Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MGH celebrates 200-year anniversary of the Circular Letter

EARLY DAYS: Map, ca. 1842, showing Boston and vicinity

ON AUG. 20, 1810, Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren circulated to the good people of Boston, a petition calling for the establishment of a hospital. Their moving appeal for community support and funds for the project included the phrase, "When in distress every man becomes our neighbor" -- words that continue to guide the MGH's mission.

While the Circular Letter of 1810 laid the foundation for this great institution, the MGH remains extraordinary because of the people here today who are the foundation for our vibrant third century. This special edition of MGH Hotline includes a copy of the full Circular Letter and is the first of many special editions that will celebrate this significant and unique moment in our shared history. We look forward to continuing the celebrations during 2011-- our official bicentennial year.

We invite you to share in this celebration of "MGH 2011" and encourage you to send your thoughts and comments to

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president
David F. Torchiana, MD, MGPO chairman and CEO