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e-Xtra News Digest: August 3, 2017

August 02, 2017

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

Hartford Hospital celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

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Moms and other attendees at the World Breastfeeding Week activities.

Dozens gathered in front of Hartford Hospital on Aug. 2 to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, recognized around the world each year during Aug. 1-7. At this year’s event State Representative Liz Linehan and Lori Atkins, private practice lactation consultant, joined the lineup to show their support for the cause. Several community organizations and other hospitals were also on hand providing refreshments, giveaways and educational information on the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby.

To find a Breastfeeding Support Group at Hartford Hospital, visit Classes & Events.

What's new in e-Xtra this week:

Last Chance: Fall 2017 Tuition Reimbursement Applications Accepted through August 14

Tuition reimbursement applications for Hartford Hospital employees are now available. The application is included in the Tuition Reimbursement Packet which is located on the Intranet: Human Resources/Education /HH Tuition Reimbursement. You can also click here for a copy. 

Applications will be accepted August 1 through 14. Please ensure applications are fully completed and appropriate documentation is submitted.

A maximum reimbursement is allotted each fiscal year based on the employee’s salary band, number of hours worked and years of service (see page 5 of Tuition Reimbursement Packet). Once you have met the maximum reimbursement, you will not be eligible to participate in the program until the next fiscal year. The current fiscal year includes Fall 2017 through Summer 2018 semesters.

Email completed applications and supporting documentation to HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org(or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement) or fax to Dianne LePore at 860-545-3622. Contact Dianne at 972-1820 with any questions.

yoga4Cancer
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Yoga & Fitness Studio, 32 Seymour Street
A research-based yoga focused on physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. For more information visit y4c.com. Medical clearance is needed. 
For information, call 860.972.4444.

Celebrate Life! 
September 9

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Marriott Hartford Downtown
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital invites you to its 28th annual celebration for cancer survivors, family and friends. Columnist and radio personality from WNPR news, Colin McEnroe, is guest speaker. 
Free but registration is required. To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE or visit hartfordhospital.org/events

World Suicide Prevention Day 

September 15

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in the United States. Special guest Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H, psychologist, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center will speak at the annual event. 

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital ERC, Heublein Hall
Register online at: hartfordhopsital.org/events

What's coming up soon:

August 4
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: "
Repainting the Ceiling: Patient Safety and Satisfaction in the Era of Computerized Medicine"

Gilman Auditorium
6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

Visit Grand Rounds for more information.

August 4
Deadline for IOL Backpack and School Supply Drive

The Institute of Living is seeking donations of backpacks and school supplies to give away to children in need from Greater Hartford. Visit Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities for more information.

August 11

Summer Student Pre-Med and Research Poster Presentation

Hartford Hospital, Education and Resources Building, Formal Lounge, 1st Floor
9 to 10 a.m.

Join us for poster presentations of research projects completed by the 14 summer pre-med and research students. Danish and coffee will be available. For more information, contact Rosemarie Portal at rosemarie.portal@hhchealth.org or 860.972.4069.


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
Recognition
Retirements
Respirator FIT Testing Program
Spirituality
Support Groups


Classes & Events

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

yoga4Cancer
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Yoga & Fitness Studio, 32 Seymour Street
A research-based yoga focused on physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. For more information visit y4c.com. Medical clearance is needed. 
For information, call 860.972.4444.

October 18 - 19, 2017

Burlingame Award Program


The Institute of Living’s C. Charles Burlingame, M.D. Award, given to honor an outstanding leader in clinical psychiatry, research, education or administration, is made in memory of Dr. Burlingame, Psychiatrist-in-Chief from 1931 to 1950. 

The 2017 award will be given to Harold Alan Pincus, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

The Burlingame Award Program is scheduled for October 18 and 19 with the award dinner on Wednesday evening and  Grand Rounds-style presentation on Thursday morning. 

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Community Events

Celebrate Life! 
September 9

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Marriott Hartford Downtown
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital invites you to its 28th annual celebration for cancer survivors, family and friends. Columnist and radio personality from WNPR news, Colin McEnroe, is guest speaker. 
Free but registration is required. To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE or visit hartfordhospital.org/events

World Suicide Prevention Day 
September 15

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in the United States. Special guest Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H, psychologist, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center will speak at the annual event. 
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital ERC, Heublein Hall
Register online at: hartfordhopsital.org/events

October 13

Nite of Lite Laughter’s 20th Anniversary featuring Jay Leno

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
8 pm

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LITE 100.5 WRCH and Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital present legendary comedian JAY LENO for the 20th Annual "NITE OF LITE LAUGHTER," with proceeds to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Visit https://bushnell.org/events/jay-leno-nite-of-lite-laughter for more information.

