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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

January 7, 2013

Vol. 69 No. 1

Black & Red Raises $1 Million for Transplant Program Hartford Hospital celebrated its most successful Black & Red gala ever on Jan. 5 at the Bushnell. The event netted proceeds approaching $1 million, a record for the 22nd annual fund-raiser, to benefit the transplant program. The Black & Red attracted a soldout crowd of 1,400 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, and a performance by the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire that had guests dancing in the aisles. The event also featured the firstever live TV broadcast by FoxCT that created enormous awareness of the need for organ donors, and emotionally moving testimonials from transplant patients and donor families.

The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire gave an electrifying performance at the Black & Red.

A special guest at the event was heart transplant recipient Colby Salerno (below, second from right). Colby spent 166 days in the cardiac ICU at Hartford Hospital awaiting a heart transplant, which he received on May 29, 2012.

Joining Colby above, from left, his father Jeff Salerno, mother Kelly Salerno, sister Brittany Salerno, sister Kaecey Salerno, and girlfriend, Brittany Gladish. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Fillo, Hartford Courant).

Attending the Black & Red are, from left: Sheila Elliot; Dr. Patricia Sheiner, director of the Transplant Program; Douglas Elliot, Hartford Hospital chairman of the Board; Jeffrey Flaks, president and CEO of Hartford Hospital; Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare; Lori Flaks; Dr. Ellen Nestler; and Dr. Jeffry Nestler, president of the Medical Staff.

Get Healthy Together: Earn Cash Credits If your New Year’s resolution includes getting healthy, Hartford HealthCare can help. Start by completing your Health Assessment on the Aetna website ( and get cash along with a customized report. Many employees are eligible to earn cash credits in their paychecks simply for completing the health assessment and participating in an online health education activity based on your assessment results. • HHC Health Savings Account plan enrollees can earn $250 in incentive credits for yourself and $250 for your dependents, up to $500. The awards will be deposited to your HSA. • Aetna Choice Plan 2 or 3 members will receive $4 a week in your paycheck up to $208 a year. If you and your spouse are covered, you both must complete the assessment to be eligible for a cash reward, which will be $8 a week, up to $416 a year. To earn the full amount, employees and their covered spouse or covered adult dependents (depending on your plan) must complete the assessment and the health activity by Feb. 28. The Health Assessment is a simple online survey that takes about 10 to 15 minutes and asks you to answer simple questions about medical conditions and lifestyle choices that may influence your health and well-being. Your answers are completely private and protected by federal law. HHC does not receive any information about your answers. Based on your answers, you will receive a customized report that estimates your risk for conditions including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of these conditions can be prevented or managed if they are caught early. After completing the assessment, we encourage you to schedule a routine physical exam and share the results with your doctor. HHC’s health plans make it easy to find an


excellent primary care doctor. You can even save money with incentives that include higher benefits and/or lower out-of- pocket expenses when you seek needed medical care at HHC affiliates. The HHC Employee Health and Wellness Center at Hartford Hospital offers comprehensive care to anyone who works in the Hartford HealthCare system, regardless of location. To help members find HHC and other in-network providers, Aetna provides a searchable physician directory at For employee-specific details of rewards and incentives, please consult the “Healthy Together” benefits booklet mailed to your home during open enrollment.

Help Us Register 1,000 New Organ Donors! Hartford Hospital is partnering with Fox CT, The Hartford Courant and Donate Life New England to get at least 1,000 new organ donors by the end of January. We need your help and caring to reach our goal... we aren’t there yet! To join us, go to http://becomeadonor. org and select “Hartford Hospital” from the “How did you hear about” dropdown menu. Your generosity and selflessness could give others a second chance at life. More than 110,000 men, women and children currently are on the national organ waiting list; about 3,400 of these patients live in New England. We are also asking you to share this message on Facebook: I’m asking my family and friends to consider becoming organ donors. It takes less than two minutes to register online at Your generosity and selflessness could give others a second chance at life.

