In this week's edition: "Anniversary of a promise: Former MGHfC patient joins MGH Boston Marathon team," "Raising awareness of traumatic brain injury," "Blood Transfusion Service plans for temporary relocation to White 12," and more.

Stories in the 03/22/2013 Issue of Hotline

An ancient tradition observed

THE MGH CHAPLAINCY hosted a special ceremony March 21 in the MGH Chapel to observe Passover, which begins March 25 and ends April 2, and commemorates the emancipation of the ancient Hebrews from enslavement in ancient Egypt.

Anniversary of a promise

WHEN SHE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE as a member of the 2013 Mass General Boston Marathon Team on April 15, Lindsey Beggan’s life will have come full circle. It was 15 years ago, on the day of the team’s first marathon, that Beggan was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone disease. It also was the day her father made her a promise.

Blood Transfusion Service plans for temporary relocation to White 12

The MGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE (BTS) will temporarily relocate its operations to the 12th floor of the White Building on April 1 while its current location in the Jackson Building undergoes renovations.

Hodin named to new position

THE MGH DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY has announced that Richard Hodin, MD, has been appointed as chief for Academic Affairs. In his new role, Hodin – who also will continue in his roles as chief of Endocrine Surgery and surgical director of the MGH Crohn’s and Colitis Center – will be actively involved in faculty development and academic promotions and will join the leadership of the department on the Chiefs’ Council.

In General awards and honors: March 22, 2013

In General awards and honors: March 22, 2013

MGHers provide outreach in Middle East

LARRY RONAN, MD, director of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine in the MGH Center for Global Health, spent five days in early February working in the Zaatari refugee camp on the Syrian/Jordanian border. The camp, which opened in July 2012, is estimated to be home to more than 100,000 Syrians who have fled from the civil war within their country.

MGHfC hosts fifth annual Research Day

FOR MASSGENERAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN Physician-in-Chief Ronald Kleinman, MD, the highlight of the fifth annual MGHfC Research Day was the thought-provoking conversations he had with pediatric researchers. “It’s really remarkable how integrated our research is within a set of highly diverse themes,” says Kleinman. “That tells me we are really coming together as a research community here and helping each other to grow.”

Raising awareness of traumatic brain injury

ONE MOMENT TOM KEARNEY was walking along busy Oxford Street in London, England – the next he was laying on the pavement with a cracked skull, collapsed lungs and blood streaming from his ears and mouth. It was Dec. 18, 2009, and the businessman and Harvard University graduate had just been struck by a 16-ton bus – the impact projecting him 20 feet down the street and leaving him in a near-death coma.


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