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A Hartford HealthCare Partner


A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital June 6, 2011 • Vol. 67 No. 19


Time = Brain

On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 45 seconds. What’s important is getting medical care - fast. Every minute that a stroke is not treated means millions of brain neurons lost, affecting a patient’s function. The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is one of the top centers in the country. The doctors here live by the motto:

Time is brain.

Hartford Hospital Recognized for Success in Treating Stroke Patients Hartford Hospital is one of only four hospitals in Connecticut that has received a “Gold Plus” rating for performance achievement in treating stroke patients from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The Gold

The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital: Teamwork and Technology One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. For the past 10 years, Hartford Hospital has provided a state-of-the-art facility and treatment team to respond to stroke promptly and effectively, saving lives and preserving brain health and function. The Stroke Center has experienced remarkable growth - in staff, number of patients seen and treatment options - since beginning in 2001. The original team of five core staff members has grown to include five stroke neurologists, three interventional neuroradiologists, and two advanced practice nurses. The Center maintains the leading market share statewide for stroke-related hospital

admissions, at 11% to 12% of patients within Connecticut. The program’s initial focal points were the establishment as a regional leader in patient care, education, and clinical research. “Our initial efforts, when we opened, were centered around refining our treatment protocols -- specifically Dawn Beland, RN, MSN,

Plus rating means that we have achieved 85% or higher adher-

Stroke, a brain injury that

ence to all Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achieve-

occurs when the brain’s blood

ment Indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals, and 75%

supply is interrupted, is the

or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With the Guidelines Stroke

third leading cause of

Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. Get With The Guide-

death in the United States.

Stroke Center coordinator

using the clot-busting drug tPA -- and developing a team of individuals that could respond to patients when they arrived in the Emergency Room,” said Dawn Beland, RN, MSN, Stroke Center coordinator. “Over time, we started to focus on developing the intra-arterial drugs or devices*, and now that is a standard of care.” (*see page 3 for a story about a patient who was treated with the MERCI retriever.)

lines® helps ensure consistent application of the most recent American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association scientific guidelines for patient treatment.

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Because of the specialized care offered in the Stroke Center, patients with the most severe strokes are often transferred here from smaller community hospitals. “Because we are a large tertiary medical center with a specialized Stroke Center, we have a group of doctors who work together in the hospital every day and in the clinic every week to treat stroke patients,” said neurologist Dr. Isaac Silverman, co-medical director of the Stroke Center. “It’s that interface between physicians that are looking at the patient and discussing the case and going through the decision-making for each individual that makes this such a valuable service.” Besides life-saving treatment, stroke patients and their families receive education while at Hartford Hospital; during their follow-up visits at the weekly Stroke Clinics. There is also a daylong public education pro-

gram, called the Living! with Stroke conference held each May during Stroke Awareness Month. Patients also receive a coordinated treatment plan that includes rehabilitation services geared toward restoring them to maximum function. “We’re moving past our acute treatments to extending a continuum of care that we can offer our patients throughout their recovery period,” Beland said. “Stroke patients need to engage in a variety of different rehab techniques. That’s where we call in the rehab experts twe work with at Eastern Rehabilitation Network.” “The strokes we treat here are almost always life-threatening,” says Dr. Gary Spiegel, co-medical director of the Stroke Center and director of its interventional neuroradiology group. “But if we can get patients soon enough, our success rate is fairly high.”

Targeting Stroke With Quick Treatment For every minute that the brain is blocked by a stroke, two million nerve cells and 14 billion synapses die. That means the more time that elapses before intravenous thrombolysis (the injection of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots), the slimmer the odds of a good outcome. Medical professionals have a great opportunity to improve patient outcomes simply by providing the right treatment,

A Life-Saving Victory For a College Athlete Marissa Arnold, an athletic 20-yearold who was captain of her college soccer team, was having her hair braided by her roommate on when she suddenly lost the ability to speak. The right side of her body was immobilized, and her attempts at speech were garbled and incoherent. Marissa was having a massive stroke. Marissa was taken by ambulance to the local hospital where a CT scan showed that a blockage was cutting off the blood supply to the entire left side of her brain. She received the clot-busting drug tPA, and then was taken by LIFE STAR helicopter to the Hartford Hospital Stroke Center. Dr. Stephen Ohki, an interventional radiologist, used medical imaging to reveal a clot blocking her left middle cerebral artery. He inserted a device called a MERCI retriever, snared the clot in her brain, and withdrew it from her body. It took only 45 minutes from the time the catheter was inserted to restore Marissa’s circulation.

right away.

