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RxTra A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

January 24, 2011 Vol. 67

No. 2

FTC Approves Affiliation with Central Connecticut Health Alliance; Hospital of Central Connecticut Joins HHC System The Federal Trade Commission has approved the affiliation of Hartford HealthCare and the Central Connecticut Health Alliance, parent organization of The Hospital of Central Connecticut. The Hospital Of Central Connecticut, with campuses in New Britain and Southington, has nearly 3,000 staff members and 500 physicians. The CCHA also includes Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, Alliance Occupational Health, The Jerome Home, Central Connecticut Physical Medicine, the VNA of Central Connecticut and CenConn Services. More than 4,000 CCHA staff members serve communities throughout Central Connecticut. These organizations join the 11,000 staff members of Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living, Clinical Laboratory Partners, Eastern Rehabilitation Network, Hartford Medical Group, MidState Medical Center, MidState Medical Group, Natchaug Hospital, Rushford, VNA HealthCare and Windham Hospital as part of HHC. “Combining the resources of CCHA and HHC is really one plus one equals three – the two organizations together are greater than the sum of our parts,” said Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare. “Our affiliation will improve the quality of care as we increase the sharing of best practices and new technology; increase local access to care by providing more primary and specialty care in our

communities; increase efficiencies and reduce healthcare costs by the sharing of information technology platforms and by taking advantage of largervolume, lower-cost purchases of supplies and services; and play a vital role in the economic development of our local communities. The affiliation also will strengthen the long-term viability of local health care. “Shared IT platforms will enable us to more efficiently develop electronic medial records across the system,” Joseph said. “This not only lowers costs but improves the quality of care as all care providers have a single patient view.” “This affiliation is the culmination of a successful 20-year relationship between Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut,” said Clarence J. Silvia, president and CEO of The Hosptial Of Central Connecticut and CCHA. “We have a long-standing relationship between our hospitals and healthcare systems. Together, we know we are making a positive difference for the people of our state.” HHC is working to build a highperformance health-care system that provides seamless coordination of topquality patient care from primary care to lab services; to complex, hospital

care; to home care and other services. “We want to be the health-care system which patients and communities rely on to give them the right care, at the right time and in the right place,” Joseph said. “This affiliation is another step in

accomplishing that goal and in achieving our system mission to be ‘nationally recognized for excellence in patient care and most trusted for personalized, coordinated care.’ Together, HHC and CCHA will be able to serve more communities in delivering excellent, personalized, coordinated care.” Day-to-day operations at both organizations will continue as usual. Integration teams, made up of HHC and CCHA staff, will optimize the benefit of the affiliation by reviewing Human Resources and other programs and practices over time. “This affiliation is a profound win-win situation for everyone,” Joseph said. “Patients will benefit from the wider continuum of care that a healthcare system offers, communities will benefit from a broader range of services, and staff will benefit from greater professional opportunities.”


Two Hospital Teams Compete in Community Spelling Bee To Support Literacy Programs in Hartford Public Schools Three physicians from the cancer program called themselves “Bee Tuff on Cancer,” while three members of the community relations department were the “Scrabble Babblers” as they competed in a community spelling bee on Oct. 22, 2010 to support literacy programs in Hartford public schools. Drs. Patricia DeFusco, Madhavi Gorusu and Mohanakrishnan Menon made up the cancer program team, while the community relations team was Damaris Perez, Sylvia Murach and Rachel Opito. The event, held at The Theater of the Performing Arts in Hartford, was hosted by Achieve Hartford!, an independent, nonprofit organization of business and community leaders that focus on student achievement and supporting reform in the Hartford Public Schools. It was Achieve Hartford!’s fourth annual community spelling bee, designed to celebrate learning while raising funds that support literacy programs that will benefit students in the Hartford public schools. Teams of three spellers created their own team names and costumes. Prizes were awarded for best spelling team, best costumes and team spirit. Both Hartford Hospital teams said they had fun while supporting a great cause.

Drs. Patricia DeFusco and Mohanakrishnan Menon (above) put their heads together at the community spelling bee. (The third member of the “Bee Tuff on Cancer” team, Dr. Madhavi Gorusu, is not pictured.) Below, the Scrabble Babblers from community relations, Sylvia Murach, Damaris Perez and Rachel Opito, work on a word.

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. 2

Gifts From Grateful Patients Recognize Outstanding Care Hartford Hospital often receives financial gifts from patients who are grateful for the care they have received here. The Fund Development Office receives these donations, often with a note that the gift is being made in honor of someone who went “above and beyond” for a patient and their family. These financial gifts to Hartford Hospital support our superb medical care through advanced technology, Bliss 11 E Staff Cardiac ICU Nursing Staff Thomas Allan, M.D. Peter Barnett, M.D. Elliot Berman, D.D.S Charles Castiglione, M.D. Jeffrey Cohen, M.D. Susan Dana Patricia DeFusco, M.D. Pat Frasier, R.N. Carol Garlick

research, cutting edge clinical practices, and compassionate patient care. The staff in Fund Development would like to recognize and applaud those employees who have made a difference to a patient, who in turn made a difference to Hartford Hospital with a donation in their honor. The following staff people were recognized with such donations made from October 1 to December 31, 2010:

John Grady-Benson, M.D. Richard Graniero, M.D. Lee Hoffman, M.D. Elliot Joseph James Kallal, M.D. Herbert Keating, M.D. Francis Kiernan, M.D. Lisa Kugelman, M.D. Katie Levesque Paul Murray, M.D. Stacy Nerenstone, M.D.

