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In this week's edition: "New year, new lease on life," "In memoriam: Robert Bergman, RN, CCRN," "Laser may increase vaccine effectiveness," and more.

Stories in the 01/10/2014 Issue of Hotline

Easing winter storm woes

MGH emergency preparedness personnel and department leadership, along with city and state officials, engage in extensive planning to ensure the hospital continues to operate safely and efficiently during a snowstorm.

Flu season has arrived

Although this year’s flu season seems less intense than last year, the CDC says they have seen “significant increases” in flu activity in recent weeks.

Graubert appointed first incumbent of the Hagler Family Chair

Timothy A. Graubert, MD, program director for Hematologic Malignancies at the MGH Cancer Center, was honored Nov. 18 with the first Hagler Family Chair in Hematologic Malignancies.

Laser may increase vaccine effectiveness

New research indicates that using a particular laser to pre-treat the site of a flu shot may boost the body’s immune response against influenza.

New year, new lease on life

When the call came in at 4 am, just before Christmas, Eric Fritz, 38, of Liverpool, N.Y., was so surprised he made the transplant coordinator tell him twice. After a year of waiting, he had a donor liver.

Robert Bergman, RN, CCRN

Robert Bergman, RN, a staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), died unexpectedly Dec. 10 at the age of 45.

Students diagnose their futures

This is the second year the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement have offered local high school students a five-week introduction to careers in health care.

Understanding trauma-informed care

Liz Speakman, LICSW, director of HAVEN, explains how a new trauma-informed care initiative is underway that will shape the delivery of care at the MGH and across the Partners HealthCare system.

What's Happening: Jan. 10, 2014

What's Happening: Jan. 10, 2014

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