The American Heart Asso-

ciation and the American Stroke Association created a campaign called “Target: Stroke” to help hospital teams achieve the goal of “door-to-needle” times

Marissa was home in Simsbury three days later. “She is totally fine,” says her father. “No speech problems, no limp or facial sag, no nothing.” Marissa’s story was featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, and was part of a TV ad for Hartford Hospital. It is currently on the Hartford Hospital website ( default.aspx?cHT=stroke).

of 60 minutes or less for stroke patients to receive thrombolytic therapy. Their motto: “The better your times, the better your patient’s chances.”

Hartford Hospital has been

recognized as one of only 113 “Target: Stroke” Honor Roll

The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding in 2001 with a reception in Heublein Hall in the ERC on Wednesday, June 22, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Hospitals in the United States.


Staff Service Awards - April 2011 35 Years of Service Diane Bickford, Labor and Delivery Lynn Garman, Radiology/General Margaret McCray, Labor and Delivery

30 Years of Service Thomas Begley, Donnelly 2S Claudia Stetson, Special Education/Hartford Susan Zahorodni, HIM/Clinical Documentation Management

25 Years of Service Stephanie Pelletier, Cafeteria/Vending Services Colleen Peruta, Nursing Administration/Staff Development Lucio Roman, Engineering/Grounds

20 Years of Service

Helen Barys, Patient Service/SNF Luz Bonelo, Surgical Service Bliss 7 ICU Teresa Catricala, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service Gina Chamberland, Planning and Marketing Maria Chmeliwskyj, Central Sterile Supply Anthony Pinero, Security

15 Years of Service

Maribel Almonte-Perez, PA Financial Assistance Isabel Arce, PAS Ed Registration Terry Callahan, Radiology/Administration Christine Dunn, Materials Management/Purchasing Deborah Fischer, Labor and Delivery Sebastiano Golino, Cardiology Service Bliss 10 ICU Michael Hodges, Food/Nutrition/Main Kitchen Murna Hume, PA Correspondence Martha Kemp-Albert, IS/Special Projects Akbar Lalmohamed, Environmental Services /General Patrick Long, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service Gloria Medina, Cardiology Service Bliss 10E Jacqueline Morales, Women’s Ambulatory Health Services Michelle Muscillo, Radiology/Mammography Tajma Novak, PAS Administration Andrzej Pluskwa, Central Sterile Supply Brendy Riera, PAS IOL Registration Denise Rivera, Respiratory Care Karen Robbins, Dialysis Service Shawn Snay, Security Stephen Turcotte, Buckingham Program Bernadette Williams, Patient Service/SNF

10 Years of Service


Junior Arthurs, Security Andrew Baginski, Department of Emergency Medicine Aida Bermudez, GI Endoscopy Gregory Bonds, Security Winsome Bromley, Surgical Service North 9 Stacey Carl, Nursing Administration/Staff Development Sonia Carter, Donnelly 3S

Michael Clowney, Emergency Room/General Michelle Dzialo, PAS Administration Maria Faria, Patient Service/SNF Garfield Douglas Fishley, Central Sterile Supply Rita Garcia, Environmental Services/General Carol Ghergurovich, Surgical Service North 11 Christine Grabowski, MHN DN 1S Joyce Kimball, PAS Financial Clearance Kathryn Kircher, Department of Cardiology/Administration Angela Kopylec, IS/Clinical Integration Brett Lautenschlager, Engineering/Mechanical Dana McCrorey, Cardiology Service Center 10 April Perreault, PAS ED Registration Paul Pracon, Cafeteria/Vending Services Jason Reilly, Medicine Service Bliss 11 ICU Mark Rochon, Security Lena Roy, Case Coordination Annett Stephenson, Orthodpedics CB6 Thomas VonDeck, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service Noel White, Security

5 Years of Service

Harim Batacan, Medicine Service Bliss 11 ICU Shawn Breen, IOL Store Peter Budnik, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service Elena Cabantug, Operating Rooms/CORE Ambulatory Corrine Carcano, Sleep Lab/Hartford Danixa Cruz, Oncology Service CB2 Christopher Facey, Food/Nutrition/Main Kitchen Ruth Garcia, OPD/Surgical Clinic Catherine Glazer, Department of Emergency Medicine Marc Goldberg, Rehabilitation/General Victoria Grier, Duncaster Geriatric Services Erick Gutzmer, Electrophysiology Jacqueline Harrison, Duncaster Geriatric Services Elena Herrera, OPD/Adult PRIM Care Team II Eldena Houlihan, Geriatric Outpatient Clinic David Kisten, Food/ Nutrition /Patient Tray Service Margarita Lamnica, Environmental Services/General Yvette Lugo, Medicine Service Bliss 11E Julie Mangiafico, Surgical Service C9I Sheila Murphy, Duncaster Geriatric Services Nina Musaelian, Medicine Service Bliss 11 ICU Frank Natale, Cardiac Laboratory/Adult Elianna Norzeron, Radiology/General Chioma Ogazi, Obstetrics /Bliss 6 Marjorie Oney, WHS North 8 Anthony Paquette, Allied Health/Emergency Medical Tech Sandra Rivera, Obstetrics/Bliss 6 Richard Ruffin, Department of Cardiology/Administration Leeanne Shaw-Quinn, Duncaster Geriatric Services Cheryl Shea, Emergency Room/General Michelle Shea, Case Coordination Richard Sicotte, Program/Recreation Diane Turner, Environmental Services/General

