Relative newcomers and seasoned hospital veterans were recognized Oct. 11 at the annual Ether Day Celebration. The event – which occurs on the Friday closest to the anniversary of the first successful public demonstration of surgical anesthesia at the MGH on Oct. 16, 1846 – celebrates the service milestones of employees in increments of five years. This year, 3,652 employees were honored – with 27 of those individuals celebrating 50, 55 or 60 years of employment.

“As I walk around the hospital today, I am struck by the number of pins and ribbons I see,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, senior vice president for Human Resources. “It highlights the love and passionate commitment employees have for MGH.”

The Ether Day Dancers once again marked each momentous milestone by dancing to each year’s top hit. Featuring tunes by Pitbull, Ricky Martin, R.E.M. and Michael Jackson, the talented dancers from Human Resources and Buildings and Grounds Twisted and Shouted, Guitar Boogie Shuffled, YMCA’d and Tootsie Rolled to the delight of all attendees.

MGHers celebrating milestones of 20 years or more also were invited to attend a special Ether Day Dinner Oct. 16.

View all the honorees and event photos on Apollo, the MGH intranet, at