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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

Sept. 5, 2012

Vol. 68 No. 33

Hartford Hospital Launches MomMe App; Helps Expecting, New and Veteran Moms Track Essential Information Recognizing the influx of information that moms are required to remember when planning for or caring for a child, Hartford Hospital announced the launch of its brand new MomMe app, which features tools every mom-to-be and current parent would want to use to keep track of anything from fertility calendars to feeding schedules to doctor appointments. Check it out:

Care Services. “We heard that moms are always looking for an easier way to file away information. An app was the perfect fit.” What makes our app different is that it is totally free of charge and it combines the functionality of many other apps out there into one single, useful app. From fertility tracking to appointment books to feeding and changing documentation for a baby, the app is relevant to parents throughout a child’s life cycle. It’s helpful for those couples who haven’t yet had a baby but are trying to get pregnant, women who are currently pregnant and even those who have children already.

“We listened to our patients here at Hartford Hospital,” said Janice Cousino, Nursing Director for Women’s Health and Ambulatory

We deliver nearly 4,000 babies a year at Hartford Hospital, said Cousino. And every day we are looking for ways to make the lives of our new parents easier. Having a baby is a very exciting but often hectic time. We recognize

that keeping track of everything once you have a child is difficult; we’re hoping this helps our new parents organize their appointments, track their new baby’s feedings, changing schedule and even help some women realize their dream of having a baby. The app is available for free download on iTunes and Google play.

Red Cross Blood Drive Next Tuesday There will be a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 7-11:45 a.m. in the ERC/Heublein Hall. We have a collection goal of 40 units. Donors will receive a voucher good for two great offers from Monro Muffler/Brake and Service. Anyone who gave blood at the start of the summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close. Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. A critical need for American Red Cross Blood donors continues. An emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, but results from July show that blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been in 15 years. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient. This blood type is often used in emergency situations

Did you know? • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

when doctors do not have time to check a patient’s blood type before transfusion.

• A single blood donation can help save more than one life. • The Red Cross collects and processes about 40% of the nation’s blood supply.

Appointments are encouraged; call Erin at 860-545-2079.

• One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

• A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.


Retirement reception for Hiroyoshi Takata, MD A retirement reception will be held to honor Hiroyoshi Takata, MD for his nearly half a century of service to his patients.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:30pm to 7:30pm Education Resource Center (Heublein Hall) 560 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT

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

1-855-HHC-OCAP or online at The Stroke Center received a donation of $2,000 from BIRKEN Manufacturing, who raised funds in honor of one of BIRKEN’s long-time employees, Julio Ortega, whose life was saved at The Stroke Center. Accepting the donation was Dr. Martin Ollenschleger (second from left) from the Stroke Center.


Environmental Services Week, Sept. 10-15

Hands that serve hearts that care.


Happening at Hartford Hospital Retirement Tea Sept. 7 for Richard Januska There will be a retirement tea for Richard Januska, accounting manager, on Friday, Sept. 7, from 3- 4 p.m. in the Newington Campus Cafeteria. Richard has worked in the Accounting Department for 28 years, and has managed the department for 26 years. All staff members are invited to come give Richard good wishes for his retirement. In addition, there will be a retirement party for Richard on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Indian Hill Country Club in Newington. Cost is $35, which includes gift and buffet dinner. Contact Chris Edwards at 860-6966232 or Cedwards02@

23rd Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament Sept. 10 The 23rd Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 10 at the Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. Proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Center. For more info, contact Shelli Sigel, 860490-3062 or Lori Flaks, 917-748-0531.

Seymour Street Farm Stand Open Every Friday Join us every Friday through early October from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Seymour Street Farm Stand on the concrete plaza between the Conklin Building and CCMC Emergency entrance. The Farm Stand offers convenient access to fresh produce for the community, hospital staff, patients and visitors alike.

United Service of Remembrance Way Fair for Cancer Patients Sept. 13 The 15th annual SerThe annual United Way Campaign Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the plaza between CCMC and Conklin Building. We need volunteers to help out during the Fair to make it a success. If you can volunteer for one or more 2-hour shifts, contact JoAnn Camera at 5-2132. During the fair, Hartford Hospital’s United Way Team is collecting school supplies to benefit Y-US, Inc. (Youth United for Survival). Y-US provides positive youth development programs for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma. Y-US operates at three locations serving children in grades 3-12, primarily from the greater Hartford area. They are a United Way recipient agency and our community neighbor. For more information regarding this year’s United Way campaign, visit the United Way Intranet page at

DEADLINES! Sept. 30: All full time, part time and per diem employees must have completed all of the required HealthStream e-learning by Sept. 30.

Oct. 1: In order to record ALL expenses to your FY-12 budget, invoices, voucher requests and travel expenses must be forwarded to Accounts Payable by Oct. 1.

Oct. 1: Requests for medical or religious exemptions from Universal Flu Vaccination must be filed by Oct. 1.

vice of Remembrance and Celebration for cancer patients from CB2 and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in Hueblein Hall at the ERC Building. It’s a chance for family, friends and staff to remember the special people we have cared for over the last year. Refreshments will follow the service. Please RSVP to ext. 5-1888 by Sept. 13.

New IT Service Request System Coming Sept. 18 ITS will initiate a new IT Service Request System on Sept. 18. The new system, BMC Remedy Service Request Management, provides you with a portal on the HH intranet that allows you to initiate a request for services to IT. This will provide staff with quick and effective access to standard IT services such as ordering/requesting PCs, laptops, application access, or requesting the relocation of your IT equipment. Additional information is coming. For more info, contact Travis Keiderling at 860-972-3277 or

Workplace Violence Prevention Training Oct. 3 The Hartford Hospital Safety Action Committee is offering Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Intervention Training on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Taylor Conf. Room A. Enroll via HealthStream. The class will also be offered on Nov. 14.

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