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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

June 3, 2013

Vol. 69 No. 20

Fifteen Nurses Honored With Nightingale Awards Fifteen nurses at Hartford Hospital were honored on May 9 with the prestigious Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. The Nightingale Awards celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession in Connecticut. The winners were honored at the 11th Annual Hartford Regional Nightingale Awards Gala. There were 114 honorees from 32 organizations throughout greater Hartford. Hosted by VNA HealthCare at the Hartford Marriott, it was a highlight of National Nurses Week. “These nurses exemplify on a daily basis the values we hold dear at Hartford Hospital,” said president and CEO Jeffrey Flaks. “Our values are caring, integrity, safety and excellence. Our Nightingale winners incorporate those values into everything they do. We are so proud of all of them.” Hartford Hospital’s Nightingale winners for 2013 are: • Lynn Belanger, Jefferson House • Diane Braga, Women’s Health & Ambulatory Services • Izabela Burzynski, GI Endoscopy • Christine Calheno, Oncology

• Phyllis DeMaine, Case Coordination • Jason Doonan, CEN LIFE STAR • Lanetta Gann, Medicine • Ray Lilburn, Institute of Living • Susan Mullin, Cardiology • Linda Raye Olander, Cardiac Surgery • Ilona Sapieha, Surgery • Linda Shapcott, West Hartford Surgery Center • Man-Ling Tang, Orthopedics • Judith M. Tartaglia, Surgery • Christine Werner, Electronic Health Record Team The awards are named for Florence Nightingale, who laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment in 1860 of the first secular nursing school in the world. Winners are chosen for making a significant impact on patient care and/or the nursing profession; going “beyond the call” in a clearly illustrated scenario; demonstrating excellence above what is normally expected; showing commitment to the community served in a way that is significantly above the norm; or achieving a life-long legacy in a particular arena.

Lynn Belanger (above) and Jason Doonan (below) were among the 15 nurses from Hartford Hospital who were honored on May 9 with Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing.

Community Benefits Programs at Hartford Hospital:

The Black Men’s Health Project Community benefit programs serve vulnerable populations. Black men are definitely a vulnerable population: they have some of the worst health indicators of all racial/ethnic groups, male or female. Black men suffer from more chronic disease and die at earlier ages than any other demographic group. They have the lowest life expectancy and highest death rate compared to men and women in other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. The overall death rate for African American men is 1.3 times that of white men. Hartford Hospital has partnered with the Omega Foundation of Hartford to address health disparities affecting this group by creating the Black Men’s Health Project. The Health Project, a series of workshops and health fairs addressing disparities in health for this group, is a modest start toward helping Black men become healthier. They will address topics of specific interest to Black men and will take place in areas most heavily populated by Black men. The Black Men’s Health Project has offered several events so far: Leadership in Health and Medicine for Youth - a city-wide mentoring program for young men to age 17. Take Charge of Your Health Day – provided presentations on prostate cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, nutrition and fitness, as well as “Navigating through Difficult

Staff from Hartford Hospital and the Omega Foundation volunteered at the Churches on Main Street Health Fair, which offered screenings and health education for black men, as well as mobile mammography screenings for women.

Decisions” and “Positive Thinking.” This event, held at the ERC, was attended by 250 men. Churches on Main Street Health Fair – in addition to screenings and health education for Black men, this event included services for women through our mobile mammography van.

The Omega Foundation of Hartford, Inc. is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to serving the Greater Hartford Community by making a difference in education and promoting positive health awareness. The primary aim of the Foundation is to focus our efforts and resources on addressing disparities in early education and health awareness.

Barber Shops Initiative – an effort to reach men with prostate, heart health and diabetes education as well as screenings in the neighborhood barber shops where they assemble.

By partnering with the Omega Foundation, Hartford Hospital has formed a coalition to improve community health in a meaningful way that exceeds what either institution could do on its own.

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Grateful Patient Donates Equipment To Cardiac Rehab Program NuStep® manufactures high-quality recumbent cross trainers that provide a safe, effective, total body workout for users of virtually any fitness level or health conditions.

Janet Moriarty of Glastonbury attended Hartford Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, an exercise and health program aimed at helping people recover from a recent heart hospitalization. She developed a lasting impression of the importance of heart healthy living during a group education session with Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of Cardiology.

The NustepTM is particularly important for patients who may not be able to exercise easily on a treadmill or bike.

Moriarty continues to recognize the cardiac rehab program as being an integral part of healing for both herself and cardiac patients in her community.

For more information on cardiac rehab, please visit our web site at cardiacrehab.

So she recently made a generous donation toward the purchase of a NuStep® exercise machine for the Glastonbury cardiac rehab site.

<Janet Moriarty on the NuStep exercise machine.

