e-Xtra News Digest: April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

Emily Steinhour, CCP, LP 

Celebrate National Perfusion Appreciation Week from April 30 to May 6

Join us in celebrating the work of Hartford Hospital’s nine-member perfusion department during National Perfusion Appreciation Week from April 30 to May 6. The week concludes with National Perfusion Appreciation Day on May 6, commemorating the date of the first successful open heart surgery using a cardiopulmonary bypass (heart-lung) machine.

“Many people don't even know who we are, or what it is that we do,” said Allison M. Conelius CCP, LP, chief of perfusion at Hartford Hospital. “When you need open heart surgery - whether it be a CABG, valve replacement or repair, aortic repair or replacement, or even repair of a ventricular or septal defect - we are the ones who place you on cardiopulmonary bypass. We are the ones who stop your heart and keep you alive so the surgeon can operate in a still and bloodless field.”

Perfusionists administer medications that restart a patient’s heart once the surgeon has completed an operation. They also place patients on ventricular assist devices when they are in heart failure and maintain organ function during a heart transplant.

“We are the silent ones behind the scenes. We are the ones that make things happen and remain a critical component of all heart surgeries.”

Have a photo you would like to submit? E-mail submissions to announcements@hhchealth.org


For more information on these topics click on the links below:

Classes & Events
Community Events
Education, Training and Research
Employee Discounts
Employee Services
Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities
Grand Rounds
Health Professionals
Human Resources
Information Technology
Respirator FIT Testing Program
Support Groups

Nurse's Week is May 6-12

Take a look at some events happening at Hartford Hospital to show our appreciation for our amazing nurses! Download Nurse's Week event schedule (PDF)

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Hartford Hospital Nurse’s Week Basket Raffle 

Please let us know if your unit or department (all departments are welcome to participate) will be making a basket so we can accommodate basket storage

Please do your best to make the baskets compact, lightweight and provide a list of items that are in your basket

Basket raffle times will be held every day and listed on the Nurses Week Calendar of Events

Please ask your staff to volunteer to help with sales, set-up and clean up

Baskets are due by Friday, May 5. Contact Rosemary.Aiello@hhchealth.org 860.250.2198 Samantha.Fickett@hhchealth.org Ext. 2-4921 / 860.384.8037 or Erin.Kennedy@hhchealth.org / 860.462.7490 to schedule a drop off time.

Classes & Events

For a complete list of classes offered at Hartford Hospital visit the Classes & Events page here.

May 4
Shake hands with the latest surgical robot

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hartford Hospital Main Lobby

Hartford HealthCare introduced the latest technology for robotic spine surgery in March. The Mazor X Surgical System offers patients greater precision and accuracy during procedures like spinal fusions. Employees and visitors have the chance to see the robotic technology up close and personal – and learn why it’s so special – at two upcoming events on the Hartford Hospital campus. Employees will also have the unique opportunity to enter to “name” our two robots. We’ll publish the names in a future edition of RxTra.

May 6
Free Skin Cancer Screening

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, 85 Retreat Avenue, Atrium, Hartford

Skin cancer is treatable when detected early. Join us for a FREE screening with the specialists at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Registration is required; please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).

May 24
Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma: A Personalized Approach in the Complex Patient

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hartford Hospital Education & Resource Center (ERC)
Heublein Hall, 560 Hudson Street, Hartford

Approximately 156,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer, with 1650 here in CT. A major focus of this symposium will be the development of strategies for approaching the lung cancer patient who is older or has complex medical issues with a personalized approach. Experts in the areas of new surgical strategies, targeted medical therapies, geriatric oncology assessments, and shared decision making will discuss these important aspects of evaluation and therapy. Two panel discussions will focus on case management, one on early disease and the second on late stage disease. Health care providers who manage elderly or medically complex patients with cancer will benefit from this unique symposium.

Register at www.hartfordhospital.org/communityeducation or call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).

Sponsored by the Mary Mulready Sullivan Oncology Lectureship Fund.

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Community Events

"Next to Normal" at TheaterWorks

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network is a sponsor for the TheaterWorks show, “Next to Normal,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical about a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness have on her family.

All Hartford HealthCare employees will receive a 15 percent discount on tickets for the show, which runs through Sunday, April 30.

For more information on “Next to Normal,” visit www.theaterworkshartford.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling the TheaterWorks box office at 860.527.7838, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When calling, mention that you are an HHC employee in order to receive your 15 percent discount. 

