October 14, 2005 Table of Contents
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  • Where's Wally?
    Wally the Green Monster — the official mascot for the Boston Red Sox — was painting the town red Oct. 11, making a pit stop at MassGeneral Hospital for Children to visit with Maverick, one of the young patients on Ellison 17. When he isn't cheering on Boston's favorite team, Wally makes frequent visits to hospitalized children to sign autographs, give away Red Sox paraphernalia and spread general good cheer.
  • A good reason to donate blood: One patient's story
    A group of employees dedicated to helping MGH patients by regularly donating blood recently had the opportunity to hear firsthand how their donations can affect just one life. At the annual Employee Blood Donor Appreciation Luncheon held Oct. 5 in the Thier Conference Room, Pamela Ressler recounted how her beloved 14-year-old son, Nick, was able to live a quality life for six months during his battle with cancer in 2001 because of the many blood products he received while being treated at the MGH.
  • Hotline goes full color
    For those who might have noticed something different about last week's issue of the MGH Hotline, the newsletter now is printed in full color.
  • No smoking policy reminder
    The MGH community is reminded that smoking is prohibited at all locations owned or otherwise under the control of the hospital. This applies to all individuals on hospital premises, including hospital employees, professional staff members, patients, visitors, vendors and guests.
  • MGH helps patients, employees fight the flu
    With the flu season rapidly approaching, the MGH is preparing by making sure patients are able to get the flu vaccine while hospitalized and ensuring employees, staff and volunteers are able to get vaccinated through the annual employee flu clinics.
  • When it comes to the flu caring means not sharing
    MGH Occupational Health Services once again will sponsor the annual flu clinic campaign for all MGH and Partners employees, staff and volunteers. This year's campaign will kick off with a weeklong flu vaccination clinic beginning Oct. 24. All employees, staff and volunteers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated; however, all are reminded that vaccination is only one method of illness prevention.
  • Celebration of women's health research grows
    What began as a poster session during last year's National Women's Health Week has expanded to include more participants and a keynote speaker. This year's "Improving the Health of Women through Research at the MGH" event will begin Oct. 21, with a talk by Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, associate dean of Clinical Research and chief of Cardiology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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