Staff Service Awards - May 2011 40 Years of Service

Pamela Moore, TODD Grant Program Shirley Stanley, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service

30 Years of Service

Jayson Nieves, Main Storeroom Katherine Petitpas, O.R. Neurosurgery

25 Years of Service

Margarita Diaz, IS/Special Projects Paul Richard, Engineering/Electrical

20 Years of Service

Luigi Budonaro, Engineering/Carpenters Vitorina Costa, Laundry/General Jacqueline McQuay, Department of Emergency Medicine

15 Years of Service

Peter Barnett, O.R. Neurosurgery Melissa Brown, Post Anesthesia Care Unit Cathleen Cammilleri, OR/Cardiovascular David Cegelka, ERN - VNA Hartford Jonathan Cowles, IS/SAG Diana D’Andrea, Radiology/General Everton Grant, Security Stephen Hanks, Security Terry Kinsley, Emergency Room/General Julie Masamery, Surgical Service Bliss 8 Rebecca Morton, General Surgery Clinical Administration Marci Pease, HIM/ Documentation Management Elizabeth Pence, Cardiology Service Bliss 10 ICU David Ruff, Biomedical Engineering Cecilia Sivo, Surgical Service Bliss 9 ICU Robert Smith, ERN - Glastonbury - OA

5 Years of Service

Orlando Alvarado, Patient Support Services Jessica Bello, Total Cancer Care A Part Saskia Dale, Clinical Research Center Pauline Dennis, Cardiology Service Bliss 10E Christine Drago, Department of Psychiatry/Rehabilitation Susan Gonsalves, Cancer Registry Carlos Gonzalez, Food/Nutrition/Patient Tray Service Diane Hale, Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Sasha Harris, Medicine Service CB5 Frank Howd, Rehab Glastonbury - OP Paramjeet Jutla, Patient Service/ICF Colleen Keith, Eye Surgery Center/Clinical Michael Lane-Snow, Central Sterile Supply Paul Marotto, Facilities Development/Safety Yajaira Marrero, Patient Relations Saul Marti, Cafeteria/Vending Services Lascelles Miller, Environmental Services/General Jennifer Murray, Radiology/Short Stay Christine Nuzzo, Donnelly 3N Jarline Ortiz, Radiology/Imaging Transport Gail Rocheleau, Obstetrics/Bliss 6 Robert Shapter, Department of Medicine/Administration Karen Simmonds-Wallace, Central Sterile Supply Sandra Tolisano, Medical Education/Psychiatry Kristen Weiman, Rehabilitation Granby - OP Steve Wilcox, Research Data/IS Support

10 Years of Service

Ellen Blair, Nursing Administration/Mental Health Maria Boccaccio, Oncology Service CB2 Jessica Bruneau, Social Work Shajuana Carter, Post Transplant Clinic Vidal DeGuzman, O.R. Assistive Personnel Jillian Gernat, Special Education/Cheshire Bonnie Hill, Patient Service/SNF Elisabeta Koka, Surgical Service Bliss 9E Sandra Marcinczyk, Donnelly 1N Judith Mulhaul, Medicine Service Bliss 11 ICU Ann Plourde, Orthopedics CB6 Carlye Ramsay-Taylor, GI Endoscopy Lillian Rodriguez, Donnelly 1N Mirza Sarwar, Donnelly 2N Albert Scott, Donnelly 2S Jacqueline Soto, Radiation Therapy General Sharon Thum-Gebrian, Department of Cardiology/ Administration


Staff Members Recognized for Years of Service - April-May 2011 5 Years Left to right, front row: Orlando Alvarado, Jessica Bello, Pauline Dennis, and Saul Marti. Middle row: David Kisten, Susan Gonsalves, Jennifer Murray, Saskia Dale, Jarline Ortiz, Carlos Gonzalez, and Paul Marotto. Back row: Jeff Flaks, Victoria Grier, Jacqueline Harrison, Yajaira Marrero, Sheila Murphy, and Steve Wilcox.

10 Years Left to right, front row: Shajuana Carter and Jacqueline Soto. Middle row: Jessica Bruneau, Winsome Bromley, Sonia Carter, Elisabeta Koka, and Maria Boccaccio. Back row: Jeff Flaks, Paul Pracon, Angela Kopylec, and Thomas VonDeck.

