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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

October 3, 2011

October 3-9:

Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week

Healthcare Materials Management Week

Vol. 67 No. 37

Hats With Heart: Pharmacy Tech Makes Hundreds Of Hats For Chemotherapy Patients Ezequiela Marques, a pharmacy tech at Hartford Hospital, as been warming the heads and hearts of cancer patients with her vibrantly colored and specially crafted hats for years.

She stopped at a fabric store, purchased a few patterns and materials, and went to work making at first just a few hats each seaHer quest began in 2007 when she son. Now, she makes helped deliver tote bags made by her hundreds. daughter’s church group to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. As the demand for hats grew, Marques There, she saw the beautiful, soft reached out to cohats on display in the Boutique for workers and nurses patients that have lost their hair for fabric and other from chemotherapy treatment. In supplies. Departments that moment, she decided to start from around the hosmaking her own hats and giving pital donate fabric for them as gifts to the patients. the hats.

This past spring alone, Marques delivered 300 hats to the Cancer Center, decorated with buttons, flowers and lace. Each hat can take longer than an hour to create, but Marques is dedicated, and the patients appreciate her kindness and compassion. She has even received thank-you notes from appreciative patients. Marques’ inspirational story highlights the core values of Hartford HealthCare. She makes a difference in the lives of patients at Hartford Hospital every day through her acts of kindness and caring.

Don’t Forget to Pledge to the United Way Before October 14! If you pledge now you’ll be entered in the weekly prize drawing for a gift certificate to an area restaurant or the grand prize drawing for a Choice Time Day Off. To pledge, go to the United Way Intranet page, log on to the eWay pledge site, and follow the simple on-screen instructions. Or, if you prefer, paper pledge forms are available from your department or unit coordinator.


Remember, if you choose to rollover your pledge from last year your donation will go towards United Way Community Investment. You need to send in a new pledge to direct your donation to the organization of your choice.

For questions regarding the United Way Campaign, contact call Susan Klein, Campaign Coordinator, at ext. 5-1126.

Connecticut Surgical Group Joins Other Affiliated Surgical Practices To Become Hartford Specialists Connecticut Surgical Group will join a number of already affiliated surgical practices under Hartford Clinical Associates and will use the business name of Hartford Specialists. This group will be composed of nearly 80 providers across many specialties. Hartford Specialists will include surgical oncology; neurosurgery; orthopedic, transplant, cardiac, urologic, vascular and endovascular surgery; breast, bariatric, podiatric, plastic and reconstructive surgery; and general, colorectal, and thoracic surgery. The arrangement will strengthen the surgeons’ connection to HHC organizations and make coordination of care easier and quicker.

Hartford Specialists Providers

Patients will have access to the same great doctors and better coordination of patient care with other health care providers. Hartford Specialists will have better access to the same central scheduling system and electronic medical records system that will be shared by all Hartford HealthCare organizations. This access will allow the offices to exchange patient information more quickly with other physicians and schedule appointments more efficiently. Office locations, phone numbers and access to patient medical health records will remain the same.

Alan Babigian, MD Christine Bartus, MD G Peter Bloom, MD Patricia Bozeman, APRN Elizabeth Brady, MD Matthew Brown, MD Erika Buatti, PA Charles Castiglione, MD Norman Cavanagh,MD,DMD Alex Cech, MD Mohiuddin Cheema, MD Chike Chukwumah, MD Jeffrey Cohen, MD Helen Corbett, MD David Curtis, MD Orlando DeLucia, MD Thomas Divinagracia, MD Matthew Ely, III, MD David Eisenberg, MD Robert Ficara, PA Peter Ford, APRN Daniel Fusco, MD James J Gallagher, MD Robert Gallagher, MD Dawn Garcia, APRN R James Graydon, MD Deedee Greco, APRN Monika Hoang, PA Jonathan Hammond, MD Howard Hochman, MD Jerome Houle, PA David Hull, MD Chester Humphrey, MD Ramon Jimenez, MD Kristina Johnson, MD Kristine Kelliher, MD Stuart Kesler, MD

Brendan Killory, MD Kenneth Kurz, MD Anne Lally, MD Danielle Loos, PA Robert Lowe, MD Alison Luckey-Percy, APRN Eric Lui, DPM Jordin Marousis, PA Anoop Meraney, MD Roxanne Mongeon, PA Jeffrey Morgenstern, MD James Nugent, DPM Pavlos Papasavas, MD Robert Piorkowski, MD Kristina Potsko, PA Paul Preissler, MD Priscilla Quilter, APRN Rochelle Ringer, MD Agatha Ritchie, PA William Sardella, MD Ashley Shepard, DPM Brian Shames, MD Mark Shekhman, MD Steven Shichman, MD Eric Silverstein, DPM Steven S Smith, MD Anne Stoddard, APRN Hiroyoshi Takata, MD Arthur Tarantino, MD Darren Tishler, MD Douglas Viets, MD Paul Vignati, MD Joseph Wagner, MD John Welch, MD D’anna Welsh, PA Mary Windels, MD Jean Wong, MD David Underhill, MD David Van Neil, PA

