This week marks the 40th anniversary of the blizzard of 1978. From Feb. 5-7, 1978, the storm pummeled New England, bringing with it 27 inches of snow, 70 mph winds and power outages throughout Boston and the surrounding region. MGH employees walked, snowshoed and skied through miles of waist-deep snow to ensure the highest quality of patient care, many staying at the hospital to work through multiple shifts. MGH Hotline produceda “Blizzard Special” edition highlighting the efforts of many of these employees – including Robert Piankian, chief computer hardware engineer, who walked to work from Allston to repair the computer systems. “I was used to those kinds of conditions on Mount Washington,” he said, describing how he fought his way through the blizzard equipped with his mountaineering gear, including crampons and an ice axe. Visit to read the Feb. 16, 1978 Hotline.

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