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In this week's issue: "Revolutionary potential," "Saying 'I Do' in the Lunder," "Capt. 'Sully' visits the MGH," and more.

Stories in the 09/30/2011 Issue of Hotline

All Lunder Building floors occupied and operating

THE LUNDER BUILDING has bustled with movement for a long time, but the current activity is not related to construction or moving – it’s the everyday operations of patient care. With the successful move of the Neurosciences Units to Lunder 6, 7 and 8 and Radiation Oncology to Lunder Lower Level 3, all floors of the MGH’s newest facility are occupied and operating.

Angels Above

Pictured with MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Hematology/Oncology Unit Chief Howard Weinstein, MD, is the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Troop 77465. The girls recently donated crafts, blocks, markers and coloring books for the unit’s pediatric patients.

Capt. “Sully” visits the MGH

CAPT. C.B. "SULLY" SULLENBERGER – famous for his water landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009 – made a brief landing in Boston Sept. 23 to learn about local approaches to patient safety. During his visit, which was coordinated by Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, executive director of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Cambridge, Sullenberger stopped by a CMS course for Harvard Medical School anesthesia faculty and then visited the MGH Learning Laboratory with Director James A. Gordon, MD, MPA.

Revolutionary potential

ORGANISMS FROM SINGLE-CELLED PROTOZOA to mammoth whales all depend on tiny cellular components called mitochondria for their energy supply. But just as a motor cannot operate if its fuel line is blocked, disorders that disrupt mitochondrial function can be life threatening. Investigator Vamsi Mootha, MD, of the MGH Department of Molecular Biology, focuses on understanding mitochondrial disease and has just received one of 17 Transformative Research Project Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Saying ‘I Do’ in the Lunder

"NOBODY PLANS to get married in a hospital,” says 27-year-old Arnoldo Andrade, squeezing the hand of his new bride, Josiane Dasilveira, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in mid-August. “But I didn’t want to postpone it and neither did she. So the MGH said we could get married here.”

Surf’s up at MGHfC

A GROUP OF Hawaiian surfing and mixed martial arts champions recently took time to “hang ten” with MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Ellison 17 and 18. The visit was made possible by the Mauli Ola Foundation, which is dedicated to introducing surfing to patients with genetic disorders, especially cystic fibrosis, who may be helped by the healing properties of the ocean.

The power of determination

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE the MGH has supported the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners’ (AMMP) initiative to assist employees of minority backgrounds in their efforts to pursue college degrees or other educational programs. On Sept. 8, the 2011 AMMP Scholarship recipients were honored during a ceremony in the East Garden Room.

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