May 2

Walk to Wellness

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Hartford HealthCare Wellness at Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge (Lower Level of Westfarms near Nordstrom)

Join us to learn more about GI Health with Neil Parikh, MD. Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) to register. California Pizza Kitchen will provide a complimentary breakfast after the walk.

May 4 - June 1
Managing Your Child's Mental Health: 
A group series for parents and caregivers

Thursdays, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Hartford Room, Commons Building, 2nd Floor

Discussion topics will include:

• May 4: Understanding mental health in children
• May 11: Helping my child and I cope with mental health stigma
(Facing judgment and criticism from others)
• May 18: Play-based activities to manage aggression and impulse control
• May 25: Helping my child who has experienced trauma
• June 1: Helping myself (Self-care for caregivers)

RSVP by May 1. Call 860.545.7706 or e-mail jeevitha.kempegowda@hhchealth.org.

May 13
Spring Into Healthier

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Center Court, Westfarms Mall

Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute and Westfarms invite you to a special event. Come learn more about Hartford HealthCare’s Bone & Joint Institute, Connecticut’s first and only orthopedic hospital.

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Complimentary ZUMBA® with Freddie! Wear your sneakers and get ready for some fun! All ages are welcome.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mini Golf against Rob Dibble of ESPN’s “The Rob Dibble Show.”
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute experts will be on hand showcasing their services – including a golf swing analysis.

 Refreshments, giveaways and complimentary services will all be offered in Westfarms’ Center Court.

May 17
Hartford Hospital's Young Leaders Advisory Council’s 6th Annual Spring Into Action

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hog River Brewing Co., 1429 Park St., Unit 115, Hartford

An evening of celebration and delicious Bear's Smokehouse Barbecue, beer, & wine. The night’s proceeds will support the Grace S. Webb School at the Institute of Living.

The Grace S. Webb School, part of the Institute of Living (a Hartford HealthCare psychiatric hospital) in Hartford, Connecticut, provides special education, clinical and related services to students in the Hartford and central Connecticut area who are in grades K-12. The Grace S. Webb School requests funding for sensory tools, curriculum materials, technology enhancements, and a student-outreach vehicle.

The goal of the Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC) is to raise $25,000 through Spring Into Action sponsorships, silent auction items, and ticket sales to the general public. Come help us meet the curricular and student support needs of this amazing school community. To purchase tickets, please visit giving.harthosp.org/SpringIntoAction. Register online before May 1st and you'll be entered in a drawing for an Apple Watch!

$50 per person, $120 for a Friends of YLAC Sponsorship.

May 7
Matthew Phillips 17th Annual Cut-a-Thon

9 a.m to 3 p.m. Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital
Haircuts: $25. Walk-ins welcome. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.

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Education, Training & Research

May 9
Organ and Tissue Donation: An Element of End-of-Life Care

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gateway Community College, Community room, 20 Church Street, New Haven

Understand collaborative donation process as it is integrated into end of life care, identify family support strategies to set the stage for a thoughtful donation decision and explore cultural and religious differences in preparation for organ and tissue donations and end of life discussions. This free event includes breakfast, lunch, parking and contact hours.

Who should attend? Critical care nurses, OR nurses, ED nurses, nurse educators, nursing leadership, social workers, child life, pastoral care, palliative care.

Register here. Contact your Hospital Relations Coordinator or Victoria Hegarty at victoria_hegarty@neds.orgfor questions.

May 13
Value-Based Oncology: Understanding & Adapting to New Paradigms in Cancer Care
A Symposium for Oncology Providers, Practice Administrators, Payers, Industry and Health System Executives

7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford

Value-based medicine is an essential part of any healthcare reform discussion today. As the U.S. healthcare ecosystem grapples to understand what value-based medicine means, patients, providers, hospital systems, payers and the life sciences industry will all have an increasing voice in those discussions. Because cancer care costs are among the fastest growing segment of the healthcare economy, more change is happening faster in oncology than other medical chronic diseases. As a result healthcare delivery reform in oncology will help determine a national model that will be applicable across medicine.

This symposium is designed to provide critical insight into the discussions that are happening today around value-based medicine as it relates to cancer care delivery in the U.S. 

Program Objectives:
1. Learn about value models that reflect broader patient and societal perspectives.
2. Learn how reimbursements and payments will shift in this new healthcare landscape.
3. Understand the forces that are driving the new healthcare economy.

Hartford Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™

Pre-registration is required – go to www.hartfordhospital.org/communityeducation or call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).

November 9
Save the Date for the 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Transplant Symposium

Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

Registration information and additional details coming soon.

