April 18, 2008
What's Happening

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following events for seniors age 60 years or older: the lectures "Eyelid Problems and Dry Eye" April 22, from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Jason Rothman, MD, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston; "Glaucoma," April 24, from 2 to 3 pm in the Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Laura Fine, MD, of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston; and hypertension screenings April 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Library. For more information, call (617) 724-6756.

Passover service
The MGH Chaplaincy will host a Passover service April 25 at 11 am in the MGH Chapel on Ellison 1. For more information, call Rabbi Ben Lanckton at (617) 724-3228.

Organ donation information table
In recognition of National Donate Life Month, the MGH Transplant Center and the New England Organ Bank will co-sponsor an information table April 29, from 8 am to 3 pm in the Main Corridor. Information and resources about organ and tissue donation will be available. For more information, contact Greg Hamann at (617) 724-8839 or ghamann@partners.org.

Skin cancer screenings
MGH Dermatologic Surgery is offering free skin cancer screenings May 15, from 5:30 to 7 pm at 50 Staniford St., Suite 270. Screenings are by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (617) 726-1869.

Palliative care symposium
In honor of its 12th anniversary, the MGH Palliative Care Service will host "The Future of Palliative Care" April 24, from 3 to 5:30 pm in the O'Keeffe Auditorium. The featured speakers will be Diane Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, FACP, provost of the Center for Palliative Care Studies at San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care; and Eric Cassell, MD, MACP, a national leader in medical humanities, patient and physician communication and moral issues in medicine. For more information, contact Vicki Jackson, MD, at (617) 724-0213.

Financial choices workshop
The Partners Employee Assistance Program will offer "What to Do With Your Next $100" April 23, from noon to 1 pm in the Thier Conference Room. Amy Perry of Consumer Credit Counseling Services will discuss saving and investing strategies, ways to protect assets and debt management. For more information, call (617) 726-6976.

DSC web seminar
The MGH Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) will host a web seminar, "Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals" April 24, from 3 to 4:30 pm. Robin Weinick, PhD, of the MGH Institute for Health Policy and author of the report, will discuss how it can be used as a resource in developing an equity report. Katherine Flaherty, MD, of Partners Community Benefit Programs; and representatives from Baylor Health Care System; Seattle Children's Hospital; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Northwestern University also will participate. For more information or to register, visit www.massgeneral.org/disparitiessolutions/events.html.

PIE Awards online nomination period
The online nomination period for the 2008 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards will begin April 22. To nominate an individual or team, visit pulse.partners.org/PIE/InstructionsWEB.asp. All nominations submitted during spring and summer 2008 will be reviewed in October 2008. The awards ceremonies will be held in December 2008 and January 2009. For more information, visit pulse.partners.org/about/pie_about.htm.

MGH job applications go paperless
MGH Human Resources (HR) is now going paperless with job applications to better improve the efficiency of recruitment efforts. Applicants may be directed to the Employee Access Center in Bulfinch 107 or computers within individual departments to apply online. As part of this effort, managers and supervisors are requested to recycle their unused paper job applications and delete any electronic versions that may have been printed or copied in the past. For more information, staff should contact their HR recruiter.

Wellman Center lecture
The MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine will host "Novel Approaches for Biomedical Applications" April 22, from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the Thier Conference Room. A coffee reception will begin at 2 pm. Changhuei Yang, PhD, of the California Institute of Technology, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Nicole DeVoe at ndevoe@partners.org.

Blum Center Lunch-n-Learn Series
As part of its Brown Bag Lunch-n-Learn Series, the Blum Center will host "Nutrition and Renal Failure: How a Special Diet Can Help" May 2, from noon to 1 pm in the Blum Center. For more information, call (617) 724-7352.

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