15 Years Left to right, front row: Isabel Arce, Maribel Almonte-Perez, Alda Reis, Michelle Muscillo, Gloria Medina, and Akbar Lalmohamed. Middle row: Terry Callahan, Martha Kemp-Albert, Jacqueline Morales, Rebecca Morton, and Karen Robbins. Back row: Jeff Flaks, Tajma Novak, Brendy Riera, Julie Masamery, Terry Kinsley, Jonathan Cowles, and Peter Barnett.

20 Years Left to right: Luigi Budonaro, Gina Chamberland with her daughter Racheal, Maria Chmeliwskyj, Vitorina Costa, and Jeff Flaks.


Staff Members Recognized for Years of Service - April-May 2011 20 Years Luz Bonelo is congratulated for 20 years of service by Jeff Flaks and Cathy Yavinsky, nurse director of the Department of Surgery, Transplant and Dialysis.

25 Years Left to right: Jeff Flaks, Stephanie Pelletier, Margarita Diaz, and Paul Richard.

30 Years Susan Zahorodni is congratulated for 30 years of service by Jeff Flaks and Faye Davis, inpatient coding manager.

40 Years Shirley Stanley is congratulated for 40 years of service by Jeff Flaks, Terry Talbot and Janice Cannon from Food & Nutrition Services.

Volunteer Service Left to right: Manager of volunteer services Eileen Pelletier (far left) and COO Jeff Flaks (far right) congratulate volunteers Megan Czaja, 500 hours; Hazel Vail, 10,000 hours; Sherwood Willard, 500 hours; and Maureen Fisher, 1,000 hours.


Hartford Hospital Welcomes New Employees May 2011 Maria Banzer, food and nutrition associate Rajif Becarevic, environmental service aide Paul Bigelow, manager, engineering Solomon Boateng, assistant teacher, IOL Alba Botero, laundry Halina Brzoska, PCA, patient services Loubet Budd, PCA, patient services Fundador Burgos, medical assistant, OPD Marisol Carrero, financial counselor, patient accounts Lucja Checinski, PCA, patient services Megan Czaja, clinician, psychiatry Patricia Davis, manager, health information management Sarah Davis, physical therapist, ERN Michelle Dederer, patient service representative, rehabilitation Linda Denton, occupational therapist, ERN Amy Beth Dumais, RN, electrophysiology Christine Florio, dietician, nutrition services Danielle Fowler, AA II, electrophysiology Susan Gagliardi, financial counselor, patient accounts Christina Gentile, CNA, patient services Sara Grzejszczak, assistant teacher, special education Ethan Harris, business systems associate, materials management Jennifer Higgins, research technologist, IOL Izabela Huric, medical assistant, diabetes Grace Ikeh, PCA, patient services Donna Kearney, financial counselor, patient accounts

Surgery Awards The Department of Surgery and Surgical Collaborative Management Team presented awards to several staff members at their Semi-Annual Recognition Celebration on May 19. Director’s Award: Dr. Randy Edwards. Clinical Quality/Safety Award: Bliss 8 TCAB and CV SSI Team. Service Awards: Susanne Yeakel; Jami Tyska; Dr. Judi Pepe; Patricia Gleason, and Maria Tackett. Educator Awards: John McNab; Mary Ann Cyr; Lisa Baker; and Karen Freed. Academic Achievement Awards: Jaclyn Wenzel; Nicole Brasfield; Patricia Simonowicz; and Emy Flores.


Edward Kleszcz, cook, IOL Store Katarzyna Kluk, PCA, OR CORE Alethia LaForrest-Besson, financial counselor, patient accounts Noelia Lopez, PCA Deborah Loya, RN, cardiac lab Jennifer Mauri, HIM coder, health information management Katrice McCarthy, account representative Katryna Minski, registered dietician, nutrition David Mintell, PCA, OR Elizabeth Murrillo, student intern, nursing administration Ryan O’Gowan, physician assistant, surgery Kathryn Pachocki, PCA, patient services Christopher Parker, clinician, psychiatry clinic Christopher Peterson, physical therapist, rehabilitation Brody Pickman, PCA, OR CORE Jeanine Prestigiacomo, RN, electrophysiology Mari-Ann Pronovost, physical therapist, ERN Jennifer Salamone, system director, patient accounts Marlene Sierra, unit aide Jeffrey Stigliano, unit leader, materials management Terence Taylor, radiation therapist Fred Tilden, physician, Emergency Department Pamela VanHoose, vendor Marjorie Velasquez, dental assistant Ada Velazquez, patient care assistant Erica Yuscavitch, transportation aide, radiology

Hartford Hospital Welcomes New Doctors To Its Medical Team

Dr. Gada M. Abdelhafiz Internal Medicine

Dr. Barbara A. Kage RheumatologyÂ

Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam Internal MedicineÂ

Dr. Martin D. Ollenschleger Interventional neuroradiology

Dr. Gaurav Chawla Psychiatry

Dr. Clifford G. Rios Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Jason Gluck Transplant cardiology, director of the Emergency Cardiac Care Program

Dr. Immad Sadiq Interventional cardiology


2011 Summer Student Research Fellows Each of the following student research fellows will be working on a project this summer at Hartford Hospital in conjunction with a senior investigator.

