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RxTra A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

Febuary 21, 2011 Vol. 67

No. 5

Constitution Eye Surgery Center in Newington Joins HH as a Surgical Department On Feb. 4, Hartford Hospital joined forces with Constitution Eye Surgery Center, located at 505 Willard Avenue in Newington. Now called the Hartford Hospital Eye Surgery Center, it will be operated as a surgical department of Hartford Hospital. With something close to 11,000 cases performed a year, the eye surgery center is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Aside from the new name, patients will notice very few variations as we work to make the changeover as seamless as possible. The staff will remain the same, and physicians from all over the region who schedule their surgeries there will continue to do so. We welcome the outstanding staff of the eye surgery center to the Hartford Hospital family, and look forward to working with you. The Hartford Hospital Eye Surgery Center.

“Dreams for My Daughter:” Women’s Health Services Sponsors Essay Contest

“A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous... full of beauty and forever beautiful... loving and caring and truly amazing.” -- Deanna Beisser

March 8 marks the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day. In honor of the occasion, Women’s Health Services at Hartford Hospital is sponsoring an essay contest entitled “Dreams for My Daughter.” Hospital staff members are invited to submit a short essay (100-200 words) explaining their hopes and dreams for their daughters. You can submit a photo with your essay if you’d like. The winner of the contest will be announced on May 4 (Mother’s Day week) at our 4th Annual Women’s Health Services Perinatal Conference. International Women’s Day, started in 1911 as a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, marks the start of our own

efforts to recognize the mothers within our community who are helping to raise strong, beautiful women who can then go on to share their gifts with other women around the world. Women’s Health Services - one Hartford Hospital’s Centers of Excellence - provides high-quality women’s health care and education. The aim is to promote, maintain and restore physical and emotional well-being for women of all ages. Doctors and nurses in WHS collaborate closely to ensure the best possible care for women, ranging from routine wellness to the latest treatments for high-risk pregnancies, pelvic floor disorders and gynecologic cancers. For more information on the essay contest, please contact Jen Moller at 860-545-2916.

Transplant Patients Celebrate The Gift of Life The Hartford Hospital Transplant Patient Group held its 17th annual holiday party on Dec. 16, 2010 at First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Glastonbury. The event is always very well attended by transplant patients, their families and transplant staff, and is a true celebration of the success of HH’s Transplant Program. Hundreds of people in the region have had their lives saved and greatly improved thanks to Hartford Hospital’s Transplant Program. By replacing organs that have ceased to function effectively, the program has given new life, new energy, and new possibilities

to people whose lives were being restricted by debilitating conditions. The first kidney transplant at Hartford Hospital was performed on March 25, 1971. Robert Schweizer, MD and Stanley Bartus, MD were both involved in that historic surgery. As the technology and science of transplantation advanced, liver and heart transplantation programs were initiated here in 1984. Today, the Transplant Program provides access to the latest advances in transplant science and immunosuppressive medication therapy. It is under the direction of Dr. David Hull.

Kidney transplant recipient Arthur Bazinet played Santa at the Transplant Patient Groupʼs 17th annual holiday party. With the help of his wife Sheri, he entertained children including 5-year-old Cecelia Gilbert, daughter of Mena Fiore, regional special events manager for the National Kidney Foundation serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Ellen Rothberg, CEO of VNA HealthCare, Named A “Health Care Hero” Ellen D. Rothberg, president and CEO of VNA HealthCare and vice president of Hartford HealthCare, was named a 2010 Health Care Hero by The Hartford Business Journal. She was formally recognized on Jan. 26 at the Hartford Convention Center. Rothberg, who joined VNA HealthCare in 1998, was chosen as winner of the “Community ServiceAdvocacy/Policy” category because of

her role as a passionate advocate for home care, as leader of one of the area’s largest non-profits, and as a powerful voice for the voiceless. Rothberg is committed to ensuring that the VNA fulfills its mission of providing the best home care possible to all, regardless of economic means or insurance coverage. Her quest often brings her to Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of VNA HealthCare, other non-

Ellen Rothberg, VNA HealthCare, (center) was congratulated by (left to right) Jeff Flaks, HHC; Rita Parisi, Eastern Rehabilitation Network; Lucille Janatka, MidState Medical Center; Elliott Joseph, HHC; Jeff Walter, Rushford; Jim Blazar, HHC; Dick Brvenik, Windham Hospital; and Karen Goyette, HH. 2

profit home care agencies, and the millions of lives they touch. Rothberg said she strongly believes that the impact of legislation is critical to home care’s future. Her goal, she explained, is to educate officials about the industry’s important role in saving the healthcare system millions of dollars by preventing avoidable hospitalizations and keeping patients at home where they want to be and where they thrive, as well as the urgent need to maintain safety net providers like VNA HealthCare who accept all patients. “The agency works to make sure client’s families may go on with their lives knowing their loved one is in capable hands,” she said. “We are here for those who lack family and may not realize what services are needed and available, how to apply for them, who to trust, or simply that they are entitled to advocacy,” she said. She began her career as a staff nurse in Boston, where she cared for poor families living in a neglected housing project. She went on to earn a master’s in public health from Yale and pursue a career in health care administration.

