Friday, October 25, 2013

Celebrating Ether Day


MAGICAL MILESTONE: Stoeckle celebrates 65 years of service.

One hundred sixty-seven years ago,the MGH ushered in a new era of medical practice that changed the medical world. The first successful public demonstration of ether used as a surgical anesthetic became the event for which the hospital is now widely known. For many years, Ether Day – Oct. 16 – was a celebration of medical breakthroughs, but since 1945, the MGH also has selected a day close to the anniversary to honor longtime employees. Those celebrating milestone anniversaries are given pins and ribbons to mark their years of service.

“So many people, once they arrive, choose never to leave,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “These ribbons represent the pride we feel to be at this institution.”

On Oct. 18 under the Bulfinch tents, Slavin and David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO, welcomed guests, followed by remarks from Jeff Davis, senior vice president for Human Resources, who also introduced the Ether Day dancers.

More than 3,100 employees were acknowledged, two of whom were recognized for 65 years of service – Paul Russell, MD, senior surgeon and emeritus chief of the MGH Transplantation Unit, and John D. Stoeckle, MD, of MGH’s John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. “I love my work and I love working here,” said Stoeckle. “It doesn’t seem like it has been 65 years – it’s always changing.”

Russell added, “We are always striving to make things better.”

Jennifer Dubose, LPN, of Blood Transfusion Services, who received her 40-year pin, said, “It’s a wonderful place to work. It’s like family.”

Those celebrating milestones of 20 years or more were invited to attend the Ether Day Dinner held Oct. 24 at the Westin Copley Place. 


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