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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

July 8, 2013

Vol. 69 No. 25

Awards Presented to IOL Staff The Institute of Living held its annual Awards and Recognition Day Ceremony on June 11 in the Commons Building.

Kelsey Hale, instructional assistant, Webb School, Cheshire; and Kelly Loffredo, instructional assistant, Webb School, Cheshire.

Arne Welhaven Memorial Award - to Irene Wawrzyniak, APRN

Dedicated to Caring Awards: Semonea Virgo, PCA, Donnelly 2-North; Rowena Mullings, PAA, Donnelly 2-South; Ida Fisher, PT, Donnelly 3-South.

Nelis Bido-Jimenez and Dr. Robert Sahl, Child and Adolescent Psych.

Irene Wawrzyniak with Ann MacGillis, infection control nurse at the IOL. Psychiatrist-in-chief’s Award - to Dr. Joseph Nesta, IOL Medical Services Unit.

Dr. Joseph Nesta with Dr. Hank Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief. Ned Graffagnino MD Honorary Award - to Nelis Bido-Jimenez, case worker in Child and Adolescent Psych.

Linda Richards/June Long Awards: Greg Cukrowski, RN, Donnelly 3-North; Elmedina Efendic, RN, Donnelly 3- North; Susan Olander, RN, Donnelly 1-North; Laurie Lombardo, RN, Donnelly 3-South.

Linda J. Stacy Service Excellence Awards - Claribel Diaz-Burgos, administrative associate II in Geriatric Outpatient; Faye Jenkins, unit leader in Geriatrics in the Institute Psychiatric Group; Migdalia Matos, administrative associate II in Geriatric Psychiatry; and AnnMarie Martin, administrative associate II in the Memory Disorder Above: Service Excellence Award winners, left to right, Center. Claribel Diaz-Burgos, Migdalia Matos, Faye Jenkins and AnnMarie Martin. Connecticut Association of Private Special Educa- Below: Golden Apple Award winners, left to right, tion Facilities Golden Ap- Dawn Benson, Catherine Amodio, Jill DeVane and ple Award: Catherine Kikke Levin Gerdner, director of the Webb Schools. Amodio, special education master teacher, Grace S. Webb School, Hartford; Dawn Benson, school clinician, Webb School, Hartford; Jill DeVane, education coordinator, Webb School, Hartford; Claudia Stetson, instructional assistant, Webb School, Hartford;

Marketing Recognized For Excellence in Communications The Marketing Department at Hartford Hospital received five Lamplighter Awards recognizing excellence in health care communications at the annual conference of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) on May 20 in Newport, Rhode Island. NESHCo’s Lamplighter Awards were created to recognize excellent and exceptional health care communications.

Gold award, public relations project - “Campaign to Save Lives: 1,000 New Organ Donors;” coordinated by Amy Hickey, director of marketing, and Rebecca Stewart, director of media relations. Silver award, special purpose publications - special edition of RxTra entitled “Hartford Hospital Fire Anniversary: Remembering Lives Lost, Living More Safely With Lessons Learned;” written and designed by Annie Emanuelli. Award of excellence, internal periodicals - physicians’ newsletter Seymour Street Journal; written and produced by Annie Emanuelli, with executive editors Dr. Jeffry Nestler and Jeffrey Flaks. Award of excellence in writing feature articles - article entitled “Colby Gets A New Heart” which appeared in RxTra, written by former marketing staff member Karin Diamond.

The awards were:

Regional Emmy

Gold award, internal periodicalsPSAG, the newsletter of the Patient Safety Action Group; written and produced by Annie Emanuelli, marketing communications specialist, with executive editor Dr. Jamie Roche.

In addition, the Marketing Department’s joint television production with WFSB, Channel 3 about patient Colby Salerno’s heart transplant won a regional Emmy Award for excellence.

Colby Salerno (center) with his parents at the Emmy Awards ceremony.

The award was presented June 1 at the 36th Boston-New England Emmy Award Ceremony in Boston. The episode, “Advancing Medicine: The Colby Salerno Story,” followed Colby’s six-month stay on the 10th floor of Hartford Hospital through his life-saving heart transplant and return home. Salerno received a standing ovation from the crowd when the award was announced. Rebecca Stewart, director of media relations, and Nick Dethlefsen, videographer, worked with Channel 3 on the production.

Former Patients Donate Memory Boxes For Bereaved Parents Seven members of the Renegade Knights firefighter motorcycle battalion visited Hartford Hospital on May 28 with a donation of 40 Memory Boxes, handmade mementos which are given to families of newborns who die in a hospital. The Memory Box Program is a national volunteer effort that began in 1998 to provide the boxes to bereaved parents to acknowledge their child’s life. The boxes are filled with mementos of the child, such as photographs, footprints, wristbands and locks of hair. The Renegade Knights held a fund raiser and assembled the boxes to donate to Hartford Hospital. Kevin Wells, president of the group, and his wife Kimberly lost a baby last year, and wanted to thank the nurses who made them feel so well cared for. To date, the Memory Box program has provided more than 113,000 boxes to registered hospitals nationwide.


Each Memory Box is decorated by volunteers who purchase the boxes and supplies with their own funds, and then donate the finished boxes to participating hospitals. Bereaved families often cherish the boxes as the only mementos of their baby’s too-brief life.

