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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

August 1, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 28

Hartford Named One of 100 “Most Wired” Hospitals by American Hospital Association For the fifth consecutive year, Hartford Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals. The honor comes from Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures. This year’s survey included 1,388 hospitals. MidState Medical Center (a Hartford HealthCare partner), was also named a Most Wired hospital, an honor they received last year as well. Only three other hospitals in Connecticut were named: Bridgeport Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. The biggest differentiator between the “Most Wired” organizations and others is the ability to present patient documentation as structured data, a major criteria for meaningful use under the ARRA.

“The most wired data reinforce the trend we’ve been seeing over the past few years of hospitals moving forward with technologies that are the most important for clinical care and patient safety,” says Chantal Worzala, director of policy at the American Hospital Association. “We continue to see areas like medication safety and medication reconciliation take priority.” Hospitals are assessed for Most Wired status based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology in four critical areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and care continuum. To receive “most wired” status, hospitals must meet specific requirements in each of the four core areas.

“Meaningful use” means providers need to show they’re using certified electronic health records (EHR) technology in ways that can be measured in quality and quantity. Beginning this year, Medicare has an EHR Incentive Program that will provide incentive payments to eligible hos- The July cover story detailing results pitals that demonstrate meaningful is at use of certified EHR technology.

Shane The Therapy Dog Spreads Cheer In The Hospital, And Now On His Own Facebook Page Therapy pets help people just by visiting with them in a hospital. A visiting pet can boost peoples’ moods and reduce depression, anxiety and pain for people who are hospitalized. The following story is about Shane, one of our favorite therapy dogs. In this day and age it should come as no surprise that even a pet therapy dog has joined the social network. Shane, a beautiful fawn-colored Doberman Pinscher, not only provided cheer, hope and healing to a patient at Hartford Hospital, but connected the patient with family and friends across the country through his Facebook page. During a pet therapy visit, an appreciative patient and her visitors really connected with Shane, and wanted to learn all about him. Shane’s owner, Jena Weiss, informed her of Shane’s Facebook page. The patient was delighted. Jena checked Shane’s Facebook page later that evening and was amazed that within minutes, the patient’s family and friends from across the country had begun to post comments on Shane’s wall. Some thanked Jena for sharing Shane with their daughter, sister, friend. There were comments on how beautiful Shane is, how much his visit brightened their loved one’s spirit and how he made them smile.

Pet therapy dog Shane and his owner, Jena Weiss, visit a patient in the hospital.

Governor Names Melendez to State’s Board of Regents for Higher Education education, human services, and public health at the state level. Before joining HH, she was chief of staff and chief administrative officer for the Connecticut state university system. She also worked at the State Department of Education, where she led Connecticut’s entry into the charter school movement; as deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Health and Addiction Services; and as chief of staff for the Department of Income Maintenance (now Social Services), where she was part of the state’s initial efforts to desegregate schools.

As a dog trainer, Jena thought it would be good PR to give Shane his own Facebook fan page, linked to her company’s website. She never anticipated that it would prolong the impact of a pet therapy visit, allowing the patient to share the joy of having been visited by a dog in the hospital. Shane and Jena have found their seven years of volunteering at Hartford Hospital very rewarding, but Jena said the unanticipated flurry of connections outside the hospital and outpouring of gratitude brought the joy to a new level. You can visit Shane’s Facebook page at


Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has named Yvette Melendez, vice president of government and community alliances, to the state’s new Board of Regents for Higher Education. Melendez has over 30 years of experience developing public policy in

The new board is central to Malloy’s reorganization of higher education, which involves consolidating the leadership of the state’s four smaller universities, 12 community colleges, and online college. The new board will have 19 members: nine appointed by Malloy, two students, four legislative appointments and four ex-officio members (state commissioners).

August 1-7 Dr. Justin Lundbye, Director of Inpatient Cardiology, Recognized As Young Leader by Hartford Business Magazine Dr. Justin B. Lundbye, medical director of the Hartford Hospital Cardiac ICU, director of Hartford Hospital’s inpatient cardiology services and cardiology hospitalist program, and chief of cardiology at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, was named among Hartford Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” winners.

research publications and has a book contract on the subject.

“40 Under 40” recognizes 40 outstanding young leaders under the age of 40.

Dr. Lundbye is currently working on an MBA, as his long-term goal is to be a physician leader/executive in a hospital.

