Friday, November 8, 2013

What's Happening: Nov. 8, 2013

Nominate teams or leaders for the 2014 Service Excellence Awards
A new award recognizes achievement related to patient survey scores and also recognizes teams and leaders who have helped create an outstanding patient experience. The first group of awards will be linked directly to 2013 inpatient and outpatient survey results. The second group of awards -- for teams and leaders -- will be chosen from nominations submitted by MGH employees. The Patient Experience Leadership Council, comprised mostly of senior management, will select winners.

Recognize the work and dedication of successful teams and leaders at the MGH by submitting a nomination. Download the team nomination form or leader nomination form and email nominations to by Dec. 20. For more information, contact Christina Armstrong at 617-726-0343.

Model Systems Consortium Speakers Series
Carmen Blandin Tarleton will present “Overcoming Adversity: Finding Happiness, Forgiveness and Peace” at 6 pm, Nov. 12. The event hosted by the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System will be held at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, 300 First Ave., Charlestown in the first floor conference center. For more information and to register visit or call 617-952-6311.

The MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine research symposium
The MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine is celebrating a 10-year anniversary with a full day research symposium. The symposium will include talks from invited speakers and MGH clinicians who are at the forefront of stem cell research. The symposium will be held from 8 am to 6 pm on Nov. 15 at the Schepens Starr Center Auditorium. The entrance is next to the Simches Building at 185 Cambridge Street on the second floor.

2014 MGHfC Quality and Safety Mini Grant Applications now available
The Mini-Grant Program was created to help support quality and safety projects across MGHfC. Last year, this program awarded approximately $6,000 in mini-grant funding for four multidisciplinary process improvement efforts. Project proposals with a focus on "improving the patient experience or the culture of safety at MGHfC" are strongly encouraged, though not required. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 27 to Natalie Johnson. Applicants will be notified of final decisions in January 2014. For more information, contact Natalie Johnson at or visit the MGHfC quality and safety intranet page.

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

  • “Swallowing Over Sixty” Nov. 21, from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Stacey Sullivan, MGH speech-language pathologist.
  • “Do You Need That Multivitamin?!” Dec. 5, from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Ashley Carter, MS, MGH dietetic intern. 
  • “Glaucoma” Dec. 19 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Husam Ansari, MD, PhD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. 
  • Special Event: Boston Conservatory Cabaret
    Enjoy a wonderfully theatrical performance by Boston Conservatory musical theater students who will perform Broadway Musical songs in the Thier Conference Room, from 2 to 3 pm, Nov. 11. RSVP by calling 617-724-6756.

For more information about Senior HealthWISE events, call 617-724-6756 or visit

'Train the Trainer in Office Ergonomics' course
The PHS Occupational Health Ergonomics, "Train the Trainer in Office Ergonomics" course is offered to individuals interested in helping their colleagues set up a more ergonomically correct computer workstation. A ‘trained trainer’ will act as their department's ‘point person’ or ‘ergonomic champion’ and will conduct basic office ergonomic evaluations. This interactive class will use a combination of lecture, case study examples, equipment demonstration and hands-on evaluation of a computer workstation to teach the process of evaluating workstations and work postures. The class will be held from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm, Dec. 17 at MGH Training and Workforce Development, Charles River Plaza, 165 Cambridge St, Second Floor, Suite 200. To enroll visit

MGH Institute PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH institute of Health Professions is designed for clinically certified health care professionals who wish to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research with an emphasis on assessing clinical outcomes in rehabilitation. Full funding is available for up to six qualified candidates. For more information, email or visit

Simmons health care MBA program offering up to 30K scholarships for MGHers
Simmons College School of Management is accepting applications for January and September admission into its part-time Health Care MBA program. MGH employees are eligible to apply for a Future Health Care Leaders Scholarship. The Future Health Care Leaders Scholarship is a merit-based award given to applicants who have demonstrated both academic achievements and professional success in the health care industry. The deadline for January admission is Dec. 1. For more information, call Carolyn Kirkman of MGH Training and Workforce Development at 617-724-3368 or visit




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