In this week's issue: "A successful transition," "Courageous heart patient follows the Bruins' lead," "MGH celebrates another year of job opportunities for youth," and more.

Stories in the 09/09/2011 Issue of Hotline

A successful transition

A FEW MINUTES shy of 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, word was given to begin moving the first group of patients from Ellison 14 to the new W. Gerald Austen, MD Inpatient Care Pavilion in the Lunder Building. Leading the way was Nancy Acevedo of East Bridgewater, who had the honor of being the first patient to move into the new building. The trip, ushered by the sound of clapping hands of the Ellison 14 staff who lined the corridor to see Acevedo off, lasted under 10 minutes and was the picture of efficiency.

ACD Fair offers glimpse into future of patient care delivery

THE LAUNCH OF acute care documentation (ACD), an electronic system for assessments, notes and flow sheet data that will streamline and enhance patient care delivery, is quickly approaching. Pilot testing, or user acceptance testing, is scheduled to begin in early 2012 on the Ellison 4 Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Ellison 9 Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and White 9 General Medicine.

Courageous heart patient follows the Bruins’ lead

31-YEAR-OLD Chad Boily from Lisbon, Maine, is a fighter. Born with a congenital heart defect, Boily had his first surgery when he was 3 months old. He received his first heart transplant at age 16. And this past spring, when he was told he needed another new heart, he once again faced a fight for his life.

MGH celebrates another year of job opportunities for youth

THE STARR CENTER at the Schepens Eye Institute was filled with nearly 300 people on Aug. 17 for the Summer Jobs and Youth Programs Celebration. Attendees, including MGH staff members, volunteers and student participants, were celebrating another successful year of providing 148 local youth and college students with job opportunities and inspiration to pursue health and science careers.

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course

ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, more than a hundred ovarian cancer survivors and their supporters came to the MGH for the 2nd Annual Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course. The free course, sponsored by the Foundation for Women’s Cancers and jointly hosted by the MGH Cancer Center and Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, featured lectures, panels and discussions about the latest issues in ovarian cancer research and treatment.

Study confirms absenteeism in children exposed to smoke

CHILDREN WHO ARE exposed to tobacco smoke at home miss more days of school than do children living in smoke-free homes, a new MGH study confirms. The report – which finds these children have higher rates of respiratory illnesses caused by second-hand smoke and details the probable economic costs of increased school absence – has been released in the online edition of Pediatrics.


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