Friday, December 6, 2013

Pathology scholarship creates career advancement opportunities

Learning was a passion for Ann Bitzer, a longtime MGH staff member. “She instilled the idea that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are going to learn new skills,” says Donna MacMillan, director of operations for the MGH Pathology Service. “It was an expectation of herself – and others.”

In her nearly 40 years at the MGH, and in every position she served in the Pathology service – medical technologist, supervisor, technical director, and as associate director for operations and head of laboratory support services – Bitzer was committed to career development. “She believed it was her responsibility to keep her organization moving forward,” says MacMillan.

When Bitzer died in 2011 at the age of 63, MacMillan says Bitzers’s husband, Dexter Newcomb, looked for ways to honor her memory. “He felt that a scholarship would reflect her core principles.”

This October, through a generous contribution from Newcomb, the department announced the creation of the Ann Bitzer Endowed Scholarship Program. The program provides training and educational scholarship funds to non-managerial Pathology employees who wish to advance their careers.

“It could be someone looking to take course work, to attend a conference or to obtain a certification,” says William Hynes, executive director of the MGH Pathology Service. “The scholarship provides an opportunity for something that may be out of reach.”

For more information about the Ann Bitzer Scholarship Program, visit

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