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RxTra A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

March 7, 2011 Vol. 67

No. 7

Elliot Joseph (far left) and Jeffrey Flaks (far right) congratulate the Hartford Hospital STEMI Team from the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services (left to right): Bill Arcisz, Gary Flemmings, Tom Schirmer, Linda Yoreo, Raymond McKay, Karen Leung, Michael Drescher, Marcin Dada, Joshua Beaulieu, Dawn Young, Rober Bycholski, Wayne Wright, Sara Regan, Stephen Conley, Jeanne Bodett, and Paul Thompson.

Teamwork and Timing Save Heart Attack Patient’s Life; Sets Record “Door to Balloon” Time for STEMI Team On January 17, when Alfred Cecchini, a 47-year-old barber from South Windsor, suffered a heart attack after working out in the gym, he called 911 and was transported to Hartford Hospital. Thanks to a unique HH program called the ECG STEMI initiative, his blocked coronary artery was opened with a stent in the catheterization lab in only 26 minutes from the time he entered the hospital. This rapid “door-to-balloon” time set a hospital record. The multidisciplinary STEMI Team at Hartford Hospital, made up of staff from cardiology, the emergency department and emergency medical services, uses an organized response system between the hospital and local paramedics. Hartford Hospital was the first hospital in the state

to use this advanced technology, which reduces precious time in treatment during the most critical period of a heart attack, when every minute counts. During this period, each 15-minute segment saved is associated with 6.3 fewer deaths per 1,000 patients, according to the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction. First responders get a pre-hospital ECG in the ambulance, and transmit it to Hartford Hospital’s Emergency Department. This ECG data determines whether the patient is suffering from a heart attack called a STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction). If the diagnosis is confirmed, the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab begins rapidly preparing for the patient so that emergency catheter-based intervention

can begin immediately upon the patient’s arrival, bypassing several time-delaying steps. Their goal is to minimize the time it takes to treat a patient experiencing a cardiac emergency. The Hartford Hospital pre-hospital ECG STEMI initiative was introduced as a pilot initiative at Hartford Hospital in 2008. The original single center and single provider system has evolved into the multicenter regional STEMI network including three major hospitals within Hartford Healthcare (HH, Midstate Medical Center and Windham Hospital) and multiple EMS providers. The ultimate goal is to develop a state wide STEMI Network to facilitate rapid diagnosis, triage and timely treatment of STEMI patients in the region.

Spring Fitness Classes to Start March 14: Includes Circuit Training, Yoga, Core Essentials, and Step& Stride The Fitness Center is offering a sixweek spring fitness program to all Hartford HealthCare employees from March 14 to April 28. Classes include Yoga, circuit training, Step & Stride, Core and Essentials. Class size is limited. Call the 860-545-3077 or email for details and to reserve space. Cost is $10 per class, or $120 for the 12 half-hour sessions.

Lose-to-Win Challenge: HH’s Biggest Loser ‘Lose-to-Win’ is a 12-week contest run by the Fitness Center to help staff lose weight, win cash (up to $600), and get into shape for spring. Everybody wins! The contest is held at the Barney Gym and runs March 28-June 17. Registration is $99, and the deadline is March 25. The contest is open to all employees of Hartford HealthCare. For more information 860-545-3077.

• Core Essentials March 14-April 20; Monday and Wednesdays, 12:30-1 p.m. Class size is limited to 10.

Register Now for the Hospital Golf League The 2011 season for the Hartford Hospital Golf League starts Thursday, April 21, and runs weekly at 3:30 p.m. until Sept. 1.

• Step & Stride March 15-April 21; Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1 p.m. For anyone with limited time, this full-body workout challenges every muscle in your body while giving you a great cardio workout.

• Circuit Training March 21-April 27; Monday and Wednesday, 12-12:30 p.m. Get into shape for the spring with this 30 minute full-body workout. Designed to challenge your endurance, improve your circulation, and strengthen your body for the summer days ahead.

• Yoga March 22-A[April 28; Tuesday and Thursday, 12-12:30 p.m. Yoga can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels, and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk. Learn the art of relaxation, increase muscle tone, flexibility, and tighten the abdomen. Take control of your body and your mind.

Fees for the season are $410 per player, which covers 18 nine-hole rounds and an end-of-season outing of 18 holes and dinner. Membership is comprised of two-player teams, and players who wish to be available as substitutes are also welcome. Play is at at Goodwin Golf Course in Hartford. The league was established 27 years ago. Registration is required by April 8. For information, contact Ron Jambard at 860-545-4293 or

Food Service To Feature New Colorful Foods for Nutrition Month March is National Nutrition Month, and Hartford Hospital’s Food and Nutrition Service Department is celebrating using the theme “Eat Right with Color,” and highlighting new and colorful food items in the cafeteria. The more colorful the foods you eat, the more vitamins and broccoli salad, vegetarian pasta salad, or minerals you’ll get in each bite. A vegetarian flat bread pizza. In addition to tasty way to do this is try our new new menu items we will be have a day of 2

“Build Your Own Turkey Burger” station to let you enjoy the new burger, and add the colors you like to a whole grain bun. Every day in March the grill will be serving garden burgers, and every Friday the café will be introducing your old favorites cooked in a new way to reduce the fat by turning off the deep fat fryers this help you enjoy a healthier, yet still delicious meal!