October Is Medical Librarians Month Visit the Robinson Library on the third floor of the ERC Building, open 24 hours (with badge access) and staffed Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives of Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Surgical Group completed on Monday the transaction that makes CSG a partner of Hartford HealthCare, strengthening CSG’s 15-year relationship with Hartford Hospital. Connecticut Surgical Group, along with current HCA practices, is now Hartford Specialists, and the logo has changed to fit the family of logos used by all partners of Hartford HealthCare. As Hartford Specialists, CSG will retain its highly skilled and dedicated physicians and staff, and will continue to offer its existing surgical specialties. Pictured, left to right: John Fundock, CEO of Hartford Clinical Associates; Dr. Darren Tishler, bariatric surgeon; Dr. Jeffrey L. Cohen, colorectal surgeon; HH President Jeffrey Flaks; and Dr. Steven Shichman, urologist.

The IOL Medical Library is on the third floor of the Research Building on south campus. It is staffed Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Happening at Hartford Hospital Grand Opening at Avon Health Center Oct. 15

Volunteers Needed for Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 28

Join us for the grand opening celebration of our newest location in Avon. The Avon Family Health Center will feature Hartford Medical Group and Hartford Specialists by providing urgent and primary care, and surgical specialty services. Fun for the whole family including jump houses, pony rides, fire trucks, and pumpkin carving contests between chefs and surgeons. Saturday, Making Strides Against Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Avon Family Health Center, 339 West Main St., Avon. Breast Cancer, Oct. 23 For more info contact Eveline Schaffer, The staff and public are invited to par860-545-7704. ticipate in this 5K walk to fight breast cancer. The event begins at 11 a.m. on Lunch and Learn Oct. 17: Sunday, Oct. 23, at Bushnell Park in Hartford. To register, visit: www.cancer. Get Stroke Savvy org/stridesonline or call Patricia George Bring your lunch and learn about iden- at 860-545-1215. tifying the symptoms of stroke and the importance of managing your blood Transplant Program 40th pressure to help prevent stroke. This free Anniversary Celebration event will be held Monday, Oct. 17 in the Special Dining Room from 12 to 1 p.m. To Be Held Oct. 27 For more information, call Andrew Pete Hartford Hospital staff members are inat 806-545-1257. vited to attend a reception and art exhibit, “Living With Chronic Illness,” to celebrate the Transplant Program’s 40th anniversary, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Heublein Hall in the ERC. RSVP to Adrina Bazzoni at 860-545-2363 or abazzon@

Quinnipiac Offers Tuition Free Avon Healthtrax Waivers Membership for October Quinnipiac University has again generously offered to waive tuition at Quinnipiac for a limited number of Hartford Hospital employees (full time and part time budgeted for 20 hours or more per week) for the Spring 2012. They have made this offer in recognition of our willingness to serve as a clinical training site for their students. If you would like to take part in this program, please fill out a request form and return it to the Department of Education by Monday, Oct. 31. Waivers will be approved on a first come first serve basis.

Healthtrax in Avon is offering all Hartford Hospital employees a free month membership for October. Employees just need to show their badges.

Active: CME Desktop Live View Icon The CME Desktop Live View icon is now active for use among clinicians who require CME credits to maintain their license to practice.

Volunteer nurses and other staff from Hartford Hospital are needed to register participants and administer vaccines at a Hartford Community Influenza Immunization Clinic on Friday, Oct. 28 in Heublein Hall. We especially need bilingual volunteers (Spanish, Portuguese, Bosnian, Russian and Polish) and volunteers who have a gift for putting people at ease. For more information, contact Jane Reardon at 860-545-2303 or

Workplace Violence Prevention Workshop in Newington Oct. 12 There will be a workplace violence prevention presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Newington campus in the Curtis Building Auditorium sponsored by the Hartford Hospital Safety Action Group. It will cover a review of the Violence Prevention and Armed Intruder/Active Shooter policies; general tips for handling on-site crises; EAP services for workplace stress reduction; and identifying warning signs. The session is open to all staff. Enroll via HealthStream.

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 Espanol, favor llamar 1-800-297-8592.

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