Clinical Trials

To view the current list of Cancer Clinical Research Open studies, click here

Cancer Clinical Research Office

View the latest open studies being conducted by the Cancer Clinical Research Office here.

Certification Courses for Healthcare Providers (BLS, ACLS, PALS, EMT, EMT-P)

Hartford HealthCare's Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) offers a variety of courses designed to meet the needs and schedules of busy healthcare providers. All our courses are available in a traditional classroom style format, while our BLS and ACLS courses have the additional option of using online learning through the HeartCode platform. HeartCode allows students to complete the training online at their own pace, on their own schedule, followed by a one to one and half hour skills check. We can also provide customized courses for groups of people so we can meet their specialized needs.

  • HeartCode BLS through HealthStream
  • HeartCode ACLS through HealthStream
  • HeartCode PALS through HealthStream
  • Healthcare Provider CPR Course
  • BLS Instructor Course
  • EMT Course
  • EMT Refresher Course
  • EMR Course
  • ACLS Instructor Course
  • ACLS Provider Course
  • ACLS Refresher Course
  • PALS Instructor Course
  • PALS Provider Course
  • PALS Refresher Course
  • Paramedic Training Course

To register for any of these classes please visit https://hartfordhospital.enrollware.com/schedule.

For more information visit the CESI website or contact us at 860.972.9564

Healthcare Provider BLS Class

BLS for healthcare providers course is designed to review, organize, and prioritize information and skills needed to manage a cardiac arrest and other life treating emergencies such as airway obstructions, heart attacks and stroke and basic life support level. For more information, call 860.972.4686.

Healthcare Provider CPR Class

EMS Education offers HCP CPR training as well as ACLS training through HealthStream using HeartCode BLS or ACLS. 

HeartCode allows students to complete the training online at their own pace, on their own schedule, followed by a brief skills check.

Please call EMS Education to register at 860.972.9564. If you prefer to attend a classroom course, there are Healthcare Provider CPR Classes are held in ERD 4th Floor. 

You can register for HCP CPR Classes by calling 860.545.1888.

Ongoing Research Studies

For more information on these studies, as well as other ongoing research, visit the Research Department Website at harthosp.org/research.


Research Orientation

Research Administration is pleased to provide an orientation session to review the research services provided to our clinicians.

The session will include an introduction to our data management services, protocol development and statistical analysis assistance and grant writing support. Our current IRB processes will also be discussed. Attached please find the orientation outline.

This one hour program can be offered on a day and time to meet individual or team schedules.

To schedule this session please contact Liz Roper: lizabeth.roper@hhchealth.org, 860.972.1964.

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Employee Discounts
Discounts are set up by the recreation and discounts committee of the Employees' Council. Go to the Employee Recreation/Discounts page on the intranet for more information: http://intranet.harthosp.org/hh/docs/378?route=2

April 24 through May 5
Weight Watchers FREE Starter Kit Promotion

Weight Watchers will be hosting a FREE Starter Kit Promotion from April 24 through May 5. All new members who join Weight Watchers are eligible to receive a FREE Starter Kit, which includes:

  • Inspirational Tote Bag
  • Guides & Coupon Book
  • Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
  • Measuring Cup Set
  • Collapsible Salad Bowl

Step 1: Enroll in Weight Watchers by going to https://wellness.weightwatchers.com, and input the Hartford Healthcare Employer ID: 11256026, Employer Passcode: WW11256026.

Step 2: Once enrolled, redeem for your Starter Kit by going to weightwatchers.com/atworkstarterkit and enter your member registration number and shipping address. Complete this step by 5/19/17.

If you experience any problems enrolling or redeeming for your starter kit, please call Weight Watchers Customer Service at 866-204-2885.

BJ's Wholesale Club

What you will receive with this offer:

1. $15 off our $50 Annual Membership Fee or $25 off our $100 Annual Rewards Membership Fee
2. FREE Additional Month of Membership (total 13 months)
3. FREE Second Membership Card for a household member

Discounts on Infinity Hall Shows

HHC Employees can get an exclusive 15% discount on most shows to Infinity Hall Hartford and Infinity Hall Norfolk. Visit www.infinityhall.com for a list of the shows and to order tickets. Enter the code HHCMUSIC to receive the discount. If you prefer to go to the box office to purchase your tickets you can show your Hartford HealthCare badge to obtain the discount.