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Education, Training & Research

September 30

Management of Complex Aortic Pathology

Commons Building, 2nd Floor at the Institute of Living

The goal of this conference is to provide education to primary care and non-vascular providers on management of complex aortic pathology. The program includes a multidisciplinary faculty discussing topics from trauma to healthcare policy issues. Faculty will be on hand from vascular/cardiac surgery, trauma, radiology, anesthesiology and cardiology. The keynote speaker will discuss healthcare policy surrounding development of aortic centers. 

Come help us celebrate national aneurysm awareness month, meet and network while learning about aortic pathology.

November 9
12th Annual Interdisciplinary Transplant Symposium

Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

Registration information and additional details coming soon.

Nutrition Care Manual

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Manual (NCM) is a diet and professional practice manual for registered dietitian nutritionists; dietetic technicians, registered; and allied health professionals. Our web-based version of the Nutrition Care Manual is the approved resource for the department of Food and Nutrition at Hartford Hospital. Any clinical staff member can access the Nutrition Care Manual through the Hartford Hospital Intranet and gives you online access to evidence- and knowledge-based nutrition information that keeps you current and compliant. The NCM is a great resource for patient education materials. 

Please contact Erin Estabrook, RD, CD-N, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hartford Hospital, with any questions.

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.

To have BLS, ACLS or PALS Heartcode loaded please email Heartcode@hhchealth.org and include which heartcode you need loaded, your employee number, and your department that you work in. If your department does not cover the cost of BLS, ACLS or PALS a credit card number must be provided before Heartcode can be loaded to your Healthstream.

For more information please call us at 860.972.9564

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.

September 30
Professional Bull Riders: Frontier Communications Battle

7 pm
XL Center, Hartford

For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s fiercest bovine athletes. The thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Velocity Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to see.

Save up to 20% per ticket by visiting the XL Center Box Office and mentioning you are a Hartford HealthCare employee. You can also order tickets online or over the phone by calling 1.877.522.8499 (additional fees apply to online and phone orders).

BJ's Wholesale Club

Join or Renew Today & Save! Are you already a member? This offer is for you, too!
It doesn’t matter when you last renewed, 13 months will be added to your current expiration date. 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

This special offer is not valid online or at any BJ’s Club location. If you are interested in becoming a new member or renewing your membership with this employee discount, contact Maggie Spada by July 31 at mspada@bjs.com or 860-857-2958. The next promotion starts October 1, 2017, so renew now if your membership expires before October 15 to avoid disruption of your membership.

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. 

August 5-6

Connecticut Science Center Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend

250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
9 to 10 a.m.

Coming up on August 5 and 6, the Connecticut Science Center will be hosting a special Corporate Member Appreciation Weekend at the Science Center. On these days, all Hartford HealthCare employees will enjoy free general admission AND their family members visiting with them will receive 50% off General Admission. 

Employees must bring their Hartford HealthCare ID to take advantage of this special deal..

 

 

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Employee Services

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 or visiting www.solutions-eap.com. 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.

2018 Hartford Hospital Conference Rooms Outlook Scheduling

Outlook conference room calendars will be open for you to reserve beginning Monday August 21, 2017 and continuing through Friday Sept. 1, 2017 for you to input prior standing meetings.

  • All PRIOR standing reservations will have first priority 
  • All NEW 2018 meeting reservations will be available to reserve in Outlook starting Tuesday September 12, 2017
  • An updated listing of Conference Rooms will be available on the intranet for summary/details of restricted and available rooms

Please contact the H3W Conference Room Workgroup members with any questions/concerns:

  • Patty Beebe Ext. 2-2667 – Patty.Beebe@hhchealth.org
  • Samantha Fickett Ext. 2-4921 Samantha.Fickett@hhchealth.org
  • Kim Kosis Ext. 2-5516 – Kim.Kosis@hhchealth.org
  • Rabiya Shaikh Ext. 2-5136 - Rabiya.Shaikh@hhchealth.org 

HH Digital Print Center, Here For Your Printing Needs

If your department needs printed materials, the Digital Print Center (DPC) right on the Hartford Hospital campus offers a wide array of cost-effective options – from brochures and booklets to wide format posters and business cards. Bookmark the DPC webpage on your web browser for convenient access. When you create an account, you can easily upload your print request and place your order. The DPC typically turns around jobs in just a few days.