113 Staff Members Participate in American Heart Association’s Hartford Start! Heart Walk; Raise $7,052 for Cardiac Research

Hartford Hospital’s 113-member team raised more than $7,000 for cardiac research in the American Heart Association’s Hartford Start! Walk.

The Cardiology Program sponsored a Hartford Hospital team in the “Hartford Start!” Heart Walk on October 23, 2010 at Bushnell Park. The HH team had 113 members, and raised $7,052 for the American Heart Association. Cecilia Kozlowski was HH team leader, and team captains were Daniel Madison, Maria Tenero, Denise Royer, Jeanne Bodett, Peter Fonseca, Sharon Fried, Jane Klepinger, Jessica Pereira, Michelle Piscottano, Maggie

Repicky, Shelly McCafferty and Jason Sutherland. The Heart Walk was part of the Heart Association’s groundbreaking “Start!” movement, which calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and wellness so that we may live longer, heart healthy lives. Physical inactivity significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, the nation’s number one

killer. Seventy percent of Americans do not get enough exercise, blaming lack of time and motivation. Ignoring fitness and health increases an individual’s risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. The goal of the Hartford Start! Heart Walk was to get people to increase their physical activity and to raise funds to support lifesaving research for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Ethics or Compliance Concerns? If you have any business ethics or compliance concerns, please contact your supervisor or call the Compliance Helpline, a confidential service, at 1-800-431-5572. Su usted habla Español, favor llamar 1-800-297-8592. 3


Information Session Tuesday on Master’s in Integrative Medicine There will be an informational session about an innovative master’s degree in integrative medicine on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Dining Room A. Class cohorts will be available at Hartford Hospital in collaboration with our Integrative Medicine program. The 36-credit master of arts degree in experiential health and healing is offered by the Graduate Institute, an institution of higher education accredited by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education in 2003. Under the academic direction of Drs. Bernie Siegel and Steven Horowitz, the program explores complementary and alternative healing on a continuum with allopathic medicine. From the ancient roots of medicine to contemporary practice, participants study a number of integrative modalities designed to treat the whole person. It bridges the gap between the allopathic and complementary/alternative worlds by engaging healthcare practitioners and care providers in achieving optimal health through the construction and delivery of a humane, informed, empathic, and personalized model of care. For more information, call 203-874-4252 or visit The Pastoral Services Department invites you to join us in celebrating

Black H ist ory Month

February 24th: Rev. Shelley Best Rev. Best, president and CEO of the Conference of Churches, brings a message about the work of the Conference and its relevance to Black History month.

February 28th: Rev. Dr. Shirle Moone Childs Rev. Dr. Childs offers a powerful witness to the history and relevancy of the AME Zion tradition in African Americans’ lives.

Hartford Hospital Chapel - 12 noon

IOL Hosts Mental Health Symposium on Sexuality for Independent Schools The Institute of Living hosted the 14th Annual Peter Tacy Symposium, called Students and Sexuality: A Complicated Emotional, Physical and Behavioral Journey, on December 9, 2010. Professionals from 40 independent schools through out the Northeast attended the symposium, which was sponsored by Mental Health in Independent School Communities (MHISC).

From left to right: Harold Schwartz, MD, HH vice president of behavioral health; keynote speaker Elenie Tsaropoulos, Ed.M, CHES; speaker Laura Saunders, Psy. D., HH child and adolescent services; Rosemary Baggish, M.Ed, MPH, director of MHISC; Peter Tacy, former executive director of The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; Diane W Foley, recipient of the 2010 Award of Excellence; and Peter Wells, PhD, senior consultant at MHISC.

Keynote speaker was Elenie Tsarhopoulos, an international educational consultant who works with independent schools educating students, parents, and faculty on creating successful relationships. Her presentation was called “Sexuality and the Media Across the Lifespan: Success Strategies for Creating a Healthy Sexual Mindset.” Also at the symposium, Diane W. Foley from Miss Porter’s School won the MHISC 2010 Award of Excellence.

ACS Daffodils Days Are Here! The American Cancer Society is selling daffodils to raise funds for lifesaving research. Prices are $10 for a bouquet, $15 for a potted plant, and $25 for a bouquet of flowers and a stuffed bear. Orders will be available for pick up at the Helen & Harry Gray Center March 15 and 16. You can order online:; click on Mary Vanderjagt and Laura Longley, then “Get Daffodils;” or call Mary Ann at 860-545-4184 or Laura at 860-545-0440 for an order form.

RxTra is published by the Planning and Marketing Department each week of the year, with a special monthly issue on the last week of the month. Submissions should be sent to at least two weeks before the publication date using the submission form found on the hospital Intranet under the Planning and Marketing Department. (The web link for the form is For questions or comments, please contact Annie Emanuelli at or 860-545-2199. This publication is printed by Hartford Hospital’s Digital Print Center (DPC). 4

RxTra - Feb. 21, 2011  

Newsletter for Hartford Hospital staff. Vol. 67, No. 5.

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