e-Xtra News Digest: November 10, 2016

November 09, 2016

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

Burlingame Awards

Have a photo you would like to share? Email announcements@hhchealth.org

For more information on these topics click on the links below:

Classes & Events
Community Events
Education, Training and Research
Employee Discounts
Employee Services
Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities
Grand Rounds
Health Professionals
Human Resources
Information Technology
Respirator FIT Testing Program
Support Groups

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

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

November 12
Suffering from Knee or Hip Pain?
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Hartford/Windsor Marriott
28 Day Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095
Registration required

November 14
Look Good...Feel Better
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Avon Public Library
Register online

November 15
Pancreatic Disease: What's the Cancer Risk?

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hartford Hospital Family HealthCare Center
1060 Day Hill Road, Windsor
Register online

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Community Events

November 14
Girls Night Out

5-7:30 p.m.
Women's Ambulatory Health Services
11Park St., Hartford
Girls 10 to 14 years of age, with mom or female support person 18 years or older welcome

· Light meal & refreshments

· Tour of the clinic

· HIP (Health Interactive Theater Program)

· Question and Answer Session after the presentation

· Opportunity to anonymously submit health-related
questions to be answered at event

For more information, call Evelyn at 860.972.2960

November 30
Organ Donation Passport Program

Hartford Hospital Specialty Dining
Learn how to help promote organ donation and transplantation
Exhibits will be open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and will include:
• Mythbusters About Organ Donation
• End-Stage Organ Disease (Liver, Kidney and Heart)
• The Role of LifeChoice Donor Services
• Understanding Brain Death
• The Donor Family Experience
• Organ Donor Management
• Organ Donor Registration / Advance Directives
Everyone who visits all exhibit stations will get a meal ticket and
will be entered into a drawing to win a raffle prize.

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

Braindance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Education, Training & Research

Clinical Trials
To view the current list of Cancer Clinical Research Open studies, click here

Cancer Clinical Research Office

View the latest open studies being conducted by the Cancer Clinical Research Office here.

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

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

To register for any of these following classes click here.

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

Healthcare Provider BLS Class

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

Healthcare Provider CPR Class

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

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

Please call EMS Education to register at 860.972.9564.

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

You can register for HCP CPR Classes by calling 860.545.1888.

Ongoing Research Studies

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

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

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

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

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


Fellowship Applicants Sought

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

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

Each year monies are awarded to individuals interested in furthering careers in management, medicine, nursing, public health or any area of service delivery or healthcare research. Previously, awards have been given for independent study and one-time management courses as well as creative research projects. For those seeking funds towards a post-graduate degree, applicants must be in their final year of study. 

The award will cover the costs of tuition and possibly some living expenses. It will not cover the cost of travel. Approximately two to five grants (between $1,000 - $2,000) are awarded each year. Applicants must be employed full time in one of the seven member hospitals of the Capital Area Health Consortium: including Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. 

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

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Employee Discounts

Discounts are set up by the recreation and discounts committee of the Employees' Council. Go to the Employee Recreation/Discounts page on the intranet for more information: http://intranet.harthosp.org/hh/docs/378?route=2

BJ's Wholesale Club
What you will receive with this offer:
1. $15 off our $50 Annual Membership Fee or ($35)
$25 off our $100 Annual Rewards Membership Fee ($75)
2. FREE Additional Month of Membership (total 13 months)
3. FREE Second Membership Card for a household member

Discounts on Infinity Hall Shows

HHC Employees can get an exclusive 15% discount on most shows to Infinity Hall Hartford and Infinity Hall Norfolk. Visit www.infinityhall.com for a list of the shows and to order tickets. Enter the code HHCMUSIC to receive the discount. If you prefer to go to the box office to purchase your tickets you can show your Hartford HealthCare badge to obtain the discount.

DELL Computer Discounts

Visit: www.Dell.com/mpp/hhchealth

Online Ordering and Discounts on Events at the Bushnell

HHC employees have access to a special Online Ticket Ordering Program for events at the Bushnell. This program provides the benefit of ordering individual tickets online and, if applicable, at a discounted price

  1. Log on The Bushnell web site: www.bushnell.org
  2. Hover over SHOWS AND CONCERTS then click on the ONLINE GROUP PROGRAM link.
  3. Enter HORACE as the password.
  4. Complete and submit the form, using HHC as group name. You will be contacted by us for payment.
  5. Tickets will be mailed to you.

