e-Xtra News Digest: February 8, 2018

February 08, 2018

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

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Convergence of Flu Season, IV Shortage “Matter of Life and Death”

The flu season has made the recent IV bag shortage a matter of life and death, according to Senator Richard Blumenthal. Sen. Blumenthal spoke at Hartford Hospital during a press conference to bring attention to the converging events.

“The saline solution shortage is a chronic one,” Sen. Blumenthal said, “but action is necessary now in light of the severity of these recent shortages because patients are put at risk.”

Blumenthal was joined by Dr. Jack Ross, chief of infectious disease, and Eric Arlia, pharmacy director.

The recent shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost power because of Hurricane Maria. The shortage worsened after the shutdown of a California manufacturing plant for maintenance.

In the midst of this shortage, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working together to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted.

    What's new in e-Xtra this week:

    February 13
    Bake Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Angie’s Spa Program
    Hartford Hospital Cafeteria
    11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Please join us for a bake sale fundraiser that will benefit Angie’s Spa Program, which provides integrative medicine therapies for our cancer patients and their caregivers. Therapies include acupuncture, facials, haircuts, massages and yoga.

    Thank you for your support!

    February 15
    Institute of Living Grand Rounds: “Born To Be Wild: Why Adolescents Take Risks and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe”
    Hartford Room, Commons Building, IOL
    Noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Featuring guest speaker Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH, vice chair for education, director of undergraduate studies and child & adolescent mental health studies (CAMS) at NYU College of Arts & Science, professor of child & adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics. By participating in this live activity, participants should be able to describe how adolescents assess risk, identify why adolescents engage in risky behavior and distinguish the primary differences between adolescent decision-making and adult (mature) decision-making. Hartford HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

    February 28
    Together Ahead Lecture Series: The Link Between Head and Neck Cancer and Human Papilloma Virus
    Suite 425 at the Hartford Hospital Wellness Center, 65 Memorial Road, West Hartford
    4 to 5 p.m.

    Join us as experts from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute share the latest insights into the connection between head and neck cancers and HPV, the human papilloma virus.  In this FREE community event, learn more about:

    • Head and neck cancers and their relationship with HPV
    • The importance of coordinated treatment
    • Support services for survivors

    Presenters are: Dr. David Pfister, chief of head and neck oncology service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Dr. Andrew Salner, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.

    Registration is required. Call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) or visit Hartfordhealthcare.org/events. Free parking is available on the third floor of Blue Back Square’s Memorial Garage.

    March 8
    Restoring Sight with a Beam of Laser Light
    Suite 425 at the Hartford Hospital Wellness Center, 65 Memorial Road, West Hartford
    6:30 to 8 p.m.

    In this FREE educational seminar, learn more about:

    • Risk factors and treatment options for cataracts
    • Advanced lens implants, femtosecond laser surgery and pre-operative eye landmark orientation
    • ORA VerifEye, a sophisticated technology that allows for a tailored approach and improved outcomes

    Registration is required by calling 1.855.HHC.EYES (1.855.442.3937) or visiting HartfordHospital.org/events.

    Trauma Clinic Moves to Medical Office Building

    The Trauma Clinic that previously saw patients on the fifth floor of the Brownstone Building has now moved to 85 Seymour Street, Suite 601.

    Adult Research Volunteers Needed

    The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center of Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living seeks right-handed healthy men and women (ages 18-45) to participate in a MRI-based study. The research will study how the brains of healthy adults process information.

    Qualified volunteers for the study will participate in an interview, some questionnaires, neuropsychiatric tests, and a non-invasive brain imaging scan. Participants will also undergo one session of a safe, non-invasive brain stimulation procedure while playing a computer game.

    Volunteers will be compensated 20 dollars per hour for their time. The study is expected to take about 4 hours total and can be separated into two visits, if necessary.

    For more information please call 860.972.7077 or email Stephanie.novotny@hhchealth.org.

    What's happening soon:

    February 13
    Summer VolunTeen program Informational Session
    Heublein Hall
    6 to 7 p.m.

    Visit Classes & Events for more information.

