September 5, 2008
What's Happening

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following free events for seniors age 60 years or older: an "Autumn Fitness" exercise class Sept. 11, from 11 am to noon with lunch served from noon to 1 pm; and hypertension screenings Sept. 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Senior Center in the West End Museum. Registration is required for the exercise class. For more information or event registration, call (617) 724-6756.

Eldercare discussion group
The Partners Employee Assistance Program will host its monthly eldercare discussion group Sept. 9, from noon to 1 pm in the Yawkey Center, Room 7980. For more information, call (617) 726-6976 or visit

Collins Lecture Series
As part of the Collins Lecture Series, MGH Radiation Oncology will host "Epigenetics: The New Genetics of Cancer Susceptibility" Sept. 9, from 5 to 6 pm in the Haber Conference Room. Randy L. Jirtle, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (617) 724-1155.

Photography Department move and renovation
The MGH Photography Department has moved its customer service operations from Bulfinch 045 to the Police, Security and Outside Services Office in WACC 232. The temporary move will allow for a complete renovation of the department's Bulfinch space. All drop-offs and pick-ups will be handled in the WACC and all services will continue to be available. Contact information remains the same. For more information, call (617) 726-2237 or e-mail

Center for Connected Health symposium
The Partners Center for Connected Health will host its annual symposium, "Who Provides, Who Decides, Who Pays: Consumers, Clinicians and Business Models in the Connected Care Era" Oct. 27 and 28 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School. Opinion leaders and trendsetters in connected health strategies will provide insight and lead discussions regarding the toughest challenges in health care delivery and patient-centered models of care. A reduced rate of $450 is available to MGH attendees; to receive this rate, use the invitation code "Partners" when registering. For more information or to register, visit

Laser and aesthetic skin therapy course
The MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine and the MGH Department of Dermatology will co-host "Laser and Aesthetic Skin Therapy: What's the Truth?" Oct. 10 through 12 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School. The course will emphasize new techniques and technologies while also critically evaluating current treatment practices. CME credit is available. For more information or to register, visit

Golf tournament for Parkinson's disease research
A nine-hole golf tournament benefiting Parkinson's disease research at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease will be held Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 pm at Woburn Country Club. The registration fee is $60 and includes a golf cart rental and dinner. Hole sponsorship is $500. The registration deadline is Sept. 15. For more information or to register, contact Josephine Divincenzo at (781) 396-8409.

Service Learning Series
As part of its Service Learning Series, the MGH/MGPO Service Improvement Department will host "The Coaching Manager in Health Care: Building Engagement and Talent" Sept. 18, from 9 to 11 am at the Holiday Inn Select, 5 Blossom St. The guest speaker will be James Hunt, associate professor of Management at Babson College and co-author of "The Coaching Manager: Developing Top Talent in Business" and "The Coaching Organization: A Strategy for Leadership Development." The registration deadline is Sept. 12. For more information or to register, e-mail Beth Churnet at

PIE Awards nominations
Nominations continue to be accepted for the 2008 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards. All MGHers are invited to nominate their colleagues – either individuals or teams – for their exceptional work throughout the year as well as their contributions to reaching the goals of High Performance Medicine. Nominations may be made in the following categories: quality treatment and service, leadership and innovation, teamwork, operational efficiency and outstanding community contributions. To submit a nomination online, visit Forms also are available from managers and supervisors. The nomination deadline is Sept. 19. For more information about the awards, call (617) 724-9743 or e-mail For more information about High Performance Medicine, visit

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