The MGH Ladies Visiting Committee (LVC) will celebrate a monumental milestone this year – its 150th anniversary. Formed in 1869 by hospital trustees, the original six-member group visited female patients, offering a friendly face and conversation to break up the monotony of their hospital stay.

Now the LVC – among the oldest hospital auxiliaries in the country – is nearly 100 members strong, and the volunteers continue to enhance the MGH patient experience. The results of their dedication to giving back is seen in several departments, projects and programs throughout the hospital. Among its many responsibilities, the LVC oversees seven MGH retail shops. All shop proceeds go directly back into the hospital to fund initiatives including educational offerings – such as tourniquet trainings – Spiritual Care and palliative care programs, bereavement groups, youth summer camps and custom-made blankets.

Throughout the coming year, MGH Hotline and Apollo, the MGH intranet, will share stories about this innovative group, the impact the LVC has had over the past 150 years and its plans for the future. 

Read more articles from the 01/25/19 Hotline issue.