When Boston began to take COVID-19 pandemic precautions last year, the Boston Lyric Opera had just opened a production of Bellini’s Norma. Artistic director Esther Nelson turned to a longtime friend of the organization to help them determine whether the season could go on.
HAVEN holiday joy
More than 40 MGH departments and individuals participated in the annual HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) holiday drive, providing 60 HAVEN families and more than 100 children with gift cards. The drive was organized with help from HAVEN staff, from left, Debra Drumm, Abby Farrand, Lolita Orozco Villalba, Sandra Elien and Elizabeth Marshall. “The gift cards have been such a blessing and have helped meet the needs of me and my two boys,” said a HAVEN client. “I’m forever grateful.”
Santa was at the MGH once again as part of his annual admission, which dates back to the early 1950s. This year, he was found wandering the streets in the thick of winter, delirious and asking for the North Pole. Fortunately, the good folks at Boston EMS interpreted “North Pole” to mean “North Shore” Medical Center. Santa was ultimately transferred to the MGH with concern for necrotizing pancreatitis. In a saga paralleling that of Ebenezer Scrooge, the snowflake surgical interns traveled into the past and future – guided by the wise ghost of their program director – to search for a cure for Old Saint Nick. Fortunately, through their travels, they successfully diagnosed and treated Santa, in the Nick of time.
O' Christmas tree
MERRY AND BRIGHT: Jonathan Sanchez, of the MGH Buildings and Grounds electrical shop, strings lights on the tree outside of the White Building. Sanchez has worked at the hospital for 13 years.
In preparation for the holiday season, renowned chef D. Michael Grant provided pediatric patients from MassGeneral Hospital for Children inpatient units with a pastry lesson Dec. 13. The Scampo Restaurant chef and baker guided the group, including James McNary, at left, through the delicate process of creating a pavlova dessert, a meringue-based cake stuffed with homemade ice cream.
Deck the halls
MGHers spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear Dec. 19 in the White corridor. The annual Holiday Songfest, hosted by the MGH Spiritual Care Department, featured carolers donned in their gay apparel who entertained staff, patients and visitors with songs of the season.
Wreaths of remembrance
On Dec. 15, a wreath was placed upon each of the 3,200 graves of veterans at Mount Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. The local event was spearheaded by Christine Cugini, of MGH Development, who also serves as president of the MGH Military Veteran Partners group. More than 300 volunteers helped lay the wreaths, including members of MGH Development: Joanne McCourt, Donna Gattoni, Terry Byrne, Laura Henry, Olivia Sierra, Alethia Williams, Cathy McCann, and Marion Kassler. The wreaths will remain on the graves through Jan. 12, 2019.
Spreading Christmas cheer
Boston Bruins players – including Joakim Nordstrom and Torey Krug, pictured here – sported their most festive hats during their Dec. 12 visit to MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients. They delivered toys, posed for photos and spread holiday joy.
‘Tis the season
Members of the MGH Revere Youth Zone and the Revere HealthCare Pediatric Department wrapped gifts for kids in need Dec. 10. The event was organized by Melissa Silverberg and Matt Carron, of MGH Revere, and hosted at the Youth Zone, a free after-school program in Revere that offers homework help, games, cooking and music lessons and volunteering opportunities for area youth.
Holly jolly holidays
MGH staff gathered for the annual MGH Holiday Receptions, hosted for both day and night shift employees at Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans and at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Party-goers enjoyed tasty treats, collegial comradery and merry music.
Holiday greetings sent from MGH staff serving overseas during World War II in this December 1943 photo from the MGH Archives. The message – sent from Edward G. Thorp, Richard G. Whiting, John R. Graham, John W. Zeller and Howard Ulfelder – reads “Merry Christmas from all the above.”
On Donner, on donor, on Blitzen
You can “B-positive” that the MGH Blood Donor Center – with help from Pathology staff – collected a sleigh full of donations for MassGeneral Hospital for Children pediatric patients. The toys were delivered Dec. 17 by Santa Claus, Jodi the elf and Kim Cronin, manager of MGH Donor Services.
Festival of lights and latkes
MGH staff gathered in the Trustees Room Dec. 5 to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah. Attendees lit candles, spun dreidels and enjoyed traditional potato latkes. The annual event was co-sponsored by the MGH Spiritual Care Department and Human Resources.
A holiday helper
MGH Police, Security, and Outside Services welcomed a new employee this holiday season. Buddy Bulfinch decked the halls, explored the hospital and helped spread holiday cheer.
Cookies, cocoa and cops
To the delight of pediatric patients and police officers, hot cocoa was in abundance Dec. 6 at the Cookies, Cocoa and Cops event, sponsored by the PUPP (Police Uniting with Pediatric Patients) Program – a partnership between MGH Police, Security and Outside Services and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Child Life Program. Patients – including Emma Jackson with officer Joseph Mazza at left, and James Hurley with officers Zachary Troupe and John Donahue – topped their cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallow fluff, cinnamon and sprinkles, and stirred their delectable creations with peppermint stick spoons. Gingerbread people – supplied by MGH Nutrition and Food Services – also were decorated with colored frosting before being quickly devoured.
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