A Double Celebration At The Institute of Living On May 9, during National Nurses Week, Dr. Barbara Wolfe, associate dean for Research at Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing was recognized as the second recipient of The Institute of Living Annie Goodrich Distinguished Nurse Lectureship Award. The award was created to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments and rich legacy of Dr. Goodrich, who was consulting director of Nursing at the IOL from 1938-1941 and established its nationally famous postgraduate program in psychiatric nursing. Dr. Wolfe, a celebrated speaker, prolific writer and nurse researcher, was chosen to receive this award because she exemplifies Goodrich’s values: excellence in scholarship, teaching and in advancing psychiatric nursing practice. She received the award after her Grand Rounds presentation, entitled “Neurotransmitter Regulation and Eating Behavior.” Dr. Wolfe’s clinical expertise is in the care of women with eating

disorders. Her research, funded over the past two decades by the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on the relationship between biological correlates of clinical symptoms having implications for intervention and relapse prevention. She is past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and recently served on the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Workgroup for Eating Disorders which will be released this month.

Dr. Barbara Wolfe receives the Annie Goodrich Distinguished Nurse Lectureship Award from Ellen Blair, director of Nursing at The Institute of Living.

In addition to her work at the IOL in the 1930s and 1940s, Annie Goodrich was organizing dean of the Army School of Nursing, first dean of Yale University School of Nursing, and president of the International Council of Nurses and the American Nurses’ Association. She died in 1954 at the age of 88, and in 1976 she was inducted into the

American Nurses Association Hall of Fame. On May 1, renovations were completed for a room at The Institute of Living Library and renamed in honor of Dr. Goodrich, in recognition of all the nurses at the IOL, past, present and future, who have dedicated themselves to the care of patients with psychiatric illness.


Happening at Hartford Hospital Dementia Support and Education Group

D’s Jewelers Coming To Cancer Center Lobby

The June meeting of the Dementia Support/Education Group will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the IOL StauntonWilliams Building, Clarke Social. A light lunch will be provided. Our June meeting will offer caregiver support ideas and strategies and two brief presentations on stress management and relaxation. P.S.: There will be a special surprise at this meeting! We welcome new members. Please RSVP to Mary Cameron at ext. 5-7665.

D’s Jewelers, LLC will be in the Cancer Center Lobby with unique 14kt and sterling silver jewelry at affordable prices on Thursday, June 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Marie Corona at ext. 5-4968.

Donate At The Red Cross Blood Drive Friday

Heart Healthy Eating Lecture (En Espanol!) Hartford Hospital invites you to a free educational lecture in Spanish on Heart Healthy Eating on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30-8 p.m. in JB-118. This lecture will be presented in Spanish by dietitian assistant Tasha Ramos, who lived most of her life in Puerto Rico. She currently works as a nutritionist at the Torrington WIC office and as a nutrition educator with the SNAP-Ed program. The lecture is free, and fruit and beverages will be served. Learn how to make better food choices for a healthy heart; facts about fat, sodium and fiber; and healthy cooking and seasoning tips. Registration is required; call the Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888. For more information, contact Charlotte Meuci at ext. 5-3257.

Our hearts are broken by the devastation and loss of life due to the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The Red Cross is helping those affected by providing shelter, food, relief supplies and Chair Massage in emotional comfort. We appreciate that many donors will want Cafeteria To Support to give blood or platelets in support of Cancer Patients patients in those areas. We will hold a blood drive at Hartford Hospital on FriIntegrative Medicine is offering chair day, June 7 in Heublein Hall in the ERC massages in the cafeteria as a fund from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To make an apraiser for Angie’s Spa, a program that pointment, call Erin at 860-545-2079, or Diabetes Support Group funds free in-hospital massages or othcall 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) er services for people undergoing cancer or go to and use Diabetes Life Care offers free support treatment. They will be offered on Tuesgroup meetings throughout the year. the Sponsor Code 3962. day, June 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the These educational and support sessions back of the HH cafeteria. Massages are a are where you can meet and relate to donation of $1 per minute, with a mini- Celebrate Life! Sunday other people going through the same mum of 10 minutes and a maximum of experiences. The next meeting will be Hartford Hospital 20 minutes (cash or check only please.) Wednesday, June 12. All meetings are invites you to an held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 afternoon of celep.m. at the Wethersfield Satellite Site, BraceletGirl bration and inspi1260 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersration. Celebrate Coming To field. Pre-registration is necessary; call Life! Hartford 860-545-1888. Cafeteria Hospital’s Helen will be in the Hartford Hospital cafeteria on Thursday, June 6 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Come and see her affordable collection of 18kt white or yellow gold, overlay boutique style jewelry with Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, stainless steel and fashion jewelry, beads and charms. Sponsored by the Auxiliary Store.

& Harry Gray Cancer Center’s 23rd Annual Celebration of Life for patients, friends and families will be held Sunday, June 9 from 12-3:30 p.m. at the Learning Corridor, 43 Vernon Street in Hartford. For more information, contact Karen Weingrod at ext. 5-6000.

Make Your Pledge Today The Employees Campaign is your opportunity to provide support to Hartford Hospital. Plus, donors are eligible for great raffle prizes! Visit or contact Jenn Coutu in Fund Development at ext. 5-2969 or

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