    February 14
    Ash Wednesday at Hartford Hospital

    Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel
    Service at noon and ash distribution from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Visit Spirituality for more information.

    February 22
    Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment of Headaches and Dizziness

    The Library, 60 North Main St., Wallingford
    5:30 to 9 p.m.

    Visit Classes & Events for more information.

    February 25
    Integrative Medicine - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program Orientation
    Educational Conference Room, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield
    10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Visit Classes & Events for more information.

    March 6
    Walk to Wellness

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

    Visit Community Events for more information.


    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.

    February 13
    Summer VolunTeen program Informational Session
    Heublein Hall
    6 to 7 p.m.

    This program will provide teenagers and their parents an overview of the summer VolunTeen program at Hartford Hospital.  Students 14-18 years of age available at least 6 of the 8 week program and who can volunteer one full day or two half days per week are eligible to apply.  Additional information will be provided upon registration.  Students who attend the information session will have early access to the application.

    Advanced registration is required. Please email Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org. In the event of inclement weather, this informational session will be held on February 14.

    February 22
    Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment of Headaches and Dizziness

    The Library, 60 North Main St., Wallingford
    5:30 to 9 p.m.

    This free program will inform and assist internal medicine and family practice physicians to help identify, screen, treat and coordinate care for patients suffering from headaches and dizziness. Hartford Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.5 hours AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s).™

    Following this presentation, the audience member should be able to:

    1. Identify warning signs of serious secondary headaches.
    2. Understand diagnostic criteria of migraine.
    3. Understand general principles of acute and preventive treatment.
    4. Identify and assess effectiveness of therapeutic intervention.
    5. Understand the algorithm for the diagnosis and management of acute aural fullness.
    6. Understand the algorithm for the diagnosis and management of the patient presenting with dizziness.
    7. Understand the importance of the patient history in triage of the patient presenting with dizziness.
    8. Understand the role of the vestibular therapist in the treatment of the patient presenting with dizziness.
    9. Have a basic understanding of the management of the common causes of vertigo.

    Registration is required by February 10. Contact AnnMarie Kawecki at annmarie.kawecki@hhchealth.org or 860.696.2550 for registration information.

    Integrative Medicine - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program
    Educational Conference Room, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield
    6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in March, April and the first week of May

    Mindfulness is a way of learning to be fully present in the moment. The curriculum was developed by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The course is designed to teach participants how to integrate mindfulness in their everyday lives and how to meet challenges with greater awareness and compassion.

    This 8-week course includes mandatory orientation on February 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., eight weekly classes (2.5 hours each), one day-long retreat on April 8, guided instruction and mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, mindful yoga, group dialogue aimed at cultivating awareness in everyday life and daily home assignments, including four home practice meditations.

    Fee is $400 for HHC employees and $450 for others. Pre-registration is required at
    www.hartfordhealthcare.org/events or 1.855.442.4373. Contact the instructor, Amanda Votto, PA-C, MBSR, for more information.

    March 21
    Bariatric Surgery: New Innovations from Adolescence to Adulthood
    Heublein Hall – ERC Building
    4:30 to 8 p.m.

    Presented by the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hartford Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Registration and light dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m.; presentations will begin at 5 p.m.

    Lectures and discussions include “Access to Care,” “New Indications for Surgery in Children,” “Regaining—Now What?,” “Technology Medicine” and a patient panel.

    Early bird registration only $15 by March 1; $25 thereafter. To learn more and register, visit https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/events/bariatric-surgery-new-innovations-adolescence-adulthood/.

    Sons & Daughters / Hazel Vail Scholarship Applications Now Available

    The Sons and Daughters / Hazel Vail Scholarships are competitive, merit-based scholarships available to children of Hartford Hospital employees, which include the IOL, Jefferson House, Cedar Mountain Commons and Rehabilitation Network (HHRN) employees, who meet eligibility requirements.

    Applications may be obtained in several ways:

    Applications must be submitted by March 16. Contact Cari Piper at cari.piper@hhchealth.org if you have questions.

    April 12
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance Advanced Prostate Cancer Symposium
    Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd.
    4 to 8:30 p.m. (surgical observation from 1 to 3 p.m.)