Not all show dates or performances are available through this program. Tickets available up to 2 weeks prior to curtain. There is a $6 per order handling fee and $3 per ticket surcharge will be applied. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be granted. Discount not applicable to previously purchased ticket. Not available in person. For questions, contact groups@bushnell.org or 860.987.5959.

Discounts on XL Center Events

HHC Employees can get a discount on most XL Center events. We will list them as they become available. Discounts vary by event. You can order tickets:

  • Online at www.xlcenter.com (click presales and promotions, promo code SGHHC)
  • By phone to 877-522-8499 and mention promo code SGHHC
  • At the box office, promo code SGHHC

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

Discount at Sher's Automotive Center

HHC Employees can get a discount at Sher's Automotive Center in Hartford. Choose either 10% off all parts and labor in excess of $150, or a $50 discount towards the purchase of four tires. Shuttle service from Sher's to Hartford Hospital is available beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information call Mike at 860.527.0185.

Discounts at Central Rock Climbing Center in Glastonbury

Hartford HealthCare employees can save 50% at Central Rock Climbing Center, 259 Eastern Boulevard, in Glastonbury.  For $40 you can get an unlimited month pass, with gear and a beginner class included,normally $79. For more information, call Alex Taylor at 860.659.8260.

Discount at Sprint

For more information, call Sprint Sales at 866.639.8354 or contact Jennifer MacDonald at 203.410.2044 or email Jennifer.MacDonald@sprint.com

Free Entrance to Connecticut Science Center

All Hartford HealthCare staff members can get free admission into the Connecticut Science Center (a $19 value) with their employee badge. 

Discounts on select events at the Mullins Center

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

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

December 7
Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

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

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

To book your tickets:

1. XLCenter.com/promo

2. Ticket Line: 1.877.522.8499

3. XL Center Box Office


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Employee Services

Barney Employee Fitness Center
Open 24/7
The center offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and free weights, functional movement screenings and exercise programs to help you prevent injuries, weight-loss exercise programs, diet and nutrition counseling. The staff is all nationally certified. For more information, call the Fitness Center at 860.972.3077.

Employees Council
All employees are invited to attend meetings, which are held once a month. Date for general council meetings listed on the Employees Council 
intranet page. You can also call 860.545.3904 or email Employee.Council@hhchealth.org to arrange a convenient date and time to meet with the chairperson of the council.

HHC Health Center

Hartford HealthCare in partnership with Iora Health provides an innovative, new primary care practice designed specifically for Hartford HealthCare employees and family members. Conveniently located at the Medical Office Building at Hartford Hospital. Stop by or click here to learn more. 

Have your annual mammogram at Hartford Hospital!

Employees can get a screening mammogram as a walk-in or call 860.972.2813 to make an appointment.

Stu and You
What Are People Asking Stu?

Your coworkers have asked some great questions of President Stu Markowitz through the Stu and You email box, and he has answered all of them!

To see questions and answers, go to the Stu and You page on the Intranet. No employee names are used.

Got a question? Ask it. Email your question to StuAndYou@hhchealth.org or use the button on the Stu and You Intranet page. You will get a response from Stu within 10 working days.

Trading Post

Swap supplies or advertise your items for sale on the Hartford Hospital Trading Post, a free online classified ad site developed for employees. You can find the Trading Post under Employee Services on the Intranet home page: http://hhblogs.hhcsystem.org/tradingpost/

Tuition Reimbursement

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

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

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

A maximum reimbursement is allotted each fiscal year based on the employee’s salary band, number of hours worked and years of service (see page 5 of Tuition Reimbursement Packet).  Once you have met the maximum reimbursement, you will not be eligible to participate in the program until the next fiscal year. The current fiscal year includes Fall 2016 through Summer 2017 semesters.

Email completed applications and supporting documentation to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860-545-1572. Contact Dianne at 972-1820 with any questions.

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

Weight Watchers
Hartford Hospital
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meetings will be in Dining Room B, Except on October 18, November 15 and December 20.

Wednesdays 11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. 
in Medical Office Building  85 Seymour St Suite 300. Contact Barbara Gaughan at 860 972-5807.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

November 2-November 30
United Way Campaign at Hartford Hospital 

Our 2016 United Way Campaign is officially underway! The campaign message this year is Give Today. Create a Community of Possibilities Tomorrow. That's why your role is so critical in creating the community we all want. Caring people like you have the passion and power to impact the future direction of our children and our families, right here in our community. We invite you to join us to LIVE UNITED and contribute to a better life for everyone through United Way Community Investment.

