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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

July 29, 2013

Vol. 69 No. 28

Backus Health System in Norwich Becomes Member of Hartford HealthCare The state has approved the affiliation of Hartford HealthCare and Norwich-based Backus Corporation. Backus is now a member of HHC. The Backus Health System, with approximately 2,000 employees, includes The William W. Backus Hospital, a 213-bed acute care hospital that is the only state-licensed trauma center east of the Connecticut River; a home health care agency; an outpatient care center in Norwich with an array of services; health centers in Colchester, Ledyard, Montville, North Stonington and Norwich; a satellite 24-hour emergency department in Plainfield; Backus Physician Services, which is a multi-specialty surgical group; and Community Medical Partners, a medical foundation. “Backus brings tremendous competencies to Hartford HealthCare that will strengthen us as a system as we

work to deliver the best possible patient experience and serve our communities,” said HHC President and CEO Elliot Joseph.

Goodbye, GroupWise! Hartford HealthCare is moving from GroupWise to Microsoft Outlook for email this weekend (Aug. 3-4).

CESI Expansion To Begin This fall, with a state grant of $15 million and recent approval by the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission, we will begin expanding our Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation. Our immediate CESI expansion will be the renovation of 6,000 square feet on the second floor of the ERC with a projected completion date of December 2013. The second expansion phase will be a new 25,000-squarefoot, two-story building next to the ERC with a projected opening of January 2015.

Every employee’s e-mail address will change on Monday, Aug. 5. Hartford Hospital addresses (like will be replaced with: Please notify associates outside of HHC of your new e-mail address. E-mails sent to your current address will continue to be delivered for six months. There will be NO e-mail from Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 5 at 5 a.m. Arrange for alternative means of communication during that time. Everything in your GroupWise mailbox will be moved to Outlook. Organize your GroupWise mailbox now by deleting unnecessary messages and

filing important ones in folders that will be easy to find in Outlook. “Frequent contacts” will not move to Outlook. Move contacts you wish to keep into your GroupWise personal address book. Delete duplicates. Mobile devices will have to be re-configured and will need a PIN/password to connect to e-mail. Instructions are available for I-phones. For Blackberry users, technicians will be available at kiosks Aug. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please be prepared to leave your Blackberry for at least two hours and bring all cords and your Novell password when you drop off your device. For online tutorials and complete instructions, please visit our web site A New Outlook and use your desktop user name and password to log in. E-mail your questions to

In Memoriam:

Remembering Dr. Sebastian Dr. Mark Sebastian, director of the Trauma Service, died unexpectedly in his home on May 28. Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, vice president of Academic Affairs and director of the Trauma Institute, shared this personal reflection on the loss of Dr. Sebastian. Dr. Mark Sebastian joined Hartford Hospital five years ago as associate trauma director, and became the trauma director in 2012. He was an excellent clinician and a fine technical surgeon, and paid exquisite care to the treatment of his patients. He would spend long hours discussing clinical care with patients and their families. He was a friend and mentor to numerous medical students, residents, and fellows here at Hartford Hospital. He would frequently conduct informal rounds in the outdoor gardens of the hospital and hold court with residents and fellows. Dr. Sebastian was instrumental in developing and beginning to implement the acute care fellowship program here at Hartford Hospital. He lectured at the Connecticut Statewide Trauma Conference and participated in ongoing education

trauma rounds at numerous hospitals throughout the state. Dr. Sebastian’s academic interests included general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care, and he was board certified in all of them. He became an instructor in the Advanced Trauma Operative Management Course, and mentored numbers trainers and colleagues to hone their technical skills in the operating room. Dr. Sebastian’s skills were not limited to Hartford Hospital. He spent a number of years in the Middle East developing the critical care program and the Level 1 Trauma Center at Qatar. He was revered by his colleagues in that environment as a tireless teacher, mentor and clinician. He developed the trauma surgical intensive care unit and developed a trauma critical care postgraduate core curriculum for surgeons in that area. His activities at the Hamad Hospital and Medical Center included being the program director for trauma, the trauma critical

care fellowship, and the multidisciplinary trauma improvements committee. The rigor and attention he paid to improving trauma care there was significant. Dr. Sebastian was a quiet, thoughtful, consummate surgeon who had a wonderful way with patients, residents and all the families he interacted with. He will be sorely missed here at Hartford Hospital.

HHC Employees Can Get 20% Off Tickets to Gymnastics Championships The 2013 U.S. Gymnastics Championships is coming back to Hartford Aug. 15-18 at the XL Center and features the best gymnasts in the country. Last year’s champions include 2012 Olympic Gold

Medalist and Member of the Fierce Five, Jordyn Wieber, and 2012 Olympian John Orozco. The roster of former U.S. All-Around Champions is a veritable who’s who of gymnastics, including: Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord and Bart Conner. Because Hartford HealthCare is one of the sponsors of the event, HHC employees can save 20% on single-session tickets. Here’s the ticketmaster link: < Gabby Douglas visited Hartford on July 19 to promote the 2013 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will be held in Hartford Aug. 15-18.


