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e-Xtra News Digest: November 9, 2017

November 09, 2017

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

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Compliance Week at Hartford Hospital

Rhonda Longo, Olivia Esposito, Cynthia Snyder and David Haig staffed the Compliance Week table outside of the HH cafeteria. The week’s activities are aimed to promote a culture of compliance and integrity. Employees have one more chance to have some fun and learn something new on Friday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m outside the café.

    What's new in e-Xtra this week:

    Hartford Hospital United Way Campaign

    Our 2017 Hartford Hospital United Way Campaign is officially underway! We invite you to join us to LIVE UNITED and contribute to a better life for everyone through United Way Community Investment. Our campaign runs until December 1st and our goal this year is to raise $140,000 in pledge and event contributions. We also are aiming to increase our participation – even $1.00 per week from every employee will go a long way to reach our goal.

    If you are a prior donor and pledged via payroll deduction during the 2016 Campaign, your gift is already in the system.  If you don't want to make any changes, you do not have to log into the system – your gift will roll over to benefit United Way Community Investment. If you would like to make changes to your 2017 contribution, or are a first-time donor, please visit the United Way eWay site. 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

    Thank you for your participation in the United Way Campaign. Together, we'll find the best way to create a better community for all of us.

    Special Services in the Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel

    All Services are at noon in the Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel. We gather there Monday through Friday each week for prayer/reflection. Please come when you can and leave when you need to. For more information, please contact Spiritual Care at 860.972.2251.

    • Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Service
    • Wednesday, November 29, Donor Sabbath
    • Friday, December 1, World AIDS Day
    • Monday, December 4, Advent Begins (Advent will be celebrated each Monday in December)
    • Friday, December 8, International Human Rights Day
    • Wednesday, December 13, Celebrating Hanukkah
    • Wednesday, December 20, Grief during the Holidays
    • Monday, December 25, Christmas Mass

    Donate to “Celebrations” Shop by 12/18 for Families Facing Financial Hardship  

    Throughout the year, “Celebrations,” the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic has provided a “shop” where families facing financial hardship can select gifts for the holidays as well as for their children’s birthdays, graduations, and special occasions. We do not charge the families for anything they select.

    In the past, with the help and generosity of fellow colleagues and the community, we have received donations of new toys, books, art and crafts supplies, winter coats and accessories, and other gift items for teens and children of all ages.

    Your donation and annual support enable us to continually assist our families in celebrating the holidays, as well as other milestones and memorable moments in their child’s life.

    Please consider supporting our families by donating a gift item or adopting a family this holiday season.

    Drop off location: IOL campus, Braceland Building, Second floor, Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, front desk ext. 5-7239. Contact: Glenda Baez at 5-7296 or Suzanne Femino at 5-7717.

    Thank you and we look forward, with your help, to putting more smiles on children’s faces this holiday season.

    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.

    November 16
    Institute of Living Psychiatric Grand Rounds: “Pediatric Pharmacology”
    IOL Commons Building, Hartford Room
    Noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Featuring Robert L. Findling, MD, MBA, director of child & adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. By participating in this live activity, participants should be able to provide evidence-based treatment for pediatric mania, evidence-based treatment for pediatric bipolar depression and evidence-based treatment of psychiatric comorbidities in pediatric bipolar disorder. Hartford

    Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.

    The lecture is also streamed live through the VMR app at meet.iolhartford@video.hhchealth.org.

    November 21
    Welcome Tea for Dr. Srinivas Mandavilli and Dr. Bradford Sherburne
    Bliss 303/K&T Room
    Noon to 1:30pm

    Please join us in welcoming the newly appointed Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Srinivas Mandavilli and the newly appointed Medical Director for the Clinical Laboratory, Dr. Bradford Sherburne.

    November 21
    Please join us to celebrate the Ground Breaking for SINA Cityscape Homes Phase VI
    36 Wolcott Street (vacant lot), Hartford, CT
    3:30pm

    Please join us in breaking ground and celebrating the construction of 12 new homes for homeownership in the greater Frog Hollow neighborhood. These homes represent the next step in our efforts to work with residents to bring new vitality to the community. 

