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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

April 18, 2011

Vol. 67 No. 12

LIFE STAR Staff Featured in Commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts It was lights, camera, action! for two staff members from the LIFE STAR crew when a professional film crew came to Hartford Hospital last week to shoot a commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts. The crew was shooting in three Hartford locations for a commercial to run regionally in the company’s “America runs on Dunkin’’” campaign. The commercial will run as “Hartford Hospital runs on Dunkin’.’” Laura Thomasson, flight nurse/EMT-P, and line pilot Ric Shotwell were the stars of the show. Standing on the helipad in front of the helicopter, they held cups of Dunkin’ iced coffee and recited scripted lines. “It was so much fun!” said Laura, who has been with LIFE STAR since March 7. “One of the directors was telling us what to say and we would repeat it back. We said quite a few different lines: ‘We’re drinking Dunkin’!’ and ‘Hartford Hospital runs on Dunkin’!’ We must have said that a million times.”

LIFE STAR crew members Laura Thomasson and Ric Shotwell were the stars when a film crew came to Hartford Hospital on April 7 to shoot a commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts on the helipad.

Ric, who has been with LIFE STAR for 16 years, described the process: “We stood facing the director, who stood right next to the camera. He would tell us what to say, then we would say it until he thought we had said it the way he wanted. He was very professional, very nice and he knew how he wanted us to say the lines.”

“And yes, I do like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!” she added.

“I had never done anything like that before,” Laura said. “I’m honored to have been able to represent LIFE STAR and Hartford Hospital.”

“I have been interviewed by TV news and newspapers, but this was a whole different thing,” Ric said. “It was a good bit harder than you would think.”

April is Occupational Therapy Month Occupational therapy uses activities, including the tasks of daily life, to promote the greatest possible functional independence for people who are dealing with the effects of disease, injury, birth defects, disability or developmental delay. Occupational therapy can help adults achieve maximal independence in self-care, home management and community activities. Common OT interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

The occupational therapy staff from the IOL, left to right: Jackie Cmero, Sara Zarinkelki, Jean Stewart, and Patricia Wardwell.

Using Sensory Modulation at the Institute of Living In recognition of Occupational Therapy Month, we’d like to share the following piece, written by Jaclyn Cmero, MS, OTR/L, occupational therapy clinical coordinator at the Institute of Living.

Although the role of occupational therapy varies depending on the setting, the client and individual goals, the main focus of occupational therapy is to empower clients to live meaningful, independent lives. One way that occupational therapists at the Institute of Living help clients achieve their goals is through education about sensory modulation techniques. It is common belief that the sound of the ocean wave or the smell of lavender are relaxing stimuli for everyone. But that’s actually not true: Each individual has his/her own sensory preferences and thresholds. OTs at the IOL work to help clients understand the types of sensory stimulation that work best to promote their wellbeing and function. In sensory modulation theory, each individual is viewed as an open system and as such, stimulation within our environment, whether it be sound, sight, taste, smell, touch, movement, or pressure, can affect not only our mood but also our ability to complete our daily routine.


Occupational therapists guide clients in exploring different forms of stimulation and help them to develop their own sensory modulation plans based on their personal preferences, needs, and past experiences. Research has shown that providing clients with sensory tools that are tailored to fit their needs not only helps clients feel more in control of their care while in the hospital, but also promotes overall well-being and coping skill development. The OT department at the IOL is collaborating with several disciplines to increase the understanding of and the value of sensory modulation across the campus. Through the development of sensory screening tools, comfort spaces, guided interventions, and education, the OT department believes we can positively impact the quality of a client’s stay and facilitate skill generalization to the community. So this month, in recognition of Occupational Therapy Month, ask an OT to help you explore your own sensory preferences, because it is not until we understand our own preferences that we can help clients explore their needs.

SCM Update Coming May 14; Watch For Changes On Saturday, May 14, Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) will be upgraded to version 5.5. Most of the functions and options available in the previous versions of SCM will still exist, and users should find the upgrade an easy transition.

E.H.R. Team have been contacting SCM users throughout the hospital to provide training and communication. Provider notification has started through e-mails and newsletters and drop-in classes for demos will be provided the week before go-live.

(CBTs) and printable information about the changes that will occur with this upgrade. In addition, user support will be provided for several days after the go-live.

The Help Desk is prepared to answer The Sunrise Clinical Manager 5.5 Infor- questions or facilitate contact with mation Center on the HH intranet offers go-live support as needed. computer-based training modules

The upgrade will involve an extended downtime from Saturday evening until Sunday morning. Clinical areas have been notified to use their downtime procedures for documenting patient care. Clinicians should know where to find nursing and ancillary documentation during the hours SCM is unavailable. During this scheduled downtime, the “SCM DOWNTIME ICON” will be available on PCs on all clinical areas and information in the patient records prior to the downtime can be viewed. Once the upgrade is complete, users will notice some changes in the new version of SCM. This upgrade introduces the “Eclipsys Gateway,” which in the future will allow users to access multiple clinical applications at the same time from their SCM session (i.e PACS, SRM, etc.). The addition of icons will allow easy access to frequently used functions, like building Patient Lists and discontinuing multiple orders at the same time. Additional options allow users to change how they view information to better suit their needs. Classes for nursing superusers are underway, and clinical analysts from the

The Big Y in West Hartford donated $15,000 to Hartford Hospital for breast cancer screenings. Pictured [l to r]: Katherine Levesque, Hartford Hospital; Karen Weingrod, Hartford Hospital; Dan Coogan, store director of the West Hartford Big Y; and Jennifer Santerre, employee services representative at the West Hartford Big Y.

