know permanent exhibits that will display compelling visuals, that those are pediatric units, something very different than 20 years ago,” he said. “If you artifacts, and current and historical stories illustrating walk with the residents on their morning rounds, you see that they incorporate parents the hospital’s ongoing innovation and achievements into their rounds, and you know that family-centered care has become a focal point that have changed the practice of medicine throughout over the past ten years. It has been dramatically successful from everybody’s perspective.” the world. Serving more than 170,000 children every year, MGHfC includes approximately The second-floor gallery will feature changing 50 medical specialties and 15 surgical services. Its many clinical, research and advocacy exhibits and lectures that will highlight evolutionary achievements over the past decade include defining the term “third-hand smoke” themes of medicine, such as the progression from through a study led by MGHfC physician Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, which examined hand-drawn medical illustration to modern-day adult attitudes about the health risks of third-hand smoke to children, and establishing interventional and diagnostic radiology. the Lurie Family Autism Center, a world-class center dedicated to comprehensive (Continued on page 4) clinical care for autistic individuals from early childhood to adulthood. The program ended with Burke sharing some touching notes of thanks from grateful (Continued on page 4) 11.19.10 Honoring veterans and their families AMOnG the hOspitAl’s nearly 23,000 employees, many have served or currently are serving the country or are a family member of a serviceman or woman or veteran. To pay tribute to veterans and their families, the MGH hosted a special Veterans Day breakfast event Nov. 11 in the Bulfinch Tents. More than 70 guests attended, including Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president; Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources; Katrina Scott, MDiv, chaplain for the MGH Cancer Center; and John Parrish, MD, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program, which provides specialized clinical services for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars affected by post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. All offered remarks at the event. “One year ago we embarked on this journey together, to create a ‘home base’ for the young men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country,” said Parrish, a former Marine Corps medical officer who served in the Vietnam War. “For many of our local heroes, we’re their best chance at getting reconnected to what matters EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT: From left, Thibault, Bellack and Minehan most. I’m humbled by how far we’ve come and by the exciting road ahead.” Following a “roll call” by Roger Knight, veterans outreach coordinator for the Home Base Program, who invited veterans from each branch of MGH Institute Scholarship Gala military service to stand and be recognized, Lori Pugsley, RN, BSN, MEd, GeOrGe thibAult, MD, chair of the MGH Institute of Health Professions nursing director for MGH Obstetrics, Newborn and Family Units, offered (IHP) Board of Trustees, Janis Bellack, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of the a moving reflection on service. Her son, Robert, currently is serving IHP, and Cathy E. Minehan, chair of the MGH Board of Trustees, were in Afghanistan. among those who attended the fourth annual IHP Scholarship Gala at The event culminated in a panel discussion, “What Veterans Day the Park Plaza Hotel. The Oct. 28 event raised an IHP record $425,000 Means to Me,” moderated by John Fromson, MD, of the Home Base to help fund scholarships for students in nursing, physical therapy, Program, with speakers Alan McPhee, of Nutrition and Food Services speech-language pathology and medical imaging. More than 360 guests and the U.S. Navy; Andrew Gottlieb, FNP-BC, of Occupational Health attended the event, which featured Minehan as master of ceremonies. and the U.S. Army Reserves; Rebecca Coburn, of Police and Security For more information about the IHP, access www.mghihp.edu. n and the U.S. Air Force; Russ Wallace, of Buildings and Grounds and the U.S. Air Force; Sean Kennedy, of the Home Base Program and U.S. Army; and Pugsley. The event concluded with a prayer service to honor members of the Upholding a 200-Year Promise armed forces and their families. Throughout the rest of the day, members AlthOuGh the MGh uniteD WAy campaign came of the Home Base and MGH Employee Assistance programs distributed to a close Nov. 19, members of the community red, white and blue ribbons to veterans and yellow ribbons to family continue to need support. Donation pledges will members of veterans