    The CT Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College are the partners who together make up SINA. Their support makes SINA’s work in the neighborhood possible. The homes will be built with a $2.5 million grant from the state’s Department of Housing. Other funders who supported this work include the City of Hartford, Travelers Foundation, UIL Holdings, Webster Bank, and the Leviticus Fund.

    Please RSVP by November 16th by calling 860.493.1618.

    December 1
    Hartford Hospital Grand Rounds: “Comparative Effectiveness Research in Critical Limb Ischemia”
    Sponsored by Department of Surgery
    6:45 to 7:45 a.m.
    Gilman Auditorium

    Featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Belkin, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of vascular & endovascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    What's happening soon:

    November 10
    Nominations Due for Making a Difference Together Award

    Visit Recognition for more information.

    November 18
    The Clinical Intersection of HIV/AIDS: A Practical Discussion of Connecticut's Course Mandates
    7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    MidState Medical Center Conference Centers I-IV 

    December 1
    Hartford Hospital Employee Holiday Party
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Heublein Hall
    10 p.m. to Midnight in the Cafeteria’s Special Dining Room

    December 1 • Noon to 5 p.m.
    Employee Appreciation Holiday Sale
    Auxiliary Gift Shop


    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.

    November 18
    The Clinical Intersection of HIV/AIDS: A Practical Discussion of Connecticut's Course Mandates
    7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    MidState Medical Center Conference Centers I-IV 

    State Mandated CME for Providers, Sponsored by HHC and the New England AIDS Education Training Center. As a result of participating in this live activity, participants should be able to review current best practice recommendations for HIV/AIDS patients and their providers in the areas of risk management, cultural competency, domestic violence, sexual assault, pain management and opioid safety, infectious disease, and behavioral health (including Veterans Health).

    Hartford Healthcare is accredited by the CSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Hartford Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s).

    Free for HHC Providers, $15 for non-HHC providers. Register at http://hartfordhospital.enrollware.com/schedule.

    New Wellness Class Schedule at the Bone and Joint Institute

    Classes include Boot Camp, Buff Bones, Functional Fitness, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Mat Pilates, Over 60 Weight Training and more. Visit BJI's Programs & Classes page for more information.

    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

    Through December 14
    Integrative Medicine - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program
    Hospital Education Conference Room, 305 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury
    7 to 9:30 p.m.
    Mindfulness is a way of learning to be fully present in the moment. The curriculum was developed by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The course is designed to teach participants how to integrate mindfulness in
    their everyday lives and how to meet challenges with greater awareness and compassion.
    This 8-week course includes mandatory orientation on 10/5, 8 weekly classes (2.5 hours each), one day-long retreat on December 3, guided instruction and mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching, mindful yoga, group dialogue aimed at cultivating awareness in everyday life and daily home assignments, including four home practice meditations.
    Fee is $450 for HHC employees and $500 for others. Pre-registration is required at
    www.hartfordhealthcare.org/events or 1.855.442.4373. Contact the instructor, Amanda Votto, PA-C, MBSR, for more information.

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    Education, Training & Research

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

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

    CESI offering paramedic training program

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

    Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Now Available

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

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

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

    Nutrition Care Manual

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Manual (NCM) is a diet and professional practice manual for registered dietitian nutritionists; dietetic technicians, registered; and allied health professionals. Our web-based version of the Nutrition Care Manual is the approved resource for the department of Food and Nutrition at Hartford Hospital. Any clinical staff member can access the Nutrition Care Manual through the Hartford Hospital Intranet and gives you online access to evidence- and knowledge-based nutrition information that keeps you current and compliant. The NCM is a great resource for patient education materials. 

    Please contact Erin Estabrook, RD, CD-N, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hartford Hospital, with any questions.

    Cancer Clinical Research Office

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

    Certification Courses for Healthcare Providers (BLS, ACLS, PALS, EMT, EMT-P)

    Hartford HealthCare's Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) offers a variety of courses designed to meet the needs and schedules of busy healthcare providers. All our courses are available in a traditional classroom style format, while our BLS and ACLS courses have the additional option of using online learning through the HeartCode platform. HeartCode allows students to complete the training online at their own pace, on their own schedule, followed by a one to one and half hour skills check. We can also provide customized courses for groups of people so we can meet their specialized needs.

