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July 30, 2012

A publication for the staff of Hartford Hospital

Vol. 68 No. 28

Awards Presented to IOL Staff Members The ninth annual Institute of Living Awards and Recognition Day Ceremony was held June 11. A Special Gratitude Award was presented to Dr. Ralph Dodd, per diem in CCMC School and Adult Services, by Beth Pizzuto, program director Dr. Ralph Dodd and of Adult and Beth Pizzuto. Geriatric. The Arne Welhaven Memorial Award was presented to Gloria Graham, vocational counselor in the Professional Program. It is a humanitarian award given to a staff person in Psychiatry who best exemplifies genuine concern, respect and generosity toward patients and a quest for excellence Gloria Graham in mentorship. Linda J. Stacy Service Excellence Awards were presented to Sherri L. Post, data collector at the Burlingame Center, and Anna Kinghorn, a PAA on Donnelly 1 North. This award is given by the Advisory Board on the Family to employees who have demonstrated superior

understanding and compassion for the unique needs of patients’ families, and toward improving the quality of The Institute Of Living’s interactions with its patients and their families.

Lillian Ruiz and Dr. Schwartz.

The Psychiatrist-in-Chief’s Award was presented to Lillian Ruiz, AA in the Donnelly Building, by Dr. Hank Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief, to recognize her outstanding contributions to psychiatry at the IOL/Hartford Hospital. The Ned Graffagnino, MD Honorary Award was presented to Ann MacGillis, RN, Medical Service Unit. Named for former division chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it recognizes an individual who has demonstrated distinguished service in community-oriented work and collaboration with other mental health Ann MacGillis professionals.

• Ray Lilburn, RN, Donnelly 2 North, the Caring Award. • Chris Goodman, RN, Donnelly 1 North, the Linda Richards/June Long Award. Anna Kinghorn

• Jeanell Gonzales, psych tech, Donnelly 1 North, the Dedicated to Caring Award.

Nurses’ Week Award winners Ray Lilburn, Chris Goodman, Kathleen Rich, Jeanell Gonzales with Ellen Blair.

Hartford Hospital Nurses’ Week Awards were presented by Ellen Blair, APRN, director of nursing. They went to:

Sherri Post

• Kathleen Rich, RN, Donnelly 1 North, a Nightingale Award

Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities Golden Apple Awards were presented to Webb School staff: Marie Hastie, AA, Cheshire; Lisa Beaudoin, t e a c h e r, Cheshire; Ryan Nevers, teacher, Hartford; Jill D e Va n e , Ryan Nevers and Akesha t e a c h e r , Hartford; Cunningham A k e s h a Cunningham, student support coordinator, Cheshire; and Lisa Callahan, AA, Hartford. IOL staff inducted into the Quarter Century Club are: Yvette Alleyne, Elaine Bel a n g e r , Chris Goodman, Maureen Morin, and Patricia Chris Goodman and Elaine Belanger Scoville.

Radiography & Radiation Therapy Raise Funds To Send Grace Webb Students To Bronx Zoo The Radiography and Radiation Therapy programs raised $1,700 through a series of fund raising events, exceeding their goal to send students from the Grace Webb School to the Bronx Zoo. They presented a check on May 23. Winners in their raffle are: •

Kathy Alexander (carrot cake raffle)

Mary Maibaum (50/50 cash raffle)

Hind Elghazzali (J’s gift card raffle)

The group is grateful for all donations, and sends special thanks to their “VIP supporters:” Jefferson Radiology, Dr. Foxman, Dr. Volpe, Dr. Fox, Dr. Hull, Dr. Ziter, Dr. Bloom, J’s Restaurant, Jaeger Medical Research Associates, Ginger Goddu and Dustin Souza. The group reports that the Grace Webb students are thrilled to be able to go on their field trip.

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

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McGuire and Rusate Named HealthCare Heroes Two Hartford Hospital nurses were named Health Care Heroes by the Connecticut Hospital Association: Kerry McGuire, APRN, Medical Cardiology Christopher Rusate, RN, Clinical Leader, Surgical Trauma ICU McGuire recently organized an interdisciplinary team to write a comprehensive patient education booklet for heart-failure patients, and traveled to Haiti with a group from her church to complete a needs assessment. Rusate is a medical mission-




traveled twice a year to Haiti over the past six years to provide primary care to patients in need. In the past five months, he has seen more than 1,400 patients.

