Oct. 16 is a very special day for the MGH, not only because it is the anniversary of the first successful public demonstration of ether as a surgical anesthetic but also because it is the hospital's annual chance to celebrate longtime employees. On Oct. 15, the day prior to the official Ether Day, approximately 3,100 employees were recognized for their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 or 60 years of service.
Employees celebrating anniversaries were given pins and colored ribbons to mark their years at the MGH. They also were honored at a ceremony in the Bulfinch Tent featuring the ever-popular Ether Day dancers, who inspired a few trips down memory lane as they performed to music popular during anniversary years. This year's selections ranged from 2000's "Bye, Bye, Bye" by 'N Sync to 1950's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry.
At the event, the names of those celebrating 40 years or more were read individually as they stood to be recognized. Staff members celebrating a milestone anniversary of 20 years or more were honored at a dinner held Oct. 21 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.