e-Xtra News Digest: March 30, 2017

March 29, 2017

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

 BJI open house

Physical Therapist Matthew Reynolds demonstrates the Anti-Gravity Treadmill at the Bone and Joint Institute's Center for Musculoskeletal Health open house.

Special announcement:

April 5
Make your voice heard on Hospital Day
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Legislative Office Building in Harford

We are counting on you to demonstrate the strength of our commitment to our patients and the communities we serve. State leaders are considering a budget that could be detrimental to Connecticut’s hospitals and health care systems – organizations that save lives, provide stable jobs and support our towns and cities in everything they do.

On Hospital Day, you can help ensure that the voice of our patients and caregivers is heard. We invite you to join us at the Legislative Office Building in Harford (next to the State Capitol) to explain the gravity of this proposal to lawmakers. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Hospital Association, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Even if you can only come for part of the day, you still can make a difference. We need to ensure that Hartford HealthCare is well represented.

The proposed budget would weaken Connecticut’s safety net and make it harder to care for our most vulnerable friends, neighbors and family members. Help send a clear message, standing up together for the people we are privileged to serve.

If you can participate, please contact Kim Harrison, our vice president for government relations, at Kimberly.Harrison@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


Classes & Events

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

April 19
Care for the Caregiver: The Special Needs of Special Parents

6-8 p.m.
Institute of Living
Open discussion about self-care challenges, ideas, suggestions and
some laughs! Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Goviana at 860.560.1711 or email gmorales@spedconnecticut.org.

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Community Events

Patient Access Personnel Week April 2-8 

Celebrating Patient Access –Making Our Mark on the Patient Experience

Patient Access Week acknowledges the unique contribution Patient Access Associates have on the patient experience.  Patient Access Associates are the first person patients and visitors encounter in a healthcare organization. These dedicated staff members fill the roles of receptionists, registration, insurance verification, financial counseling, and scheduling in the health care organization.

May 7-12
Hartford Hospital Nurse’s Week Basket Raffle 

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

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

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

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

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

April 6
Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Suite 318, Hartford Hospital Medical Office Building, 85 Seymour Street

Head and neck cancer is treatable when detected early, so take advantage of a free screening with experts from the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Ear, nose and throat specialist Clinton Akira Kuwada, MD, director of the head and neck program at Hartford Hospital, will conduct the screenings.

Registration is not required. For questions, call our Cancer Connect Line 855.255.6181 or visit hartfordhealthcare.org/events.

March 24-April 30
"Next to Normal" at TheaterWorks

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

All Hartford HealthCare employees will receive a 15 percent discount on tickets for the show, which runs Tuesdays through Sundays starting Friday, March 24 and ending Sunday, April 30.

HHC will also partner with TheaterWorks to host community dialogues highlighting mental health and addiction. TalkBack Tuesdays feature an intimate, post-show chat with cast and special guests, including BHN experts such as BHN President Pat Rehmer, Rushford Medical Director Craig Allen, MD, and Institute of Living Psychiatrist-in-Chief Hank Schwartz, MD. HHC and Theaterworks will also host a forum during April focused on mental health parity. See the website for the TalkBack Tuesday dates.

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

There will be (4) TalkBack Tuesday’s that will take place during the Next To Normal Production. These TalkBack Tuesday’s take place immediately following the show.

April 4 - Creative Team Talkbacks (Cast):
Post-show chat with the cast and the creative team as they discuss the process of bringing NEXT TO NORMAL to the TheaterWorks stage.

April 11- “Where’s the Casserole?”
Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health featuring Pat Rehmer MSN, ACHE,
SVP, Behavioral Health Hartford HealthCare and Kathy Flaherty, Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Rights Project

April 18: “A Dose of Reality” Facing the opioid crisis in America featuring Craig Allen, MD and family member

Health and Human services has declared that we as a country are in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, and at least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid (hhs.gov).  In “Next to Normal” daughter Natalie reaches into her mother’s medicine cabinet to cope.  Listen in as experts connect the play to this pressing current event.

April 25: “There Will Be Light” Journey to Wellness and Recovery featuring Harold Schwartz, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Vice President, Behavioral Health, Hartford Hospital and Karen Kangas, Director of Recovery and Family Affairs, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network.
Next to Normal explores many paths to wellness and recovery ending with the hope that “There Will Be Light.”  This talkback conversation will delve into all the ways Diana ventures to find recovery.

March 31
Donate Life Rose Ceremony

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Flag raising at 2 p.m. Rose ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the Gilman Auditorium
Registration will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Conklin Building.

April 5
Walk to Wellness: National Walking Day

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Westfarms Mall
Join us at the Hartford HealthCare Wellness at Westfarms Rest and Relaxation Lounge (Lower Level of Westfarms near Nordstrom).
Wendy Nichols, Physical Therapist, Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital will lead a discussion.
Registration is required.
Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) to register.
A complimentary breakfast will be held at California Pizza Kitchen after the walk.