and the MGH community to show support for all be accepted for the remainder of 2010, and as of those who are serving or have served. Nov. 18, 7 percent of all employees have made COmmEmORATINg hEROES: From left, Knight, Davis, Scott, Pugsley, donations to raise more than $385,000. Parrish and Slavin Giving to the campaign provides crucial aid to a range of deserving local charitable organizations. Employees can direct their gift to a specific organization or allow the United Way to direct funding where it is needed most. Pledges can be made – as a one-time gift or via payroll deduction online – at www.massgeneral. org/unitedway, by printing and submitting a pledge form to the Employee Access Center in Bulfinch 107, or through PeopleSoft (HRMS Production>Self Service>Tasks>Voluntary Deduction). While the grand prize raffles are over, employees who donate after Nov. 19 will still be eligible for special rewards such as membership in the United Way’s Caring Club discount program or an invitation to a donor recognition breakfast in January. n MGHHOTLINE MGH leads team demonstration of complex vascular interventions fOr tWO DAys in OctOber, cameras focused on the work of the MGH Vascular Center and the Knight Center for Interventional Cardiovascular Therapy when physicians, technicians, nurses and staff participated in 11 cases broadcast live to the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 19 and 20. Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, director of the Cardiac and Vascular Invasive Service, led a multidisciplinary team of physicians who demonstrated complex vascular interventions for more than 2,200 attendees at the conference. Other participating physicians included Christopher Kwolek, MD, Robert Schainfeld, DO, Douglas Drachman, MD, and Joseph Garasic, MD. “We were able to demonstrate and convey to the audience the high level and quality of care that we are able to offer as VIVA LAS VEgAS: Attendees at the VIVA conference in Las Vegas watch, from left, Rahul Sakhuja, MD, of MGH Vascular Diagnostic Interventional Cardiology, Schainfeld and Rosenfield perform live complex vascular interventions. a result of the team effort that is always A-plus here at the MGH, starting with the said Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director the that was shared with each patient who had cardiologists working with the surgeons and MGH Vascular Center and faculty member of agreed to participate. the supporting staff who are unmatched and VIVA. “The format included a faculty panel at Preparing for the two days of filming unparalleled,” said Rosenfield. the meeting that observed and discussed the required several months of coordination The demonstrated interventions included nuances of the cases with the physicians within the Vascular and Knight centers carotid artery and kidney artery stents, lower in attendance.” and included planning with Buildings extremity revascularization and closing an This was the third time the MGH had and Grounds, which helped the satellite aneurysm behind the knee. broadcast cases to VIVA since the conference broadcasting company connect 1,000 feet “The cases were broadcast live via began eight years ago. This year, the MGH of cable through the hospital, and satellite from five leading centers across the team highlighted the ethical responsibilities Environmental Services, which accommodated United State and Germany by experts who of performing live case demonstrations, the Knight Center’s extended staff members’ demonstrated new techniques and technologies,” including an MGH-developed code of conduct hours on the days of filming. n Local students shadow MGHers mentorship and encouraged the students to take initiative in identifying their own mentor. JOb shADOWinG is one of the many ways the MGH Center for After the panel, MGHers met the students they were hosting and Community Health Improvement (CCHI) is helping to brighten the escorted them to their respective departments. For example, Solmaira futures of local students. On Oct. 27, CCHI hosted a job shadow event Acevado accompanied nurse Michele Allen, RN, as she made rounds on for students from Chelsea High School. White 11, observing while she checked The day began with a panel discussion each patient and monitored their vital signs. in the Haber Auditorium featuring Meanwhile, in the Francis H. Burr Proton Danny Yagoda, MPH, health engineer, and Therapy Center, Joshua Small, a dosimetrist, Joan Brown, MBA, project specialist, both explained to student Alejandro Rivera how of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain he calculates computerized isodose plans for Medicine; Adnan Abu-Yousif, PhD, a radiation oncology patients. postdoctoral research fellow in the Rivera was impressed. “I was interested Wellman Center for Photomedicine; in being a pharmacist, but now I’m interested