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A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

July 16, 2012

Vol. 68 No. 26

Donations Benefit CESI, Cancer Center Hartford Specialists donated $66,000 to our Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, which used the funds to purchase a Mimic Technologies da Vinci™ robot training platform, which provides cost-effective training for using the da Vinci™ system for robotic surgery. The dV-Trainer™ is the first simulator to recreate the look and feel of the da Vinci Surgery System. Left to right: Dr. Steven Shichman, CESI director and director of Urology; Dr. Joseph Wagner, Hartford Specialists urologic surgeon, President/CEO Jeff Flaks; and Steve Donahue, CESI program director.

Nassau’s Furniture in Avon held a community fundraiser on May 12, inspired by a group called the Women of the Fiber who sew tote bags out of Nassau’s discontinued fabric samples. The tote bags are donated to patients receiving chemotherapy at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. On June 15, Nassau’s presented a check for $2,143 to the Cancer Center. (Left to right): Francesca Fiore, Theresa Corbo from the Avon Cancer Center, Jane Howe, Susan O’Connell from the Avon Cancer Center, Elena Fodor, Claudia WolfDavey, Sharon Schreiber, Anne Roy, Amy Barlow and Pam Palmer.

Call for Nominations:

New “Making A Difference Together” Award The Hartford Hospital Recognition & Celebration Committee wants to hear from you! We are calling for nominations for the new “Making a Difference Together” Award. The award’s goal is to encourage cooperation among all employees from all HHC organizations. This is an opportunity to recognize individuals or teams who collaborate across departments or across the system to create a higher standard of performance in both clinical and non-clinical settings. If you know someone, or a team of people, who has made a significant impact within our organization, please help us recognize them by submitting a nomination.

Criteria for awards are:


• Exceptional, consistent demonstration of values • Demonstrated collaboration at the system level or cross-departmentally Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, August 1. The Hartford Hospital Recognition and Celebration Committee will review all nominations and select nominees to be interviewed. Finalists will be forwarded to the HHC

team. All HHC finalists will be reviewed by an outside panel consisting of community members. The winner will be announced in October. Hard copy nomination forms are available in Human Resources. To download a nomination form, go to the HH Intranet on the Employee Recognition Programs page: docs/7435?route=2. Return the completed form to the Recognition Committee.

Hartford Hospital Named One of 200 Most Wired Hospital in U.S. 11th Annual Henry Low Heart Center

Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium Nurses of the Cardiovascular Education Committee would like to thank the following for their support… Cardiology, PC Dr. Steve Borer

Hartford Cardiac Laboratory, PC

Dr. James Cardon

Dr. Daniel Fram

Dr. Brett Duncan

Dr. Jeffrey Hirst

Dr. Melissa Ferraro-Borgida

Dr. Francis Kiernan

Dr. James Kallal

Dr. Raymond McKay

Dr. Dariush Owlia

Dr. Charles Primiano

Dr. Asad Rizvi

Dr. Immad Sadiq

Leonora Thomas, APRN

Consulting Cardiologists Joanna Cahill, PA Carol Campbell, ACNP Dr. James Dougherty Dr. Andrew Feingold Dr. John Granquist Dr. Stephen Kastoff Dr. Kevin Tally Amanda Votto, PA Dr. Jeffrey Walden

Individual Donors Dr. Steven Goldblatt Dr. David Casey Dr. Gary Heller Dr. Anthony LaSala Dr. Reza Mansoor Dr. David Silverman Dr. Detlef Wencker


Special thanks to the symposium speakers: Dr. Erika Cappelutti Dr. Brett Duncan Dr. Francis Kiernan Angel Rentas, APRN Dr. Heather Swales Dr. Paul Thompson

For the sixth consecutive year, Hartford Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures. This year, 200 hospitals are on the list. More than 1,500 hospitals completed the Most Wired survey, which focuses on how hospitals use information technology (IT) to improve quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. According to the survey results, Most Wired hospitals “leverage the adoption and use of health information technology to improve performance in a number of areas.” They are “focused on expanding and adopting IT that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications.” MidState Medical Center, which is a member of Hartford HealthCare, also was named to the 2012 Most Wired list.

Safety Action Committee Offers Staff Training in Workplace Violence Prevention The Hartford Hospital Safety Action Committee is offering monthly staff training in workplace violence prevention, starting in August. Instructors will be Cindy Belonick and/or Heidi McCloskey. Wednesday, August 8: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Special Dining Room Wednesday, September 5: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Dining Room A Wednesday, October 3: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Taylor ConRoom A, Helen & Harry Gray Center

ference Cancer

Wednesday, November 14: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Special Dining Room

Participants will be able to: Identify early intervention, high risk patients and warning signs, recognize and manage escalation, apply general techniques of de-escalation, and use basic physical techniques to maximize safety for both patient and caregiver. Minimum class size is 7 participants, and maximum class size 20. Staff can enroll via HealthStream.

Please note you can complete on-line safety training through the Security Intranet page: hh/docs/6824?route=7290.