PATC Moves To JB-103 Memorial Softball Tournament Saturday, August 18 10 a.m. - All day IOL Softball Field Please join us for a fundraiser in memory of fallen security officers Greg Noble and David Livingston. Proceeds will go to creating a memorial in their honor. Open to staff and family members. The Pre-Admission Testing Center has moved to the first floor of the Jefferson Building, Room 103, adjacent to the Assessment Center. The Pre-Admission Testing Center is dedicated to meeting the concerns of our preoperative patients and their families. A visit to the PATC gives each patient having surgery at Hartford Hospital the opportunity to incorporate all registration, testing,

health history reviews and teaching into one visit. Services provided by the Pre-Admission Testing Center include: blood drawing, EKG studies, health history screening, peri-operative teaching by a registered nurse, anesthesia screening, discharge planning, and coordination of specific ancillary services on an individual basis.

Cost is $20; food and drink is included. Please register by August 1. Contact Offier Steven Garcia at 860-545-2147 or


Happening at Hartford Hospital Art Fitzgerald Reception Thursday Aug. 2 There will be a farewell reception for Art Fitzgerald, executive director of the Hartford Physician Hospital Organization this Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4-6 p.m. in the Special Dining Room. For more information, call HPHO at 860-545-5098.

Classey Accessories in Boutique Thursday

Can You Be A Champion? The United Way Campaign will be held in September, and we need department champions to help with the pledge drive. If you can volunteer, please contact Crestina Walker at 5-0001 or by Aug. 16. Champions will be invited to our 21st annual campaign kick-off breakfast, Thursday, Aug. 23, 8-10 a.m., Heublein Hall. In addition to enjoying some great food, you’ll learn about this year’s United Way campaign from our exciting speakers, and you’ll be provided with the tools and resources you’ll need to make this year’s campaign our most successful yet! For more information, visit the Intranet page at http://

Classey Accessories & More, with summer apparel for men and women, is back at The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center Thurs- Donate Your Used Scrubs day, Aug. 2, 7 a.m.– 4 p.m. A portion of August 15, 16 and 17 sales benefit The The Nursing Professional Practice CounCancer Center. cil invites you to donate your gently used, clean scrubs to support students Students Present Research and health care workers in the Greater Hartford community. We will be collectPoster presentations of the research projing them in the cafeteria, Aug. 15, 16 and ects that were completed by the 16 sum17, from 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. For more info, mer student research fellows will be held contact Mary Kate Parker, 860-545-5478. Friday, Aug. 10, 9-10 a.m., at the ERC/ Formal Lounge. For more information, contact Rosemarie Portal, 860-545-4069. Deadline for Award

Bus to Foxwoods Aug. 10 Join us on a bus trip to Foxwoods on Friday, Aug. 10. The bus will leave the HH Newington Campus at 6 p.m., and depart the casino at midnight, returning to Newington at 1 a.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes a $15 food voucher, and a $10 Keno play. Proceeds benefit our Domestic Violence program. For tickets, contact Ivana Marrero at 860778-8086 or

Correction In last week’s RxTra, in the cover story about heart transplant patient Colby Salerno, we incorrectly identified the unit on which Colby spent six months waiting for his new heart. Colby was cared for on Bliss 10-I. We regret the error.

Nominations Aug. 15

Do 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 for the “Making a Difference Together” Award. The deadline has been extended until Wednesday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit docs/7435.

Macy’s Shop for a Cause Hartford Hospital has partnered with Macy’s for the annual Shop for A Cause event. Purchase a $5 shopping pass for exclusive savings in every Macy’s store on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Hartford Hospital keeps 100% of the proceeds. And you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s gift card. Contact Nicole Attardo, 860-545-1299 or

Six Flags Outing Aug. 19 The Employee Council is sponsoring a special family day at Six Flags. Included in the price of $39.50 ($18.75 for season pass holders) is all day admission, an all you can eat lunch buffet and free parking. Use the ticket at the Summer Sizzler on Sunday, Aug. 19 or the fall fright fest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Buy your tickets at; must be purchased at least seven days in advance.

ERN Hosts Wheeling and Able Golf Tournament Eastern Rehabilitation Network (ERN) is sponsoring the 13th Wheeling and Able Golf Classic on Sept. 11 to benefit the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, CT chapter. It will be held at the Lyman Orchards Golf Cub in Middlefield. Fees are $175 for individuals and $600 for a foursome. Please register by Friday, Aug. 10. For more information, contact ERN at 860-696-2532 or

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 between Conklin and CCMC Emergency entrance.

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