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In this week's edition: "Ether Day celebrates longtime employees," "Mass Health Information Exchange launched," PCS staff shines at awards celebration," and more.

Stories in the 10/19/2012 Issue of Hotline

65 years and counting: Ether Day celebrates longtime employees

Proudly donning MGH shield pins and multicolored ribbons indicating their years of service, longtime employees gathered in the Bulfinch Tent Oct. 12 for Ether Day.

Forum focuses on improving equity

The Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum – the first forum of its kind – brought together 150 health care leaders working to improve equity for patients across the country at a time of rapid change in the national health care system.

Helping military families stay strong

The Red Sox Foundation and the MGH Home Base Program celebrate launch of Staying Strong, an initiative to support families at home and in school communities.

In General: Oct. 19, 2012

In General: Oct. 19, 2012

Mass Health Information Exchange launched

MGH celebrates launch of the new Massachusetts Health Information Exchange (HIE) system.

PCS staff shines at awards celebration

The praise for 12 extraordinary MGH employees warmed hearts of attendees at the annual Patient Care Services’ (PCS) “One Celebration of Many Stars” Awards Ceremony Oct. 9 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.

Ryan appointed chief of Hematology/Oncology

On Oct. 12, the Department of Medicine and the Cancer Center announced the appointment of David Ryan, MD, as the new chief of Hematology/Oncology at the MGH. Ryan, who succeeds Jose Baselga, MD, PhD, joined the MGH Cancer Center in 1998.

Taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle

Mass General West hosts a free program called “Walk with a Doc,” taking the patient experience out of the doctor’s office and into fresh air

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