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In this week's issue: "THE CUTTING EDGE," "BHI provides invaluable tools for a group of rising stars," "Celebrating another year of ESOL graduates," and more.

Stories in the 08/26/2011 Issue of Hotline

Annual celebration of Iftar at MGH

AT SUNSET ON AUG. 16, more than 200 people gathered in the Thier Conference Room for the 11th annual MGH celebration of Iftar, the Muslim breaking of the fast. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunup and sundown. Many attending the MGH celebration brought family and friends to join in what has become an MGH tradition.

BHI provides invaluable tools for a group of rising stars

“HOW MANY OF YOU have been burdened with stress over the past year?” asked Rana Chudnofsky, director of the Benson-Henry’s Education Initiative, of a group of 25 local high school students gathered at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH on Aug. 8. Every hand in the room went up.

Celebrating another year of ESOL graduates

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, the MGH and Jewish Vocational Services of Boston (JVS) celebrated 86 MGH employees as they completed a year of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)program. The MGH/JVS program, which began in 1994, is the longest continuous ESOL program in the state.

Hausman Fellowship empowers minority nursing students

Pursuing a nursing career is a difficult road for anyone, but aspiring clinicians from diverse backgrounds may face added pressures and challenges in a health care workforce that is predominately white. Through the Hausman Fellowship, founded at the MGH in 2007 to promote recruitment of minority nurses, minority nursing students are empowered to achieve their health care dreams and better serve the hospital’s diverse patient population.

In General: 08.26.11

In General awards and honors

THE CUTTING EDGE

AT 8:03 MONDAY MORNING, in operating room (OR) 51, the first surgical procedure in the Lunder Building began. By 8:15 am, surgeon David W. Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, had made the first laparoscopic incision, and a new era in MGH surgery was under way.

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