Friday, February 18, 2011

Charter milestone

Feb. 25 events and activities commemorate bicentennial of charter signing

200 YEARS: A photo collage combining a view of the front entrance of the hospital with the Bulfinch Building

Two hundred years ago, on Feb. 25, 1811, the Massachusetts State Legislature convened to decide upon “An act to incorporate certain persons by the name of Massachusetts General Hospital.” The act, approved in a vote of 132 to 26, marked the official formation of the MGH and McLean Hospital.

Next week, on Feb. 25, 2011, leadership from the MGH and McLean will join with state and city officials for a ceremonial renewal of the 200-year-old charter. The event will take place at the Massachusetts State House and is one of many bicentennial-themed events, programs and activities set for Feb. 25 both on and off campus.

Feb. 25 events and activities

Blood drives Blood drives will be held on campus at the MGH Blood Donor Center and at MGH bloodmobiles at the State House from 8 am to 2 pm and at McLean Hospital from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

History book preview

The Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation will host a presentation by Webster Bull, co-author of “Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital 1811 to 2011,” from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Ether Dome. Bull will read a selection from the book – which will be available this spring – and be interviewed by Peter Johnson, director of the museum. Space is limited. The museum also will present a preview of its special collections in a display in the White Lobby.

Commemorative employee pins

Commemorative bicentennial pins will be available for employees the morning of Feb. 25. Details about the pins will be announced via the Daily Announcements e-mail during the week of Feb. 21.

Food giveaways

Bicentennial-themed food will be for sale in all MGH retail food areas. In addition, wassail – a hot, spiced cider beverage – will be given away at Eat Street Café, Riverside Café, Simches Cafeteria, 149 Eat Street and Tea Leaves.

History channel launch

A closed-circuit MGH history channel will launch on channel 45 on MGH televisions. The channel will feature highlights of 200 years of medicine at the MGH, including other celebrations of departmental milestone years.

“Share a Story” application

MGH Marketing will host a table in the White Lobby from 10 am to 4 pm to provide information about the new Facebook application “Share a Story,” which offers staff, patients, visitors and other members of the community the opportunity to share stories about how the MGH has touched their lives. To find the application on Facebook, search for “Massachusetts General Hospital.”

MGH logo merchandise discounts

The MGH General Store will offer a 20.11 percent discount on all MGH logo and MGH bicentennial logo merchandise, such as water bottles, canvas totes and fleece jackets.

Commemorative poster

MGH Hotline, published the afternoon of Feb. 25, will feature a commemorative mosaic poster of the Bulfinch Building made up of hundreds of small portraits of MGH staff, visitors and patients, as well as photos of MGH events and buildings.

The Feb. 25 events, programs and activities are only a few of those taking place throughout the bicentennial year. For the most up-to-date information about the events and the MGH’s bicentennial, access A Bicentennial Toolkit for MGH employees also is accessible at

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