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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

June 13, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 20

Hundreds Celebrate Life After Cancer More than 650 cancer survivors, their families and friends joined more than 100 cancer center volunteers and physicians last Sunday at the Learning Corridor to mark their own victories against cancer and to remember those lost to this disease. The 21st annual Celebrate Life was boisterous event featuring live music from the cancer center’s own Tré Johnson and her brothers as well as the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band from Pratt & Whitney. Master of ceremonies Scott Haney, WFSBTV’s irrepressible host and weather guy, kept things fastpaced and unpredictable.

The featured speaker, Matthew Zachary, who was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer at the age of 21 and told he’d likely not survive six months, provided an inspirational and informative message. A concert pianist and composer, he went on not only to survive, but to found Steps For Living, a support organization for young adults diagnosed with cancer. That group became the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, which today is the largest support organization in the United States with a global following and hundreds of thousands of friends, fans, readers, listeners and members.

Scott Haney

A Celebration of Victory “It’s a time for us to celebrate with you the victories that all of you have achieved,” said Donna Handley, vice president for cancer services. “I want to recognize and congratulate each and every one of you in this room -- our patients and those who walk with them. You are the reason we are here. You are our patients, our family, our friends, our inspiration and our heroes. You are the reason we do what we do every day.” Dr. Andrew Salner, director of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, provided a brief update on the progress being made in patient care, research, outreach and survivorship at the cancer center.

Matthew Zachary

Zachary helped bring “cancer under 40” to the national spotlight through the OMG! Cancer Summit and The Stupid Cancer Show (

Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare and Hartford Hospital, himself a cancer survivor, spoke about the importance of the annual event. “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that this event and the services and program that go along with it will continue forever,” Joseph said. “We just believe that’s how important it is. The work we do with you and your family and loved ones around survivorship is exactly the kind of programming that we intend to strengthen over time so that we can have coordinated care and excellent care for those of us who need it.”

Donna Handley, Elliot Joseph and Dr. Andrew Salner

A Loving Tribute:

Bo Stevenson, The Voice of The Engineering Department It is with a great sorrow we share the passing of Richard “Bo” Stevenson, 61, a longtime Engineering Department staff member. Bo died on May 12. He had been with Hartford Hospital for 41 years. Bo was a dedicated staff member and a model employee, and was known to be caring and responsive. He has been the voice of the Engineering Department and was the first person may people spoke with when requesting repairs. Hartford Hospital team members always count on “5-HELP,” and Bo was there, listening to complaints and following up professionally and in a timely manner. His demeanor was to always assist others regardless of their stature in the organization.

Bo adored his family. He met Mary Gabranski, a student nurse here, and they married in 1972. Together they raised five children in Ellington: Katy, Adam, Joshua, Rebekah, and Abigail. Bo loved his dog, Lucy, whom he called his sixth child and referred to as an angel. He had five grandchildren. Through the years he was present at all of the children’s events and was their No. 1 supporter. Bo had been an active member of his church until the time of his illness.

Bo has been a strong advocate for the patients we serve. He always approached his job with dignity and respect for others. Bo Stevenson will be sorely missed by many, including the Hartford Hospital community that he so loyally and lovingly served for four decades.

During his years at the IOL and HH, he filled many positions. He advanced from psych tech to senior tech, working with adult inpatient populations in the Geriatric Unit and Braceland 1. Later he took a position in the Geri-Day treatment Center in the then new Donnelly Bo was from a small town in Pennsylva- Building. nia. He graduated from the Greensburg Institute of Technology with a degree in Eventually Bo came to work in Maintemechanical drafting. He came to work nance/Engineering. He was an active here in 1970, joining the Institute Of Liv- member of the IOL Safety Committee and the HH Safety Committee. ing staff as an aide.

Women’s Health Staff Participates in City Health Event The Women’s Health staff represented Hartford Hospital at the city’s “Healthy Women, Beautiful Women” third annual event held on June 9 at Pope Park in Hartford. The Office of Community Relations coordinated the event with the City’s Department of Health and Human Services as part of their HOPE series – “Healthier Opportunities Promote Equality.” Below left: Debra Hein, CNM, answers questions at the HHC table. Center: Mary DelCiampo, RN. Right: Brunella Ibarrola, RD (left) and Debra Hein.


Endoscopy Techs Complete Associates Program; Recognized as GI Technical Specialists By SGNA Claris Arthurs, Aida Bermudez and Delilah O’Neill, members of the GI Endoscopy Tech team, recently were rewarded full scholarships for the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) associates program. All three have successfully completed the program and now are recognized as a GI Technical Specialist (GTS). The SGNA associates program is an online education program that provides an opportunity for associates and technicians to validate their skills and reinforce their commitment to the GI/endoscopy profession. The program includes modules in anatomy and physiology, equipment, reprocessing/ infection control, patient care, risk management, roles and responsibilities, safety, and emergency preparedness.

