For Maria Mejias, a program assistant for the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Department at Brookside Community Health Center, BWH has been more than a workplace for the past 20 years—it has been a second home.

“I love my job because I’ve developed excellent relationships with my co-workers, patients and their families in the last two decades,” she said. “It’s wonderful being able to come to work and see the different stages children experience in life as they grow and develop.”

Mejias and many other BWHers and guests gathered in the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on Sept. 21 to celebrate the dedication and achievements of employees during the 35th annual Employee Service Awards ceremony. The event honors employees who have worked at the hospital in increments of five years. Employees with five years of service through 40 years were honored this year.

Julie Celano, vice president of Human Resources, thanked employees for their service to the Brigham.

“You are the reason we are one of the very best hospitals in the world,” Celano said. “Your passion and commitment make an extraordinary difference in the lives of our patients, their families and our community.”

Added BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD: “I want to thank each and every one of you for your outstanding contributions this year and every year. You are committed to making this hospital a true community—a place where you stay for years, strengthening your skills, building relationships and welcoming new members to our family.”

Nabel noted that this year’s ceremony held extra meaning for her as she is celebrating five years of service at BWH.

With noise makers in hand, hospital leaders recognized employees and recounted milestones and major events—both at BWH and around the world—that took place at each five-year interval. Leadership and attendees also danced along to snippets of chart-topping songs from those years.

View more photos from the event.

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