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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

August 22, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 31

2011 Campaign Goal of $220,000 Announced At United Way Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 9 The United Way kickoff breakfast was held on Aug. 9 at Hartford Hospital, giving employees and volunteers a forum to share the ways in which the United Way impacts the community. The United Way’s mission is to improve lives around the world through the power of strong communities in education, financial stability and healthy living. This year’s Hartford Hospital campaign goal is $220,000, a goal that Susan Klein, our United Way chair, says can be reached by increasing the number of employees that participate. “If every one of the 7,000 employees donates $1 a week,” Staff members joined a game of trivia with facts about the United Way at the Kickoff Breakfast Aug. 9. says Klein, “this goal will be far surpassed.” Hartford Hospital’s 20th annual An online auction will run during United Way Community Campaign the United Way Campaign (Sept. “We understand that this is a very Fair will take place September 15 12 through Oct. 14). If you have an difficult financial year,” she adds, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will item or service that you would like “but we hope that everyone can be held outside between the cafete- to donate to the auction, please let participate.” ria and the Cheney Building. The fes- us know. tivities will include fun, food, games, Last year’s auction items included craft vendors and door prizes. assigned parking spaces, one-hour Hospital employees are invited to airplane flight, golf instructions, showcase their crafts at the fair by limousine service, and a South Afparticipating as vendors. The fee is rica Photo Safari, and raised almost $75 per “working space” (a 10’ x 10’ $20,000. area with a six-foot table and two chairs), plus a donation of one craft For more information on being a item for the drawing. Before com- vendor, or if you would like to domitting to the event, all staff partici- nate to the auction, contact JoAnn pants must get their supervisor’s ap- Camera at 860-545-2132 or proval to take the day off. Susan Klein, Hartford Hospital’s United Way chair.

Hartford Hospital Allied Health Students Volunteer at Camp Courant in Hartford On Aug. 1, nine allied health students in the radiography program at Hartford Hospital volunteered at Camp Courant, a free day camp for children from Hartford. Approximately 308 campers ages 5 to 12 spent the day engaged in various interactive educational activities including bike safety, nutrition, and an agricultural learning experience. The group presenting bike safety discussed proper use of hand signals, helmet safety, and reflective materials. A demonstration on proper protective apparel was given, which included pad and helmet selection. Reflective snap bracelets, stickers and arm bands were handed out. The campers were given a chance to ask questions. The nutrition section discussed the food pyramid and facts about healthy eating. The campers participated in a game in which they placed food items into the correct food group. Information and gift packets were handed out, and included toothbrushes and toothpaste, coloring books, hand sanitizer, and band-aids. The final group taught the children the correct way to grow and care for plants. They learned about proper nutrition for both humans and plants. Campers compared a plant that had been watered with soda versus one that had been watered with water, learning about the importance of drinking water and keeping their bodies hydrated. Each camper was given the opportunity to plant their own seeds to take home and care for. The students greatly appreciated the assistance they received from the Dental Clinic at Hartford Hospital, Reflexite, Gina Chamberland from Planning and Marketing, and their instructors, especially Sue Caisse, Marinella Russell and Lois Radding.


Students from Hartford Hospital’s allied health team spent a day volunteering at Camp Courant, the largest free day camp in the nation.

Life after cancer can be a difficult time to navigate, but there are a variety of services surrounding survivorship. Cancer patients who have received their treatment at Hartford Hospital are invited to join a six-week program called New Beginnings, designed to help men and women reclaim their lives after cancer treatment. Participants will learn about stress management, healthy eating, exercise, and memory retention. Facilitators will provide resources for information about what to expect and how to deal with changes during this new chapter of life.

New topics will be discussed at every session. Topics include nutrition, exercise, sexuality, art therapy, cognitive functioning, late effects of cancer treatment, psychosocial and spiritual tools and integrative medicine. The program is held Wednesday evenings, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor Conference Room at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave., Hartford, CT, 06102. The New Beginnings program is free. Registration is required by Aug. 24. For more information, or to register, contact Liz Churchill at 860-545-5113 or

Fund Raisers To Benefit Hospital Programs

Equestrian Exhibition in Simsbury On Sept. 10

22nd Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament Sept. 12

The third annual Horse Show exhibition and tent event will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance to raise funds for the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Brain Tumor Fund. There will be tribute and exhibition rides, food, live music, pony rides, a silent auction and raffle. The event will be held at Well-A-Way Farm, 120 Terry Plain Rd. in Simsbury. Tickets are $40 online and $45 at the door. Kids 13+ are $8 online and $10 at the door, and 12 and under are free. Visit to purchase tickets online.

