Nominations are now open for the 2019 Patricia R. Austen, RN, MGH History Award, which will be presented annually to an individual or group that has helped showcase, promote or preserve the history of the MGH.

In 2018, the inaugural MGH History Award was given to Austen for her efforts in identifying and preserving the art, artifacts and records that help tell the story of the progress and evolution of the hospital. At that event it was announced that going forward the award would be named in her honor.

Eligibility for the award is broad:

-It can go to an individual or group, either internal or external.

-It can be awarded to clinicians, researchers, artists, authors, hospital volunteers, donors, support staff or anyone who has helped convey the legacy and traditions of the MGH.

-The work could have taken place at any time – whether it be last week or 50 years ago.

-The awardee can be someone who has devoted countless hours to preserving history, someone who authored a departmental history, someone who has pored through the archives to shine a light on an historical event or past member of the MGH community, or a quick-thinking person who rescued a crucial artifact from the trash.

Nominations are due by March 11, and the form can be found at If you have questions about the award, contact Sarah Alger, Russell Museum director, at

This article originally appeared in the 01/25/19 Hotline issue.