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In this week's edition: "Summer in the city," "Cardiac ECMO survivors celebrate each other and MGH staff," "Celebrating MGH volunteers," "Safety first: Handling and disposing of hazardous medications," and more.

Stories in the 07/13/2012 Issue of Hotline

Annual Julie Fund Walk

Some 300 individuals gathered along the Charles River June 16 for the seventh annual Julie Fund Walk.

Cardiac ECMO survivors celebrate each other and MGH staff

Seventeen MGH patients who experienced serious cardiac events received a second chance thanks in part to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that oxygenates and removes carbon dioxide from the blood outside a patient’s body, allowing his or her damaged heart and lungs time to recover.

Celebrating MGH volunteers

Each year the MGH sets aside time to thank and recognize the many volunteers who selflessly give their time to patients, families, visitors and staff. Last year 1,533 individuals volunteered at the hospital, logging more than 105,450 hours.

Duck Tour makes a splash

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in June, a group of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients and their families climbed aboard a Boston Duck Tours vehicle for a special tour of the city.

Expo highlights global health initiatives

Sponsored by the MGH Center for Global Health, the first MGH Global Health Expo featured representatives from more than 20 groups who spoke to staff, friends and neighbors about global health programs, initiatives and ways to get involved in the field.

International honor

Bruce Chabner, MD, director of Clinical Research for the MGH Cancer Center, was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Medical Sciences from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Safety first: Handling and disposing of hazardous medications

A multidisciplinary team recently rolled out improvements to the process for handling and disposing of hazardous medications.

Summer in the city

The Bulfinch Lawn was abuzz with music, laughter and lively conversation June 28 during the annual Employee Summer Picnic.

Xue named first recipient of Amelia F. Gardner Memorial Award

Feng Xue, senior financial analyst in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, was honored June 26 as the first recipient of the Amelia F. Gardner Memorial Service Award in recognition of her “nurturing nature, dedication, selflessness and patience.”

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