Friday, October 11, 2013

Leadership meeting highlights

During the Oct. 2 leadership meeting, MGH administration provided updates on three ongoing projects at the hospital. Hundreds of managers and supervisors attended the meeting in the O’Keeffe Auditorium and watched via streaming video.

David Reisman, senior administrative director for Emergency Preparedness, outlined plans for an MGH Employee Alert System. On the heels of a successful pilot program, MGH staff will be able to sign up for the subscription-based system in early November. The voluntary program allows employees to receive emergency updates and alerts via text message, email and/or telephone.

Last July the MGH took control of the former Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital building and renovations are now underway to update the 131,636-square-foot building to accommodate administrative and dry research areas. During the meeting, Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration, said work is slated to be completed by early 2015 and then the building at 125 Nashua St. is expected to house 1,000 MGH employees. The majority of those staff members will come from departments now located in leased building spaces. Elrick said due to building codes and regulations, it will not be used for patient care.

Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, co-investigator for the Partners Biorepository for Medical Discovery project at the MGH, presented an overview of the biobanking research program, aimed at expanding and advancing medical discovery in the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The Biobank has started hosting DNA Days at the MGH, allowing employees to participate in this research by providing a small blood sample and information about their medical history.

Slaugenhaupt stressed that a code number is assigned to samples and health information and participant’s names and medical record numbers are not stored with the sample. Any identifiable information is accessible to Partners investigators who have approval from the Partners Institutional Review Board. Future DNA Days are scheduled for Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 from 10 am to 4 pm in the main lobby by Coffee Central. For more information, or to sign-up, visit

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