October 21, 2005 Table of Contents
HOTLINEmast.gif (13932 bytes)  October 21, 2005
  • MGH employees celebrate Ether Day tradition
    On Oct. 16, 1846, the practice of medicine changed forever when Boston dentist William T.G. Morton first demonstrated the use of ether during a surgical procedure on patient Gilbert Abbott. Using a specially designed glass inhaler containing an ether-soaked sponge, Morton rendered the patient unconscious, allowing MGH co-founder John Collins Warren to remove a vascular tumor from the patient's jaw in the first ever pain-free surgical procedure.
  • MGH celebrates successful CPM projects
    MGHers gathered in the East Garden Dining Room Oct. 17 to celebrate the success and progress of the Clinical Performance Management (CPM) teams. CPM is a joint MGH and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) initiative designed to improve patient care and increase efficiency in delivering care. Nineteen posters describing campaigns focusing on quality and safety initiatives throughout the hospital were on display, and six were awarded prizes.
  • New president of McLean Hospital appointed
    Jack M. Gorman, MD, has been selected as the new president and psychiatrist-in-chief for McLean Hospital in Belmont and chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health. As head of McLean, Gorman will lead the largest psychiatric clinical care, research and teaching institution of Harvard Medical School.
  • MGH physician recognized for outstanding service to the Latino community
    Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, of MGH Dermatology and associate director for the Multicultural Affairs Office (below), recently was recognized by both the MGH and the City of Boston for outstanding service to the Latino community. On Oct. 7, the Latino Heritage Month (LHM) Planning Committee honored Gonzalez with the first-ever MGH Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino community.
  • MGH's commitment to keeping patient information secure
    Patient confidentiality is one of the most important tenets in the health care system today. And since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized regulations in 2003 protecting patient privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), protecting patient information has become even more important — and more complicated.
  • Celebrating precious gifts
    More than 100 transplant donors, recipients and their families gathered in the WACC Sept. 28 for the “Celebrate the Donor” dinner. The event, hosted by Nina Tolkoff-Rubin, MD, medical director for the Renal Transplant Program, and the program's staff, honored those selfless individuals who have given the gift of life to their spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends and in some cases, strangers. .


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