DELL Computer Discounts

Visit: www.Dell.com/mpp/hhchealth

Online Ordering and Discounts on Events at the Bushnell

HHC employees have access to a special Online Ticket Ordering Program for events at the Bushnell. This program provides the benefit of ordering individual tickets online and, if applicable, at a discounted price

  1. Log on The Bushnell web site: www.bushnell.org
  2. Hover over SHOWS AND CONCERTS then click on the ONLINE GROUP PROGRAM link.
  3. Enter HORACE as the password.
  4. Complete and submit the form, using HHC as group name. You will be contacted by us for payment.
  5. Tickets will be mailed to you.

Not all show dates or performances are available through this program. Tickets available up to 2 weeks prior to curtain. There is a $6 per order handling fee and $3 per ticket surcharge will be applied. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be granted. Discount not applicable to previously purchased ticket. Not available in person. For questions, contact groups@bushnell.org or 860.987.5959.

Discounts on XL Center Events

HHC Employees can get a discount on most XL Center events. We will list them as they become available. Discounts vary by event. You can order tickets:

  • Online at www.xlcenter.com (click presales and promotions, promo code SGHHC)
  • By phone to 877-522-8499 and mention promo code SGHHC
  • At the box office, promo code SGHHC

Discount at Sher's Automotive Center

HHC Employees can get a discount at Sher's Automotive Center in Hartford. Choose either 10% off all parts and labor in excess of $150, or a $50 discount towards the purchase of four tires. Shuttle service from Sher's to Hartford Hospital is available beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information call Mike at 860.527.0185.

Discounts at Central Rock Climbing Center in Glastonbury

Hartford HealthCare employees can save 50% at Central Rock Climbing Center, 259 Eastern Boulevard, in Glastonbury.  For $40 you can get an unlimited month pass, with gear and a beginner class included,normally $79. For more information, call Alex Taylor at 860.659.8260.

Discount at Sprint

For more information, call Sprint Sales at 866.639.8354 or contact Jennifer MacDonald at 203.410.2044 or Jennifer.MacDonald@sprint.com

Free Entrance to Connecticut Science Center

All Hartford HealthCare staff members can get free admission into the Connecticut Science Center (a $19 value) with their employee badge. 



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Employee Services

Vera Bradley and Vineyard Vines merchandise available in the gift shop

Gift shop
The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary would like to announce the arrival of Vineyard Vines ties available in the gift shop. You can choose from a navy background or a green background and all ties have the HHC logo on them. The auxiliary has also added Vera Bradley bags to the inventory in the shop as well. 

Both offerings are popular and sell fast. Come check out the merchandise while supplies last!

Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.

Barney Employee Fitness Center

Open 24/7

The center offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and free weights, functional movement screenings and exercise programs to help you prevent injuries, weight-loss exercise programs, diet and nutrition counseling. The staff is all nationally certified. For more information, call the Fitness Center at 860.972.3077.

Special Event: Boot Camp Challenge

12 Weeks
Cost $200
24 one-on-one half hour sessions

Work on muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, stability, balance and core.
Registration open through April 30. To register, call 860.972.3077 or email, FitnessCenter.FitnessCenter@hhchealth.org

Relax...It's Just Yoga

Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $5

Instructor: Susan Malo, RN, MPH, RYT

  • Gentle, Introductory Yoga Session
  • Stress Reliever
  • Session Aimed at Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit

First and third Tuesdays
Zumba with Justine

5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
IOL Campus Gymnasium 
The Institute of Living, 200 Retreat Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut

Come join Justine Montreuil, LMSW, for Zumba on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Zumba is a fun, energetic, international dance fitness program that will have you burning between 500-1000 calories in just one hour. To register, contact Justine at Justine.Montreuil@hhchealth.org

Employees Council

All employees are invited to attend meetings, which are held once a month. Date for general council meetings listed on the Employees Council intranet page. You can also call 860.545.3904 or email Employee.Council@hhchealth.org to arrange a convenient date and time to meet with the chairperson of the council.

HHC Health Center

Hartford HealthCare in partnership with Iora Health provides an innovative, new primary care practice designed specifically for Hartford HealthCare employees and family members. Conveniently located at the Medical Office Building at Hartford Hospital. Stop by or click here to learn more. 

Have your annual mammogram at Hartford Hospital

Employees can get a screening mammogram as a walk-in or call 860.972.2813 to make an appointment.

Stu and You

What Are People Asking Stu? Stu and You email box, and he has answered all of them! To see questions and answers, go to the Stu and You page on the Intranet. No employee names are used. Got a question? Ask it. Email your question to StuandYou@hhchealth.org or use the button on the Stu and You Intranet page. You will get a response from Stu within 10 working days. 

