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October 1, 2013

A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

Vol. 69 No. 36

Regional Vice Presidents Named for HHC Regions Jeffrey Flaks, who last week was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hartford HealthCare, today provided more details about the new HHC regional structure. “Within the next 45 days, we will put into place regional and service-line leadership teams that will truly integrate the leadership of our hospitals,” Flaks said. “This simplified structure will make it easier to execute, standardize and respond to changes in our market. It will help us sustain consistent and system-wide quality, improve the patient experience and control costs.” The three newly named “regions” that make up Hartford HealthCare (Hartford Region, Central Region and East Region) will each have five regional vice presidents who will oversee their function for all members of their region. In the Hartford Region (Hartford Hospital, HHC Rehabilitation Network and academics, with Dr. Stuart Markowitz as president), those regional vice presidents are: Bimal Patel, operations; Dr. Jack Greene, medical affairs; Gerald Boisvert, finance; Cheryl Ficara, patient care services; and Peter Fraser, human resources. These regional vice presidents will have dual responsibilities, serving their region of Hartford HealthCare with related responsibilities at Hartford Hospital. At Hartford Hospital, there will also be seven leadership positions at the vice president level.

Hartford HealthCare Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Flaks Hartford Region President Dr. Stuart Markowitz

Central Region President Lucille Janatka

East Region President David Whitehead

Regional Vice Presidents

Regional Vice Presidents

Regional Vice Presidents

Operations, Medical Affairs, Patient Care Services, Finance, Human Resources

Operations, Medical Affairs, Patient Care Services, Finance, Human Resources

Operations, Medical Affairs, Patient Care Services, Finance, Human Resources

They are: Wendy Elberth, administration; Carol Garlick, philanthropy; Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, academic affairs; Dr. Carolyn Hoban, research; Dr. Jamie Roche, patient safety and quality; Dr. Harold Schwartz, behavioral health; and Yvette Melendez, government and community alliances. “We face great opportunities and hard decisions ahead, and we want to tackle them both thoughtfully and decisively,” Flaks said. “This new organizational structure is a tool for decisive action and firm resolve.” In the Central region (MidState Medical Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut, VNA HealthCare and Connecticut Senior Health Services, with Lucille Janatka as president), the regional VPs are: Dr. Steven Hanks, medical affairs; Carolyn Freiheit, finance; Catherine Stevens, patient care services; and Mary Morgan, human resources. The Central regional VP of operations position is vacant. In the East region (Windham Hospital, Backus Hospital and Clinical

Laboratory Partners, with David Whitehead as president), the regional vice presidents are: Carolyn Trantalis, operations; Dr. Peter Shea, medical affairs; Dan Lohr, finance; Mary Bylone, patient care services; and Theresa Buss, human resources. System functions will be part of an HHC System Support Office, including Finance, IT, Human Resources and Planning and Marketing. These areas also are working on refinements to better support the new structure. “It can be difficult to work in new ways and to adapt to new organizational structures,” Flaks said. “But there is a huge plus side for all of us as we transform our system. We are also opening up exciting new opportunities for staff development, advancement and collaboration. Most important, we are creating a much stronger foundation for our system and making sure that we will always be here for the patients who need us – especially the most vulnerable.”

Recent Happenings at Hartford Hospital Israeli Paramedics Train At CESI Two flight paramedics from Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s official emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service, came to Hartford Hospital Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 to train with CESI teams and our LIFE STAR crews. They trained in trauma techniques, flight physiology, emergency medical systems, safety, specialty equipment utilization, emergency labor and delivery, and other procedures. This is the second year MDA paramedics have come to Hartford Hospital to train, and we expect it to be an annual event as part of our hospital’s “beyond our borders” global efforts.

Partnership With GE and CESI For Innovation Hartford Hospital and GE Healthcare (GEHC) signed an agreement Aug. 20, creating a relationship to work toward developing collaboration agreements for several innovative products and developing future products that GEHC hopes to bring to the marketplace. GEHC is working with our Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) team, as well as hospital leaders to help engineer and further develop these products in a controlled, simulated, clinical environment and then rapidly advance them to testing in the live clinical arena. Pictured here, Hartford Hospital president and CEO Jeff Flaks and GEHC president and CEO John Dineen sign the agreement.

Auxiliary Golf Tournament Raises $368,000 The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary raised a recordbreaking net of $368,000 from its 24th annual golf tournament held Sept. 8 at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomington. Nearly 50 volunteers helped manage the tournament, including employees, auxiliary members and friends of the hospital. The money raised will go to various programs, equipment and projects, including $100,000 to renovate and expand our Emergency Department’s Purple Pod, which will provide care for mental, as well as physical, issues, which often go hand-in-hand for many patients, especially those with chronic illnesses. Pictured here, Lori Flaks and Shelli Siegel were co-chairs of the event.


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


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United Way Kickoff Breakfast:

“Making It Personal!” The 22nd annual United Way kickoff breakfast was held on Sept. 11 at Hartford Hospital. Department campaign coordinators were provided with the training and resources needed to make this year’s campaign our most successful yet.

t United Way Champions!

