More than 50 IHP employees, including Dr. Regina Doherty (left, with President Paula Milone-Nuzzo), were honored at the annual Ether Day celebration

More than 50 IHP employees were honored at the annual Ether Day celebration inside the waterfront conference room in 1 CW. Ether Day falls on the anniversary of the first public surgery using the flammable liquid, ether, as an anesthetic at Mass General Hospital, which founded the MGH Institute in 1977.

Ether Day honors employees for every five years they have worked within the Mass General Brigham system; this year, 55 employees were celebrated, making it the largest Ether Day in the IHP’s history.

“Your dedication has enabled us to provide the best education to our students who are training to be healthcare professionals. who make important advances in the research world, and who serve the greater Boston community,” President Paula Milone-Nuzzo told the gathering of faculty and staff. “As a group, you have seen many changes in your time here - even in the past five years - but through them all, you've remained dedicated to our mission. You are a very special part of this organization's history - each one of you are. You've helped us face change, maintain our graduate student focus, and advance our educational programs while preparing tomorrow's healthcare leaders.”

Regina Doherty, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, who was just named the inaugural Dean of Interprofessional Education and Practice, led the way with the most years of service - 30.