Friday, March 4, 2011

Feb. 25, 2011

A day of bicentennial events and activities

The Bicetennial Scholars

THE OPPORTUNITY only comes along once – the bicentennial of the date when the MGH officially came into being. On Feb. 25, the hospital community celebrated the 200th birthday of the MGH, commemorating the fact that two centuries had passed since the signing by Massachusetts legislators of the charter document that established the MGH in 1811. Employees, patients and visitors had the opportunity to take part in a variety of events to celebrate the milestone. Among the activities was a viewing of a video of the Charter Renewal Ceremony, which took place earlier that day at the Massachusetts State House; bicentennial- themed food and drink at the MGH eateries; commemorative lapel pins for employees; a book reading by Webster Bull, co-author of the new MGH history book, “Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital 1811 to 2011;” a display detailing plans for the Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation; and blood drives at the MGH, McLean and the State House.

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