President on Celebrating 40 Years
“The Institute’s goal is to lead the way in education of highly trained, sensitive team leaders who can devise and practice improved methods of patient care for the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. Today’s complex medical care already requires broad-gauged people with special skills, coordinating their efforts with others of similar caliber. Our university hopefully will add to the pool of talent available in the future for providing better health care both inside and outside hospitals.”
~MGH Institute Co-founder Dr. Charles A. Sanders
From its beginning, 40 years ago this year, the Institute’s founders offered a bold vision of what they it wanted to be: An innovative graduate school committed to preparing the next generation of health care leaders, professionals committed to delivering high quality, team-based care. While much has changed over the past four decades, the Institute has remained true to this vision of education and this vision of care.
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are grateful for the vision of our founders, Dr. Charles Sanders and Dr. John Hilton Knowles, and grateful as well for all that has been realized since 1977. The Institute now has more than 1,500 students and offers a range of programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, health professions education, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. We have 6,652 graduates practicing across the country and around the globe. Our research enterprise has grown significantly. And we have expanded our Navy Yard campus to 159,000 square feet in seven buildings---equipped with state-the-art classrooms, practice and research labs, and clinical centers providing care for the community.
To mark this 40th anniversary, several events are planned for the coming year. In January, we hosted a kick-off birthday party for all faculty and staff. Festivities will continue with a party for students in February. We also are planning an event later in the year to honor those who have played a significant role in bringing the Institute to where it is today, including early planners and donors whose generosity has contributed to the Institute’s success over four decades. As 2017 advances, additional events to mark the Institute’s 40th anniversary will be planned. We will share information on these as it becomes available via email, on our website, on social media, and in the local press.
I want to personally thank members of the 40th Anniversary Committee for their work in marking this milestone year: Honorary co-chairs and current trustees Trish Joyce and Joe Knowles, whose fathers were the Institute’s founders, as well as committee chairs Betsy Rigby and Paul Murphy, and committee members Linda Andrist, Sherlene Austin, Lauren Curry, Ginny Do, Julie Atwood Drake, Val Grande, Jessica Henessey, Pam Levangie, Gregg Lof, Elizabeth Pipes, and Jim Vitagliano.
Compared with most of its higher education peers, the Institute is young. But there are few schools, I would venture to say, that have accomplished as much in such a relatively short 40 years. So Congratulations and Happy Birthday, IHP!
Janis P. Bellack, President and John Hilton Knowles Professor