e-Xtra News Digest: December 1, 2016

November 30, 2016

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

e-xtra thanksgiving volunteers

Hartford Hospital employees; Vicie Brooks of nursing, Triesha Thomas of volunteer services, Herbert Perryma from security, Erin Mangan and Dorely Roldan from the Cancer Center, Keishla Rodriquez, Lousia Alvarez  and Kirsteen Acevedo from the Neuroscience Institute and their families partnered with members of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurse Association and staff from Wheeler Clinic to deliver Thanksgiving meals to seniors and disabled members of the community.   The group delivered more than 80 meals throughout Hartford. 

Have a photo you would like to share? Email 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

SAVE THE DATE: Hartford Hospital Employee Holiday Party is December 2.

Special Events: 
Hartford Hospital Digital Print Center Open House
December 7

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Digital Print Center, room BB34 in the Bliss basement
Raffle prizes
Snacks and beverages

Vera Bradley Raffle Celebration
December 14
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come join us and win some prizes in our Vera Bradley Raffle. Prize value $10-$100. A winner every 15 minutes. Must be present to win. 

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

December 6
Suffering From Knee or Hip Pain?
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Welles-Turner Memorial Library
2407 Main Street, 
Registration required.

December 7
Caregivers: Managing Stress to Maximize Your Health
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, 80 Fisher Drive, Avon
Learn more about - integrative therapies, managing your stress levels through relaxation and 5-minute stress reduction techniques.
Register online

December 14
Understanding Digestive Disorders
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hartford Hospital Family Heath Center, 1025 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield
Learn more about - the causes and diagnosis of chronic constipation, how to manage symptoms and dietary recommendations.
Register online

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Community Events

December 4
daVinci Robot at Westfarms
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Hartford HealthCare Physicians at the Rest and Relaxation Wellness Lounge as we showcase the daVinci Robot. 

December 13
Red Cross Blood Drive

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Institute of Living (Clark Social Room, Staunton Williams Building)
To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS

April 27, 2017 (Submission deadline February 1, 2017)
14th Annual BrainDance Awards

Braindance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness

The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is sponsoring an academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care. To receive a BrainDance Award, a student must submit an academic project or an art project on themes related to severe mental illness. Projects must be submitted using a flash drive or dropbox format only (WLMP files or project files are not accepted). Acceptable video formats are .WMV or MPEG 4. Awards up to $1,000 will be given to the best submissions.

The projects will be judged by expert clinicians and researchers in the field, based on:
• Relevance to the issue of stigma
• Creativity
• Accuracy of information
• Scientific rigor

Projects on any theme related to severe mental illness will be considered for an award.

The categories are: Scientific, Creative Expression (written or visual), and Mixed Media.
All applicants, their teachers, families and classmates will be invited to an awards day celebration hosted by the Institute of Living on April 27th, 2017. This day is designed to be an educational extension opportunity and will include a lecture by a national expert on mental illness, an awards presentation, a visit to our Myths, Minds & Medicine museum on the history of mental health care and a tour of our neuro-imaging research center. Winners can present a brief synopsis summarizing their projects. All applicants are encouraged to present a poster describing their project. The student lecture and poster presentations are designed so all participants can cite their BrainDance projects on future school or job applications.

To apply for the awards: please log on to: www.nrc-iol.org and follow the link to BrainDance for application forms, information and procedures. Submission deadline is February 1, 2017.

The awards are coordinated by:
Godfrey Pearlson, MD, Director, Olin Neuro-psychiatry Research Center and Nancy Hubbard, LCSW, Director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services.
For more information: contact Nancy Hubbard at 860.545.7665 or nancy.hubbard@hhchealth.org

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Education, Training & Research

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.

Department of EMS Education Courses
EMS Education offers a variety of courses designed to meet the needs and schedules of busy healthcare providers. There are courses available online and in the classroom. Classes can be customized and provided to groups meeting the specialized needs.

  • HeartCode BLS through HealthStream
  • HeartCode ACLS through HealthStream
  • Healthcare Provider CPR Course
  • EMT Course
  • EMT Refresher Course
  • EMR Course
  • ACLS Provider Course
  • ACLS Refresher Cours
  • PALS Provider Course

To register for any of these following classes click here.

For more information, visit the EMS Education Website, or contact EMS Education at 860.972.9564 or emseducation@hhchealth.org.

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.

ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Pain Management at the University of ConnecticutThe UCONN Pain Management online graduate certificate program meshes scholarly work with practice in an engaging 4 course (12-credit) program incorporating top UCONN researchers, clinicians, and educators.  

