e-Xtra News Digest: March 7, 2019

March 07, 2019


What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

HH Social Work Team 2019
Celebrating Those Who Elevate and Empower

National Social Work Month is celebrated every year during the month of March. During this year’s celebration, Hartford Hospital is recognizing the extraordinary contributions of this profession by encouraging people to reflect on this year’s theme, “Elevate Social Work.”

Social workers elevate and empower people, giving them the ability to solve problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the resources they need to succeed. Social workers are trained to examine and address life’s problems in a holistic way, which supports healthy patients and a healthy society.

For more than a century, social work has been on the cutting edge by helping create changes that make the world a better place. Social workers have advocated for voting rights, improved workplace safety, a minimum wage and social safety net programs that ameliorate poverty and hunger. In this way, social workers are active well beyond the health care setting.

In recognition of the numerous contributions made by Hartford Hospital’s social workers, you are invited to celebrate and support the social work profession on campus and beyond.


What's new in e-Xtra this week:


What's Happening Soon:

March 14
IOL Grand Rounds: Setting the Future Agenda for ADHD Research:Novel Evidence for Adult ADHD Subtypes

March 15
University of Saint Joseph 'Open House' 

March 22
Red Cross Blood Drive 


    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.

    End of Life Nursing Education Consortium

    The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is a national education initiative to provide training in palliative care, founded as a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope, Duarte CA. The project provides training to nurses and other healthcare professionals, imparting the specialized knowledge and skills needed to deliver quality palliative care, and to positively impact the lives of patients and families facing serious illness and/or the end of life.

    Through collaboration between the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Hartford Hospital Palliative Care, this outstanding curriculum is being offered as a two-part series, with content focusing on areas such as pain and symptom management, cultural, ethical and spiritual concerns, loss and bereavement, and communication. The six-hour sessions are taught by an interprofessonal team of ELNEC educators and specialists in palliative care, including nursing, social work, and chaplaincy.

    Classes are being offered throughout 2019, and are available to employee registration through HealthStream.

    HHC Business Intelligence Tool: An Introduction

    This new tool, which is used across all entities and departments of Hartford HealthCare, will help you understand your actual versus budget spend in the Operational Dashboards.

    The Operational Dashboards include finance, supply chain and human resource data for analytic trends. The tool will also help you in the development of your FY 2020 annual budgets. The class goes beyond your navigation training.

    Class times and registration are available in HealthStream by searching keywords HHC Business Intelligence. Upcoming classes include March 12, 14, 26 and 28; and April 9 and 11.

    March 15
    University of Saint Joseph 'Open House' at Hartford Hospital

    Special Dining Room
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    USJ President Rhona C. Free invites USJ alumni and members of the Hartford Healthcare family to an Open House lunch and conversation at Hartford Hospital. We know your schedule is busy and hope you will drop in for whatever portion of the Open House works for you

    USJ President Rhona C. Free invites USJ alumni and members of the Hartford Healthcare family to an Open House lunch and conversation at Hartford Hospital. We know your schedule is busy and hope you will drop in for whatever portion of the Open House works for you!

    Please respond by Tuesday, March 12, to Rachel Scully at rscully@usj.edu.

    March 22
    Jewelry & Watch Sale Sponsored by the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary
    Medical Office Building Lobby (near Starbucks)
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary will present a jewelry and watch sale on March 22 in the Medical Office Building lobby featuring D&D International Jewelry Designs. Come see beautiful imported 18kt, 14kt and silver from Italy, Spain and Turkey, plus a large selection of designer watches, all at discounted prices. Credit cards accepted and payment plans are available.

    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

    Transplant Mind & Body Group

    Join us in our educational group meetings designed to educate patients on holistic health approaches and creating behaviors that promote healthy lifestyles!

    Group meetings will occur twice monthly starting November 2018 – April 2019.

    • 3/20/19: 5pm-6pm: Mind/Body Support Group
    • 4/13/19: 5pm-7pm: Final Celebration

    Please reserve your spot by contacting Hartford Hospital’s Transplant Office at 860.972.4219. For additional information, please contact Danielle Gleason, PsyD, at 860.972.0829 or Danielle.Gleason@hhchealth.org.

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    Education, Training & Research

    Grants Available for Safety Projects

    Do you have a project that might help Hartford HealthCare take even better care of patients or employees? You might be eligible for a grant from the HHC Insurance Department to get it started. Projects should reduce patient harm or help employees and visitors stay safer and healthier in our facilities. Find more information on the Quality/Safety Grant Program at https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/organizations-departments/system-support-office/by-department/finance/insurance/quality-safety-grant-program.

    HH School of Nursing Alumnae Association Offering Nursing Scholarships

    The Alumnae Association of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing is again offering nursing scholarships to HHSN alumnae and their families and to employees working at HH, the IOL or Jefferson House for a minimum of 6 months. Applicants must be matriculated in an accredited nursing program. Further eligibility requirements, information and applications may be obtained online at www.hhsnalumnae.org. Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2019.

