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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

October 1, 2012

Vol. 68 No. 37

United Way Fair Raises $1,800; Campaign Ends Friday Gorgeous weather helped bring out staff from all over campus for the United Way Fair, held Sept. 13 on the plaza. Staff even came from the Newington campus, thanks to a special United Way shuttle run.

Where do United Way dollars go?

There were 16 vendors with items including crafts, jewelry, and clothing. Total proceeds were more than $1,800 for the United Way.

If you give $1 a week, your gift will:

Your United Way contributions go directly to the community, and they DO make a difference:

- Help 800 parents demonstrate stronger parenting skills

There was a raffle, and 26 lucky prize winners (a complete list of winners is on the United Way intranet page). The two grand prize winners were Chantell Smith/C9I: reserved parking space in an employee garage for a year, and Glenn Bouthillier/C9I: choice time day off and a gift card from Angelo’s Restaurant.

- Help provide 500 people with the opportunity to purchase homes through homeownership programs

The United Way Campaign ends this Friday. The number of employees and the total dollars pledged are down from last year. To make the campaign successful, we need everyone to pitch in. Our participation goal is 35% and our pledge goal is $230,000. So far, only 13% of our employees have contributed.

- Help 4,700 youth improve the skills they need for academic success.

Pledging is easy using our eWay Pledge site, or using a paper form (available through your campaign champion or department head). Remember, everyone who pledges will be placed in a drawing for some great prizes, with special prizes for first-time donors, and donors who increase their pledge from last year, including a choice time day off and assigned parking spaces in the employee garages. For more information, go to http://intranet.harthosp. org/unitedway.htm.

- Help 1,200 people with intellectual disabilities learn skills to help them live independently

If you give $3 a week, your gift will:

- Help provide more than 600 people with job training so they can secure employment - Help 25,000 people with basic food assistance

If you give $5 a week, your gift will: - Help 3,000 youth improve their academic performance through afterschool programs - Help provide more than 2,000 people to improve their career skills through computers and critical thinking training - Help more than 900 people with disaster relief services

New Sleep Center Opens in Wethersfield There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 19 at our new Sleep Disorder Center in Wethersfield. The Wethersfield center joins our Sleep Disorder Center in Bloomfield. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the centers treat more than 200 patients a month for a variety of sleep disorders. Each accommodates up to four patients at a time in comfortable surroundings including flat-screen televisions and private bathrooms with showers. The Sleep Centers are another example of extending our programs and services into the community where they are needed.

Left to right: Dr. Jarrod Post, nephrologist; Dr. Ed Salerno, pulmonologist; Dr. Natalya Thorevska, medical director of the Sleep Center; Dr. Jeffrey Nascimento, pulmonologist; Wendy Elberth, vice president of administration; Andrew Pete, administrative fellow; President Jeffrey Flaks and Nancy DiRenzo, administrative manager of administration.

Hartford Hospital Team Raises $10,000 in Liver Foundation Walk Hartford Hospital’s “Leaping Livers” raised more than $10,000 for the Connecticut Division of the American Liver Foundation at the 12th annual Liver Life Walk Sept. 23. Hartford Hospital was this year’s presenting sponsor, and helped to lead the walk to great success. More than 1,500 supporters attended and raised $138,000 for the mission of the ALF. Funds will support educational programs including the Treatment Choices Initiative Program, The Love Your Liver youth initiative and the new General Liver Wellness program as well as research awards, advocacy and outreach. The purpose of the walk, held at Rentschler Field, was to bring about awareness and needed financial support for research, prevention and education of the 100+ various


types of l i v e r diseases. Dr. Patricia Sheiner, director of the transplantation program, served as the Walk Committee chair. Debera Palmeri, transplant program liver coordinator, led the HH Leaping Livers.

Dr. Patricia Sheiner (center) holds a plaque from the Connecticut Division of the American Liver Foundation, which reads: “Presented to Hartford Hospital in recognition of your generous sponsorship of the 2012 events.” With her are Debi Palmeri (left) and Betsy Boatman (right).

