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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

December 5, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 45

Disaster Fund Established: Donate Choice Time or Money To Help Fellow Staff in Crisis Since Hartford Hospital was founded in 1854, it has been dedicated not only to patient care but also to serving our community. In keeping with that spirit, we now have a means to aid others even closer to home – our hospital community. After Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut and Massachusetts and left many of our employed staff members to face catastrophic circumstances with home and family, president and CEO Jeff Flaks announced that we would create a hospital-wide employee disaster relief program.

Holiday Basket Drive Drop Off Thursday Employee’s Council will be collecting the gift baskets put together by staff to distribute to employees in need and to patients from our OPD clinics on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the cafeteria from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For drop-off in the IOL, contact Nancy Hubbard at 860-5457098. You may also make a cash donation at the drop-off locations on Dec. 8. For more information, contact Nicole Attardo at 860-5451299 or Mary Parola at 860-545-2322.

Party Time Wednesday!

A Choice Time Donation Policy and a Disaster Relief Fund Policy have now been created to assist those employed staff members who have experienced certain types of catastrophic or qualifying circumstances. These new funds will allow us the opportunity to do both the kind thing and the right thing for our fellow staff members. The Choice Time Donation policy allows staff members to donate their unused but earned Choice Time to a hospital fund, and the Disaster Relief Policy allows staff members to donate money to a hospital fund. Both funds will be available to employed staff members in need of additional time off or financial assistance due to catastrophic circumstances. If you are interested in donating either money or some of your unused but accrued Choice Time, information and donation forms are on the Intranet under Human Resourcesclick on HR forms-miscellaneous. You can access information on the Disaster Relief Fund/ Choice Time Donation Policy when you log in to ESS. The last day to donate unused Choice Time is Thursday, Dec. 15. These funds are yet another way we can live our values, and we are excited to have them in place.

You are Cordially invited to the

2011 Holiday Party December 7, 2011 North & South Campus Afternoon session 11AM- 4PM Heublein Hall

Newington Campus Afternoon session 11AM- 2PM Dinning Room

North Campus Evening session 10PM- 12AM Dinning Room Please wear ID badge for entrance

Hartford Hospital Doctors Shine in Prime Time TV Show “Advancing Medicine” On the evening of December 1, the WFSB Channel 3 studios were abuzz with Hartford Hospital doctors answering viewer calls and participating in online chats. It was all part of the sixth episode of the Advancing Medicine series, called Digestive Disorders: Keeping Your GI Tract on Track. In this episode, we followed courageous patients whose stomach issues were more than a mere inconvenience. Some of the patients turned to Hartford Hospital with debilitating pain, seeking state-of-the-art care to diagnose and treat their conditions. Others went in for routine screenings, where they learned of their life-changing cancer diagnoses. Their experiences were different, but every patient had one thing in common: each was helped by an extraordinary team of GI doctors at Hartford Hospital. The episode was widely viewed in Connecticut and Western Mass., with about one in five households in the greater Hartford area tuning in. After the show, 171 calls came in to the studio and 236 people participated in a web chat with our doctors. Hats off to Drs. Joseph Cappa, David Chaletsky, Jeffry Nestler, Kiran

Members of the Hartford Hospital GI team take a break to visit the anchor desk at the WFSB studios. Bottom row: Dr. Joseph Cappa, WFSB anchor and Advancing Medicine host Denise D’Ascenzo, and Dr. Jeffry Nestler. Top row: Rosemary Roy, Jolie Rappaport, Alice Marie Fitzgerald, Dr. David Chaletsky, Dr. Kiran Sachdev and Dr. Paul Shapiro.

Sachdev and Paul Shapiro, as well nursing leaders Cheryl Ficara and Kathleen Van Gelder, and many other GI team members who made the show such a success!

Be sure to mark your calendars for March 8, 2012, when the next episode of Advancing Medicine highlights Hartford Hospital’s Women’s Health Services.

Safety Volunteer and Fall Prevention Collaboration Wins National Recognition Hartford Hospital’s Safety Volunteer Program and Fall Prevention Collaboration was one of only two programs in the nation to receive the Extraordinary Program Award from the American Hospital Association’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals. The Safety Volunteer Program was an initiative of the Fall Prevention Committee and has been in place since April 2008. It has contributed significantly to the hospital’s ability to decrease falls and fall-related injuries. Left to right: Kelley Boothby, co-director of Volunteer Services; Chris Waszynski, coordinator of Geriatric Consult Services; and Eileen Pelletier, co-director of Volunteer Services, received the award Sept. 17 at the 43rd Annual Leadership Conference of the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals.


N9 Staff Volunteer To Deliver Thanksgiving Meals Staff from N9 and their f a m i lies volunteered to deliver hot meals on Thanksgiving to families in need through the Salvation Army Holiday Meal Program. Coordinated by nurse manager Vicie Brooks, who has done this for the past three years, the group delivered about 25 meals in the Greater Hartford area. “What a rewarding experience. It made us all realize how blessed we really are to have families and friends to spend the holidays with,” Brooks said. “For some of the people we delivered meals to, we were the only visitors they had for the day. A few of the college students were in tears by the time we completed our deliveries.”