Multifaith Chapel Named For Father Jack Kiely and Rabbi Philip Lazowski, Healing Partners at the IOL The chapel at Hartford Hospital has been named the Lazowski/ Kiely Multifaith Chapel, for Rabbi Philip Lazowski and the late Father Jack Kiely. Rabbi Lazowski and Father Kiely worked together at the Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital for decades prior to Father Kiely’s passing in 1996. During those years of service together, they became the best of friends and worked collaboratively to love, heal and pray for our community of patients. The naming was celebrated June 27, in a program that drew roughly 100 friends, family and colleagues of the two renowned religious leaders. Those participating in the program included Jeffrey Flaks, Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, The Most Reverend Christie A. Macaluso, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford; Rabbi Jim Rosen of Beth El Temple; and Attorney General George Jepsen.

Lazowski also spoke of Father Kiely and formally dedicated the chapel. The Reverend Jay Cooke, director of Pastoral Services, led the program.

E. Clayton Gengras, Jr., a long time benefactor and Board leader of the Institute of Living, offered remembrances of Father Kiely; Alan Lazowski offered reflections on his father, Rabbi Lazowski; and Rabbi

In his remarks, Alan Lazowski announced that he has made a generous lead gift for a special initiative in support of the IOL and will be seeking support from others to honor Rabbi Lazowski and Father

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

President Jeffrey Flaks with Rabbi Philip Lazowski, nurse Patty Veronneau and Alan Lazowski, the Rabbi’s son. Kiely, while supporting the Depression Initiative, which is helping people with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders achieve not just improvement, but full, functional recovery. Funds raised will support access to mental health care and research to improve the care that is provided.

United Way Corner: Do You Know About 2-1-1 Navigator? Not sure if you qualify for one of the many programs and benefits sponsored by United Way Agencies? There’s an easy online tool you can use to find out: United Way’s 2-1-1 Navigator. By answering some basic questions about you, along with your family details and your income, the tool will tell you which

federal and state assistance programs you may qualify for, and how to apply for them. The 2-1-1 Navigator can’t promise you will qualify, but it can tell you if it’s worth your time to apply. And it’s completely private – your name or address are not used. Try it. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is! For more info visit:


Happening at Hartford Hospital Free Music on Thursday Nights at BB Square Alfresco Policies Moving To SharePoint Tuesday

Hartford Hospital has partnered with Blue Back Square in West Hartford for their summer outdoor concert series, which offers free concerts on Thursday On Tuesday, July 30, the Alfresco Hos- evenings from 7-9 p.m. next to Barnes & pital-wide Policies and Procedures will Noble This Thursday, Aug. 1, the band be moving to SharePoint. (SharePoint is will be Memphis Souls Spectacular. an online collaboration tool developed by Microsoft. It is often used as a content Free Outdoor Movies management system for Intranets.) The link will be renamed to “Hospital-wide Hartford Hospital has partnered with the Policies (SharePoint/Mosby).” The search Farmington Valley Shoppes in Canton to page will look a little different, but the offer free outdoor movies at sunset in the hospital search results will still display main parking area near the barn. Preon top, with Mosby results on the bot- show entertainment from 6-8 p.m. This tom. If you currently find your policies on week’s movie (Saturday, Aug. 3) is Willy the Intranet, they will still be available in Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. the same location. If you have trouble accessing this site, please call the HelpDesk N-95 Respirator at 5-5699.

Fit Testing

New Cancer Patient Orientation Class There will be a New Cancer Patient Orientation Class on Tuesday, July 30 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the Taylor Conference Room in the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Become familiar with the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, staff, and the various supportive resources that are available to help you throughout your cancer treatment. Registration is not required, but it is preferred. Please call Cancer Connect at 860-545-6000 or e-mail

Support Group for Families Dealing With Major Mental Illness

There will be N-95 Respirator Fit Testing in the ERD, 4th Floor on: •

Monday, August 5, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6, 1-5 p.m.

We d n e s d ay, August 7 and every Wednesday after that until September 25, there will be representatives from SINA (Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance) in the HH Cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with information about our Homeownership Incentive Program (HIP) and available homes in the area. Through HIP, Hartford Hospital offers interest-free loans of up to $10,000 to employees in good standing who wish to buy homes in Hartford’s Frog Hollow, South Green or Barry Square neighborhoods. Staff members must live in the homes for at least five years. The HIP loan will be forgiven over the course of the five years. Applications are available online, on the Human Resources page on the HH Intranet.

Fall Tuition Reimbursement Forms Available

Tuition Reimbursement fall applications are now available on the intranet under • Friday, August 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Human Resources. Click here ( Employees who are required to do a for application. Please print the applicayearly N-95 Respirator Fit test will see tion, complete and follow the submission their due date in HealthStream as their checklist. anniversary date of starting at the hospital. Please ensure you meet all of the Join the Bowling League! requirements before getting Fit Tested. •

Thursday, August 8, 4-8 p.m.

Dementia Support and Education Group

A support group for family and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia, bipolar or other related mental illnesses will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the IOL Center Building, First Floor Conference Room. Share your struggles, and learn to care for yourself while you are caring for others.

Find Out About Homeownership Incentive Program

The Dementia Support Education Group will meet on Tuesday, August 6 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the IOL StauntonWilliams Building, Clarke Social. It will be devoted to sharing successes, challenges and resources as caretakers. We welcome new members! Please RSVP to Mary Cameron at ext. 5-7665.

The Hartford Hospital Co-ed Bowling League will start on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and run every Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. until April. It will meet at the Bowl-O-Rama on the Berlin Turnpike. (Three person teams.) Cost is $18 per week. If you are interested, please contact Beth Clancy at 696-7028 or bclancy@

Questions or comments about RxTra?

Contact editor Annie Emanuelli at or 860-972-2199

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