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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

March 18, 2013

Vol. 69 No. 10

100th Baby Born in Centering Pregnancy Program On March 7, the 100th baby in the Centering Pregnancy Program was delivered at Hartford Hospital. The Centering Pregnancy Program was started here in 2011 as a health promotion program for pregnant women served by our Women’s Ambulatory Health Services. Centering Pregnancy provides a group of women who have similar due dates with ten 2-hour sessions facilitated by a midwife. Each session focuses on a different health issue, such as nutrition, stress management, domestic violence, family planning, and parenting skills. The group setting empowers the patients to become more involved in their prenatal care planning. The women learn to chart their own weight and blood pressure and perform urine analysis. They also provide peer support to each other, which has been proven to reduce pre-term delivery and low birth weight rates. Centering Pregnancy’s success is

seen in the participants’ evaluations and the fact that the program is beginning to see some secondtime mothers who say they appreciated the knowledge and confidence they gained in the program.

in the program.

Centering Pregnancy was originally intended for women who were at low risk for complications and, therefore, did not qualify for higher level monitoring. It has expanded to continue to serve women who develop gestational diabetes while

It serves a vulnerable population and provides an educational and community health improvement program that promotes health, improves residents’ access to health care services, and enhances the health of the community and advances health knowledge.

The Centering Pregnancy Program is an excellent example of a community benefit provided by Hartford Hospital.

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HH Receives Grant From Avon Foundation for Women To Promote Early Detection of Breast Cancer The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $30,000 one-year grant to Hartford Hospital to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the 11th year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the American Cancer Society, 3,050 new cases of breast cancer will be detected in Connecticut this year and 460 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes Damaris Perez, outreach educator for Connecticut Breast and Cervical Canand a death from breast cancer ev- cer Early Detection Program (CBCCEDP) at Hartford Hospital, and Devon ery 14 minutes. While advances have Latney, community outreach coordinator for the Helen & Harry Gray Canbeen made in prevention, diagnosis cer Center, and project director of HH’s CBCCEDP. and treatment, early detection still afSince 1995, the CBCCEDP at Hartford Hospital has fords the best opportunity for successreached more than 12,000 women with information ful treatment. about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, The Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early De- and has referred over 6,000 women for mammograms tection Program (CBCCEDP) at Hartford Hospital will ed- and clinical breast exams. ucate Greater Hartford area women and refer them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast ex- Programs such as the CBCCEDP at Hartford Hospital ams in their own communities. The vital program will help ensure that all women have access to early detecalso refer women for cervical examinations, pap smears tion information and options, even poor and medically and colonoscopies, as well as glucose and cholesterol underserved women. screenings (through the WISEWOMAN program). “We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support Hartford Hospital is also one of 30 our program,” said Devon Latney, community sites - and the only one in New Engoutreach coordinator for the Helen & Harry Gray land - chosen to participate in the Cancer Center, and project director of HH’s CBCNational Cancer Institute’s NCI ComCEDP. “With these funds we will be able to promunity Cancer Centers Program vide outreach education to community women (NCCCP). The program is designed to encourage the collaboration of medical, surgical, and on breast health and encourage women to obtain their radiation oncologists to research new and enhanced annual clinical breast exams and mammograms.” ways to assist, educate, and better diagnose and treat cancer to meet the needs of underserved populations For more information on the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at Hartford and reduce cancer disparities. Hospital, please call Damaris L. Perez, outreach educa“Our outreach program helps to provide lifesaving pre- tor for CBCCEDP at Hartford Hospital, at 860-545-5002. vention and early detection education to the medically underserved communities we serve, as well as to pro- For more information about breast cancer, contact vide free screenings for breast, cervical, prostate, and the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Andrew L. Salner, director of, or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.


In Memoriam: Karen White, Nurse Extraordinaire Karen White, nurse bed manager in the Transfer Center, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 10 at Hartford Hospital after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer. She was 60. Karen began and ended her nursing career at Hartford Hospital. She graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in 1973 and immediately began working in our Emergency Department as a staff nurse and then assistant head nurse. She devoted her life to caring for those who needed help. H e r calling to be a nurse was not only completely fitting, but also fulfilled her. She was active in HH’s Alumnae Association, and there was nothing she didn’t enjoy about being a part of the nursing community. Nurses touch lives in the most traumatic of moments, leaving an impression to last a lifetime. Karen was a true advocate for kindness, and never lost sight of what was most important - the patient. Her uncanny knack for anticipating and diffusing obstacles in our

complicated health care system before they reached a patient’s bedside was nothing short of miraculous. Her tireless work ethic shone through from the start of each shift to well beyond, never asking for anything she would not give. She worked hard, and expected the same. Karen was blessed with a flair for Irish storytelling, and her humor entertained staff and lightened moods on the darkest of shifts. Her tales may have skirted the edges of fiction, but never failed to bring a smile to those who needed it most. We offer our deepest sympathy to Karen’s family and friends – her son Wesley and daughter Caitlin; her sisters, Susan, Sheila and Maura, and her beloved nieces and nephews. Karen’s daughter is continuing her mother’s commitment to nursing. We wish her the best and to remember from her mother’s extraordinary career that “the character of the

March is Social Work Month

Congratulations and thanks to our social workers during Social Work Month!