Left to Right: Delilah O’Neill, Aida Bermudez, and Claris Arthurs.

Bach’s Lunch! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performed a free lunchtime concert Friday, June 10 on the Plaza between Conklin and CCMC. Staff, patients and visitors enjoyed the sounds of Scott McIntosh and Joe Foley on trumpet; Barbara Hill, horn player; George Sanders on trombone and Steve Perry on tuba. The program was called “Bach’s Lunch” and included selections from J.S. Bach to Eric Clapton, with many stops in between.

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. 3

Happening at Hartford Hospital Reminder: Service Training Course Mandatory for All Staff by July 1

Retirement Party for Georgia Lindo July 15

Friends of Georgia Lindo, RN, who has been at Hartford Hospital for 37 years, are invited to her retirement party July The “Making a Difference” service train- 15 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford. Most ing class is designed to introduce staff to recently, Georgia has been a case coorthe patient-focused set of values recent- dinator in cardiology. For more informaly adopted by Hartford HealthCare, and tion on the party, call Shirley Fagon or the specific behaviors that were identi- Michelle Franco at 860-545-5400. fied that support the values. Staff members are expected to hold themselves ac- New Links on Library countable to these behaviors. The class is mandatory for all Hartford Hospi- Intranet Page tal employees. Sessions will continue The Library intranet page has undergone through July 1, and are available seven many recent changes. There is a new days a week, days and evenings. Enroll section called “Featured Resources.” via HealthStream.

RSVanity Designs in Auxiliary Store Thursday

There are three new links: •

Disaster Resources - Includes two links to help children cope with the severe weather.

RSVanity Designs, featuring a collection of wearable art by Puerto Rican artisan • Hartford Hospital Authors Raquel Santiago, will be available in the Auxiliary Store on Thursday, June 16, • Stroke Update from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and meet The Robinson Library will be adding MD the designer. Conference Express as a database rein the next few days. This dataSmartStream Scheduled source base will enable clinicians to keep updated on world wide conferences in all Maintenance June 18 the major medical disciplines. SmartStream, web requisitioning, and all SmartStream reporting will be down Hyperbaric Training for on Saturday, June 18 from 7-10 a.m. for scheduled maintenance. Please use Health Care Providers downtime procedures during the outage. If you have any questions, please There will be a week-long Hyperbaric contact Dennis Rider at 860-545-3586 or Training for Healthcare Providers course run at Hartford Hospital from July 11-15. e-mail This 40-hour introductory course, run OxyHeal University in collaboration New York Bus Trip July 9 by with HH, is designed to meet the requireJoin our friends and neighbors from ments of an UHMS designated introducConnecticut Children’s Medical Cen- tory course in hyperbaric medicine and ter on a bus trip to New York City July will introduce to health care provid9. They have 15 seats left on their bus, ers the clinical indications, documentaand cost is only $29 for transportation. tion and operational requirements of a You’ll be on your own in the city. The clinical hyperbaric medicine facility. The bus leaves Hudson Street at 8 a.m., and class will be held Monday-Friday from 8 departs from NY at 6 p.m. There will be a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $1,000. For more four drop off points in the city. Seats are information, e-mail Mike Powers, Wound first come, first served. Call Veronica at & Hyperbaric Center program director, at 860-545-9441.

Volunteers Needed for ING Golf Classic Volunteers are needed for the 2011 ING New England Golf Classic taking place July 15-17 at Wintonbury Hills in Bloomfield. The event will benefit “Chip in for a Cure,” the charity which raises money to benefit breast cancer research and the breast health programs at Hartford Hospital. Morning shifts are generally 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and afternoon shifts 12:30-5 p.m. For more information, contact Nadia Woodman.

New Procedure for Ordering/Delivering TPN As of this week, the pharmacy has begun outsourcing the preparation of TPN (total parenteral nutrition). The new procedure will require TPNs to be ordered earlier and will change the standard TPN administration time. TPN must be ordered through SCM by 12 noon each day. The pharmacy staff will deliver the TPNs daily between 6:30-7:30 p.m. and nurses should hang the bags every evening at 8 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the clinical pharmacy manager, Nick Tessier, at, or call 860-542-2221.

Need Child Care? The “Kids Are Great” Leaning Center is now enrolling children of HH staff members for summer and fall care. We are conveniently located on the Institute of Living campus, and open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. serving children aged two months to six years old. Full time, part time and drop-in care is available. There will be an open house at the Leaning Center on Thursday, July 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. so you may visit the center and experience a day in the life of our children, and meet the director and teachers. Please RSVP to Lynn or Debra at 860-545-8460. Questions or comments about RxTra? Contact editor Annie Emanuelli at or 860-545-2199

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