On Sept. 16, 2011, Mass General celebrated its 200th anniversary with a Bicentennial Gala at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Nearly 1,000 hospital leaders, staff, supporters and community leaders joined together to mark this milestone. The gala was chaired by Cathy Minehan, chair of the MGH Board of Trustees, and fellow trustees Chad Gifford and Henri Termeer. The cocktail reception featured Webster Bull, the author of the MGH history book, “Something in the Ether,” and an exhibit focused on the new Paul S. Russell, MD, Museum of Medical History and Innovation at MGH.
The evening’s multimedia presentation spanned the two-century history of the institution. It included remarks from MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, Dr. Xu Jianguang, Shanghai Minister of Health and the Honorable Henry Kissinger. MGH Trustee Medals were awarded and the Bicentennial Scholars were introduced. Along with several musical performances, the presentation also featured a surprise video from President Barack Obama, congratulating Mass General and the Boston community.
Proceeds from the evening were directed to the MGH Fund and the Bicentennial Scholars Program, which will support college completion for youth in MGH’s high school program who are interested in health and science careers.