The past two years have brought with them heightened feelings of confusion, uncertainty and loneliness for many people.
Musical merriment could be heard throughout the pediatric units December 23, 2020 as staff from the Music Therapy and Speech Therapy departments at Massachusetts General Hospital, led by Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC, sang holiday carols for patients and their families. COVID-19 infection control protocols limited annual celebrations, but elves on Ellison 17 and 18 found special ways to spread holiday cheer. Child life specialists ushered joy and festivities into patient rooms hosting events such as hot cocoa and pajama day, Chanukah games and the much-anticipated cookie decorating.
At the start of December, Frosty Fred slid down the Trustees Room fireplace to kick off his mischievous musings. Throughout the month, patients followed his daily appearances—finding him soaking in suds and baking cookies for jolly Ol’ Saint Nick—before he jumped on Santa’s sleigh and returned to the North Pole.
- Jan | 20 | 2022
“MGH rocks.” “I ‘heart’ nurses.” “I love you.” These are just some of the messages the MGH Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) staff have received in cards from their families since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Dec | 22 | 2021
In March 2020, the Horvath family’s world was flipped upside down. Only 10 days after the first statewide COVID-19 emergency closures were instated, then-8-year-old Colby was diagnosed with B lymphoblastic lymphoma.
- Dec | 17 | 2021
As a postdoctoral research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the MGH, Mike Datko, PhD, spends much of his time listening to the sounds that MRIs produce.
- Dec | 17 | 2021
While the holiday season is often called “the most wonderful time of the year,” it can also be one of the most wasteful.
- Dec | 14 | 2021
What started out as a thank you to staff at the start of the pandemic is now a seasonal tradition for Enid Cruz, a customer service representative in MGH Mail Services.