Trading Post Swap supplies or advertise your items for sale on the Hartford Hospital Trading Post, a free online classified ad site developed for employees. You can find the Trading Post under Employee Services on the Intranet home page: http://hhblogs.hhcsystem.org/tradingpost/

Weight Watchers at Harford Hospital

  • Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dining Room B, Except on October 18, November 15 and December 20.
  • Wednesdays 11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Medical Office Building  85 Seymour St Suite 300. Contact Barbara Gaughan at 860 972-5807.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

May 25
4th Annual btr Golf Tournament

Topstone Golf Course
516 Griffin Road, South Windsor

The 4th Annual btr Golf Tournament, in memory of Andrew Butterfield, will be played in a scramble format with a shotgun start. Proceeds will benefit Hartford HealthCare's Center for Education Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital, as well as scholarships for local high school students.

$150 per player or $50 for dinner only. Visit the tournament’s Facebook page to download and submit the registration form by May 5, 2017.

June 3
Race for the Cure

Bushnell Park, Hartford

Join Hartford HealthCare’s team for the Komen CT “Race for the Cure” in Bushnell Park on June 3. Komen CT has been a great supporter of many of our breast health initiatives throughout the Hartford HealthCare system. Show your support by registering for the race or donating to the team.

Visit www.komennewengland.org, click on the ‘events’ icon and then on the ‘Greater Hartford Race’ to get to the registration page. Navigate to ‘join a team’ and search for the Hartford HealthCare team. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. and the 5K Race and walk begin at 9 a.m. 

Join us for a great day in support of Komen breast cancer initiatives! For questions, please contact Karen.Weingrod@hhchealth.org or 860-972-8800. See you at the Race!

June 10
2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

Dunkin' Donuts Park, 1214 Main Street, Hartford

The 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Hartford features a 5K run/walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Participants will receive tech shirts, free food, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.

ZERO is proud to partner with Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Hartford are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute to be used for community prostate cancer education programs and PSA testing health fairs.

Register at http://support.zerocancer.org/site/TR?fr_id=1380&pg=entry.

June 19-June 25
Volunteer at the Travelers Championship

Hartford HealthCare is the official sponsor of the volunteers at the Travelers Championship. Show your support and have fun by volunteering at the Tournament. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including administration, amateur caddies, ambassadors, fan zone, practice facility and pro-am.

Visit http://events.trustevent.com/index.cfm?eid=2434&action=regtype&OnlyOneChoice=VOLDID1676  and use code healthcare2017 to register.


Volunteers Needed for No One Dies Alone Program

Join the 70 volunteers who are currently volunteering for the nationally recognized program called No One Dies Alone (NODA).  A “compassionate companion” volunteer provides reassuring presence to patients who would otherwise die alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with that most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death.

Attendance at a three hour training session is required.  The next training will be Tuesday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Special Dining Room.  If you are able to attend, please complete a volunteer application.

For questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Department at (860) 972-2182 or email: Kelley.boothby@hhchealth.org.

Financial Assistance for Patients

Do you know a patient who is in need of financial assistance? Hartford HealthCare can provide help to patients in need. Learn more about the program and how to assist patients on HHC Connect: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/inside-hhc/patient-support)

New Donation Bin for Magazines, Books, Puzzles, and More

Bring recent magazines to the department of Volunteer Services (Bliss 109A) who will distribute them to patients and families through the book cart and waiting room areas. Decks of cards, books of crossword puzzles/word search/Sudoku are also need. Donation bins are located near the Bliss Wing elevators. 

Need some extra help this summer? Claim a student volunteer

Hartford Hospital has high school and college volunteers available for the summer.  Does your department need assistance?  Have extra projects you would like to get done?  Please email Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org for more information.

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Grand Rounds

Grand rounds lectures take place on Thursdays from Noon-1 p.m. followed by a 15-minute Q&A session, in the Hartford Room, IOL Commons Building. (Case Conferences and resident presentations may have a slightly different schedule.) Check our website for updated information regarding these lectures. For more information about Professional Education at the IOL contact John Goethe, MD, or visit the IOL's website.

IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds

To view information about IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds, click here

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Health Professionals

Nursing Scholarships from HHSN Alumnae Association

The Alumnae Association of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing is again offering nursing scholarships to HHSN alumnae, their families and employees at HH, IOL and Jefferson House.  Applicants must be matriculated in an accredited nursing program. Employee applicants must have worked at one of the eligible facilities for at least six months.  Further eligibility requirements, information and applications can be found online at www.hhsnalumnae.org.  Completed applications must be received by April 15, 2017.

