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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

November 26, 2012

Vol. 68 No. 44

Cedar Mountain Commons Recognizes Veterans Cedar Mountain Commons, a senior living community owned by Hartford Hospital and Jefferson House, recognized Veteran’s Day on November 9 by paying tribute to its residents who served in the armed forces. The day started with a Veterans Breakfast, followed by a recognition ceremony for all residents who were veterans. There was entertainment by John Paoillo. At the Veteran’s Day Recognition Ceremony, staff unveiled two new plaques that list the names of all 57 men and women veterans who have lived at Cedar Mountain Commons. This Wall of Fame is proudly hanging in the building’s front lobby.

Estonian Doctors Visit Our Simulation Center Three officials from the Estonian government visited Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) on Nov. 5-6 to determine if Hartford Hospital is a suitable model for the development of an Estonian simulation center. They observed live simulation training and had an opportunity to try out some of the equipment themselves. Additionally, they toured the Department of Emergency Medicine, the operating room and ICUs, Life Star, the Department of Anesthesiology, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the UConn School of Medicine, and the New England Disaster Training Center. Estonia is a small country in Europe on Russia’s western edge of the Baltic Sea. The Estonian team expressed their gratitude for Hartford Hospital’s hospitality and were very impressed at the magnitude of both our clinical and training systems.

Left to right: Stephen Donahue (director of CESI), Dr. Kirsti Lea (Surgeon General of the Estonian National Defense Forces), Dr. Ahti Varblane (Medical Center Chief of the Estonian National Defense College), Dr. Kuido Nomm (head of Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care at Tartu University Hospital), Dr. Joseph McIsaac (chief of Trauma Anesthesia at Hartford HospiVisitors come to Hartford Hospital from all over tal), and Dr. Thomas Nowicki (Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital). the world to view our world class institution with cutting edge training and medical care.

Donated Gift Baskets Will Help Employees In Need It’s time for the Annual Employee’s Council Holiday Basket Drive. We will be collecting baskets to distribute to fellow employees in need. If you are in a situation of need, or know someone who is, please submit a brief written paragraph describing your circumstances and how the basket would help to nattardo@harthosp. org by Friday, Nov. 30. Include items that you would like to receive and age-specific items (e.g. adult/ kids clothes, games, food items, baby items, etc.) Please be specific and concise to help us provide you with the most suitable basket. (Make sure to include the best way to contact you). We cannot guarantee that everyone who submits a request will get a basket. It will depend on the number of donations. We will accommodate staff requests first; if there are remaining baskets, we’ll give them to the OPD Clinics to distribute to patients. For more information, contact Nicole Attardo at 860-545-1299.

We would love for each department/unit in the hospital to “Build a Basket” to donate. Be creative! Basket items can include: • Nonperishable food items • Gift cards to grocery stores, department stores, toy stores, gas stations, etc. THE MOST VALUABLE ITEMS ARE GIFT CARDS TO GROCERY STORES AND STORES LIKE TARGET AND WALMART!! • Scarves, hats, mittens for the family

You are cordially invited to the

2012 Holiday Party December 5, 2012

• Baby items • Board games, playing cards, etc. Baskets should be dropped off in the cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 10 from 7:309 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For drop-off in the IOL, please contact Nancy Hubbard at 860-545-7098. You may also make a cash donation at the drop-off locations. Baskets will be available for pick-up on Friday, Dec. 14.


North & South Campus Afternoon session 11 A.M.- 4 P.M. Heublein Hall

Newington Campus

11 A.M.- 2 P.M. Dining Room

North Campus Evening session 10 P.M.- 12 A.M. Cafeteria

Please wear ID badge for entrance

Town Hall Meetings With President Flaks President/CEO Jeff Flaks will be holding Town Hall Meetings over the next month open to all staff members. This is a time to ask questions or discuss any ideas or concerns you have about Hartford Hospital. Please join President Flaks at one of these meetings: • Tuesday, Nov. 27: 1-2 p.m., Gilman Auditorium • Friday, Nov. 30: 3-4 p.m., Blue Back Square, 4th Floor Education Room • Thursday, Dec. 6: 3-4 p.m., IOL, Commons Building, Hartford Room • Friday, Dec. 7: 10-11 a.m., ERN Glastonbury, Western Blvd., Education Room • Monday, Dec. 17: 5-6 p.m., Newington Eye Center, Waiting Room Lobby

