MGHers traveled back in time to 1811 during this year’s Employee Summer Picnic hosted by MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. Held on June 21, the first day of summer, thousands of employees stopped by the Bulfinch Lawn to enjoy bicentennial-themed games and entertainment as well as traditional picnic fare.
“The picnic is always a lot of fun,” says Ryan Richardson, a research technician in the Department of Neurosurgery. “I really look forward to it each year.”
Activities included a mock cow-milking contest, bicentennial trivia and a photo opportunity with actors portraying the hospital’s founding fathers, James Jackson, MD, and John Collins Warren, MD. An especially popular attraction was the “My Giving Helps” MGH Fund Employee Campaign dunk tank, which allowed those who donated a chance to send fellow MGHers for a swim. In addition, the Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation hosted a display of historic photos and other artifacts. Briana Terry, RN, of Emergency Services, was surprised to learn so much about the hospital’s history.
“I’ve only been at the MGH for six months now, so I was not aware of all of this history,” says Terry. “It’s wonderful that the MGH has been able to provide such quality care for 200 years!”