Big Y Donation Supports Mobile Mammography Women in the Hartford area will have better access to breast cancer screenings, thanks to the Big Y. The supermarket donated $15,000 to Hartford Hospital’s mobile mammography program, which brings breast cancer screenings to the community. Mammograms are the best way to identify breast cancer in its earliest stages. The mobile mammography program screens women who would otherwise not have access to mammograms, including those without insurance. The program’s van visits women in places they are most comfortable, like clinics, churches and senior centers. Hartford Hospital is raising money to upgrade the program to digital mammography – the most advanced breast exam available – meaning even more women in the community could be screened.

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Happening at Hartford Hospital No Copays for HMG

Calendar Listings Due

Hartford Hospital employees who are covered by Aetna Health insurance are reminded that the plan covers preventive care services at 100%. Additionally, there is no co-pay or deductible for any primary care or urgent care visit when you receive care at Hartford Medical Group, a Hartford HealthCare partner. To make an appointment with an HMG physician, call 860-545-7975.

The next Calendar of Events included with HH’s Rounds Magazine will cover June 15 to September 15. If you have classes or events that need to be publicized, please e-mail them to by this Friday, April 22. Questions? Call Betty Padin at 860-545-1862.

IOL Staff Receives Sweet Thank You Gift Staff at the IOL were delighted when a former patient stopped by to drop off two cakes he had made to thank them for care he had received.

The cakes, which were decorated with the IOL logo, were for the staff on D3N and the staff in the Professional Day Treatment Center. On the card, he had written: “Thanks for saving my life!”

Holy Week Services Worship Services for Holy Week (April 17-24) will be held this week in the Hartford Hospital Interfaith Chapel. For more information, call Pastoral Services at 860-545-2251. Monday: Protestant Service-12 Noon Tuesday: Interfaith Service-12 Noon Wednesday: Guided Imagery-12 Noon Roman Catholic Mass-3:45 p.m. Thursday (Holy Thursday): Interfaith Service-12 Noon Friday (Good Friday): Interfaith Service-12 Noon Stations of the Cross-3:45 p.m. Sunday (Easter): Christian Service-12 Noon Roman Catholic Mass-3:45 p.m.


Cancer Screenings at Asian Family Services

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center offered free cancer screenings on April 9 Mary Kay Sale Thursday at the Asian Family Services office (AFS) on Park There will be a Mary Kay representaStreet. Early detection exams were oftive selling products in the Cancer Cenfered for breast, prostate, and colon canter lobby on Thursday, April 21 from 7:30 cer, and lung cancer awareness informaa.m.–4:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the tion was provided. proceeds will go to the Cancer Center.

Summer Teen Volunteers Seminar on Caring for Bariatric Patients, May 7 Do you know of a teen (14-18) who wants to volunteer at Hartford Hospital this summer? Applications are available through May 6 at http://www.harthosp. org/Careers/Volunteer/Application/default. aspx. Students must be available to volunteer at least five weeks in a row and commit to at least 50 hours of volunteer service. For information, e-mail Eileen Pelletier,

There will be a seminar on “Understanding and Caring for the Bariatric Patient” on May 7 in Gilman Auditorium from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include: Scope of Obesity in the US; Advanced Surgical Procedures for Obesity; Bariatric Surgery Outcomes and Complications; Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery; and a Personal Success Story. Six CEUs are available. The seminar is sponsored by the Connecticut State Assembly of SurYES Student Featured gical Technologists. Pre-registration in National Newsletter deadline is April 30. Registration fee is $30 for pre-registered AST members, $35 The hospital’s onsite college preparato- for members at the door, $45 for nonry program, Y.E.S.: Your Educational Suc- members, and $20 for students. cess, was recognized nationally in the online newsletter WorkforceInvestment Dr. Fusco Places Third in Works. Jessica Vasquez, a Hartford Hospital staff member who is participating in Lung Association Climb the YES program, was highlighted. http:// Dr. Daniel Fusco, Hartford Hospital Cardiac Surgery Specialists, took first place tomer_story.asp?id=894&st=CT&type. in his age group and third place overall the American Lung Association Fight Essay Contest Deadline in for Air climb on March 26. Called “TackThis Friday, April 22 le the Tower at Hartford 21,” it involved running up the 35 flights of stairs at the The deadline is this Friday for the Hartford 21 building at the corner of Dreams for My Daughter essay contest. Asylum and Trumbull Streets, the tallAll mothers and mothers-to-be who are est apartment building between Bosemployees of Hartford HealthCare can ton and New York. Dr. Fusco’s time was submit a 100-200 word essay describing three minutes, 52 seconds. There were their dreams and aspirations for their 394 climbers participating in the event daughters. For more information, con- to raise awareness for the 35 million tact Americans who suffer from asthma.

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