    Hosted by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute, this program includes presentations and panel discussions on Genomics and Personalized Treatment, Metastatic Castrate Sensitive Disease and Imaging, Metastatic Castrate Resistant Disease, Quality of Life Issues and more. Hartford HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

    The cost is $50 for physicians, $25 for nurses and advanced practitioners, and free for all others. Registration is required by calling 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373). 

    yoga4Cancer
    Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays from 9:30 to 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.

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    Community Events

    March 6
    Walk to Wellness

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

    Join us for a special Walk to Wellness on 'Understanding Prostate Cancer,' presented by Dr. Jeffrey Kamradt of Oncology Associates. Learn more about blood pressure guidelines and heart health. Blood pressure screenings will be offered.

    Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373).

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    Education, Training & Research

    April 12
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance CME Symposium: Advanced Prostate Cancer
    Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford
    4 to 8:30 p.m.

    Featuring a keynote address from Dr. Philip Kantoff entitled “Genomics and Personalized Treatment," topics for this symposium include Metastatic Castrate Sensitive Disease and imaging, Metastatic Castrate Resistant Disease and Quality of Life Considerations. From 1 to 3 p.m., observe extended robotic pelvic lymph node dissection. 
    Hosted by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Registration is required; call 855.HHC.HERE.

    CESI offering paramedic training program

    Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation (CESI) is now offering a paramedic training program beginning this September. The program consists of four 15-week semesters covering anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, out-of-hospital advanced life support, scene management and Emergency Medical Services operations. Upon successful completion, students will be qualified to sit for a state licensing exam. The tuition fee is $8,000, but can be paid in installments of $2,000 at the start of each semester. 
    Employees can visit https://hartfordhospital.enrollware.com to sign up for a free informational session or register for our next available program. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also email questions to paramedic.training@hhchealth.org.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Now Available

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or is in crisis. This training is typically $120 per person but is offered free through the Institute of Living’s Family Resource Center.

    The course teaches a 5-step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations. After attending all 8 hours, you will be a certified Mental Health First Aider.

    Classes held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and Nov. 8, 2017; and Feb. 13, Mar. 10, May 12, June 1, July 21, and Sept. 12, 2018. All sessions held in the Commons Building, Hartford Room, 2nd Floor at the Institute of Living. Registration is required: Click here.

    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.

    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 hartfordhealthcare.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

    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: 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.co
    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

    Café Corner

    Tune in each week for updates from the Hartford Hospital cafeteria. This week:

    • February starts off Sweet and Spicy!! February’s super foods are chili peppers. Do you know what The Scoville Scale is? Come to the Café and see, try, or purchase a variety of chili peppers including Thai Bird and Shishito.
    • February 6 starts our Tuesday-to-Thursday Asian inspired dinner action station. Hissho Sushi will offer a delicious made to order entrée from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
    • Valentine gift bags will also be on sale starting February 4

    Every Monday
    Zumba Class with Adriana
    Barney Fitness Center
    5:45 p.m.
    $5 Fee

    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.

    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.
    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.

    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.

    Hartford Hospital Trading Post

    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 Linda Pereira at 860.972.2708.

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    Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

    Mended Hearts Visitors Needed

    If you have had a heart event or heart surgery, or if you have been a caregiver to someone who has, please consider becoming a Mended Hearts visitor volunteer.  The Mended Hearts organization is a national non-profit organization made up of and serving people with heart disease and their loved ones.

    Mended Hearts welcomes anyone interested in learning more about heart disease. Mended Hearts visitors come to Hartford Hospital to offer hope, support and encouragement to patients dealing with a  current cardiac issue. You can learn more about Mended Hearts at www.mendedheartsct.org.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a visitor, please contact John Dunn, visiting chairman, at 860-688-5489. 

    No One Dies Alone Volunteer Program

    Won’t you consider joining the employees 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.

    A training session is being offered Monday, April 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. The training is mandatory for those who wish to volunteer. Registration is required; please contact  Eileen Pelletier, cirector of volunteer services, at 860.972.2448 or eileen.pelletier@hhchealth.org.