The courses can be taken as a full series or can be taken as individual courses to suit the needs of the student/learner.  For information, visit http://pain-mngmnt-online-grad-cert.uconn.edu.  

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Erin E. Young at erin.young@uconn.edu or Dr. Kyle M. Baumbauer at kyle.baumbauer@uconn.edu.  

The deadline for application to the certificate has passed but we are still admitting students to the certificate program and enrolling students in the first class.  Space is limited and the first course, NURS 5101-Fundamental Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Pain is set to be offered in Fall 2016. 


Fellowship Applicants Sought

The Capital Area Health Consortium is seeking applicants for the T. Stewart Hamilton, M.D. Fellowship in Health Management. These fellowships were conceived to create opportunities for individuals engaged in postgraduate study in the field of healthcare. 

This fellowship acknowledges Dr. Hamilton’s exceptional contributions to Hartford Hospital, the University of Connecticut Health Center and the Capital Area Health Consortium and to all healthcare delivery in the greater Hartford area. 

Each year monies are awarded to individuals interested in furthering careers in management, medicine, nursing, public health or any area of service delivery or healthcare research. Previously, awards have been given for independent study and one-time management courses as well as creative research projects. For those seeking funds towards a post-graduate degree, applicants must be in their final year of study. The award will cover the costs of tuition and possibly some living expenses. It will not cover the cost of travel. Approximately two to five grants (between $1,000 - $2,000) are awarded each year. Applicants must be employed full time in one of the seven member hospitals of the Capital Area Health Consortium: including Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. 

Additional information and application forms are available at our website: www.cach.org or by calling Lory Gasper at 860.676.1110. 

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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

BJ's Wholesale Club
What you will receive with this offer:
1. $15 off our $50 Annual Membership Fee or ($35)
$25 off our $100 Annual Rewards Membership Fee ($75)
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

December 2
4 p.m.
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic​
Save $5 per ticket when you use the promo code: SGHHC

January 12-16
Disney on Ice:  Dream Big
Save $5 per ticket when you use the promo code: SGHHC

Extra fees apply to online and phone orders. Dates are subject to change. Offer expires one week poor to the start of the event. Promo code is always 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 email 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. 

Discounts on select events at the Mullins Center

How to Order
1. Go to www.mullinscenter.com & Click on Event
2. Click "Buy Tickets Now"
3 .Enter Offer Code and Select Your Seats

By Phone:
1. Call (800) 745-3000
2. Mention Offer Code

February 18
Harlem Globetrotters

2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
XL Center 
Save up to $11 a ticket
Use code: SGHHC
How to Order:
Click Here to Order Online
Call 1-877-522-8499 for Phone Orders
In Person at the XL Center Box Office

Harlem Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Package
Only $49 each!
*Offer ends Dec. 29 at 5pm

Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Package Includes:
Globetrotters Backpack
Ticket to 2pm Game on Feb 18th
Food/Beverage Voucher
Hartford Wolf Pack Silver Voucher

December 7

Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular
7 p.m.
Mullins Center, Amherst, MA
Save $5 per ticket on select seating
Promo Code: 2SPECTRA

Hartford Wolf Pack Partner Offer
$12 Tickets Blue Level Seating
Promotion Code: WPCORP
*Offer not valid day of game

To book your tickets:

1. XLCenter.com/promo

2. Ticket Line: 1.877.522.8499

3. XL Center Box Office




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Employee Services

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.

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?

Your coworkers have asked some great questions of President Stu Markowitz through the 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/

Tuition Reimbursement
Spring 2017 Tuition Reimbursement Applications now Available Applications Accepted December 1 – 14, 2016

Tuition reimbursement applications for Hartford Hospital employees are now available on the Intranet. 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 beginning December 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 2016 through Summer 2017 semesters.

Email completed applications and supporting documentation to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572. Contact Dianne at 860.972.1820 with any questions.

For those employees participating in the Fall 2016 Tuition Reimbursement program, grades should be submitted via email or fax as indicated above.

Weight Watchers

Hartford Hospital
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meetings will be 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

Volunteers Needed for a Research Study on Statins, Creatine and Exercise
Healthy men and postmenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 70 are needed for a research study examining how statins and the dietary supplement creatine affect a person's response to exercise. We are seeking individuals who do not regularly exercise, do not take medications or dietary supplements for high cholesterol, and do not use tobacco products. The 5 week protocol involves six visits to Hartford Hospital involving exercise tests on a treadmill and blood samples. Participants will be compensated $200 for their time and gain valuable health information. If you are interested, please contact Gregory.Panza@hhchealth.org or (860) 972-1507. 