Dr. Lundbye, 39, initiated several new programs to improve patient care, including a therapeutic hypothermia program, which substantially increases the chance for survival after cardiac arrest. The program has been successfully deployed to all Hartford County emergency medical service providers. Dr. Lundbye has also lectured on the subject, trained providers, produced

As director of Hartford Hospital’s cardiology hospitalist program, he oversees seven physicians and three advanced practice nurses providing excellent care to 120 patients/beds.

He said the best advice he’s ever received was to remember your roots. “Never forget from whence you have come, your ‘professional roots’ — and all those whose guidance and mentoring have helped to make your advancement and growth possible. This will keep you connected — and humble,” he said.

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 Values Training: Sessions Added

Diabetes LifeCare Support Group Meeting Aug. 22

English 101-Composition Offered Starting Aug. 30

To accommodate those who still need to attend Making a Difference Values and Behaviors training, there are six additional sessions in August and September. • Wednesday, August 10: 8-10 a.m., Newington Amphitheater • Tuesday, August 16: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Gilman Auditorium • Wednesday, August 17: 8-10 a.m., Gilman Auditorium • Monday, September 12: 8-10 a.m., Newington Amphitheater • Monday, September 19: 8-10 a.m., Gilman Auditorium • Thursday, September 22: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Gilman Auditorium Please self-register in HealthStream, and make arrangements with your manager prior to registering. For more information, please contact Alison Rapose at 860-972-1688, or

The Diabetes LifeCare Support Group will meet on Monday, Aug. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Windsor satellite site at 1060 Day Hill Road. Speaker will be registered dietician Molly Kirschner, who will speak on “Out in the Trenches - Dining Out.” The support group meeting is free of charge. To register, call 860-545-1888.

English 101 Composition, a three-credit college course, will be offered at Hartford Hospital on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4:45-6:15, from Aug. 30 to Dec. 13. Instruction will be provided by Capital Community College. For more information, contact Leticia Colon in Learning and Organizational Development.

Retirement Tea for Phylis Watson Aug. 25

Chris Botti Tickets

There will be a retirement tea for Phylis Watson on Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Dining Room A&B. Phylis is a PAA in the Assessment Center, and has been with Hartford Hospital for 31-1/2 years.

Tickets go on sale August 1 to hear trumpet player Chris Botti, currently the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist, Make Strides for Healthy perform at The Bushnell on Feb. 4, 2012 to benefit Women’s Health Services. For Hearts-Join the Team! tickets, call the Bushnell Box Office at 860-987-5900, or go online to bushnell. Last year, 113 Hartford Hospital staff org. Tickets start at $32.50, but staff can members participated in the AmeriPoster Presentations By get $5 off with the code “harthosp.” can Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and Research Fellows Aug. 12 raised $7,052 for cardiac research. This year, the walk will be held on Saturday, Wanted: Used Music Players Poster presentations of the research October 29 at Bushnell Park, and Cardiprojects that were completed by the 16 The Volunteer Department is requesting ology Administration here is heading up summer student research fellows will be used music players (tape cassette or CD) the event with Hartford HealthCare supon display Friday, Aug. 12, from 9-10 a.m. of any size to be used for therapeutic acport. Our goal is to raise $15,000, so we in the Special Dining Room. For more intivity for patients. If you would like to are looking for walkers and team capformation, contact Rosemarie Portal at donate one, please drop it off at Voluntains to lead them. It’s always a great day teer Services or contact Chris Waszynski of fun and inspiration! You are welcome from Geriatric Medicine at 860-545-5630, to bring your family, friends and pets. To and she will pick it up from you. All Star sign up, please e-mail team leader Cecilia Kozlowski at

Skating Show Aug. 13

The Third Annual Tribute to Life Skating Event will be held at the Newington Arena on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Performing will be JoJo Starbuck, Nicole Bobek and Ruslan Goncharov. The event will also feature a silent auction, pre-show BBQ, and post-show meet and greet. Tickets ($25 in advance, $35 at the door) are available by calling 860-665-7825. Proceeds will benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.

Looking for Hand-made Hats for Local Veterans The Blue Star Mothers of Connecticut (Chapter One) are looking for donations of hand knit or crocheted hats to give as gifts to the veterans at the Connecticut VA hospitals in December. This year they need a total of about 375 hats, but to date, they only have 75 hats completed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Helena Cutler in Utilization Review at 860-545-7299 or

Farm Stand Fresh Seymour Square Farm Stand Fridays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center in Avon August 10, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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