Friday, December 30, 2011

Bicentennial Corner: Anniversaries past


FUNDRAISING FOR THE FUTURE: A Cambridge Street billboard announces a 1959 fundraising campaign for the new ambulatory care care center, which is now known as the Wang Ambulatory Care Center.

Throughout its 200 years, the MGH has celebrated many milestone anniversaries. A centennial celebration was held in 1921, 100 years after the Bulfinch Building opened its doors and the first patient was admitted. The event also commemorated the 75th anniversary of the first public demonstration of surgical anesthesia and featured speeches by the president of the MGH Corporation, the surgeon general of the United States and several notable physicians. In 1961 the MGH marked the 150th anniversary of the year it was incorporated with a three-day convocation that included a reception and dinner at the Sheraton-Plaza Hotel. In a TV address from the White House, President John F. Kennedy acknowledged the anniversary, saying "the influence of Massachusetts General stretches really around the globe." In addition, Joseph E. Garland, MD, published "Every Man Our Neighbor: A Brief History of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-1961." The sesquicentennial logo featured a torch and the words "To heighten the hope of man."

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