Adam Abel-Urology Project: Comparison of complications between robotic partial nephrectomies and open partial nepherectomies Senior investigator: Steven Shichman, M.D.

Emily Davis-Prenatal Testing Project: Pending Senior investigator: Yu Fang, M.D.

Daniel Leibman-ED/Wound Center Project: Characteristics of utilization of carbon monoxide detectors in residential settings Senior investigator: Kelly Johnson-Arbor, M.D.

Kevin Abraham-Colorectal Surgery Project: Entereg Laparoscopic Colon Resection Study Senior investigator: Kristrina Johnson, M.D.

Jamie-Marie DeFelice-Bariatric Surgery Project: Cardiac work-up in patients undergoing bariatric surgery Senior investigator: Pavlos Papasavas, M.D.

Jaime Bernstein-Primary Care Project: Analysis of Primary Care Preventive Care Services Provided by a Hospital-based Primary Care Center Senior investigator: Cunegundo Vergara, M.D.

Melanie Dubois-Toxicology Project: Survey of changing utilization of high-fidelity simulation by emergency medicine residencies and medical toxicology fellowships Senior investigator: Charles McKay, M.D.

Andrew Polio-Transplant Project: Combined Liver Kidney Transplants: Indications, Outcome Analysis and the HHLTP Experience Senior investigator: David Hull, M.D.

Alissa Correll-Women’s Health Project: Identifying Potential Barriers to Exclusive Breast Feeding Senior investigator: Amy Johnson, M.D.

Brendan Gontarz-Cardiology Heart Failure Project: Exploring the Functional Role of Caspase 1 in Heart Failure Patients Senior investigator: Wetlef Wencker, M.D.

Jeffrey Weinreb-Neurosurgery Project: Aspirin-related complications of External Ventricular Drain Placement Senior investigator: Inman Kureshi, M.D.

Tyler Cottrell-Urology Project: Bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection during Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Impact on biochemical recurrence and complication rates Senior investigator: Stuart Kesler, M.D.

Adam Korus-Urology Project: Robotic Radical Prostatectomy: Biochemical Recurrence rates and Quality of Life with 10 Year Follow-up Senior investigator: Joseph Wagner, M.D.

Hilary Whelan-Urogynecology Project: Use of a vaginal pessary in the treatment of overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse Senior investigator: Paul Tulikangas, M.D.


Daniel Kowalsky-Oncology Project: Racial and ethnic determinants of cause specific recurrence and survival in breast cancer Senior investigator: Andrew Salner, M.D.

Claire Melley-Neuro/Interventional Radiology Project: Analysis of Imaging Findings and Outcomes Following Acute Stroke Intervention Senior investigator: Martin Ollenschleger, M.D.


YES Students Help Clean Up the Community


tudents of Hartford Hospital’s “YES” Program (Your Educational Success, an academic and works skills program) organized a community service clean up at Hartford’s Thirman L. Milner School on May 14. Project manag ers and volunteers removed trash, cultivated soil, planted shrubs and flowers, spread a mountain ofmulch and painted playscapes. The YES students hosted children’s activities, discussed community service and local green initiatives. Volunteers included YES Program founder and educator, Leticia Colon, Hartford City Councilman Luis Cotto,

and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who donned a “YES” team shirt and dug in with the rest. The mayor praised the effort, particularly effective collaboration by groups and residents to make Hartford more livable for youth and local residents. The YES program incorporates life skills with essential math, grammar and other key competencies that are essential to career growth. The YES Program is now accepting applications for 2012. To

learn more, email Leticia at

Volunteers Sought for Nutmeg State Games


olunteers are needed – especially nurses, physical therapists, EMTs, and athletic trainers - for the 23rd Annual Nutmeg State Games, Connecticut’s largest multi-sport Olympic-style festival, which will be held in New Britain from July 30 to Aug. 7. These Olympic-style games are meant to inspire the principles of good sportsmanship, healthy lifestyles and the Olympic spirit of competition in young athletes. More than 6,000 athletes between the ages of 8 and 18 will be competing in New Britain and throughout Hartford County, and 1,500 volunteers

and 25,000 spectators are expected. Bert Gay, RN, delegation manager of the Hartford Physician Hospital Organization, is medical support coordinator for the event. The games consist of more than twenty different sport competitions, which include team and individual events. Please look at the web link for more information: http://www.nutmeg sta

Eagle Scout Plants Trees at IOL


enjamin Caplinger, an Eagle Scout candidate from troop 123 in Manchester, came to the IOL campus with some friends on May 21 to replace signs and plant two trees as his Eagle project. One of the trees replaces a specimen tree that died two years ago. The project sponsor’s were Michael Mathews and Carlos Gonzales from the IOL Horticulture program.