Compliance Questions or Concerns? If you need to obtain information about

Flu Shot Deadline: Saturday, December 1 All staff members, volunteers and students are required to get a flu shot by Dec. 1. Hartford Hospital is providing them free. Information can be locateds on the Flu Prevention Intranet page (http:// i nt r a n e t . h a r t ho s p.o r g / flu.htm). For more information, please e-mail

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 Tupperware Vendor in Cafeteria Nov. 29 The Tupperware vendor will be in the Cafeteria on Benefits Open Thursday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enrollment Ends TODAY Come and see the latest trends, buy on the spot, place a special order, or find reOpen enrollment (opportunity to make placements. Tupperware makes a great changes in benefits) ends today Monday, gift for any holiday, weddings and showNov. 26. A newsletter has been mailed ers. Sponsored by the Auxiliary Store. to the homes of all benefit-eligible employees. THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO MAKE Foxwoods Trip Dec. 7 CHANGES to your 2013 benefits. Please call the Farmington Company 1-866- Join us Friday, Dec. 7 for an evening at 494-4496 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., or Foxwoods Casino to benefit the Unitlogon to and use enroll- ed Way Campaign at Hartford Hospiment code 58995. tal. (The trip was rescheduled from Fri-

Schwartz Rounds Nov. 28 Schwartz Center Rounds will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m. in Gilman Auditorium. Presenters will be Ellen Blair, nursing director for the IOL, and Danette Alexander, nursing director for Emergency Department Services. At this session, entitled “Come Together......Right Now..... or Else!” We will be discussing the “us vs. them” dynamic. Learning how to build consensus amongst two different departments with a single initiative can be challenging. Hear how the ED accomplished their goals by meeting the needs of the psychiatric patient in the Purple Pod. Schwartz Center Rounds is a forum where staff get together to discuss a common theme in health care. All staff/ volunteers/physicians are encouraged to share their experience.

Poinsettia Sale Nov. 29 The Auxiliary’s annual sale of poinsettias will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby and cafeteria as supply lasts. All proceeds are used for hospital grants.

day, Nov. 2. Tickets already purchased for the Nov. 2 date will be valid for the Dec. 7 date. If you bought a ticket but cannot attend on Dec. 7, contact any of the people listed for a refund.) The bus will leave the Newington campus (Curtis Building) at 6 p.m., and will stop to pick up passengers at the HH Hartford campus (Jefferson St. entrance) at 6:30 p.m. It will arrive at Foxwoods at 7 p.m., and depart Foxwoods at midnight. It will arrive at the Hartford campus at 1 a.m., and at the Newington campus at 1:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes bus, a $15 food voucher, and a $10 Keno play. Tickets are first come, first serve. Contact: • Wendy Benjamin: 860-696-3106 • Stasia Gray: 860-696-6046 • MaryAnn Majewski: 860-696-6083 • Gwen Freeman: 860-696-6043 • Lucy Rignrose: 860-696-3114 • Rosa Rosa: 860-696-6048 • Jerry Belanger: 860-545-3905

How Did You Improve The Patient Experience? How did you or your team improve 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, 2013, designed to showcase best practices and innovation across HHC. There are three categories: Improved Transitions of Care, Innovation, or Enhanced Patient and Family Centered Care. Deadline for submission is Jan. 11, 2013. Rules and application forms are here: NonSearchable/e-xTra/abstracts.pdf

Donate Gifts to IOL’s Store Please help us to make this season brighter for the families we serve in our Child & Adolescent Services at the IOL by making a donation to the “Celebrations Shop.” Throughout the year, “Celebrations,” housed in the IOL Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, has provided a “shop” where families facing difficult financial times can select gifts for the holidays as well as for their children’s birthdays, graduations, and special achievements. We do not charge the families for anything they select. This has been possible through the wonderful generosity of many of you. We always welcome donations of new toys, books, and gift items for teens and children of all ages. Gift bags, birthday cards, wrapping paper and bows are also appreciated. Monies raised through contributions will be used to purchase gift cards which will be given to families that are in particular need of extra support. We gratefully accept donations throughout the year. If you’d like to make a donation, please contact Nelis Bidó-Jiménez at extension 5-7035.

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