Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mass General's Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine celebrates Ether Day

Ether Day celebration
Pictured, left to right: Nishan Goudsouzian, MD; Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD; Hassan Ali, MD; Nabil Fahmy, MD

On October 20, 2011, the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) celebrated Ether Day, the anniversary of the first public demonstration of anesthesia in 1846.

Department Chief Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, presented Ether Day Awards to DACCPM employees with five or more years of service. Dr. Wiener-Kronish also honored staff members who have given more than 40 years of service to Mass General.

Steve Spring, administrative director of IT and finance, presented the Employee Council's Service Excellence Awards, which are given to employees who enhance the department's service excellence culture. Mr. Spring also introduced the DACCPM Employee Council and outlined some of the council's current year initiatives, including:

  • A staff-to-staff recognition program that enables staff members to nominate each other for recognition
  • An employee shadowing program
  • A leadership luncheon
  • A service excellence training program

The department also hosted a reception for the ceremony attendees.

Financial analyst Tyler Sheehan, who received an Ether Day Award, said it was a "great feeling" to be recognized for his work.

"Although this is an individual honor, I feel as though this is a testament to the work our team does on a day-to-day basis," he said. "We have a close-knit group and we rely on each other for the various efforts we're involved in. It's nice to know that people respect and value the work we do."

Sheehan said the department has steadily grown since he started at Mass General five years ago. "It's comforting to know that we're constantly adding resources to help support the clinical staff members," he said. "The additional resources also give us far more flexibility to expand on the projects we can work on for the department as a whole."

Software engineer Kalpan Tolia said he was honored to receive an Ether Day Award, and also praised the department's growth.

"It was the vision of upper management to bring in dynamic and high-efficiency people to balance the demand and supply of innovative requirement. Because of this, we have broader balanced job responsibilities and more decentralized decision-making to make things happen faster, [as well as] more self-managing teams," he said.

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