The campaign runs through Oct. 18 and the goal is $210,000. Incentives will be offered to employees who pledge, including Choice Time days off and gift certificates. “Our participation in the United Way reflects our commitment to our mission of service and is a reflection of our values of integrity, excellence, caring and safety,” said Jeff Flaks, president and CEO. “We understand that this is a very difficult financial year, but we hope everyone can participate.” “Hartford Hospital is invested in the community, and pledging to United Way helps in this community investment,” said Yvette Melendez, vice president of Government and Community Alliances. Susan Klein, HH United Way chair, explained that this year’s United Way theme is “LIVE UNITED.” “By living united, each of us can assist the United Way in improving community education and the health and financial stability of community members,” she said. “We can help provide a safety net of emergency services, such as food and shelter, for those in need. Each of us can be part of the United Way’s work.” Klein said our own campaign theme is “Make it Personal.” “We want our coordinators to personally reach out to co-workers to spread the United Way message,” she said. “Last year only 15% of employees contributed to the United Way. If every one of our 7,000 employees pledged just $1 a week, we would far exceed our goal.”

Beverly Gardner from Patient Financial Services is the Newington UW coordinator. She spoke about how United Way touches everyone, and shared how she was helped by the United Way during a difficult time in her life 20 years ago. “At that time I didn’t think I was eligible for any services, but I called 2-1-1, and they were able to find the resources to help me.” The popular HH UW Online Auction will run from Oct. 7-18. Reserved parking spaces and Black & Red tickets are some of the items you can bid on. If you have an item or service you would like to donate to the United Way online auction, please contact Sue Klein by Oct. 2. There will be a United Way table in the HH cafeteria and at the Newington campus throughout the campaign where you can pick up information, fill out a pledge form, or learn how to pledge online. More information about the United Way campaign is on the Intranet at If you have any questions regarding the campaign, contact Sue Klein at susan.klein@hhchealth. org or 860-972-1126.


Happening at Hartford Hospital Flu Shot Exemptions Applications for religious or medical exemptions from our Universal Flu Prevention Program must be submitted by TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 1. Instructions can be found on the Intranet or here: Medical Exemption Form and Religious Exemption Form. With the availability this year of “cellbased” vaccine, produced without hens’ eggs, there are no longer a medical exemption for people with egg allergies.

Flu Shots - HH Cafeteria Free flu shots will be available for employees in the Hartford Hospital cafeteria on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 and 2, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline for receiving the flu shot is Nov. 8, which is earlier than last year to provide additional time for people to achieve optimal immunity before the start of flu season.

FY13 Invoices Due Today In order to record all expenses to your FY-13 budget, invoices, voucher requests and travel expenses must be forwarded to Accounts Payable by Tuesday, Oct. 1. Any documentation received after Oct. 1 will be recorded to your FY-14 budget. If you have any questions, contact Ron Carrier at 696-6301.

Last Chance To Buy Car Raffle Tickets Buy your tickets now to win a 2013 Volvo XC-60 in the LITE 100.5 WRCH/Hartford Hospital car raffle. Your $50 donation benefits the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Newington campus; and 5-7 p.m., Blue Back Square, West Hartford. The winner will be drawn on Friday at the Nite of Lite Laughter. You can also buy tickets from Nadia at ext. 5-2161 or

Nite of Lite Laughter Hartford Hospital presents a Nite of Lite Laughter with Jason Alexander Friday, Oct. 4 at the Bushnell. All proceeds benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Buy your tickets at www.bushnell. org or call 860-987-5900. For more information, call Nadia at 860-545-2161.

Want to Be Smoke Free? Our smoking cessation program offers counseling and support groups. In the individual consultation, we help make your personal smoking cessation plan. The support group helps you with stress; weight management; motivation and nicotine replacement products. For more information, contact Carol Barrett at carol. or 860-545-LUNG (5864); or for Spanish, Dorely Roldan at or at 860545-1582. The next support group is Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at West Hartford Education Room, suite 425, Blue Back Square, West Hartford.

Register Now: Health Care Informatics Boot Camp

An intensive two-day health care informatics boot camp will be offered Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 and 18 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the ERC. Registration is “I Love My Clogs” required. Registration fee is $500 for HHC Vendor in HH Cafeteria applicants, and $650 for non-HHC applicants. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon The “I Love My Clogs” snacks will be provided, and there will be vendor will be in validated parking in the Hudson Garage. the HH Cafeteria on For more information, contact Elissa Thursday and Fri- Ford at 860-972-4092. day, Oct. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Support Our Mobile United Way.

Mammography Program

Memorial Service For Officer Lee Smith There will be a memorial service for Lee Smith in the ERC building Lounge on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 a.m. Lee was our night Public Safety officer in the ERC building lobby, and passed away on Aug. 16. He was a 25-year employee of Hartford Hospital.

Deadline for Team of the Year Nominations

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Help raise money for a good cause by shopping online for Tastefully Please nominate any team that you be- Simple products at www.tastefullysimple. lieve has achieved significant improve- com/web/imarrero1. (Under Party – First ment (efficiencies, new programs, en- name is Mobile and Last name is Mamhancements to safety, growth in volume, mography). From October 1-31, 20% of all customer satisfaction, etc.) for Team of proceeds will benefit Hartford Hospital’s the Year. Send nominations to Cathy Tor- Digital Mobile Mammography program. cia by Friday, Oct. 11. The nomination If you have any questions, please contact form can be found at http://intranet. Ivana Marrero at Deliciouslife.Ivana@ The new Teams or at 860-778-8086. of the Year will be announced on Nov. 12.

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