    Greeting Cards Needed

    Greeting Cards needed to keep in touch with retired volunteers who gave their time and talent to support Hartford Hospital.  Especially need birthday, get well and blank cards. Please consider donating. Drop off in Volunteer Service Bliss 109 or in the book/magazine bin in the Bliss wing first floor corridor near the elevators. Contact Eileen Pelletier at 860.972.2448 or Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org with any questions.

    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.**

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    Grand Rounds

    February 8
    Institute of Living Grand Rounds: “
    Beyond Dopamine: Glutamate and Schizophrenia
    Hartford Room, Commons Building, IOL
    Noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Featuring guest speaker Naomi Driesen, Ph.D, research scientist at Yale University Medical School. By participating in this live activity, participants should be able to evaluate the potential role of glutamate in schizophrenia symptoms and summarize the current use regarding medications that target the glutamate receptor. Hartford HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

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    Health Professionals

    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).

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    Human Resources

    Employee Parking Alerts Coming to Twitter

    Employee parking alerts will soon be available through the Hartford Hospital Twitter handle at https://twitter.com/hartfordhosp. All updates will be marked with the #hhemployeeparking hashtag. If you want to get the alerts and other Hartford Hospital news on your mobile device, navigate to the Hartford Hospital Twitter feed and 'turn on mobile notifications.'

    Park in an unauthorized area? You will be towed.

    We have been experiencing a continuing problem with employees parking in unauthorized areas, particularly around the apartments on Retreat Avenue and Jefferson Street. These parking areas are exclusively for apartment tenants and signs are posted to that effect. Any vehicles parked in these areas that do not belong to tenants will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.
    Parking is a privilege and Hartford Hospital reserves the right to cease issuing or to revoke parking privileges at any time. Please review our parking policies and always park in your assigned area. Any employee in violation of these policies could be ticketed, fined or towed at their expense.

    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.

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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

     

    Check back for Hartford Hospital recognition news.


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    Retirement Teas 

    Check back for Hartford Hospital retirement teas and celebrations.

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    Spirituality

    February 14
    Ash Wednesday at Hartford Hospital

    Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel
    Service at noon and ash distribution from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    On February 14, the Spiritual Care Department will be distributing ashes within the Hartford Hospital community. For Catholics and many Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a sacred time of deep reflection and contemplation. This year, chaplains will be in the chapel from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. All staff seeking ashes are invited to stop in at any time during those hours. You are also invited to join us for a special worship service at noon on that day. In the hospital, this religious ritual takes on great significance; we are invited to face our own mortality, not with fear, but with gentleness and awe. For those who participate in this tender day, we look forward to connecting with you.

    An Invitation to Eucharistic Ministers

    If you are a trained as a Eucharistic Minister we would love to have you join our volunteer team in spiritual care. We are looking for Eucharistic Ministers who could spend a few hours a month visiting Catholic patients who want to receive communion. It is a great opportunity to connect your own spirituality to your workplace, and it means so much to our patients. If you would like to learn more, please call Chaplain Rolando Hernandez at 860.929.9632 or Chaplain Erica Nierendorf 860.929.9401.

    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.

    The following services are offered to acknowledge a special occasion or holiday:

    February 14th: Ash Wednesday

    February 23rd: Honoring Black History Month

    *Lenten Services every Friday*

    March 29th: Passover Service

    March 30th: Good Friday

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    Research Studies

    Research Study Volunteers Needed

    Drs. Taylor and 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 50, 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@hhchealth.org. This project has been approved by the University of Connecticut IRB, Protocol #H16-292 and Hartford Hospital IRB, Protocol #D-HHC-2017-0071.

    Research Study Volunteers Needed

    Drs. Taylor and 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 50, 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@hhchealth.org

    This project has been approved by the University of Connecticut IRB, Protocol #H16-292 and Hartford Hospital IRB, Protocol #D-HHC-2017-0071.