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

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

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


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Education, Training & Research

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)

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 click the following link:


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


Healthcare Provider BLS Class

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

Healthcare Provider CPR Class

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

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

Please call EMS Education to register at 860.972.9564.

If you prefer to attend a classroom course, there are Healthcare Provider CPR Classes are held in ERD 4th Floor.

You can register for HCP CPR Classes by calling 860.545.1888.

Ongoing Research Studies

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

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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

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


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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.

Special Event: Boot Camp Challenge
12 Weeks
Cost $200
24 one-on-one half hour sessions
Work on muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, stability, balance and core.
Registration open through April 30. To register, call 860.972.3077 or email, FitnessCenter.FitnessCenter@hhchealth.org

Relax...It's Just Yoga

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.

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

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

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. 


For more information, visit the United Way website.

Need some extra help this summer? Claim a student volunteer

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

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Grand Rounds

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

IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds

To view information about IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds, click here

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
April 24
“Twenty-five Years of Craniofacial Trauma at Hartford Hospital”
6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Jefferson Building 118
Speaker: Norman Cavanagh, DMD, MD, Chief, Craniofacial Trauma Service, Department of Surgery
Hartford Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor, UConn Health
Contact: herman.johnson@hhchealth.org


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Health Professionals

Nursing Scholarships from HHSN Alumnae Association

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

April 28

2nd Annual Advanced Practitioner Symposium
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Heublin Hall, Hartford Hospital
Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine will host a symposium for advanced practitioners, whose contributions to the care of patients are significant and continue to grow. Those contributions are valued at Hartford Hospital with a commitment to promote education and professional growth. For nurses, advanced practitioners, AP students, nursing students and other staff.  This year, there will be a poster session.  Staff is invited to present a poster highlighting innovation, research, quality or role projects.  For questions,  contact Erica Thompson at 860.972.5766 or  erica.thompson@hhchealth.org.

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

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

EAP provides help for any kind of concern such as:
· stress
· anxiety and depression
· marital issues and divorce
· family and parenting concerns
· alcohol and other drug dependencies
· budget and debt problems
· bereavement and other losses
· change in the workplace
· child and elder care
· compulsive gambling
· traumatic incidents
· family violence 

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

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

Do you have a Gold Medal Manager?

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

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

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

Information on the Gold Medal Manager program is available here.

Policy and Procedure Manual Update

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

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

November 2016

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

Referral Bonus Program

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:


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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.


March is National Social Work Month

Each year the National Association of Social Workers chooses a theme to help communicate the value of social workers in our communities. This year’s theme is “Social Workers Stand Up!,” a campaign aimed at educating the public about the contributions of social workers and give social workers and their allies tools they can use to elevate the profession.


 Social Workers at Hartford Hospital stand up for their patients and their families by comforting those experiencing illness, homelessness, addiction, mental health crises and as well as other issues.

In November of 2016, in honor of Veteran’s Day, donations were collected from HHC employees at Hartford Hospital, Newington, Hospital of Central Connecticut, and Backus Hospital. Baskets were created and distributed to veterans throughout the state by the Newington VA and the West Haven VA. These donations support Veterans who are transitioning from being homeless to moving into a place of their own. More than 90 ‘Welcome Home Baskets’ were donated across Connecticut thanks to the generosity of HHC social workers and employees.

Happy National Social Work month to all the social workers at Hartford Hospital and at HHC! 

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Retirement Teas

May 31
Retirement tea for Sue Podolski
2-4 p.m.
Dining Rooms A&B 
Sue Podolski is retiring from Hartford Hospital after 36 years. 
Sue Podolski

June 30
Retirement Tea for Lisa Joslyn from perioperative services

SB 4th floor, staff lounge
Lisa is retiring from HH after 38 years. 

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March 30
Living On a Prayer: Responding to Families who are Waiting for a Miracle 
Noon to 1 p.m. in Gilman Auditorium.  Lunch Provided at 11:30 p.m.
Presenter: Rev. Erica Richmond, M.Div., M.A. is the Palliative Chaplain at Hartford Hospital and a member of the Ethics Committee at Hartford Hospital.
The lecture is part of Hartford Hospital’s ongoing Spiritual Care Grand Rounds series and is co-sponsored by the Hartford Hospital Ethics Committee and Hartford Hospital’s Office of Advanced Practice.  To receive more information about this and/or other upcoming Spiritual Care grand rounds, please contact Jessica.Vandenend@hhchealth.org

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Research Studies

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

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

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

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Respirator FIT Testing Schedule

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

April 2017 schedule:

Monday, April 3, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 6, 7 a.m. –  4 p.m., Informal Lounge
Tuesday, April 11, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

April 11
CBT for Insomnia: An introduction

6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Massachusetts Cottage, First Floor Group Room
Come join us for our regularly scheduled Anxiety Disorders lecture to learn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, a new group being offered through the Anxiety Disorders Center. See how you can gain the tools you need to improve sleep and your overall quality of life!
To RSVP or make an inquiry, please contact Laura at 860.545.7324 or email

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