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                                                                       Tenth Anniversary
                                                                                 MGHfC celebrates 10 years
                                                                            of transforming pediatric health care

                                                               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)

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 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
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
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
            Suzanne Kim               MGH Senior HealthWISE                        the museum, contact Peter Johnson, director of the MGH museum,
           617-726-0275               MGH Senior HealthWISE will offer             at 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
                                      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.,
                                                                               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                                                   Lauren Michaels at lmichaels@
                                      required for the cabaret event. For                                                said, “I know that we’ll be around
                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. Like the quote
          to MGH Hotline.                                                      the Endocrinology Laboratory at
                                      from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Simches
                                                                               the University of Chicago, will           ‘the best way to predict the future
                                      Research Center, Room 3.110.                                                       is to invent it,’ all of us at MGHfC
                                                                               present “An Expanded View of
                                      Patrick Sluss, PhD, co-director of                                                 have the opportunity to not only
                                                                               the Syndromes of Reduced
        MGH Hotline is printed        CLRc, will discuss the key services                                                participate but help create, and
                                                                               Sensitivity to Thyroid Hormone.”
          on recycled paper.          provided by the CLRc, which
                                                                               Registration is not required.             invent, the future of the care
        Please recycle Hotline        performs comprehensive clinical
                                                                               For more information, contact             of children.” n
       in any white paper box.        laboratory testing and specimen
                                                                               Lynn Moulton at 617-726-9345.

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