This week, the Mass General Acute Psychiatry Service opened a newly renovated and expanded unit for both pediatric and adult patients experiencing psychiatric, neuropsychiatric and substance-use emergencies.
“Religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity – none of that matters when you go to war,” said retired Col. Dan Arkins, director of Development at Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH. “Every branch of the military is colorblind. At the end of the day, I know everyone out there with me would have my back and I would have theirs. All that matters is getting the job done.”
Arkins – who spent 33 years in the Army, 30 of them as a military intelligence officer – was the keynote speaker at the MGH’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast Nov. 12 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Arkins was deployed for 14 months of active duty in Iraq in 2003 and to Afghanistan in 2011 for nine months.
“I found the military community was a place I could thrive,” said Arkins, who initially joined the Army as a way to pay off his “seemingly insurmountable amount of student debt” after graduating from Boston College. “My somewhat selfish beginning turned into something I am truly passionate about. I found a group of similarly mission-driven people who care about the flag, country and democracy – and doing what’s right to protect all these things.”
Also at the breakfast was Max Lane, a former offensive lineman for the New England Patriots. Prior to his time with the Patriots, Lane was a three-year starter for offensive tackle at the U.S. Naval Academy. Attendees were given the opportunity to meet with Lane, who posed for pictures and signed autographs.“Today’s breakfast is a very small expression of the hospital’s appreciationfor the sacrifices you and your families have made to protect the freedom weenjoy here in the United States,” saidJovita Thomas-Williams, senior vice president of Human Resources. “We recognize that the freedoms we enjoy in our daily lives are a direct result of your love for and dedication to this country.On behalf of myself and the rest of the MGH community, please accept our thanks.”
The MGH Military Veteran Partners group – formed five years ago – supports active-duty military members and their families year-round through volunteer programs at the MGH and throughout the community. One of these programs is the annual MVP Scholarship, given during the breakfast to a veteran employee seeking to further their education.
This year’s scholarship went to Shona White, a senior radiation therapist at MGH and Newton-Wellesley Hospital since 2008. White and her husband, an Army veteran, both are active in their local veteran community as part of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and are raising a 2-year-old son. She also is going back to school to earn a master’s degree in health care administration.
“It has always been a great opportunity to be able to help our community and to help our patients,” said White. “This scholarship will help me to continue to do just that.”
- Mar | 31 | 2021
Ever wonder what happens to food remnants once a dining tray is placed on the conveyor belt and disappears into the kitchen at MGH’s Eat Street Café? Those leftovers become fertilizer, electricity and heat thanks to a partnership with Agri-Cycle Energy.
- Mar | 31 | 2021
To celebrate the hospital’s new Center for the Environment and Health’s launch on April 1, Eat Street Café will feature a special plant-centered menu.
- Mar | 18 | 2021
“This week was a momentous week because a year ago today we received word we’d have to be moving offices in order to make room,” says Karen Carlson, MD, founder and physician of MGH Women’s Health Associates, which this month is recognizing its 35th anniversary.
- Mar | 18 | 2021
Each fall, the Mass General/MGPO Flu Committee hosts a walk-in clinic for patients and staff to receive their seasonal influenza vaccine, part of a broader hospital mission to support the health of the community. This year was different, however.
- Feb | 26 | 2021
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.