Central Scheduling: A Great Improvement for Non-Invasive Cardiology


pril Mann, the manager of non-invasive cardiology, is delighted with the improvements in efficiency

her area has achieved since they became one of two pilot areas to implement Central Scheduling in February. They have doubled the number of echocardiogram procedures they can book, and reduced wait time for patients needing an appointment from up to a month to a couple of days. “Since the rollout of Central Scheduling, our patient volumes have improved and are more consistent,” she said. “We went from two or three outpatient procedures a day to five or six.” Procedures are now booked through the Central Scheduling call center staffed with professionals from patient access dedicated to providing physician offices, hospital departments and patients with the most efficient means to schedule appointments. “Our scheduling used to be done by nursing staff between patient procedures,” April said. “Sometimes we wouldn’t be able

to get to scheduling for up to two weeks, and then the ap-

pointment would be up to two more weeks away. “Now with central scheduling, the patient gets an appointment immediately. We have seen turnaround time go from three or four weeks to having the procedure performed within days of the request.”

Access/Central Scheduling. “Now all it takes is one phone call or fax to ensure a timely appointment and improved customer service for providers and patients. Cardiology and radiology are currently the only two departments with access to Central Scheduling. By October 2012, most services at the hospital will be booking through Central Scheduling. “I feel that in the long run, central scheduling will improve the patient experience throughout Hartford Hospital,” April said. “It only takes one phone call to schedule all of the patient’s appointment needs, and allows departments to coordinate services throughout the hospital. It is so easy, and it has been great for us in non-invasive cardiology.” For more information, go to:

We went from two or three outpatient procedures a day to five or six. The result is good for everyone. Patients get served much more quickly, and nurses are relieved of administrative functions of scheduling and can devote themselves to their clinical duties. “Central Scheduling will assist Hartford Hospital in our mission to continually improve customer service and patient care,” said Becky Peters, director of Patient


Taking Steps Against Crohn’s and Colitis


ore than 50 people from Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Gastroenterology, Connecticut GI Endounit Bloomfield and Glastonbury Endoscopy Center participated in the “Crohn’s and Colitis Taking Steps Walk” on May 14, and raised more than $13,000 to fight the digestive diseases. Our team was called the GI

Joes, and it was the biggest (and best dressed!) group out of the 500 people who walked in the event. Dr. Joseph Cappa and Dr. Michelle Smedley from CT GI coordinated the team; Patience Aleria was team captain; and Beth Wojtusik organized the tee shirts. Walkers enjoyed an after-party at Tony’s Pizza.

IOL Team Walks To Raise Awareness About Mental Illness

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The event was a three-mile walk at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, and was sponsored by Hartford Hospital and CT GI. All together, the event raised $112,000. More than 1.4 million Americans – one in every 200 – are affected by Crohn’s and colitis.


he IOL team far exceeded its fundraising goal and had a good turnout at the NAMI Walk (National Alliance on Mental Illness) on May 21 in Bushnell Park. Eighteen walkers from many different departments raised $2,140 - more than quadruple their initial goal of $500. Peter Adelsberger from the IOL’s Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program was team captain. This year, tens of thousands of concerned citizens in more than

83 communities across the nation joined NAMI to walk together to raise money and awareness about our country’s need for a worldclass treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. For more information, you can check the link to the IOL team at IOL. Donations can still be made by clicking on any walker’s link on the site. To date, NAMI-CT is roughly $28,000 short of its goal of $200,000.

Golf Tournament Will Raise Funds for UConn Global Medical Brigades

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Conn Global Medical Brigades, a student run organization at the Storrs campus that provides medicine and basic health care to developing areas of Honduras, Panama and Ghana, is hosting a golf tournament on Oct. 8 at Tradition’s Golf Course in Wallingford. This tournament will raise funds for medicine for UConn’s next brigade, as well as to provide the cornea transplant of a referral patient who was seen on the most

recent brigade to Honduras in January. Fee for the tournament is $130, and registration is required by Aug 6. To register, please contact Tara Perreault at Tara.Perreault@uconn. edu. For more information, contact Kevin Haines at Kevin.haines@, or uconn.gmb@gmail. com.