Social work is the profession of hope - fueled by resilience and advocacy. Social workers matter because they help millions of struggling people every day dream differently. In the United States, more than 650,000 of these highly trained professionals know how daunting and immobilizing life’s tragedies and obstacles can be. But they also witness the sheer determination of countless individuals and families to achieve different lives.

nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” Karen’s obituary can be found at a r i e s / h a r t f o rd c o u r a n t / o b i t u a r y. a s p x ? n = k a r e n - b e a t t i e white&pid=163617100&fhid=4098

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


Happening at Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Store’s Spring Clearance Sale On Now

Beads4Dreams in Store Thursday

Donate Life Ceremony

The Auxiliary Store’s Spring Clearance Sale is up and running. A fantastic group of selected items are 75% off their original price. Stop by soon for the best selection. Regular store hours.

Beads4Dreams will be in the Auxiliary Store on Thursday, March 21 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. You’ll see distinctive, oneof-a-kind jewelry crafted using recycled paper beads, which have been made by a women’s craft group at Kiwoko Hospital in Luwero, Uganda. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry go to the hospital in Uganda.

The annual Donate Life Rose Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at the flagpole at the front entrance. The flag will be raised in honor of all organ, tissue and eye donors. It will remain flying for the entire month of April, which is Donate Life Month.

Colon Cancer Seminars March 19, 26 and 27

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Learn the importance of colon cancer prevention, detection and treatment at these free educational semi- Car Seat Clinic at Fire nars with physicians. Registration is re- House on March 26 quired. Call the Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888. CT Safe Kids is pleased to present a Car Seat Clinic on Tuesday, March 26 from Tuesday, March 19 at the Hartford 3–6 p.m. at the City of Hartford Fire DeHospital Wellness Center at Blue Back partment, Engine Company #10, 510 Square in West Hartford. 6:30-8 p.m. Pre- Franklin Avenue, Hartford. You can have senter: Dr. Paul Vignati. your car seat inspected for proper installation. This event is by appointment only. Tuesday, March 26 at Gateway Medical Please have the age, height and weight Park in Glastonbury. 6:30-8 p.m. Presentof your child available when you call. To er: Dr. William Sardella. schedule an appointment contact Olga Wednesday, March 27 at the Family Früster at 860-545-8815 or by e-mail at Health Center in Enfield. 6:30-8 p.m. Pre-

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” Applications are available for the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Thursday, April 25. Applications are due by Friday, April 5. Children from 4th12th grade are eligible. Contact Amanda Blaszyk for an application at ablaszyk@ or ext. 5-4732.

Sign Up For Golf League

The 2013 season for the Hartford Hospital Golf League starts Thursday, April 25. Members on two-player teams playnine holes at Goodwin Golf Course every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. until Sept. senter: Dr. Joseph Ianello. 5. Fees are $340 per player for 18 nineSave Money On Your hole rounds. Registration required by Friday, April 12. For information, contact Volunteer To Health Insurance Ron Jambard at 860-972-4293 or rjamHelp At You can still save money on your health Players who wish to be Sandy Hook insurance. The sooner you complete available as substitutes are also welcome. your Aetna Health Risk Assessment and 5K Race one online health education activity, the Recycle Your Flu Badge! Hartford Hospital will provide medi- more you can save. Aetna Choice Plan cal coverage for the Sandy Hook 5K members can get $4 a week in your pay- Flu season is officialRun scheduled for Saturday, March 23 check and $8 if your spouse is covered. ly over, so we no longer from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Health Savings Account enrollees can need to wear our plasHartford. To date, there are 12,000 reg- earn similar deposits to your HSA. The tic flu attachments on istrants for the race. We will be support- awards are deposited monthly, beginning our ID badges. Instead ing three medical aid stations. If you are in the month following completion of the of throwing yours away, an MD, RN or EMT who can help cover required actions. So if you do it in March, please take a moment to the medical stations, we welcome your your rewards will begin in April. For de- recycle it. There are collection boxes in the main hospital lobby assistance. Please contact Ralf Coler at tails, check the intranet, or click here and in Newington. 860-545-2373.

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