HH Wins CT/Israel Collaboration Award Hartford Hospital and Magen David Adom (Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service) were named recipients of the 2013 Connecticut/Israel Collaboration Award. The award was presented by the Hartford Business Alliance and the Hartford Jewish Federation. It recognizes our work training members of Magen David Adom. Several members of Magen David Adom attended training at CESI and with Life Star last year. Two more paramedics w i l l be coming to Hartford Hospital for training this summer, continuing this important partnership. This will be an annual event. The award was presented at the third annual Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit, held June 12 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

Dr. Michael Drescher, associate chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital and a member of the Israeli Association for Emergency Medicine; Gary Perl, northeast regional director of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA); and Burt Klein, AFMDA’s New England representative, accepted the award on behalf of their respective organizations.

The summit is held to attract business leaders, venture capitalists,

entrepreneurs, and academic, government and research experts from

Pelletier Receives Award of Excellence From Directors of Volunteer Services Eileen Pelletier, codirector of Volunteer Services, received the Connecticut Award for Professional Excellence from the Connecticut Association of Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare (CADVSH) at its annual meeting on June 19. The award recognizes members who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to the advancement of health care volunteer management, the Association, and their local health care facility and community.

Pelletier has worked at Hartford Hospital for 24 years. During that time, she has developed, implemented and shared award winning volunteer programs.

Connecticut interested in working with organizations from Israel.

Compliance Questions or Concerns?

Pelletier is the immediate past president of the New England Association of Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services.

If you need to obtain information

She has served on the CADVSH board, and has participated in planning and hosting several of its conferences.

or policies, please contact your

She has also presented workshops for CADVSH. Pelletier is active with her sons’ school committees, boy scouts, and religious education activities. She’s also a pet therapy volunteer at HH with her dog, Buddy.

about compliance issues or raise concerns regarding internal and regulatory practices supervisor or call the ComplianceLine, a confidential and toll-free service, at

1-855-HHC-OCAP or online at


Happening at Hartford Hospital N-95 Respirator Fit Testing

$6 Sale in HH Cafeteria

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

Monday, July 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30-10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 17, 1-5 p.m.

Thursday, July 18,10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Employees who are required to do a yearly N-95 Respirator Fit test will see their due date in HealthStream as their anniversary date of starting at the hospital. Please ensure you meet all of the requirements before getting Fit Tested.

Summer Fitness Classes A new sixweek set of fitness classes will start at the Barney Fitness Center Monday, July 8 and will run until August 16. Summer Boot Camp: Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 5:30-6:45 a.m., 12-12:45 p.m. or 4:45-5:30 p.m. ($108). Meet the challenge! 18 individualized fat burning workouts: tone muscle, improve fitness and coordination; lose body fat, drop inches and improve balance. Conditioning for every level of fitness; nutrition consulting and diet recommendations. Step & Stride: Tuesday and Friday at 3:45-4:30 p.m. ($72). This class is for anyone with limited time. This full-body workout challenges all the major muscle groups while giving you a great metabolic workout. If you are looking for a challenge, this class is for you! DVD Class: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. FREE! Insanity, P90X, Zumba Fitness. Class space is reserved with fee payment - first come, first served. For more information, e-mail fitness@harthosp. org or call 2-3077.

HCI Fundraising brings their huge $6 sale to the Hartford Hospital Cafeteria on Thursday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 1,000 unique and carefully selected accessories and gifts from around the world…there is something for everyone. Sponsored by the United Way Committee of Hartford Hospital.

Orientation Class For New Cancer Patients Offered Twice a Month

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 at an orientation class on Tuesday, July 16 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the TayPaintings & Profundities lor Conference Room in the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Registration is not in Newington Thursday required, but it is preferred. Please call Cancer Connect at 860-545-6000 or e-mail It will be Christmas in July with “ The classings & Profundities,” Thursday, July 11, es will be offered twice a month. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newington Campus (Curtis Building, 5th floor connector). It features decorative paintings on slate, Red Cross Blood Drive wood, metal, furniture, children’s stools, At IOL July 16 hand-smocked dresses for little girls. For more info, contact Christy Wall at sea- Our next Red Cross Proceeds benefit our Blood Drive is being United Way campaign. sponsored by the IOL on Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Employees Council Clark Social Room/InstiMonthly Open Meeting tute of Living. Advanced registration is preferred. The open monthTo register visit www. ly meeting of the or call 1-800-REDployees Council will CROSS. For more information contact Pebe Thursday, July 11 ter Adelsberger a 5-7511 or padelsb@harat 12 noon in the cial Dining Room of the HH cafeteria. All staff members are welcome to attend our Retirement Tea July 19 open monthly meetings. You can con- For Nat Kennedy tact the EC anytime at 860-545-3904, at, or check Join us for a retirement the EC page on the Intranet. tea in honor of Nat Kennedy’s retirement on Friday, July 19, 8:30Free Outdoor Movies At 10 a.m. in the Special Farmington Valley Dining Room at Hartford Hospital. Nat has Hartford Hospital has partnered with worked at Hartford the Farmington Valley Shoppes in CanHospital for the past ton for an outdoor movie series, offering 13 years in the Information Technology free films every Saturday in July and AuServices Department as a network engigust at sunset in the main parking area neer, and will be retiring July 19. Please near the barn. Pre-show entertainment plan to stop in to wish Nat best of luck from 6-8 p.m. This week’s movie (Saturin his retirement! day, July 13) is Shark Tale.

Questions or comments about RxTra?

Contact editor Annie Emanuelli at or 860-972-2199

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