and Raymond Hawkins, LP, a perfusionist in this!” in Cardiac Surgery. The panelists described CCHI will host its larger Job Shadow the work they do and how they came Day, an annual event that takes place on or to be in their particular positions. near Groundhog Day, in February 2011. A few spoke about the importance of mE AND mY ShADOw: Allen, left, with Acevado 11.19.10 MGHHOTLINE MGH employee flu vaccine – MGH museum documentation incentive (Continued from page 1) hOspitAl eMplOyees are reminded to eMplOyee If sufficient funding can be raised, plans for the museum also document in PeopleSoft before Nov. 30 whether pArticipAtiOn include a roof deck, where a garden and seating will allow for guests they have received or declined the seasonal flu to enjoy the view of Cambridge Street vaccine to be eligible for a $50 bonus, payable “We are excited about this new project currently underway at in December. If more than 90 percent of MGH the MGH,” says Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “The museum employees document their vaccination status 100% will truly reflect in tangible ways the hospital’s longstanding 90% commitment to innovation, education, learning and excellence in before Dec. 31, another $50 will be payable in 82.5% January to those who attested. caring for its patients who are always at the heart of all of our work.” The vaccine is available at the Occupational Adds Paul S. Russell, MD, chair of the MGH History Committee, Health Office, at 165 Cambridge Street, fourth MGH senior surgeon and John Homans Distinguished Professor of floor, Monday through Friday from 7 am Surgery at HMS: “To date, there has yet to be a formal name for the to 5 pm. No appointment is necessary. museum. We are considering several names that may not include the Staff members with questions about the word ‘museum’ but instead would feature a name that would convey program should speak with their managers the active and exciting nature of the exhibits and the inclusion of a or supervisors. n forward-looking theme. We are looking forward to its completion, however, as a vibrant community resource that will allow medicine to take its place with the great science and art museums in the W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G Boston area. As much as it is about the MGH and the history of Change in MGH Hotline schedule medicine and innovation, it also is about the exciting ongoing work Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, in medicine today and the immense possibilities and milestones in MGH Hotline will not be published its future.” Nov. 26. The regular printing schedule Funding for the museum will come from donations, with more will resume Dec. 3. than half of funds for the project raised so far. To learn more about editor Suzanne Kim MGH Senior HealthWISE the museum, contact Peter Johnson, director of the MGH museum, 617-726-0275 MGH Senior HealthWISE will offer at email@example.com or 617-726-3182. the following free events for seniors assistant editor ages 60 years and older: “Boston Emily Lemiska Conservatory Cabaret,” a performance 617-724-2753 banking to support research at designer by Boston Conservatory musical the MGH and Partners-affiliated – MGHfC theater students, Nov. 29 from 2 (Continued from page 1) organizations. Although this course Aldona Charlton to 3 pm in the Thier Conference is geared toward research nurses 617-643-3865 Room, and a hypertension screening patients and Vacanti speaking and coordinators, all are welcome fax Dec. 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at about the future of MGHfC. to attend. To register, access 617-726-7475 the Hill House, 127 Mt.Vernon St., http://hub.partners.org/catalog. Urging guests to take lessons with Diane Connor, MS, RN, CDE, from the MGH’s upcoming e-mail For more information, contact MGH wellness nurse. Registration is bicentennial in 2011, Vacanti Hotline@partners.org Lauren Michaels at lmichaels@ required for the cabaret event. For said, “I know that we’ll be around partners.org. mail more information or to register, call 200 years from now even though Public Affairs Office 617-724-6756. Annual Farahe Maloof Lecture it is impossible to predict how we 50 Staniford Street, Suite 830 The MGH Endocrine/Thyroid Unit will get there. I can tell you that Boston, MA 02114 Seminar on working with CLRc will host the 24th Annual Farahe today we are very well positioned MGH Hotline is published weekly The MGH Clinical Research Maloof Lecture Nov. 30 from noon to participate and lead in the by the MGH Public Affairs Office. Program is sponsoring “Working to 1 pm in the Ether Dome. with the Clinical Laboratory transformation of health care Submit news tips and story ideas Samuel Refetoff, MD, director of Research Core (CLRc)” Dec. 1 in this country. 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