Angela Petronio, M.D. Robert Piorkowski, M.D. Andrew Salner, M.D. Peter Schauer, M.D. Jack Schmetterling, M.D. Steve Shichman, M.D. Robert Siegel, M.D. Gary Spiegel, M.D. Paul Thompson, M.D. Kory Tray, M.D. H. Kirk Watson, M.D.

Newington Staff Makes Holidays Brighter for Battered Women Staff in the Finance Department at the Newington Campus, led by United Way campaign coordinators Shari Turner and Lisa Aneiro, hosted an event to collect gifts for those served by a local shelter for battered women. The Interval House, a United Way recipient agency, offers services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence situations. The 20-bed shelter is the largest domestic violence organization in Connecticut, and many women arrive at the shelter with absolutely nothing since they have fled to escape dangerous situations. Interval House also runs a hotline with onsite counselor/advocates available to help victims 24 hours a day. Collections included toys, games, puzzles, clothing, accessories, books, and DVDs, and paper to wrap it all. It went a long way to make the season brighter for the children and moms at Interval House.

Representatives from Interval House, children’s program supervisor and child advocate Lydia Lopez (far left), and court victim advocate Karen Gatson (far right), accepted the donations from Lisa Aneiro (second from left) and Shari Turner. 3


NOVAPLUS Skin Preps Recalled The manufacturer of NOVAPLUS Disposable Skin Preps has issued a recall of all alcohol prep pads by Triad, including those with the NOVAPLUS label, identified by blue and white packaging with catalog number V9100. The main storeroom has replacement products available. Please bring all recalled product (full boxes and loose packages) to the storeroom, and have your cost center available. Full boxes will be exchanged. Be sure to check ALL areas of your department where alcohol wipes may be stored, such as patient rooms, exam and procedure rooms, crash carts, medication closets, anesthesia carts, Pyxis Units, IV/phlebotomy boxes, clean utility rooms and desk drawers. Call the storeroom at 860-545-2128 if you have questions.

Need Childcare? Hartford Hospital staff is invited to an open house at the "Kids Are Great Learning Center" on the IOL campus on Monday, Feb. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. Parents can tour the center, meet the staff, and learn about the age-appropriate curriculum. The center is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and serves children ages 2 months to 6 years. Full time, part time and drop-in care is available to children of HH/CCMC staff. Please R.S.V.P. to Lynn or Debra at 860-545-8460. (Snow date: Thursday, Feb. 10.)

Federal Loan Forgiveness for Nurses Application Deadline is February 8 Eligible registered nurses may apply for the 2011 Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program, a federally funded program that offers RNs substantial assistance to repay educational loans in exchange for service in critical shortage facilities like Hartford Hospital. Last year, four HH nurses qualified to have 60 percent of their nursing loans forgiven through this program. Deadline for applications is Feb. 8. Contact Nancy Bafundo, 860-545-2558, for information.

Join Weight Watchers at Work There is still time to join Weight Watchers at Work. There will be a sign-up meeting on the first floor of the Grace S. Webb School in the Braceland Building of the IOL, on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Even if you are not sure if you will be joining, you should come prepared to sign up. Fees will be determined by the number of participants.

Tickets Available to Black & Red Tickets are still available for the Black & Red matinee performance to support the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Bushnell. Concert will feature Michael Cavanaugh, the “New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook.” Order tickets at 860987-5900, or online at; $40 each with the discount using the HARTHOSP code, and $20 per ticket for groups of eight or more.

Schwartz Center Rounds, Jan. 26 The Schwartz Center Rounds, a forum where staff get together to discuss a common theme in healthcare, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Gilman Auditorium. The topic is “Kindness in the Worst Way: The Rehabilitation of a Staff.” Join your peers for an informative time when you can share your ideas about things that come up in your day-to-day dealings with patients, their families and other staff members. All are welcome. Box lunches will be provided. For information, call Kathy Burns at 860-545-5712 or Evan Fox at 860-545-2629.

Fall Back In Love With Fitness It’s a new year, and the Hartford Hospital Fitness Center invites you to fall back in love with fitness with their new incentive program. Sign up now for a $5 entry fee, and you can get fit and be eligible to win prizes. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Heart Month with a healthier you. For more information, call 860-545-3077.

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 Garret Condon at or 860-545-4180. This publication is printed by Hartford Hospital’s Digital Print Center (DPC). 4

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