TO MAKE YOUR ELECTRONIC DONATION for this very worthwhile cause, please:
• Visit the United Way eWay site: https://donor.united-e-way.org/default.aspx?campaign=uwcaharthosp
• Login with your 9-digit employee number (i.e. 100012345) as the Username
• Use the first initial of your first name, the first initial of your last name, and last four digits of your employee number, all UPPER CASE (i.e. AB1234) for your Password
Step-by-step instructions for using eWay, along with other information regarding the United Way campaign, can be found on our Intranet site at http://intranet.harthosp.org/unitedway.htm
If you have any questions about pledging online, please contact Liz Roper (Lizabeth.roper@hhchealth.org).

Volunteers Needed for No One Dies Alone Program

Please join those currently serving in the nationally recognized program called No One Dies Alone (NODA).  Volunteers sit vigil with patients who would appreciate companionship at the end of their lives. This can happen for any number of reasons and we strive to honor the patient’s wishes. With the support of bedside staff, this meaningful program brings relief to families and comfort to patients.                                             

Attendance at a three hour training session is required.  The next training will be Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am in the ED conference room.  Attendees will be escorted to the conference room from Volunteer Services, Bliss 109A at 8:25am.  If you are able to attend, please complete a volunteer application at this link:   


This wonderful initiative is coordinated by the Spiritual Care Department and Volunteer Services Department.

For questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Department at (860) 972-2182 or email: Kelley.boothby@hhchealth.org

If you have a patient referral, or if you have other programmatic questions, please reach out to Chaplain Erica Richmond, Erica.Richmond@hhchealth.org.


Hartford Hospital Employees' Council 2016 Holiday Gift Baskets

Adopt or sponsor a family in need this holiday season. 

Financial Assistance for Patients

Do you know a patient who is in need of financial assistance? Hartford HealthCare can provide help to patients in need. Learn more about the program and how to assist patients on HHC Connect: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/inside-hhc/patient-support)

New Donation Bin for Magazines, Books, Puzzles, and More

Bring recent magazines to the department of Volunteer Services (Bliss 109A) who will distribute them to patients and families through the book cart and waiting room areas. Decks of cards, books of crossword puzzles/word search/Sudoku are also need. Donation bins are located near the Bliss Wing elevators. 

HH United Way Campaign

For information about Hartford Hospital's United Way Pledge Campaign visit the United Way Intranet page at http://intranet.harthosp.org/unitedway.htm

Welcome Home Baskets for Veterans
Baskets filled with household items needed to give to recently house veterans in the Connecticut. Baskets due by November 30. To donate completed baskets please coordinate with your unit HH social worker or contact Kerry Hoyt at 860-972-9109 or Jackie Zea-Edgar at 860-972-2810 The HH Social Work Department will deliver the donated Welcome Home Baskets to the VA. Welcome Home Baskets will be distributed by the VA to veterans moving into housing through the HUD-VASH program. Sample supplies include bathroom items, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, paper good and general household supplies and tools like laundry baskets, trash cans, sandwich bags, tin foil and plastic wrap. To learn more visit the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans at 
http://www.nchv.org and the HUD-VASH programhttp://www.connecticut.va.gov/services/homeless

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Grand Rounds

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

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

November 15
General Internal Medicine Meeting
Pond House Café
Agenda to follow

IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds

November 10 
Title: Addiction, Overdose and Suicide: We Can Do More to Prevent Deaths from Drug Self-Intoxication.
Speaker: Hilary S. Conncery, MD, PhD. Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

November 17
Title: Future of Psychiatric Hospitals; indications and contraindications and studies of efficacy"
Speaker: Ira D. Glick, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 13

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

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

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

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Health Professionals

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

Trauma Nurse Core Course: Two Day Course
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Hartford Hospital: Education & Resource Center
Sponsored by Nursing Education & Research
To register, call Samantha Fickett at 860.972.4921.
Fee $400 or $325 for Hartford HealthCare Employees & CCMC Employees
Contact hours: $17.65. Trauma Nurse Course Course Certification.


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Human Resources

Do you have a Gold Medal Manager?