The 22nd Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 12 at the Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. The tournament will benefit the HH “Take the Time” Mobile Mammography Program, operated by our Partnership for Breast Care, to upgrade the mobile unit to state-of-the-art digital mammography, enabling the program to double the volume of mammograms each day. For more information, contact one of our co-chairs: Lori Flaks at 860-673-2590 or; or Shelli Siegel at 860-231-7733 or

The sixth annual Pink Flamingos gala, an evening of fine wines, festive food, and a silent auction to benefit the Partnership for Breast Care and Take the Time Mobile Mammography programs will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bushnell. Tickets are $50 per person, and the cost in excess of $26 is deductible. Donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged in the program if the check is received by Sept. 2. For more information, please contact Karen Weingrod at kweingrod@ or 860-545-1018. To RSVP online, please visit

“Pip Open” Golf Tournament Oct. 6 At Tunxis Plantation

Heart Association Walk Oct. 29 at Bushnell Park

Chris Botti Concert Feb. 4 For Women’s Health

The affiliates of Hartford HealthCare are teaming up this year to support the American Heart Association’s 2011 Heart Walk on Oct. 29. Cardiology Administration of Hartford Hospital is heading up this event with HHC support. We’ve set a systemwide goal to raise $15,000. The Heart Walk, with 3K and 5K loops, will take place at Bushnell Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and official start time is 10 a.m. Last year, 113 staff members from Hartford Hospital participated in the Hartford event, raising $7,052 for cardiac research. To sign up or for more information, please e-mail Cecilia Kozlowski, Hartford Hospital team leader, at ckozlow@harthosp. org.

Tickets are now on sale to hear trumpet player Chris Botti, currently the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist, perform at The Bushnell on Feb. 4, 2012. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards. The concert will benefit Women’s Health Services at Hartford Hospital, a family-centered system of care for women at every stage of life. For tickets, call the Bushnell Box Office at 860-9875900, or go online to Tickets start at $32.50, but staff can get $5 off with the code “harthosp.”

The Pip Open, an annual Golf Tournament in memory of John L. Pipoli, benefitting the Dr. Henry Low Catheterization Suites and the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 12 noon at the Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington. Join us to support a worthy cause and honor a remarkable man who lived an active life because of the extraordinary care he received at Hartford Hospital. Cost is $175 per golfer, or $50 for just the dinner and cocktail reception. For more information, visit or call Roseanne at 860-391-4418.

Pink Flamingos Sept. 22


Happening at Hartford Hospital Retirement Tea for Phylis Celebrate Surgical Weight Watson Thursday Loss Center On Aug. 31 There will be a retirement tea for Phylis Watson on Thursday, 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.

Retirement Party for Kathy Daly Aug. 30

All staff involved in the care of bariatric patients are invited to celebrate the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Distinction Center of Excellence designation for the Surgical Weight Loss Center, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in the Special Dining Room. This event is an open house, but your response is requested. Contact Sally Strange at 860-524-2717 or

Celebrate Kathy Daly’s retirement on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in dining room A. Kathy has Join the Team At Walk been an employee of HIM for 21 years and currently works in Birth Registry. From Obesity Sept. 24 Refreshments will be served. For more Hartford Hospital will have a team in information, please contact Jennifer the annual “Walk from Obesity” naPage at 860-542-2470 or Marjorie Reid at tional event taking place in cities across 860-542-5084. the country, Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hubbard Park in MerEnglish 101-Composition iden. The mission of the Walk is to bring Offered Starting Aug. 30 together all who are affected by obesity to draw national attention to the English 101 Composition, a three-credit need for awareness, treatment and adcollege course, will be offered at Hartford vocacy initiatives. The walk combines Hospital on Tuesday and Thursday after- an enjoyable experience with the ponoons, 4:45-6:15, from Aug. 30 to Dec. 13. tential to raise significant sums for the Instruction will be provided by Capital fight against obesity. The American SoCommunity College. For more informa- ciety for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery tion, contact Leticia Colon in Learning Foundation established the first annual Walk from Obesity in 2003. Registraand Organizational Development. tion is required. Online registration $25. Onsite registration $35. Register for the Complete The Dining Hartford Hospital team at: http://walkServices Survey by 9/5 The staff and Management of Food and Nutrition Services are proud and pleased to serve you and welcome your feedback. Please fill out a customer survey by Sept. 5 at surveys/FoodAndNutritionSurvey.htm.

Day Care Center Now Enrolling 3-5 Year Olds The “Kids Are Great Learning Center,” the day care center at CCMC, is now enrolling 3 to 5 year olds in our preschool programs. For more information please contact Lynn Reichart at 860-545-8460 or

Staff Must Complete Required E-Learning on HealthStream by Sept. 30

The annual E-Learning courses on HealthStream that are required for staff must be completed by Sept. 30. Please note that heavy usage of HealthStream close to the deadline slows the system, so don’t put it off.

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.

How Are We Doing? Take Our Survey On Communications The internal communications staff in the Planning and Marketing Department creates and distributes many publications, electronic messages and other forms of communications to keep the Hartford Hospital family informed.

We’d like your honest feedback about how we’re doing. Please fill out a brief online survey, using the link below. We’ll use the information we gather to change and improve our communications to better serve you. The survey will be available through Sept. 2. Go to: HartfordHospitalCommunications.

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