Friday, August 23, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 23, 2013

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following events:

  • “Stroke Risk Prevention” Sept. 26, from11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Mary Amatangelo, RN, MS, ACNP-BC CCRN, Senior Stroke Researcher and Nurse Practitioner at the MGH.
  • Hypertension screenings Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.

For more information, call 617-724-6756 or access


Upcoming events from the Blum Center
The Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient & Family Learning Center on White 110 will host the following events: 

  • “Shared Decision Making: Living Better with Chronic Pain” Sept. 5, from noon to 1pm; Ronald Kulich, PhD of the Department of Psychiatry will answer question following the presentation.
  • “National Health Observances: What is Atrial Fibrillation (AF)?” Sept. 17, from noon to 1 pm; Join Kenneth Comeiro, NP, in the MGH Cardiology Division, for a discussion about atrial fibrillation.

All programs are free and open to MGH staff, patients and the general public. For more information call 617-724-7352 or email

Free seminar on hearing and hearing loss at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary will hold its 13th annual Free Public Forum on hearing and hearing loss on Sept. 28, from 9 am to 1 pm, presented by the hospital’s Department of Audiology. Talks at this year’s event will focus on different approaches to improving hearing function. Guest speakers include Alicia Quesnel, MD, of the MGH Department of Otolaryngology. Call 617-573-4466 to reserve a space or email

Nominate colleagues for the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community
The MGH will celebrate Latino Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This month-long celebration includes the presentation of the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community. The ceremony will take place on Sept. 18 from 8 am to 9:30 am in the Their Conference Room. The award honors an MGH employee who has significantly contributed to improving the experience of Latino patients, families, visitors and/or employees within MGH or the community. All MGH employees are invited to download a nomination form and nominate their colleagues; self-nominations are accepted. Nominations may be emailed to, faxed to 617-643-5358 or delivered to MGH Human Resources, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 760. Nominations are due by Aug. 26.

Annual shift of Earned Time (ET) to Extended Sick Leave (ESL)
The annual shift of Earned Time (ET) to Extended Sick Leave (ESL) for weekly MGH employees will take place on Sept. 24, with the new balances appearing the last paycheck in September. Any ET in excess of the allowed annual maximum will automatically be transferred into the employee's ESL account, providing the employee has less than the ESL account maximum balance. For more information view the annual maximums based on standard hours and years of service. All excess ET must be used by the week ending Sept. 21. On Sept. 24, the excess will be moved to the ESL account. Per MGH policy, employees may request one cash-out per year of 1x standard hours. Cash-out requests should be requested through the departmental manager/timekeeper.

Guaranteed Ride Home Program
All MGH employees are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program. If you currently walk, bike or take transit to work, you can receive a free ride home in the event of an emergency or unscheduled overtime. Through the MGH membership in A Better City Transportation Management Association (ABCTMA), all transportation costs, including tolls and gratuity are covered – the program is completely free. Register now to get your voucher number for PlanetTran. For more information visit

Gray family waiting area renovations
The Gray Family Waiting Area (GFWA), located in Gray 1, will be undergoing renovations and will relocate to the East Garden Room Cafeteria beginning Aug. 24 through Sept. 3. The temporary waiting area is in the White basement behind the staircase, opposite the main cafeteria entrance. The renovated GFWA will open Sept. 4. 

HMS Foundation Funds
Each year several foundations invite HMS faculty and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply for the HMS nomination through the HMS Foundation Funds and a committee will select the final candidates to submit applications to the foundations. Faculty and postdocs interested in applying for any of the awards can submit an application online no later than Oct. 16 at 5 pm. For more information contact the Office of the HMS Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, 617-432-7463,

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