    For more information, contact Christine Johnson at 860.537.1099 or cmjohnson@snet.net

    Nursing Education Competency Day Schedule

    Registration is now active in HealthStream for Hartford Hospital Nursing Education Competency Days. The dates are:

    • April 4, 2019
    • May 2, 2019
    • June 6, 2019
    • September 5, 2019

    When searching in HealthStream to register, enter HH-IOL Nursing Education Competency Day. Contact Samantha Fickett in Nursing Education with questions at Samantha.Fickett@hhchealth.org.

    iRIS Training Classes

    The Human Research Protections Program is pleased to offer a series of monthly iRIS training classes.  iRIS is the online submission system for everything that pertains to research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  If you are interested in honing your skills in iRIS or if you are completely new to iRIS, please take advantage of this opportunity.  Visit the iRIS Training Intake Sheet to sign up for one of the upcoming trainings. Save this link to sign future employees up for iRIS training. 

    The training repeats each month at different times.  If you only can make it for one hour, feel free to come for the session you think best applies to your needs. You are welcome to sign up for multiple training sessions. Please sign up in REDCap so we know how many people to expect and if our facility is large enough. Currently all trainings are scheduled to be held in the Robinson Library, classroom three. 

    If you have any questions please contact Pamela Johnson at Pamela.Johnson@hhchealth.org or 860.972.0141; or Sharice Brown at Sharice.Brown@hhchealth.org or 860. 972.1251.

    Paramedic Training Program at CESI

    Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation (CESI) will be offering its paramedic training program beginning September 2019. 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.

    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.

    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 860.972.2564. 

    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

    Hartford HealthCare's employee discount program offers exclusive deals on name-brand products and services. Please visit HHC Connect for more details.

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    Employee Services

    Want to Learn More about Employee Assistance?

    Hartford HealthCare’s GuidanceResources Employee Assistance Program is so much more than counseling. GuidanceResources provides confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues facing you or your family members—all at no cost.

    Join GuidanceResources for an upcoming information session explaining everything they have to offer. All four sessions will take place in Gilman Auditorium in the Conklin Building..

    Information Sessions for Managers:

    • Wednesday, March 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. 
    • Thursday March 14, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    Information Sessions for Employees:

    • Tuesday, March 26, from 2 to 3 p.m
    • Wednesday, March 27, from 8 to 9 a.m.   

    For more information, visit https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/human-resources/benefits/employee-assistance. GuidanceResources is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 833.806.8721.

    Employee Assistance Program

    Hartford HealthCare’s GuidanceResources Employee Assistance Program is so much more than counseling.  Services are available to help you maintain your work/life balance. GuidanceResources provides confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues to you and your family  at no cost to you.

    Visit HHC Connect for more information. 

    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.

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    Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

    March 22
    Red Cross Blood Drive
    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Heublein Hall

    March is Red Cross Month. You can be part of the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission by donating blood to bring hope and help to patients in need. The Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood donations every day. Be an everyday hero by giving blood.

    The American Red Cross has issued a blood emergency for eligible donors of all blood types to #GiveNow and help save patient lives. Severe winter weather and frigid temperatures across the northern states coupled with the recent federal government shutdown have resulted in more than 19,000 fewer blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Without more blood donors giving now, hospitals may not have the blood needed to save lives.

    To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code harthosp, or call 1.800.REDCROSS. 

    Books and Magazines Needed for Patients and Families

    New and gently used books and recent magazines needed. Please bring donations to the Department of Volunteer Services (Bliss 109A) or use the donation bin located on the first floor of the Bliss Wing near the elevators. Volunteers will distribute them to patients and families through the book cart and waiting room areas.

    We can also use decks of cards and new books of crossword puzzles/word search/Sudoku.

    Volunteers Needed for Read to Grow Program

    Volunteers are trained to visit new parents in the maternity unit to discuss the importance of reading to children from birth to promote literacy skills. The program also provides a free book to each family. Opportunities are open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Shifts must be completed from 4 to 7 p.m. and volunteers must commit for a minimum of six months. The birth rate at Hartford Hospital is approximately 3,750 per year so there are a lot of families to visit!

    Please contact Eileen Pelletier, Director of Volunteer Services at Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org of 860.972.2448 for more information.

    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. 

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    Grand Rounds

    March 14
    Institute of Living Grand Rounds
    Hartford Room, Commons Building

    12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

    "Setting the Future Agenda for ADHD Research:Novel Evidence for Adult ADHD Subtypes," featuring Michael C. Stevens, PhD, Director, CND LAB, Olin NRC, Institute of Living.

    For additional information about Grand Rounds at the IOL, visit https://instituteofliving.org/GrandRounds.

