The annual Ether Day celebration Oct. 12 recognized and celebrated 3,470 MGH employees who have worked at the MGH for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, and continuing up in 5-year increments. Those honored received pins and ribbons for their respective years to wear throughout the day.

This year, for the first time in Ether Day history, a 70-year pin was created. Donning that special pin was Paul S. Russell, MD, senior surgeon and chief emeritus of the MGH Transplantation Unit, pictured top left, a pioneer in the field of transplant surgery. Russell was chief of surgery from 1962-1968, directed the MGH Transplantation Unit from 1968-1990 and founded what is now known as the New England Organ Bank.

Russell, along with MGHers celebrating milestones of 20 years or more, also were invited to attend a special Ether Day Dinner Oct. 18. View all the honorees and event photos at (for employees only).

Read more articles from the 10/19/18 Hotline issue.