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game To Benefit MDA in Memory of Dan Ferrara


ome see the future stars of major league baseball when the New Britain Rock Cats (the Double-A minor league affiliate of the MLB Minnesota Twins) meet the Trenton Thunder (the DoubleA minor league affiliate of the MLB New York Yankees) at New Britain Stadium on Saturday, June 25.

Tickets are only $8, and half of the proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Assistance Dogs Unlimited, in memory of Dan Ferrara, an HH employee who passed away in 2000. Gates open at 5:05 p.m., and game time is 6:35 p.m. Water bottle giveaway for the first 1,200 fans.

For tickets, please contact Cheryl Hunt at or 860-696-6388; or Jesse Fuller at or 860-6966362. The deadline for tickets is Thursday, June 9.


Hospital Incident Command System Training

HIC S T R A I NI NG SC H EDUL E July 5 – ICSA-100HC: Introduction to the Incident Command System History, features, principles and structure of the HICS used by Hartford Hospital. No prerequisites. July 12 – ICS-200HC: Incident Command System for Health Care Organizations


he Hartford Hospital Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness (CEMP) will offer Hospital Incident Command System training classes on July 5, 12, and 19 from 8:30–11:30 a.m. in Dining Room B/C. The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and is the recommended system hospitals in the U.S. use to manage emergency incidents that require activation of their Emergency Operations Plan. Hartford Hospital is committed to being a leader in emergency preparedness, and through the CEMP is dedicated to providing its employees training in HICS. The classes will be taught by John Burnap, planning specialist/instructor for the CEMP.

Training on the ICS for health care professionals who have supervisory responsibility within the hospital during activation of the Emergency Operations Plan and the HIC Center. Prerequisite: ICS-100HC. July 19 – IS-700: An Introduction to NIMS Overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which allows government, private sector and nongovernment organizations to work together during domestic incidents. This class is designed for senior leadership and Hospital Command Center staff. No prerequisites. These classes are also offered online as independent study courses. Following each course, students will receive an email link to FEMA’s test site, where they will complete an open book quiz. Students with a grade of 75% or higher will receive a FEMA certificate.

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Hartford Hospital Campus, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-Midnight

Expert on Childhood Abuse Speaks at Nursing Grand Rounds


r. Danny Willis, renowned expert on mental health issues in the aftermath of childhood trauma and abuse, presented at Nursing Grand Rounds in conjunction with National Nurses’ Week events. Dr. Willis, assistant professor at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, spoke on “Interpersonal Abuse and Healing: Lessons Learned From Boys’ and Mens’ Lived Experience.” Using qualitative research methods, Dr. Willis studies mental health issues and health potentials in the aftermath of trauma and abuse experiences such as adult hate crimes, boys’ experiences of being bullied and children witnessing violence. Last year he received funding for two years from the National Institutes Left to right: Dr. Danny G. Willis with the IOL Nursing Grand Rounds Committee, Cindy Belonick, Lyn Truby, Ann MacGillis and Ellen Blair. Not pictured are Heidi of Health/National Institute of McCloskey and Donna Craven. Nursing for his research study, “Adult Male Survivors Healing from Childhood Maltreatment.” 

What’s In Store? J

une is the month of Father’s Day (June 19), graduations, and summer parties, and the Auxiliary Store has a great variety of gifts and cards. We have Cross pens, metal models of trucks and planes, Red Sox and Yankees logo items, novelty golf balls, and more for dad and grandpa. We have Six Flags day passes for $30 each, and tickets for Rave Motion Picture Theaters at $8.75 each. Both are cash only. In addition, we have graduation gifts galore, and summer items like Vera Bradley beach totes, towels, and flip flops in fun summer colors and patterns.

There are a number of vendors coming to the Auxiliary Store in June:

Thursday, June 9: Tupperware Thursday, June 16: RSVanity Designs Thursday, June 23: Kathleen’s Creations Thursday, June 30: Arbonne Skin Care Auxiliary Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 860-545-2155.


Free Concert A Hartford HealthCare Partner

Hartford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Friday, June 10, 2011 • 11:30am-12:30pm On the plaza between Conklin and CCMC Rain location: Hartford Hospital Main Lobby Enjoy the sounds of Scott McIntosh and Joe Foley on trumpet, Barbara Hill on horn, George Sanders on trombone, and Steve Perry on tuba. The program is called “Bach’s Lunch” and will include selections from J.S. Bach to Eric Clapton, with many stops in between.

