September 22, 2006 Table of Contents
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  • Jack Szostak named recipient of Lasker award
    Jack W. Szostak, PhD, of the MGH Department of Molecular Biology, has been named a co-recipient of the 2006 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. Presented by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Lasker Awards often are considered the American version of the Nobel Prize.
  • MGH joins "Be Healthy" collaboration
    National studies indicate that certain racial and ethnic groups receive strikingly less care or lower quality of care than white Americans. Closer to home, a 2005 report by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) also revealed a clear racial divide in the quality of care provided to Boston's minority groups — even when insurance status, income, age and severity of illness were comparable.
  • Hand hygiene video premiered
    The MGH's STOP (Stop Transmission of Pathogens) Task Force rolled out the red carpet as it premiered its new hand hygiene patient education video at a special Aug. 15 luncheon for all hand hygiene champions. The five-minute video starring MGH staff members is a tool to teach patients and families about the importance of practicing proper hand hygiene while in the hospital and at home. The video includes demonstrations of the correct techniques for handwashing and application of CalStat, an alcohol-based hand disinfectant used at the MGH.
  • Raising sarcoma awareness step-by-step
    One normally wouldn't measure a person's life in steps, but that's what family and friends of Jennifer Hunter Yates, an MGH patient who lost her life to sarcoma — a rare and devastating form of cancer that affects the connective tissue — believed would be most appropriate for a woman whose life has positively inspired hundreds of people to walk in support of cancer research.
  • "A Night at the Symphony" for cancer research
    On Oct. 7, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will open its season with a concert to benefit the Reid R. Sacco Memorial Foundation and its fight against cancers in young adults. The LSO was established by members of Harvard Medical School and is led by acclaimed conductor Jonathan McPhee.
  • Allen C. Steere, MD, honored
    Each year the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation honors two outstanding physicians with the Dr. Marian Ropes Award for excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis. This year, Allen C. Steere, MD, director of MGH Clinical Research in Rheumatology, will be honored with the distinction at the foundation's 12th annual Physician Achievement Award Dinner Oct. 6 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
  • Good news for MassHealth insurance patients
    Patients with MassHealth insurance now can visit MGH community imaging facilities, Mass General Imaging Chelsea or Mass General West Imaging Waltham, for CT scans. As always, MRI studies for patients with MassHealth also are available at these facilities.

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