April 28
2nd Annual Advanced Practitioner Symposium

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Heublin Hall, Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine will host a symposium for advanced practitioners, whose contributions to the care of patients are significant and continue to grow. Those contributions are valued at Hartford Hospital with a commitment to promote education and professional growth. For nurses, advanced practitioners, AP students, nursing students and other staff.  This year, there will be a poster session.  Staff is invited to present a poster highlighting innovation, research, quality or role projects.

For questions, contact Erica Thompson at 860.972.5766 or erica.thompson@hhchealth.org.

Trauma Nurse Core Course: Two Day Course

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18, April 25, May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13, September 19, September 26, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 14
Hartford Hospital: Education & Resource Center

Sponsored by Nursing Education & Research
To register, call Samantha Fickett at 860.972.4921.
Fee $400 or $325 for Hartford HealthCare Employees & CCMC Employees Contact hours: $17.65. Trauma Nurse Course Course Certification.


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Human Resources

Employee Assistance Program

The Solutions Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided free of charge by Hartford HealthCare and available to all Hartford HealthCare Employees and their families.

EAP provides help for any kind of concern such as:

· stress
· anxiety and depression
· marital issues and divorce
· family and parenting concerns
· alcohol and other drug dependencies
· budget and debt problems
· bereavement and other losses
· change in the workplace
· child and elder care
· compulsive gambling
· traumatic incidents
· family violence 

EAP offers up to 3 sessions of CONFIDENTIAL, free of charge sessions and help with referrals for treatment resources beyond the EAP. EAP has an office in the Education and Resource Center (ERC) as well as a statewide and national network of professional EAP counselors where employees and their family members can be seen. All EAP providers are Master’s or Doctoral level counselors.

This important resource is available 24/7 by calling toll free at 1.800.526.3485. You will be set up with a face-to-face appointment session at a time and location that is convenient to you. Or if you or your family member prefers, telephone counseling can also be arranged. Persons with a hearing or speech disability may call 800.842.9710 or 711 to reach Relay CT--ask to be connected to Solutions at 800.526.3485. This is a free service. You may also access the EAP website at www.solutions-eap.com for further information.

Do you have a Gold Medal Manager?

Great managers inspire us to do our best. Let’s recognize them and tell their stories so that we all can learn and grow.

Every three months, we ask employees across Hartford HealthCare to nominate what we’re calling “Gold Medal Managers” – individuals who exemplify our H3W Leadership Behaviors every day.

 Managers or supervisors who have one or more people reporting to them are eligible for recognition. An employee or group of employees may nominate their manager for recognition.

Information on the Gold Medal Manager program is available here.

Policy and Procedure Manual Update

Throughout the year, changes and revisions to the Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual are communicated and distributed. The following policy has been revised and updated.  A brief overview of the changes is provided.

 If you are a holder of a hard copy manual, please print out the policy listed below and add or replace the policy in your manual.  Please be reminded the hard copy manual must be located in an area that allows free access to departmental employees, particularly those who do not have access to the Hospital intranet.  Please post this notice for employees in your organization without access to Outlook.

November 2016

Throughout the year, changes and revisions to the Human Resources Policy and Procedure
Manual are communicated and distributed. The following policy has been revised and updated. A brief overview of the changes is provided.
If you are a holder of a hard copy manual, please print out the policy listed below and add or
replace the policy in your manual. Please be reminded the hard copy manual must be located in
an area that allows free access to departmental employees, particularly those who do not have
access to the Hospital intranet. Please post this notice for employees in your organization
without access to Outlook.
Policy 111 - Workplace Violence Prevention Policy: This policy is being revised for formatting
and change in terminology. The name “Security” Department is changed to reflect
the new name of “Public Safety” and the term “staff member” has been changed to
Policy 111.1 - Workplace Violence Prevention Policy: This policy is being revised for
formatting and for change in terminology. The name “Security” Department is
changed to reflect the new name of “Public Safety” and the term “staff member” has
been changed to “employee”.
Policy 119 – Fitness for Duty Policy: This policy is being revised for formatting and change in
terminology. The term “employed staff member” has been changed to “employee”.
Policy 208 – Recruiting and Selection Policy: This policy is being removed from the Policy
Policy 216 Transfer Policy – HH/HHC: This policy has been revised to add Hartford Hospital
procedural language on Page 5.
Policy 508 – Cash Balance Retirement Plan Policy: This policy is being removed from the
Policy manual.
Policy 701 – Career Opportunities Policy: This policy is being removed from the Policy

Referral Bonus Program (Updated April 2017)

A bonus will be paid to any Hartford Region employee who refers an experienced candidate who is hired for the following openings:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  •  Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Therapist/ Assistant
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist/Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Treatment Planning Technologist
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • RN Case Coordinator
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Surgical Technologist

The bonus will be $3,000 for full-time employees and $1,500 for part-time employees (working 24 hours or more per week), with half being paid at the candidate’s start date and the other half at the candidate’s six-month anniversary.