December 12
Lunch & Learn About Volunteer Opportunities at HH and Community
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 Are you RETIRING soon?  Are you thinking about volunteering some time in a meaningful way?

Please bring your lunch and join us:

Hear about volunteer opportunities within the Hospital, including nine new volunteer roles at the new Bone & Joint Institute AND other Community volunteer opportunities through RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program).  For questions, call Kelley Boothby at 860.972.2182.

Hartford Hospital Employees' Council 2016 Holiday Gift Baskets

Adopt or sponsor a family in need this holiday season. 

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. 

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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.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
December 2
Murder, Madness and Medicine: The Death of President Garfield
6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Gilman Auditorium
Speaker: Philip Caushaj, MD, PhD, FACS, General, Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Medical Director Office of Advanced Practice at Hartford Hospital

IOL Psychiatric Grand Round

December 1, 2016
Title: TBA
Speaker: Luke Dittrich
Learning Objective:

1. Identify troubling history of psychosurgery, and the prominent role that The Institute of Living played in it.

2. Explain how a variant of a psychosurgical procedure pioneered at the Institute evolved into the experimental bilateral medial temporal lobotomy that transformed a young factory worker named Henry Molaison into the amnesic known as Patient H.M., the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience.

December 8
Title: Treating Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis
Speaker: Ricardo Taboada, M.D., Hartford Hospital, Pain Management Dept.

December 15
Charlie Swenson, Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Title: Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) Principles in Action

April 6
Title: TBA
Speaker: Rajesh Mehta, M.D., IOL Child Fellow
Learning Objectives: TBA

April 13

Title: TBA
Speaker: Rehan Puri, M.D.,  IOL Child Fellow
Learning Objectives: TBA

April 20
Title: TBA
Speaker: Jensi George, M.D.,  IOL Child Fellow
Learning Objectives: TBA

March 30
Title: TBA
Speaker: HUGO A. KAMYA, Ph.D.; Professor, Clinical Practice Sequence. Simmons College School of Social Work
Learning Objectives: TBA 

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Health Professionals

March 21, March 28, April 18, April 25, May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13, September 19, September 26, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 14

Trauma Nurse Core Course: Two Day Course
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
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

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

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

  • Advance Practice Registered Nurse
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  •  Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
  • Health Information Coder
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Therapist/ Assistant
  • 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 more than 24 hours 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 has managerial or supervisory responsibilities and the staff of Human Resources will not be eligible for the program. Please allow up to 30 days for receipt of each portion of the referral bonus.

Please Note: Hartford HealthCare Rehab Network will pay a $750 referral bonus for per diem therapists/ATCs that average 24-hours per week and pay-per-visit therapists who average 12 visits per week.

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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:

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:

New Functionality in PeopleSoft: Item Substitution

As we approach our one-year benchmark of the PeopleSoft Go-Live, we continue to roll out new functionality to improve business processes based on the feedback we receive from users.

Supply Chain Management and the PeopleSoft ERP Tech-Team is pleased to announce “Item Substitution” as the latest available functionality.

Currently it is difficult for a requestor to identify if an item is discontinued or depleted. In ePro Requisition, requesters will be notified when an item is available as a substitute, and they may continue processing the requisition without delay.

A job aid with detailed instructions on Item substitutions can be found by clicking on the link below.

We’ll let you know about new value-added functionality in the PeopleSoft FSCM application in future issues.

For further information or questions, email the CMG group at CMG_ITEMS@hhchealth.org

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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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December 8
Retirement Tea: Andrea Hagstrom (34 years) 
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Special Dining Room
Open to the public

 andrea hagstrom

December 12
Retirement Tea for Gil Fortunato
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the special dining room.  
Gil is retiring after 32 years of service!
Open to the public. 
Gil Fortunato

December 13
Retirement Tea for Deborah Tetreault
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Dining Room
Open to the public

Deb Tetreault


December 7
A Symbol of Hope for those Who Are Waiting…

Along with ‘The New England Organ Bank’, the Spiritual Care department will offer a celebration of Organ Donors and Recipients during a special chapel service at noon. Included will be personal testimonies, spiritual reflections, musical offerings and blessings.

All are invited and encouraged to share in this beautiful recognition and tribute to these selfless gifts of life.



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

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.

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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

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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