Back row, left to right: Vicie Brooks, Dezrene Atkinson RN, Gregg Morales RN and his cousin Danny Acevedo, and Vicie’s nephew Daniel Bryant. In the front row, left to right, are two friends of Bryant’s, Vicie’s grandson Azon Brooks Jr., and Dezrene’s daughter Monique Atkinson.

RNs From N9 Run for Charity

Hartford Hospital Partners With City for Winterfest Hartford Hospital is partnering with IQuilt Hartford Winterfest in Bushnell Park through February 20, 2012. Free outdoor skating will be the highlight, with a larger outdoor skating rink, extended hours, and ice shows every Friday and Saturday from 6–7 p.m. We are looking for volunteers at the ice skating rink between 4 and 9 p.m. each day of the week. Competent ice skaters are needed to assist with public skating. Volunteers are also needed off the ice to help with distribution of skates. You can also help by donating to the Skate Donation Drive, Jan. 9-13. We will be collecting pads, skates, sticks, helmets and outerwear in usable condition in the main cafeteria, IOL cafeteria, and Newington campus lobby. Volunteers are also needed to be Santa’s helpers, greeting families at the Carousel Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18, from 12–3 p.m. To sign up, please contact Cecilia Kozlowski,

Jennifer Sakowski and Christina Ruel, RNs from N9, completed in the Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race for Charities. One of New England’s largest single day sporting events, the race has 15,000 runners and walkers, and donates money raised to a variety of charities. Last year, more than $100,000 was awarded to 23 charities and non-profit agencies, including The Muscular Dystrophy Association, which has been the primary charitable objective of the event for nearly 60 years.

Are the holidays leaving you in a daze? Come to Integrative Medicine to restore and relax. Acupuncture, massage, Reiki, and reflexology appointments are available on the main campus, at Blue Back Square, and at the Avon Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Gift certificates make great holiday gifts!

Call Integrative Medicine today at 860-545-4444. 3

Happening at Hartford Hospital Donations Wanted for South Park Shelter As part of the 2011 United Way Campaign, we are collecting clothing, personal hygiene, household and office supplies for the South Park Inn shelter collecting all this week, Dec. 5-9. There will be collection boxes at Hartford Hospital in the cafeteria and main lobby, and at the IOL Cafeteria. For more information, contact Goran Sisic at 860-5451400 or, or Luis Oyola at 860-545-2855 or Personal Hygiene Supplies: • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste • Hand/body lotion • Powder • Shampoo • Spray deodorant • Feminine pads and tampons • Baby diapers • Hairbrushes and combs • Disposable razors Household Supplies: • Laundry detergent • New or lightly used twin sheet sets • New or lightly used bath towels Office Supplies: • Copy paper • Pens and pencils • Post its • File folders • Etc. Clothes: Only New socks, underwear, t-shirts, pajamas, and flip flops Gift Cards: Walmart and Cost Cutters (haircuts)

Apple Lady Returns To Auxiliary Store Thursday The Apple Lady returns to the Auxiliary Store, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until she runs out. Decadent gourmet chocolate covered apples in many flavors. Samples will be available for tasting while they last!

Flu Shots

Nursing Open House

Free flu shots are available in Occupational Health, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but not required; 860-545-2175. Staff must be vaccinated or complete a declination by Dec. 31. http://intranet., or call 5-6FLU.

There will be a Nursing Open House on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 2-6 p.m. Fulltime, part-time and per-diem opportunities for nurses are available in a variety of areas. Experienced RNs with two+ years of acute care experience are encouraged to attend. Greeters and tour guides will be in the main lobby to direct visitors. There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. Hartford Hospital staff members are eligible to receive a referral bonus award for referring an experienced RN who is hired here. The bonus is $3,000 if you refer a full-time RN; $1,500 for a part-time RN. To qualify, your name must be on the candidate’s application.

Cancer Center Boutique Welcomes Vendors Dec. 8 Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and Silpada Silver Jewelry vendors will be at The Boutique at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center. In addition, Pam Lacko, author of “Laughing in the Face of Cancer,” will be signing copies of her book in the Cancer Center lobby between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Judith Melchrelt will be selling Team Towanda cookbooks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Maria Corona, 860-545-4968.

Retirement Tea Friday for Rhona Baugh Seawright Please join us for a retirement tea for Rhona Baugh Seawright this Friday, Dec. 9 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Special Dining Room. She has given us 42 years of dedicated service in Food & Nutrition.

Hip and Knee Pain? Lunch and Learn will focus on hip and knee pain Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Special Dining Room.

Support to Stay Healthy and Manage Diabetes Diabetes impacts so many areas of one’s daily life, and it’s important to have support from other people with diabetes who can relate. Please call 860-545-1941 for information if interested in attending free educational and support sessions for employees with diabetes. Sessions are offered by staff at Diabetes LifeCare, an ADA Recognized Diabetes Self Management Program.

Compliance Questions or Concerns? If you need to obtain information about compliance issues or raise concerns regarding internal and regulatory practices or policies, please contact your supervisor or call the ComplianceLine, a confidential and toll-free service, at

1-855-HHC-OCAP or online at

RxTra is published by the Planning & Marketing Department each week. Submissions should be sent to at least two weeks before publication date using the form found on the Intranet under the Planning & Marketing Dept. (The web link for the form is: http://intranet. For questions, please contact Annie Emanuelli at 860-545-2199.

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