Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer in the city


The Bulfinch Lawn was abuzz with music, laughter and lively conversation June 28 during the annual Employee Summer Picnic. Events were held for both day- and night-shift MGHers, with nearly 10,000 employees participating. 

“The picnic is a great little break away from work,” said Veronica Farguarson-Turner, a supervisor in Nutrition and Food Services who has worked at the MGH for 35 years. “It’s a nice way to show appreciation for MGH employees.”

Attendees were treated to picnic-style lunches with options including veggie burgers and whole wheat pasta salad. Among the many activities offered was a golf chipping contest – a favorite of MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, who donned a golf glove and used his own chipping wedge; relay races; and carnival games where participants competed to win small prizes including stuffed animals, hats, necklaces and binoculars.

 “It’s very fun,” said Pevel Jordan, a histopathology technician, as she waited in line for the bean bag toss. “I like the games – I won a slap bracelet for my 10-year-old daughter, and now I’m trying to win something for my other daughter!”


The My Giving Helps dunk tank was one of the most popular attractions. Now in its second year, the tank raised $1,125 for the My Giving Helps campaign, which for the first time benefits both the MGH Fund and the United Way. Among the good-natured employees who agreed to get wet for the cause were Bill Banchiere, director of Environmental Services; G. Scott Gazelle, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Institute for Technology Assessment; Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of the Department of Surgery; Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research Management; Ed Raeke, director of Materials Management; Ruth Stokes, patient services coordinator for Emergency Services; Steven Taranto, director of Human Resources; and Kevin Whitney, RN, associate chief of Nursing.

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