    Healthy volunteers needed for Anxiety Disorders Center research

    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 complete 2 MRIs within 16 weeks to evaluate how the brain responds to different tasks. Enrolled participants will be compensated up to $200 for their time. 
    This study is open to adults age 40 – 65 years old that meet study criteria.
    For more information, please call 860.545.7039 or email ADC.research@hhchealth.org.

    Study for Healthy Teen Girls

    The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center of Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living seeks right-handed teenage girls (ages 12-18) to participate in a MRI-based study on emotion regulation and hormone levels. Only girls who have begun to menstruate and have no history of psychiatric or major medical illnesses will qualify for the study.
    Qualified volunteers for the study will participate in an interview, some questionnaires, neuropsychiatric tests and two non-invasive brain imaging scans.
    Volunteers will be compensated 20 dollars an hour for their time. Participants are required to come in on two separate days, exactly 2 weeks apart, and appointments are expected to last 6-8 and 3-4 hours, respectively.

    For more information, please call 860.545.7788. 

    Study for Teens with Depression

    The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center of Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living seeks right-handed teenagers (ages 12-18) with currently have depression (Major Depressive Disorder) or who were depressed in the past. We are looking for participants who are not currently taking medication for depression, but other types of treatment and past medications would be ok.
    Qualified volunteers for the study will participate in an interview, some questionnaires, neuropsychiatric tests and a non-invasive brain imaging scan.
    Volunteers will be compensated 20 dollars an hour for their time. The study is expected to take 6-8 hours total and can be split into separate visits, if desired.
    For more information, please call 860.545.7788. 

    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:

    • Exercise Stress Test
    • Aerobic Exercise Training
    • Regular Blood Pressure Measurements
    • 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.

    Healthy 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. 

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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.

    Please note: Employees need to complete BOTH an online fit testing course AND an actual mask fit test. Once an employee has completed the online portion of the fit testing, they should follow the instructions to register for the actual mask fit test.

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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
    All programs, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Massachusetts Cottage, 1st floor Group Room. For more information, please call 860-545-7665

    Al Anon Parent Group
    Every Thursday
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
    March 20 and June 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. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    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. Please RSVP to Goviana at 860.560.1711 or gmorales@spedconnecticut.org.

    Bipolar: An Introduction to the Disorder
    February 20 and May 9
    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.  To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    Dementia Lecture: An Introduction
    April 17
    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. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.

    Dementia Support and Education Group
    1st Tuesday of each month
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Donnelly Building, First Floor Conference Room 

    Please join us as we bring together experts and those who want guidance, direction, and support through this journey.  Let’s work together, help each other and exchange ideas. For more info, please call 860-545-7665.

    Depression: An Introduction to the Disorder
    May 15
    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. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.

    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. 

    Hearing Voices Network
    Every Thursday
    5 - 6:30 p.m.
    Todd Building, Bunker Room

    Peer run support group based firmly on a belief of self-help, mutual respect and understanding where people can safely share their experiences of voices, visions, unusual sensory perceptions. The groups offer an opportunity for people to accept and find meaning in their experiences that help them regain power over their lives.

    Introduction to Mental Health Benefits and Services 
    May 1
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

    This presentation will provide an overview of benefit programs available for individuals with mental health disabilities. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.

    It’s Hard To Mom (moms helping moms)
    First and third Thursday of each month
    10 - 11:30 a.m.

    This support group acknowledges the inherent challenges with modern-day mothering and offers an opportunity for mothers to come together, share experiences, and support each other. This group welcomes mothers expecting and with babies to discuss any and all challenges associated with motherhood in a safe and open-minded space. Babies welcome! Space is limited. Please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.   

    Managing Schizophrenia
    April 3
    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. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.

    Schizophrenia: An Introduction to the Disorder
    March 6 and June 19
    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. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860-545-7324.

    Social Support Group – L.G.B.T.Q. Issues (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning)
    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.

    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. 

    Support Group for Families Dealing With Major Mental Illness
    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. 

    Support Group for Those Coping With Stress from a New or Chronic Medical Condition
    Every Friday (exclusing the first Friday of each month)
    1:15 - 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 email Marissa.Sicley-Rogers@hhchealth.org.

    Trauma Support and Education Group
    2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
    6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    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.