Nominations Sought for Armstrong Nurse Leadership Award professional expertise and the availability to collaborate with other health care professionals • Makes contributions that are innovative and of significance to the growth and visibility of nursing at Hartford Hospital • Creates an atmosphere among colleagues which fosters and inspires leadership The Armonstrong Award • Actively participates in and demonstrates leadership in recognizes outstanding achievement, innovation and professional organizations Any member of the Hartford leadership in nursing service, Hospital community may nominate a health care delivery or nursing leader. Completed public health. applications must include the nominee’s story, detailing achievements and contributions she/he These may include, but are not limited to, improved quality of care; new, has achieved that reflect positively on nursing at Hartford Hospital. innovative or cost-effective models of A minimum of two letters of service; increased availability of or support from peers, co-workers, improved access to health care; cultivation of a practice environment that patients or their families must accompany the nomination and story. empowers nurses or enhances nursing’s The completed packet (story and impact on care; demonstration of the impact of nursing on the health status of a letters) is due by Friday, April 1, 2011 and should be sent to Ginger Goddu, group or population; or significant RN, Nurse Educator, c/o Nursing advancement of the nursing profession. The nominee must be a Hartford Hos- Department, Medical Division. Late and/or partial applications will not be pital nurse (Department of Nursing or accepted. affiliate), employed for at least one year To obtain further information, prior to nomination and working a please contact Ginger Goddu at minimum of 20 hours per week. 860-545-5261 or Criteria include: • Achievements reflect a high level of

The Nursing Department is seeking nominations for the Doris M. Armstrong Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Administration, which recognizes a Hartford Hospital registered nurse for leadership both at Hartford Hospital and in the community. The award will be presented during Nurses Week.

Doris M. Armstrong

This nursing award honors Doris M. Armstrong, who served as vice president for nursing at Hartford Hospital from 19761990. She is a nationally recognized leader in the profession of nursing. Her high energy level, dynamism and progressive and caring visions, coupled with her awareness of local, state and national health care issues encompass the attributes of creative leadership. Armstrong’s broad professional experiences as an administrator, educator, consultant and lecturer have offered her the opportunity to make a major impact on the character and direction if the nursing profession in the United States.

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.

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Staff with Aetna Insurance Will Now Have HMG Office Copays Waived Effective March 1, Hartford Hospital employees covered under the Aetna insurance plan will have the office visit copays waived when receiving care at Hartford Medical Group sites for primary care, urgent care, and sports medicine services. (This excludes pulmonary, neurology, and IOL, and patients will continue to be responsible for all deductibles, co-insurance, etc.) This new program applies to Hartford Hospital employees and their spouse/partner and dependents. This is a pilot program, and before the end of 2011, all remaining Hartford Healthcare affiliates will also be eligible to receive this benefit enhancement.

Rideshare Van is Recruiting Riders Join the Greatest Rideshare Van! Staff from the Marlborough, Hebron, East Hampton, and Colchester areas are invited to try the rideshare van that runs to downtown Hartford, Capitol Area, DPH, and Hartford Hospital. The van makes stops in Colchester and Marlborough; and operates on a work schedule of 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Try it free for a week; once you ride you won’t want to drive again! For more information, call Carl at 860-545-4438.

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Managers: Save the Date for Budget Training Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center are currently implementing the Sunrise EPSI Budget Module. The web-based budget system will be in place for preparing the upcoming FY 2012 Operating Budget for both organizations. Training for the Sunrise EPSI Budget Module will be held on Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31 at the Hartford Hospital campus (CB5 Training Room) and on Friday, April 1 at MidState Medical Center. Training for the new web-based application will be approximately two hours. The Budget Department will be contacting affected managers (those responsible for operational budgets) soon to schedule a session.

Bone Marrow Drive Scheduled There will be a bone marrow donor drive at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center on April 13. Those screened will be entered in the Be The Match Registry. Hospital staff members are being urged to participate. For more information, call Cancer Connect at 860-545-6000.

Testing Emergency Electrical System On Thursday, March 10, we will test the emergency electrical system from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Scheduled monthly testing is a requirement of The Joint Commission (TJC). During this period, selected electrical lighting and power designated as “EMERGENCY” will be interrupted for very short periods, likely less than one second. Elevators will not be shut down for the testing. If you encounter any problems during the testing, call the Security Office, 860-545-2147.

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).

RxTra - March 7, 2011  

Newsletter for Hartford Hospital staff. Vol. 67, No. 7.