Kelley Boothby Receives State Recognition as Volunteer Director



elley Boothby, Hartford Hospital’s co-director of volunteer services, is this year’s recipient of the Connecticut Award for Professional Excellence from the Connecticut Association of Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare (CADVSH). She received the award at the CADVSH annual meeting on June 3 at The Inn at

Middletown. Kelley was nominated by her peers for this prestigious award in recognition of her extraordinary service and contributions to the advancement of the health care volunteer management profession, as well as for her service to Hartford Hospital and the community.

Research RunDOWN IOL Investigators Shine At APA Annual Meeting

Internal Funding Update

Investigators from The Institute of Living gave

Beth Anderson PhD & Pavlos Papasavas MD (Psychiatry, Surgery): Evaluation of food cue reactivity with functional MRI in patients with adjustable gastric band

multiple presentations at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 14-17. A list of presentations follows:

Scientific and Clinical Report Sessions

The following projects were supported through the generosity of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff:

Elizabeth Brady MD (Surgery): Outcomes of nipple sparing mastectomy Jennifer Colby PharmD (Pharmacy): Osteoporosis and bisphosphonate therapy: Comparison of efficacy and safety

Current prescribing practices: antidepressant use in schizophrenia. Dr. Megan Ehret, Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe

Sarah Collins MD (Women’s Health): Perioperative exercise tolerance and pain control in women undergoing robotic vs traditional abdominal sacral colpopexy

Patterns of antipsychotic use in hospitalized psychiatric patients. Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe

Michael Drescher, MD (Trauma/Emergency Medicine): Do emergency physicians and psychiatric clinicians agree on disposition of patients with psychiatric complaints in the Emergency Department?

Current prescribing practices: antipsychotic use in children and adolescents. Dr. Michael Stevens, Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe Dyslipidemia in psychotropic-treated patients correlates with combinatorial CYP405 drug metabolism indices. Dr. Gualberto Ruaño, David Villagra, Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe Risks of readmission in patients diagnosed with bipolar, major depressive, or schizoaffective disorders: a longitudinal study. Dr. Stephen Woolley, Dr. John Goethe, Bonnie Szarek Diagnostic stability in major depressive disorder with versus without psychotic features. Dr. John Goethe, Bonnie Szarek Current prescribing practices: antipsychotic polypharmacy in patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Dr. John Bonetti, Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe

Posters Variables associated with 3-month incidence of readmission: Patients with schizophrenia versus schizoaffective disorder. Atul Padole, Dr. Stephen Woolley, Bonnie Szarek, Dr. John Goethe Expectancy therapy for smoking cessation.

Charles Wilber, Dr. Adam Jaffe, Keera Bhandari, Dr. Megan Ehret Cognitive training in the elderly with normal aging

and cognitive impairment with no dementia. Charles Wilber, Jaclyn Cmero, Dr. Karen Blank, Keera Bhandari

Paul Gaudio MD (Medicine): Detection of triamcinolone acetonide in human intraocular fluids Gary Heller MD (Cardiology): Can we improve the diagnostic accuracy of 82Rubidium-PET myocardial perfusion imaging with myocardial blood flow analysis? Sharna Jamadar PhD (Psychiatry): Using SenseCam for neurocognitive rehabilitation with memory-impaired patients Louise McCullough MD; Alexandra Czap (Neurology): Correlation of severity of outcomes of spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage patients with hypothyroidism Louise McCullough MD (Neurology): Presentation with acute ischemic stroke during shift change: Does it result in slower management and worse long-term outcome? Louise McCullough MD; Christa O’Hana V. San Luis (Neurology): Necessity of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in acute ischemic stroke in the right versus left middle cerebral artery territory: Is there a difference? Beth Parker PhD (Cardiology): The effects of chronic statin therapy on markers of skeletal and cardiac muscle damage in Boston Marathon runners Andrew Salner MD (Oncology): The influence of race and ethnicity on stage and other tumor factors for the four major cancer sites Lauren Sansing MD (Neurology): Inflammatory cytokines after acute intra-cerebral hemorrhage Brent Suozzi MD (Women’s Health): Do urogynecologists hate fractions? In addition, Dr. João Delgado (Toxicology/Emergency Department) received statistical consultation and Sara Young RN (Nursing) received assistance with survey analysis for quality improvement. An expanded version of Research News may be accessed electronically at NewsPublications/default.aspx



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Health Care Heroes Finalists for Team of the Year

The staff of Donnelly 2 North adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit at the Institute of Living received a congratulatory resolution from the Board of Directors for having been named finalists for the 2010 Hartford Hospital Team of the Year.

Accepting the award from President Elliot Joseph (far left) and Ellen Blair, director of psychiatric nursing at the IOL, and (far right) Board Chair Douglas Elliot, are staff members Raymond Lilburn, Chad Blackak, Melissa Matolina, and Mary Gratton.

RxTra - June 8, 2011  

Newsletter for Hartford Hospital staff. Vol. 67, No. 19.