Over the years, Fred White has seen incredible changes at Mass General. Medical technology has advanced, research has reached new heights and today, everyone has a personal computer. Fred still remembers the early 80s, when his department received its very first PC. “Everyone gathered around it and just stared,” recalls Fred, who is now an operations manager in Radiology. “We were amazed. No one had seen a computer before!”
Despite the many changes, one thing has remained the same. “Mass General has always been like a family to me,” Fred says. “No matter which department you work in, you feel a sense of community.” Fred has worked in several hospital departments during his time here at Mass General. At the age of 17, he started out working in Patient Transport, where he eventually became a supervisor. After that, he was an operations manager in Clinical Administration, now called Patient Care Services.
Currently, he’s been in the Department of Radiology for 15 years and counting. “My goal is to get 50 years working at MGH before I retire,” he says.
A Lifetime Commitment to Learning
While working full-time at the hospital, Fred earned both his high school and college degrees. He is grateful that Mass General provided him with tuition reimbursement assistance and enrolled him in a program that helped him prepare for tests. His commitment to education didn’t stop there – in 2008, Fred received his master’s degree in business with a concentration in health care management.
Fred credits his colleagues and the hospital for helping him pursue his education. “The support of this institution gave me the determination to succeed,” he acknowledges. “My colleagues are smart, strong, caring people and they inspired me to pursue higher education and to do my best,” Fred says. “Mass General is a big part of who I am. I am happy to be a part of something that is much bigger than myself.”
Supporting the Community Through Employee Giving
Fred is committed to the hospital, and that includes giving back to both Mass General and the community. Since its inception in 2009, Fred has volunteered as a My Giving Helps champion. The My Giving Helps campaign is the hospital’s annual employee fundraising campaign, where employees gather for events and make contributions to the MGH Fund, United Way, or both. Last year, the campaign raised a record-breaking $1 million.
“I participate in My Giving Helps because I believe in supporting our community and I want my colleagues to understand how important employee giving is,” says Fred. “All the money we raise goes back to benefit the hospital and the local community, and that’s so important.”
“Mass General is a big part of who I am,” he adds. “I am happy to be a part of something that is much bigger than myself, and the employee giving campaign really embodies that. Together, my colleagues and I work hard, and we make a difference in the world.”