Hartford Hospital is well represented in the ALF-Connecticut Division. Dr. David Hull is program vice chair; and Betsy Boatman, vice president of cardiology and transplantation, recently joined the board of directors. Drs. Sheiner and Caroline Rochon, transplant surgeons, recently joined the Medical Advisory Committee. Debi Palmeri is on the board and is immediate past board chair.

Oct. 1-7:

Health Care Food Service Workers Week Please join us in celebrating Health Care Food Service Workers Week, Oct. 1-7. This is the week we honor all Food and Nutrition Team members for their contributions throughout the year. Please remember to say “Thank You� to our team members for all they do.

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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Happening at Hartford Hospital HH on “The Doctors”

Bake Sale Thursday In Cancer Center

Hartford Hospital will be featured in an episode of “The Doctors” Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. on WTIC-TV 61. The topic is: The 5 Signs You Might Need Weight Loss Surgery. It features weight loss surgeon Dr. Darren There will be a Tishler and nutritionist Christy Greene. bake sale in the Helen & Harry Retirement Gray Cancer Center on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Please help Reception the HHC team raise funds for the Makfor Dr. Takata ing Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Bushnell Park on Sunday, Oct. 21. Oct. 3 A retirement reception will be held to honor Dr. Hiroyoshi Takata for his nearly half a century of service on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5:307:30 p.m. in Heublein Hall in the Education Resource Center.

IT Service Request Training Starts This Week Training sessions have been scheduled for users of the new IT Service Request System. Training for managers/ approvers will be Wednesday, Oct. 3; Thursday, Oct. 4; and Friday, Oct. 12. Training for staff/requesters will be Monday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 19. Classes are in the Conklin Building, floor 5, Training Room A. Please e-mail Bethany at to register.

Oct. 3: Workplace Violence Prevention Training The Hartford Hospital Safety Action Committee is offering Workplace Violence Prevention Training on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Taylor Conf. Room A. Enroll via HealthStream.

Farm Stand Fridays Join us every Friday through early October from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Seymour Street Farm Stand on the plaza.

Depression Screening at IOL on Oct. 11 On Thursday, Oct. 11, members of the clinical staff at the Institute of Living will offer free confidential screening for depression in the Assessment Center on the Ground Floor of the Donnelly Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. Participants complete a depression screening questionnaire and discuss the results with a behavioral health care professional. Advanced registration recommended; call 860-545-7454.

Bracelet Girl in Cafeteria Oct. 11 Lunch & Learn: Cyndi the Bracelet Girl will be in the Caf- Risks for Breast Cancer eteria on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beads and charms that fit brand name bracelets at low affordable prices. Credit/debit cards and cash accepted. Sponsored by the Auxiliary Store.

Do you know what your risks for developing breast cancer and how you might reduce those risks? Bring your lunch and join us for a presenWomen’s Health Featation on Thursday, tured on Telefutura Oct. 6 Oct. 11 hosted by Paige Woodruff, onOur Women’s Ambulatory Health Ser- cology nurse navigavices and Centering Pregnancy pro- tor for the breast program. 11:45 a.m.-1 gram will be featured on the Spanish p.m. in Special Dining Room A. Call ext. TV show El Show de Analeh on Channel 5-1519 for more info. 47 through Telefutura Network on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 a.m. Midwife KC Bly and Martin Short Live! Virginia Agron, business systems associate, will be featured. Here’s a link to Join us for MARTIN SHORT LIVE at the the show’s webpage: http://www.analeh. 15th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter, Saturinfo/Shows_Sept_2012.html day, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Bushnell. All proceeds benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Tickets start at $37.50 purchase them online at www.bushnell. org or call the Bushnell at 860-987-5900.

HHC Day at Six Flags Celebrate CESI on Oct. 9

Join us Saturday, Oct. 13 for Family Days Fall Fright Fest at Six Flags. For $39.50 Please join us next Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 2 per person (season pass holders pay only p.m. in the ERC to celebrate the State of $18.75) you get: admission to the park Connecticut’s $15 million award to Hart- rides and water park, free parking, and ford Hospital for the expansion of CESI all you can eat lunch buffet. Tickets must (Center for Education, Simulation and be purchased 7 days in advance; go to Innovation).

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