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

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

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

Information on the Gold Medal Manager program is available here.

Policy and Procedure Manual Update

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

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

Policy 216 Transfer Policy – HH/HHC: This is a new policy that replaces the “HHC Voluntary Transfer Guidelines Policy.

Referral Bonus Program

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

  • Advance Practice Registered Nurse
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  •  Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
  • Health Information Coder
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Therapist/ Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist/Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Treatment Planning Technologist
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • RN Case Coordinator
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Surgical Technologist

The bonus will be $3,000 for full-time employees and $1,500 for part-time employees (working more than 24 hours per week), with half being paid at the candidate’s start date and the other half at the candidate’s six-month anniversary.

To qualify for the referral bonus, the referring employee’s name must be listed as a referral source on the application when submitted. The referring employee must not be in step 2 or higher of the performance improvement process.

Directors, assistant directors, employees in any role that has managerial or supervisory responsibilities and the staff of Human Resources will not be eligible for the program. Please allow up to 30 days for receipt of each portion of the referral bonus.

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

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Information Technology

Add Your Photo To Your Outlook Email Profile

In an effort to foster better communications and to put “a face to the name,” the ITS and Planning and Marketing Departments have created a process to allow staff to add their photograph to the Outlook Email profile via our HHC Intranet portal.

If you would like to have your photo become part of your Outlook email you simply visit your profile page on the Intranet, located at:

Then you upload your photograph using the instructions on the Intranet and the next day your photograph will be part of your Outlook Email profile.

This is the first in many data integration projects that are underway. ITS is currently working on a solution to synchronize other Intranet data to your Outlook email profile. Stay tuned there is lots more to come!

If you have problems uploading a photo to the Intranet, there is a Help and Feedback section here: 

And a bug submission form here:

New Functionality in PeopleSoft: Item Substitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What's Your Best Practice 

As Hartford HealthCare mobilizes to improve our patient/customer experience, we know that great things are already happening in our offices, on our units and in our patient rooms every day.

The next step is to make sure that these “best practices” are shared across the system so that we can create one exceptional experience at every location that displays the HHC logo.

The HHC Patient Experience Council would like to hear about what you are already doing and what new ideas you have to improve patient experience.

Please help us to spread our best practices by submitting yours for review. Your submission should explain what you are doing and how it has had a measurable impact on improving patient experience. All submissions should explain how the practice relates to least one of the HHC 2016 Experience focus areas — Service, Communication and Environment.

The council, comprised of leaders across the system, will evaluate every entry. The best of the best will be celebrated at our next patient experience event and the implementation of the practice will be encouraged system-wide.

If you would like to submit a best practice for consideration, please visit our Patient & Customer Experience page on HHC Connect to find answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) and an electronic submission form. If you have questions, please contact one of HHC’s Strategic Experience Advisors.


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

 andrea hagstrom

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

Deb Tetreault


Toiletry Drive to Support the Fight Against Domestic Violence Ongoing, Lazowski/Keily Multifaith Chapel

Throughout the week, we will be gathering donations for personal and child hygiene items like: toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant, soap, shampoo, feminine products and baby bottles and formula. All items will go to one of the local centers within the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence network.  Donations can be left in the hospital chapel at any point during the week. These upcoming services will be held at noon in Hartford Hospital’s Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel:



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

Saturday, November 19, 7AM-11AM ERD 4th Floor
Tuesday, November 29, 1PM-5PM   ERD 4th Floor

FIT Testing is an annual requirement. Employees who are required to do a yearly N95 Respirator Fit test will see their due date in HealthStream as their anniversary date of starting at the hospital. When you have completed all three steps, the assignment will automatically reset to the same month next year. Complete your HealthStream module prior to getting the Fit Test portion.

If there are any changes to your cardiac or pulmonary health, or if you are a new employee, you must be medically cleared by Occupational Health prior to being Fit Tested.

Also, Federal Law prohibits testing of anyone with facial hair that interferes with the mask seal. Please ensure you meet all of these requirements before getting Fit Tested.

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Support Groups

For information about Support Groups for cancer, cardiology, diabetes, mental health, neurology, pulmonary, surgical weight loss and urology visit, https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/classes-events/support-groups


Offerings from the Institute of Living (IOL) Family Resource Center
For more information about support groups or events call, 860.545.7665 or 860.545.1888 or visit the Family Resource Center website.

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