Making history: From left, Torchiana, Russell, Slavin and Johnson
To officially dedicate and name the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, and David Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO, hosted a July 8 luncheon in honor of Russell. More than 115 friends and family members of Russell, a beloved MGH senior surgeon and the chair of the MGH History Committee, traveled from across the globe to attend the event in the Bulfinch Tent.
The luncheon speaking program featured remarks from Slavin and Torchiana, who both discussed the evolution of the museum and thanked those who had contributed to its creation. Russell then spoke – emphasizing the significance of an MGH museum and thanking the many people who have worked tirelessly to make it a reality – followed by museum director Peter Johnson, who shared detailed plans for the facility.
“Creating a museum that will document the storied past of this exceptional institution, while recognizing its capacity for extraordinary future achievements, has been a longtime dream of many at the MGH,” said Slavin.
After the program, attendees were invited to tour the museum building site on the corner of North Grove and Cambridge streets. The museum, which features two floors of exhibition and programming space and a rooftop garden, is scheduled to open in December 2011. Funding for the museum has come entirely through philanthropy, including gifts from the MGPO – which provided one of the first major gifts to the museum – as well as gifts from many MGH clinical departments, physicians and trustees and from the Russell family.