Leadership Development Courses Offered Date





July 17

Encouraging the Heart


9–11:30 a.m.

Alison Rapose

July 19

Communicating for Results

ERC Formal Lounge

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Clara Riley

July 19

Delegating for Results

HOCC - RB Modular Classroom

8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Wendy McGinnis

July 27

Money for the Mission

HOCC Lecture Room 2

1–3 p.m.

Thomas Marchozzi

July 27

Managing Within the Law

Mulberry Gardens, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Southington Multimedia Room

Bev Sherbondy

July 31

Sexual Harassment Prevention


2-4 p.m.

Alison Rapose

Aug. 2

Behavioral Interviewing

Newington Campus - Seminar 1

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Clara Riley

Aug. 7

Introduction to Hartford HealthCare Leadership Competencies


9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Alison Rapose

Aug. 8

Leader Development Plans That Work

Mulberry Gardens, 9–11 a.m. Southington Multimedia Room


Marcia Haytaian

Aug. 15

Moving From Staff to Management

ERC 123

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Clara Riley

Aug. 24

Money For The Mission

MidState Medical Center Conference Rooms 1 – 4

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Thomas Marchozzi

Aug. 28

Introduction to H3W


1:30-3:30 p.m.

Jason Laabs & Alison Rapose

Aug. 29

Encouraging the Heart

Newington Campus Seminar 7

9–11:30 a.m.

Alison Rapose




Happening at Hartford Hospital Thursday: Support Group Martin Short for Staff With Diabetes Oct. 13: Buy Diabetes LifeCare is offering free month- Tickets Now

Change in Process for Booking Meeting Rooms

There is a new improved policy for booking meeting rooms, designed to save time LITE 100.5 WRCH and and frustration. Go to https://intranet. Hartford Hospital are Conproud to present MARTIN SHORT LIVE sider the listed room capacity when bookat the 15th Annual Nite of Lite Laughing. If you need a room that someone else ter Saturday, October 13 at The Bushis using, you are responsible for finding nell. All proceeds benefit the Helen & the other group a new space. Fill in all Harry Gray Cancer Center. Tickets start the standard information that is required at $37.50. Buy your tickets now at www. in the subject and body of the e-mail. If or call 860-987-5900. you need Food Serves and/or Environmental Services you must book the room Bus to Foxwoods Aug. 10 for 15 minutes before and after.Dining Rooms A, B, C, and Special Dining Room Join us on a bus trip to Foxare now available to be booked through woods on Friday, Aug. 10. Groupwise. Due to changes in the policy, The bus will leave the HH no standing meetings for 2013 and going Newington Campus at 6 forward will be booked by Sylvia Stewart Swing for the Cure Golf p.m., and depart the casino for JB 116, JB 117, or JB 118 or Aisha Orat midnight, arriving back Tournament July 22 tiz for Conklin Building. All rooms and in Newington at 1 a.m. Cost is $25 per permeetings must be booked by their own The 8th Annual Swing for the Cure Golf son, which includes transportation, a $15 administrative assistants. All standing Tournament to benefit the Helen & Harry food voucher, and a $10 Keno play. Proceeds meetings will be available for booking as Gray Cancer Center will be held Sunday, benefit the Domestic Violence program at of September 15 for FY 2013. July 22, at the Suffield Country Club. Shot- Hartford Hospital. For tickets, contact Ivagun start at 12:30 p.m. For more info, con- na Marrero at 860-778-8086 or imarrer@ tact Stan McLennan, 860-668-7260, ext. 3.; Sebby D’Agostino, sdagost@ Seymour; or Wendy Benjamin at wben- Street Farm Workshops Offered for ly support group sessions where you can meet and relate to other people going through the same experience. July’s topic: Coping with Diabetes. Thursday, July 19, 12:15-12:45 p.m., ERC-123. For more info contact Beth Caffrey at ext. 5-1941.

Performance Reviews Performance management reviews are just around the corner. Human Resources is working to streamline the process, and will be offering workshops on our new “Green Initiative” for the upcoming reviews. Go to this link for more information, under “Education/HH Performance Management Review Workshops: https://

Integrative Medicine Services for $45 Integrative Medicine is offering massage, acupuncture, reiki and reflexology sessions for $45 to employees, seniors, students, and cancer patients. We have offices at Hartford Hospital, Blue Back Square in West Hartford, Avon and Newington. Call for an appointment; 860-545-4444.

August 11: Skating Spectacular Tribute to Life: the 4th Annual Skating Spectacular will be held Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Newington Arena. Proceeds will go to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. The event will feature national and local elite skaters. Advance tickets are $25, and $35 on the day of the show. For more information, e-mail, or call 860-294-4758.

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.

Earth, Wind and Fire! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Earth, Wind & Fire, winner of eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, will perform at the 2013 Black & Red gala, which will be held Jan. 5, 2013 at The Bushnell and will benefit Hartford Hospital’s transplant program. We’ll have more information for you soon on tickets.

Questions or comments about RxTra?

Contact editor Annie Emanuelli at or 860-545-2199

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