Fun fact: The DPC has printed over 91,000 jobs since it opened in June 2003!

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.

Relax...It's Just Yoga

Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. EXCEPT June 28 and July 5
Cost: $5

Instructor: Susan Malo, RN, MPH, RYT

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

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 Hartford 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. on the fifth floor of 85 Jefferson St., Room 500. Contact Barbara Gaughan at 860 972-5807.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

IOL Backpack and School Supply Drive

The Institute of Living is seeking donations of backpacks and school supplies to give away to children in need from Greater Hartford. 

Donation ideas include:

  • Backpacks
  • Markers
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Pens & pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Paper (lined & unlined)
  • Erasers
  • Index cards
  • Kid-friendly scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • Crayons
  • Binders
  • Pencil cases

Donated items may be dropped off at two locations: the IOL Assessment Center, located in the lower level of the Donnelly Building, at any time, or at the Carolina Cottage, in the Family Resource Center office on the second floor, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donation deadline is 4:30 pm on Friday, August 4. For more information, contact Laura Durst at 860.545.7324 or Paula Rego at 860.545.7665 at the Family Resource Center.

September 17
American Liver Foundation Liver Life Walk

Rentschler Field, East Hartford

Join the “Hartford Hospital Leaping Livers." Register today and walk with us on
September 17, 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. For more information, please contact Alicia Eppich at aeppich@liverfoundation.org.

Help Connecticut Get a Donate Life License Plate

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Show your support for organ donation by signing up for a specialty interest ‘Donate Life’ license plate. The Department of Motor Vehicles needs 400 orders before they will begin offering these unique Donate Life plates to the public--that's why every plate sign-up counts!

The Donate Life design will be $65 for a regular special interest plate or $134 for a vanity special interest plate.

Signing up is now easier than ever. Contact Jami Tyska at 860.972.0620 or Jami.Tyska@hhchealth.org for more information.

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. 

**Necesitamos especialmente libros y revistas en Español. Limpia tu estantería y apoyo los pacientes y sus familias que hablan Español.**

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

August 4
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: "
Repainting the Ceiling: Patient Safety and Satisfaction in the Era of Computerized Medicine"

Gilman Auditorium
6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

Join us for this Hartford Hospital Grand Rounds, Sponsored by the Department of Surgery. Featuring Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM, Physician-in-Chief, Shock Trauma Center and System Chief for Critical Care Services for University of Maryland Medical System; and The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Distinguished Professor in Trauma and Director, Program in Trauma for University of Maryland School of Medicine.

IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds

Grand rounds lectures take place on Thursdays from Noon to 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.

To view information about IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds, click here

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Health Professionals

New Housestaff Residents and Fellows

The following are the new incoming housestaff resident and fellows who started on July 1, 2017, along with their specific program.

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Human Resources

Last Chance: Fall 2017 Tuition Reimbursement Applications Accepted through August 14

 

Tuition reimbursement applications for Hartford Hospital employees are now available. The application is included in the Tuition Reimbursement Packet which is located on the Intranet: Human Resources/Education /HH Tuition Reimbursement. You can also click here for a copy.

Applications will be accepted August 1 through 14. Please ensure applications are fully completed and appropriate documentation is submitted.

A maximum reimbursement is allotted each fiscal year based on the employee’s salary band, number of hours worked and years of service (see page 5 of Tuition Reimbursement Packet). Once you have met the maximum reimbursement, you will not be eligible to participate in the program until the next fiscal year. The current fiscal year includes Fall 2017 through Summer 2018 semesters.

Email completed applications and supporting documentation to HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org (or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement) or fax to Dianne LePore at 860-545-3622. Contact Dianne at 972-1820 with any questions.

Know someone who is leaving Hartford Hospital?

If you or someone you know is resigning or transferring from Hartford Hospital, we are interested in learning about your experiences here. The exit interview questionnaire is now available electronically. It is user-friendly and accessible 24 hours a day. All responses are confidential and will remain anonymous. Your participation will help us analyze the factors contributing to our turnover and make Hartford Hospital a better place to work. Click here to access the survey or navigate to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHexitinterview.

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.

HUMAN RESOURCES POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL REVISED POLICIES
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
“employee”.
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
manual.
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
manual.

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

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Recognition

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

Check back for updated retirement tea announcements.

 

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Spirituality

Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel


Monday through Friday at noon there are services of prayer and reflection in the Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel. Catholic Mass is celebrated each Sunday at 3:45 pm.

