Thursday, December 23, 2010

MGH celebrates two centuries

MGH BULFINCH BUILDING: An artist’s rendering, circa 1848

When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, the MGH community will ring in not only the new year, but also the start of the yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the hospital’s founding. Many MGHers will be planning their own department’s bicentennial celebrations, and the entire hospital community is encouraged to join in the festivities by using the bicentennial logo, historical photos and helpful resources available in the Bicentennial Intranet Toolkit at Staff can use these items to “bicentennialize” an MGH event, document or presentation.

“This truly is an amazing time to be an MGH employee,” says MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. “While we pause and take a moment in 2011 to reflect on the rich history of the MGH, we look forward to the contributions this hospital can make to society over the next 200 years by enhancing patient care, developing groundbreaking research, delivering award-winning education to the caregivers of tomorrow and remaining steadfast in our longstanding commitment to our neighbors – locally and around the world.”

Among the highlights of 2011 MGHers can anticipate are the announcement of the birth of the MGH Bicentennial Baby, the ceremonial renewal of the MGH Charter – the document formally establishing the hospital – at the Massachusetts State House on Feb. 25, and the openings of the Lunder Building and the MGH museum.

“We invite all employees to take part in commemorating the hospital’s bicentennial,” says Lynn Dale, director of MGH Bicentennial Planning, Programming and Special Events. “There already are a number of hospital events that will have the bicentennial theme incorporated into their programs. For example, the Multicultural Affairs Office Alumni Reunion in February, the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting in April and the Warren Triennial Prize Symposium in October all will feature a look at the rich past and exciting future of the MGH in honor of the 200th anniversary.”

“The bicentennial is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to reflect on the extraordinary history of the MGH, its contribution to the lives of our patients and to the world,” adds David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO.

For a list of internal hospital events hosted by various departments, access the Bicentennial Intranet Toolkit at For questions about the bicentennial, contact Dale at or

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