To qualify for the referral bonus, the referring employee’s name must be listed as a referral source on the application when submitted. The referring employee must not be in step 2 or higher of the performance improvement process.

Directors, assistant directors, employees in any role that have managerial or supervisory responsibilities and the staff of Human Resources will not be eligible for the program.

Former employees re-hired within 6 months of separation will not be eligible for the program. Please allow up to 60 days for receipt of referral bonus from the referred employees start date and 30 days for receipt of referral bonus from the referred employees 6-month anniversary date.

Please Note: Hartford HealthCare Rehab Network will pay a $750 referral bonus for
Pay-Per-Visit (PPV) Therapists who average 12 visits per week.

We are an equal opportunity employer who believes diversity brings out the best in everyone. EEO M/F/D/V.

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Information Technology

Add Your Photo To Your Outlook Email Profile

In an effort to foster better communications and to put “a face to the name,” the ITS and Planning and Marketing Departments have created a process to allow staff to add their photograph to the Outlook Email profile via our HHC Intranet portal.

If you would like to have your photo become part of your Outlook email you simply visit your profile page on the Intranet, located at: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/my-profile

Then you upload your photograph using the instructions on the Intranet and the next day your photograph will be part of your Outlook Email profile.

This is the first in many data integration projects that are underway. ITS is currently working on a solution to synchronize other Intranet data to your Outlook email profile. Stay tuned there is lots more to come!

If you have problems uploading a photo to the Intranet, there is a Help and Feedback section here: 

And a bug submission form here: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/help-feedback/feedback-suggestions

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What's Your Best Practice?

As Hartford HealthCare mobilizes to improve our patient/customer experience, we know that great things are already happening in our offices, on our units and in our patient rooms every day.

The next step is to make sure that these “best practices” are shared across the system so that we can create one exceptional experience at every location that displays the HHC logo.

The HHC Patient Experience Council would like to hear about what you are already doing and what new ideas you have to improve patient experience.

 Please help us to spread our best practices by submitting yours for review. Your submission should explain what you are doing and how it has had a measurable impact on improving patient experience.

All submissions should explain how the practice relates to least one of the HHC 2016 Experience focus areas — Service, Communication and Environment.

The council, comprised of leaders across the system, will evaluate every entry. The best of the best will be celebrated at our next patient experience event and the implementation of the practice will be encouraged system-wide.

If you would like to submit a best practice for consideration, please visit our Patient & Customer Experience page on HHC Connect to find answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) and an electronic submission form. If you have questions, please contact one of HHC’s Strategic Experience Advisors.

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Retirement Teas

May 3
Retirement Tea for Connie Lazzaro

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Special Dining Room
After 43 years of dedicated nursing service, Connie Lazzaro will be retiring on May 5, 2017.

May 31
Retirement tea for Sue Podolski

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dining Rooms A&B  Sue Podolski is retiring from Hartford Hospital after 36 years. 

Sue Podolski

June 1
Retirement Tea for Lynn Thompson, Nurse Manager for CB2 & Infusion Center

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Dining Room
Lynn is retiring after more than 27 years of service
Lynn Thompson 2

June 2
Retirement Tea for Sandi Solsky

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
JB 436
Sandi is retiring from Hartford Hospital after 36 years
Sandi Solsky 2
June 30
Retirement Tea for Lisa Joslyn, Perioperative Services

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
SB 4th floor, staff lounge
Lisa is retiring from HH after 38 years. 

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Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel

Every day Monday-Friday at noon there are services of prayer and reflection in the Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel. 

The following are special services and occasions: 

April 10-12- Labyrinth Walk for Holy Week
April 13- Observing Passover 
April 14- Good Friday
April 16- Easter Meditation at 12:30 pm 
April 21- Donate Life Service
April 24- Yom HaShoah 
May 1- May Day 
May 11- Nurse's Week Celebration 
May 26- Ramadan begins 
June 6- Pentecost 
June 12- Trinity Sunday 
June 28- Celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month 

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Research Studies

Research study examining the effects of nicotine and menthol on smoking behavior

The FDA could reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, or ban menthol from cigarettes. Investigators from Hartford Hospital and UConn Health are examining the effect of switching to low nicotine or menthol cigarettes on smoking behavior. This study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

To Participate you must:

  • Be female, age 18 to 45
  • Currently be smoking at least 5 menthol cigarettes daily for the last year
  • Have no intention of quitting smoking within the next 6 weeks

Study involvement requires switching to one of the following types of cigarettes for 6 weeks: Low nicotine, no menthol cigarette; Low nicotine menthol cigarette; Regular nicotine cigarettes without menthol; ‘Own Brand’ supply.