Even if you think you are already an organ donor, please double check and

Ruderman Named Institute Director for Tallwood Jan Ruderman has been named institute director of the Ta l l w o o d Urology and Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital. She has been an H3W facilitator for the past two and a half years, and previously served as vice president of quality at Eastern Rehabilitation Network. The Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute is the second patient-centered, disease-specific institute to be established at Hartford Hospital, following the July 1 launch of the Cancer Institute. These medical institutes are designed to support coordinated care teams that focus on the needs of patients and families. The goal is to create top-notch

care that is seamless, responsive and convenient. Dr. Steven Shichman, chair of the Tallwood Institute, will work with Ruderman on the development and implementation of this new institute. The Tallwood Institute will provide comprehensive urological and kidney care with sub-specializations in urologic oncology, robotic and laparoscopic surgery, endo-urology and stone disease, pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, genitourinary reconstruction and male infertility, and reproductive medicine. In the area of metabolic kidney care, the institute will provide increased support and integration in the care of chronic kidney disease, kidney stone analysis and prevention, management of complex hypertension/high-blood pressure, and prevention of acute kidney injury in the complex-care hospitalized patient.

confirm your registration. There is no greater gift!

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


Happening at Hartford Hospital N-95 Respirator Fit Testing for January

How Did You Improve The Patient Experience?

UConn Game to Benefit Donate Life

Here is the N-95 Respirator Fit Testing Schedule for January. Testing takes place in the ERD, 4th Floor.

The deadline is Friday, Jan. 11 for submission of abstracts telling how you or your team improved the patient experience. Submit an abstract about it for a tabletop poster display on “Connecting With Purpose” for the First Annual HHC Patient Experience Event on April 12. There are three categories: Improved Transitions of Care, Innovation, or Enhanced Patient and Family Centered Care. Rules and application forms are here: NonSearchable/e-xTra/abstracts.pdf

Come to the UConn women v. Syracuse game on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. at the XL Center to support Donate Life. Tickets are only $10 using special code UCONN (regularly $22).There will be a half-time special, featuring our transplant staff v. transplant recipients and donor families. Twenty Donate Life ticket holders will be randomly selected to participate in the “High Five Tunnel” on court as the players run into the arena. You’ll also get a Donate Life tshirt to wear in the seats, and an opportunity to get 50% off other UConn games. There’s one more surprise, but you have to attend to find out what it is! Click here to buy tickets. Find out more about organ donation at

Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Just a reminder that this is an annual requirement and should be completed near the anniversary of your previous Fit Test. Complete your HealthStream module prior to getting the Fit Test portion. If there are any changes to your cardiac or pulmonary health, or if you are a new employee, you must be medically cleared by Occupational Health prior to being Fit Tested. Also, Federal Law prohibits testing of any- Find Out About Weight one with facial hair that interferes with Watchers at Work Jan. 16 the mask seal. Please ensure you meet all of these requirements before getting Fit There will be an informational meetTested. ing for Weight Watchers At Work on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 12-1 p.m. in the Sparkle Jewelry In The Special Dining Room. A minimum of 20 is needed. There is a monthly pass Auxiliary Store Thursday people option for $39.95 a month. For more inSparkle Jewelry will be formation, contact Ron at 860-972-4293. in the Auxiliary Store on Thursday, Jan. 10 Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the ERC A wide range of jewelry will be available, There will be a Red including, a special $5 Cross blood drive table. at Hartford Hospital on Thursday, Jan. Compression Garments 17 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Heublein Hall. For Sale Friday All presenting doSolidea compression garments will be sold nors will receive a on Friday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. in pound of Dunkin’ DoDining Room B. Come see these great sup- nuts coffee. To make port items: compression tights, knee-hi’s, an appointment, call Erin at 860-545-2079. sleeves, gauntlets, etc.

SCM Downtime Jan. 19-20 Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) will be unavailable for six hours from Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 for an upgrade. The SCM DT icon will be available for a VIEW ONLY copy of SCM with information accurate up to the actual start of Downtime. Specific downtime instructions, including placing orders, clinical documentation, laboratory and radiology reporting is available on the HH intranet in Sunrise Clinical Manager 5.5 Information Center > Downtime/Recovery Information AND Clinical Documentation Information (for Nursing). http://intranet. This upgrade will provide updates to Home Medication Lists and the addition of Health Manager in SCM. HealthStream training is available for all nurses.

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