“The most valuable advice I received from MGH that helped me to stay in college and graduate was, ‘Never be afraid to ask for help.’ For four years, I was surrounded by great people – my parents, advisors on campus, the MGH Youth Programs staff – who all were ready to listen whenever I was unsure of myself and my ability.” — Stephanie Urvaez Mejia, Bicentennial Scholar and 2016 college graduate

Thirteen members of the inaugural class of Bicentennial Scholars graduated from college. Created by MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, and the MGH Board of Trustees in 2011, the initiative aims to support college completion for youth interested in health and science careers. The students – from Boston, Chelsea and Revere, most of whom were the first in their families to attend college – received up to $5,000 in annual scholarships, as well as support in the form of SAT prep courses, college visits and summer internships.

The first MGH chair to advance the field of nursing was established, with Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse, honored as the inaugural incumbent. The Paul M. Erickson Endowed Chair in Nursing was created in memory and in tribute to Ives Erickson’s late husband – an avid volunteer at the MGH and champion of nursing.

The MGH Center for Disaster Medicine hosted Biothreat Care Unit Planning and Training exercises, as part of the federal government’s Ebola Preparedness Grant oversight efforts. The MGH is one of nine designated centers in the nation for treating Ebola. As part of the training, staff outlined a number of potential scenarios that could occur when encountering a patient confirmed with the Ebola virus disease, reviewed processes to ensure proper procedures were followed and studied how they could be improved.

When Anelsa Beqo participated in the MGH’s annual Job Shadow Day in 2010 – working alongside Firdosh Pathan, RPh, on his rounds – she realized the impact he was making was one she wanted to mirror in her work. Beqo is completing her final year at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and recently rotated through the MGH Cardiology Division where she reconnected with Pathan. 

Read more articles from the 12/30/16 Hotline issue.