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Research Studies

Research Study Volunteers Needed: Assessing How an Acute Exposure to Stigma Negatively Impacts Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Taylor from Hartford Hospital, Dr. Pescatello from the UConn Department of Kinesiology and Dr. Puhl from the UConn Rudd Center are conducting a research study to compare the effects of a short-term encounter to media videos on measures of mental and physical heart health in women.

Eligibility for the study requires overweight, premenopausal women who are between the ages 20 and 45, have a body mass index > 30 kg/m2, and do not use tobacco products.

The 2-week study requires three visits to the University of Connecticut or Hartford Hospital for 1) viewing of short media videos; 2) questionnaires on mental and physical heart health; 3) blood pressure and heart rate readings; and 4) blood samples and saliva swabs. Participants who complete the study will be compensated $200 and will receive information on their heart health.

Please call Greg Panza for more information at (860) 972-1507 or email gregory.panza@uconn.edu.

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)
OR
· 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.

August 2017 Schedule

Tuesday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, August 10, 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, August 17, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 22, 7 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 2 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.

Bereavement Support Group

2nd and 4th Monday of every month
Room 116, 85 Jefferson Street, Hartford

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. Co-facilitated by pastoral counselor Andrea Burr and palliative care chaplain Rev. Erica Richmond, M.Div, MA.

For more information, call the bereavement line at 860.972.2290 or 860.525.7001.

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


All programs, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Massachusetts Cottage, 1st floor Group Room and RSVPs are required to 860.545.7665 or 860.545.7324.

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

Al Anon Parent Group

Every Thursday
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction

September 5 and December 5
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This lecture is for families and friends of individuals who have an anxiety disorder or a
related disorder. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of anxiety disorders, their
treatments and specific suggestions to help them better cope with the illness.

Autism Spectrum Support/Educational Group Meeting for Parents

3rd Wednesday of each month
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Providing a place for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or with another related
disorder, to come together and get support and information. Monthly, peer-run support
groups interspersed with special guests and speakers to offer additional guidance and
perspective. 

Bipolar: An Introduction to the Disorder

October 3 and December 19
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have bipolar or a related
disorder. It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with
specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness.

Coping with Stress from a New or Chronic Medical Condition

Every Friday
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

This group is designed for young adults age 17-26 struggling with a new diagnosis, chronic
medical conditions, physical symptoms or limitations. The group will help with difficult
losses & limitation due to a medical condition, build a positive, future-oriented focus with
realistic planning, set goals for a fulfilling & meaningful life, find new opportunities with
kindness, understanding and hope, and build a supportive environment between group
members.

To RSVP please call Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard, APRN at 860-545-7050.

Dementia Lecture: An Introduction

August 29 and October 24
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have dementia or a
related disorder. It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along
with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness.

Dementia Support and Education Group

1st Tuesday of each month
Donnelly Building, First Floor Conference Room

Held on the first Tuesday of each month, this group is facilitated by Glynis Cassis, LCSW and Nancy March, LCSW. RSVP by calling 860.545.7665.

Depression: An Introduction to the Disorder

August 8 and November 7
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This program is for family and friends of individuals who suffer from depression. It will
present a basic understanding of major depression, its treatment, and ways in which family
members might better cope with the illness.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Group (DBSA)

Every Monday
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Todd Building, Bunker Room
AND
Every Wednesday
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Commons Building, 2nd Floor, Litchfield Room

Peer run support group for those who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar
disorder.

Families Dealing with Major Mental Illness Support Group

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

For family and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia, bipolar or other related
disorders. Share your success and struggles. Learn to care for yourself while you
are caring for others.

Introduction to Mental Health Benefits and Services

September 19
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This presentation will provide an overview of benefit programs available for individuals with
mental health disabilities.

LGBTQ Social Support group

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Center Building, Young Adult Service Group Room

Support group for 16-23 year-olds who identify LGBTQ issues as being prominent in their
lives. The goal is to discuss support strategies to manage life challenges.

Managing Schizophrenia

October 17
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This presentation will discuss the impact that symptoms of schizophrenia have on everyday
activities, and provide tips on what you can do to make things better at home.

Schizophrenia: An Introduction to the Disorder

August 22 and November 21
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia or a
related disorder. It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along
with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness.

Substance Use Educational and Support Group

2nd Thursday of the month
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For family members impacted by loved ones with substance abuse.

Trauma Support and Education Group

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Cottage, first floor group room

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.

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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.