Participants may receive study cigarettes supplied for 6 weeks and financial compensation up to $276. To participate please contact 860.972.2399.

Recruiting for exercise training study

The Department of Preventive Cardiology is seeking individuals with high blood pressure for an exercise training study. You may qualify if you have (or think you have) high blood pressure; 18 years or older; non-smoker; and currently exercise less than two days per week.
For your participation in this study you will receive:
1)            Exercise Stress Test
2)            Aerobic Exercise Training
3)            Regular Blood Pressure Measurements
4)            Financial Compensation ($120.00)
For more information, call Amanda Zaleski at 86-972-3454 or email amanda.zaleski@hhchealth.org. This study is being conducted by Hartford Hospital Department of Preventive Cardiology and the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology. 

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study 

The Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is recruiting participants with no current or lifetime history of psychiatric problems for a research study. 

Participants will be required to complete 2 MRIs within 16 weeks to evaluate how the brain responds to different tasks. Enrolled participants will be compensated up to $125 for their time. 

This study is open to adults ages 40 – 65 years old that meet the study criteria. 

For more information, please call 860.545.7039 or e-mail ADC.research@hhchealth.org 

Health Volunteers Needed for Antibiotic Research Study

Must be a healthy male or female, age 18 or older and meet requirements of the study. Females must be non-pregnant and non-lactating. Parking and monetary compensation will be provided. If you are interested, contact Arlinda Carr at 860.972.6724. 

Volunteers needed for a research study aiming to detect cancer earlier

HHC is conducting a research study to determine if a new blood test can be used to detect cancer earlier than standard screening tests.
Participants are needed to make a study-related blood donation for laboratory analysis.

You may qualify if:
· You are at least 20 years of age
· You are not pregnant
· You do not feel feverish or have an inflammatory disease
· You have never had cancer before (skin cancer other than melanoma is acceptable)
· You have recently been diagnosed with cancer but have not yet started treatment

Qualified participants will receive a $25 check card after their blood donation. To participate please contact 860.972.1588   

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Respirator FIT Testing Schedule

All testing is conducted in the ERD on the 4th floor, except on competency days, where it will be held on the 1st floor of the ERC in the Informal Lounge. Staff is encouraged to enroll through HealthStream.

FIT Testing is an annual requirement. Employees who are required to do a yearly N95 Respirator Fit test will see their due date in HealthStream as their anniversary date of starting at the hospital. When you have completed all three steps, the assignment will automatically reset to the same month next year. 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 anyone with facial hair that interferes with the mask seal. Please ensure you meet all of these requirements before getting Fit Tested.

May 2017 Schedule

Thursday, May 4, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Information Lounge
Friday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 , 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday, May 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 2017 Schedule

Thursday, June 1, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Informal Lounge
Wednesday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, June 16, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday, June 26, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Support Groups

For information about Support Groups for cancer, cardiology, diabetes, mental health, neurology, pulmonary, surgical weight loss and urology visit, https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/classes-events/support-groups.

May 22 through September 11
Bereavement Support Group

Room 116, 85 Jefferson Street, Hartford

Meeting every other Monday from May 22 to September 11, this group is open to any person who has experienced the loss of a loved one. You are welcome to attend as few or as many as you like; this is a continuous group and is for the purpose of on-going support. Facilitated by pastoral counselor Andrea Burr.

To register, call 1-855-HHC-HERE (1-855-442-4373).

Second and fourth Wednesdays of every month
Trauma Support and Education Group

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Massachusetts Cottage, first floor group room
Institute of Living, 200 Retreat Ave, Hartford, CT

Peer-led group that offers a supportive environment for individuals with any type of trauma history. Attendees will discuss relevant topics and educational materials will be available.

To RSVP or make an inquiry, please contact Laura at 860.545.7324 or Laura.Durst@hhchealth.org.

Offerings from the Institute of Living (IOL) Family Resource Center

For more information about support groups or events call, 860.545.7665 or 860.545.1888 or visit the Family Resource Center website.

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Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.

Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.

Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.