The past two years have brought with them heightened feelings of confusion, uncertainty and loneliness for many people.
In late December 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China reported an outbreak of a pneumonia of unknown cause. Nine days later, officials determined the acute respiratory virus to be caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Within days, members of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s senior leadership team and the Center for Disaster Medicine began to closely monitor the situation and mapped out plans for the virus’s possible spread across the globe, throughout the nation and right here in Boston.
Mass General staff would spend the next several months working tirelessly—while facing new challenges and difficult, often emotionally draining situations. They cared for thousands of patients while learning new treatment options, supported their colleagues by ensuring all areas of the hospital were cleaned using the latest infection prevention methods and sought to make a difference through innovative research methods.
While this global pandemic has altered life in many ways, it also highlighted that all levels of Mass General staff can be counted on to rise to any challenge. In this special edition of Mass General Hotline, we celebrate the more than 27,000 individuals who made such an incredible impact on our patients, our community and our colleagues during this time.
WE RECOGNIZE YOU. WE APPLAUD YOU. WE THANK YOU.
Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary People
- 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.