Monday, October 22, 2012

Ether Day: MGHfC Celebrates Longtime Employees

Patient Care Associate Marie Allien celebrates 40 years at MGH.

Every October 16, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) community pauses to reflect on the anniversary of the first successful demonstration of ether as a surgical anesthetic. On Ether Day, MGH also takes time to celebrate staff as they reach milestones in their commitment to the hospital. This year, over 3,400 employees were honored and given pins and ribbons for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 years of service at the Ether Day event on October 14 under the Bullfinch tent.

Two MGHfC employees had the special honor of being recognized for 40 years of service: Richard Liberthson, MD, and Susan Riese, RN. Dr. Liberthson, who is the Director of the Congenital Heart Disease Program at MGHfC, remembers his beginnings at the hospital as if they were yesterday.

“The MGH has truly been a second home and extended family. It allowed me to practice and teach a highly personalized style of cardiology in the setting of a cutting-edge, world renowned institution, and in the company of peerless colleagues,” Dr. Liberthson says.  “MassGeneral enabled us to establish an extended center for the care of adult patients who were born with congenital heart problems, which was among the earliest and has become among the largest of its kind. It has truly been an honor for me to be a part of this family.”

Susan Riese, RN, Nurse Coordinator for Chemotherapy Provider Order Entry for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, says she is also amazed that 40 years have gone by since her first arrival at MGH.

“What a rewarding 40 years it has been,” Riese says. “Wherever I have worked at the hospital, I have always felt like a respected member of the team. Many exciting changes have occurred at MGH through the years – it’s pretty clear why MGH is number 1!"

MGHfC staff members were also honored at a luncheon at the pediatric administration department on October 12. Employees recognized for serving 20 years or more were also honored at a celebratory dinner on October 18 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

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