    May 9
    Institute of Living Grand Rounds
    Hartford Room, Commons Building

    12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

    "'TIPS' Telephone Intervention Problem Solving Improves Antipsychotic Medication Adherence," featuring Lora Beebe, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, Professor of Nursing at the University of Tennessee.

    For additional information about Grand Rounds at the IOL, visit https://instituteofliving.org/GrandRounds.

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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

    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

    Come back soon for more recognition.


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    Retirement Teas 

    Check back soon for new retirement tea listings. 

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    Spirituality

    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.

    Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel

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

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    Research Studies

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

    Seeking Healthy Participants for a Research Study

    The Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living is currently recruiting healthy volunteers for a research study that examines the effect of breathing on biological responses, anxiety, and brain activity. We are looking for adults 18 and older with no history of psychiatric illness. 

    Participation involves completing an interview with a clinician, a computer task while being connected to sensors that measure your biology and brain activity through electroencephalography (EEG) recording, and a rapid breathing task.

    The visit takes about 2.5 hours and participants are compensated for their time with a $50 Amazon gift card.

    For more information, call .860.545.7039 or email adc.research@hhchealth.org

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Antibiotic Research Study

    Must be a healthy male or female, age 18 years or older, and meet all requirements of the study Females must be non-pregnant and non-lactating. Monetary compensation will be provided.

    For more information, contact Tomefa Asempa at 860.972.3160 or tomefa.asempa@hhchealth.org.

    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 premenopausal women who are between the ages 20 and 50 and do not use tobacco products. 

    The 2-week study requires three visits to 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 Participants with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Needed

    Dr. Andrew Winokur, MD, of the Clinical Trials Unit at the Institute of Living, has an exciting research opportunity for patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Up to 60% of OCD patients have an inadequate response to first-line treatments (ex: cognitive behavioral therapy and SSRIs). This study is looking at the efficacy of this glutamate modulating compound to treat OCD. This study is sponsored by Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Limited.

    Criteria:

    • Male or Female, 18 to 65 years of age
    • Proficient in English, with normal visual (with or without corrective lenses) and hearing ability
    • Diagnosis of OCD for at least 1 year

    If you have a client or patient that may qualify based on the following criteria, please refer them to the Clinical Trials Unit. The research staff will review the study in more detail and walk them through the process. 

    Email Clinical.Trials@hhchealth.org or call 860.545.7476.

    Research Study Participants with Major Depressive Disorder Needed

    The Clinical Trials Unit at the Institute of Living, a division of Hartford Hospital, has an exciting research opportunity for patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This study is comparing the accuracy and reliability of self-administered memory and thinking skills test taken on an iPad vs same tests administered by a doctor. These methods could be used in future clinical studies. This study is sponsored by Janssen Research and Development, LLC.

    Criteria:

    • Male or Female, 18 to 59 years of age
    • Proficient in English, with normal visual (with or without corrective lenses) and hearing ability
    • Diagnosis of MDD, in partial or full remission

    If you have a client or patient that may qualify based on the following criteria, please refer them to the Clinical Trials Unit. The research staff will review the study in more detail and walk them through the process. Email Clinical.Trials@hhchealth.org or call 860.545.7476.

    Recruiting Patients with OCD for Clinical Trial

    Dr. Andrew Winokur at the Clinical Trials Unit of the Institute of Living has an exciting research opportunity for patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Up to 60% of OCD patients have an inadequate response to first-line treatments (ex: cognitive behavioral therapy and SSRIs). This study is looking at the efficacy of this glutamate modulating compound to treat OCD. This study is sponsored by Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Limited.

    If you have a client or patient that may qualify based on the following criteria, please refer them to the Clinical Trials Unit. The research staff will review the study in more detail and walk them through the process.

    • Male or Female, 18 to 65 years of age
    • Proficient in English, with normal visual (with or without corrective lenses) and hearing ability
    • Diagnosis of OCD for at least 1 year

    Email Clinical.Trials@hhchealth.org or call 860.545.7476 to sign up or get more information.

    Research Study for People with Major Depressive Disorder

    The Clinical Trials Unit at the Institute of Living, a division of Hartford Hospital, has an exciting research opportunity for patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This study is comparing the accuracy and reliability of self-administered memory and thinking skills test taken on an iPad vs same tests administered by a doctor. These methods could be used in future clinical studies. This study is sponsored by Janssen Research and Development, LLC.

    If you have a client or patient that may qualify based on the following criteria, please refer them to the Clinical Trials Unit. The research staff will review the study in more detail and walk them through the process. Thank you!

    Email: Clinical.Trials@hhchealth.org

    Phone: 860-545-7476

    Criteria:

    • Male or Female, 18 to 59 years of age
    • Proficient in English, with normal visual (with or without corrective lenses) and hearing ability
    • Diagnosis of MDD, in partial or full remission

    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.

    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.

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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

    IOL Family Resource Center Support Groups

    Click here for the most up-to-date support group schedule from the IOL's 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.

    Hartford Hospital 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.

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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.