    • HeartCode BLS through HealthStream
    • HeartCode ACLS through HealthStream
    • HeartCode PALS through HealthStream
    • Healthcare Provider CPR Course
    • BLS Instructor Course
    • EMT Course
    • EMT Refresher Course
    • EMR Course
    • ACLS Instructor Course
    • ACLS Provider Course
    • ACLS Refresher Course
    • PALS Instructor Course
    • PALS Provider Course
    • PALS Refresher Course
    • Paramedic Training Course

    To register for any of these classes please visit https://hartfordhospital.enrollware.com/schedule.

    To have BLS, ACLS or PALS Heartcode loaded please email Heartcode@hhchealth.org and include which heartcode you need loaded, your employee number, and your department that you work in. If your department does not cover the cost of BLS, ACLS or PALS a credit card number must be provided before Heartcode can be loaded to your Healthstream. For more information please call us at 860.972.9564

    Ongoing Research Studies

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

    Research Orientation

    Research Administration is pleased to provide an orientation session to review the research services provided to our clinicians.

    The session will include an introduction to our data management services, protocol development and statistical analysis assistance and grant writing support. Our current IRB processes will also be discussed. Attached please find the orientation outline.

    This one hour program can be offered on a day and time to meet individual or team schedules.

    To schedule this session please contact Liz Roper: lizabeth.roper@hhchealth.org, 860.972.1964.

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    Employee Discounts

    DELL Computer Discounts
    Visit: www.Dell.com/mpp/hhchealth
    Online Ordering and Discounts on Events at the Bushnell

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

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

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

    Discounts on XL Center Events

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

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

    Discount at Sher's Automotive Center

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

    Discounts at Central Rock Climbing Center in Glastonbury

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

    Discount at Sprint

    For more information, call Sprint Sales at 866.639.8354 or contact Jennifer MacDonald at 203.410.2044 or Jennifer.MacDonald@sprint.co
    Free Entrance to Connecticut Science Center

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

     

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    Employee Services

    Employee Assistance Program

    The Solutions Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided free of charge by Hartford HealthCare and available to all Hartford HealthCare Employees and their families.
    EAP provides help for any kind of concern such as:

    • stress
    • anxiety and depression
    • marital issues and divorce
    • family and parenting concerns
    • alcohol and other drug dependencies
    • budget and debt problems
    • bereavement and other losses
    • change in the workplace
    • child and elder care
    • compulsive gambling
    • traumatic incidents
    • family violence 
      EAP offers up to 3 sessions of CONFIDENTIAL, free of charge sessions and help with referrals for treatment resources beyond the EAP. EAP has an office in the Education and Resource Center (ERC) as well as a statewide and national network of professional EAP counselors where employees and their family members can be seen. All EAP providers are Master’s or Doctoral level counselors.
      This important resource is available 24/7 by calling toll free at 1.800.526.3485 or visiting www.solutions-eap.com. You will be set up with a face-to-face appointment session at a time and location that is convenient to you. Or if you or your family member prefers, telephone counseling can also be arranged. Persons with a hearing or speech disability may call 800.842.9710 or 711 to reach Relay CT--ask to be connected to Solutions at 800.526.3485. This is a free service.

    HH Digital Print Center, Here For Your Printing Needs

    If your department needs printed materials, the Digital Print Center (DPC) right on the Hartford Hospital campus offers a wide array of cost-effective options – from brochures and booklets to wide format posters and business cards. Bookmark the DPC webpage on your web browser for convenient access. When you create an account, you can easily upload your print request and place your order. The DPC typically turns around jobs in just a few days.

    Fun fact: The DPC has printed over 91,000 jobs since it opened in June 2003!

    Barney Employee Fitness Center

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

    Relax...It's Just Yoga
    Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Cost: $5
    Instructor: Susan Malo, RN, MPH, RYT

    • Gentle, Introductory Yoga Session
    • Stress Reliever
    • Session Aimed at Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirit

    Employees Council

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

    Have your annual mammogram at Hartford Hospital

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

    Hartford Hospital Trading Post

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

    Weight Watchers at Hartford Hospital

    • Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dining Room B, Except on October 18, November 15 and December 20.
    • Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. on the fifth floor of 85 Jefferson St., Room 500. Contact Linda Pereira at 860.972.2708.

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    Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

    November 30
    United Way Community Campaign Vendor Fair
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Special Dining Room

    We are pleased to announce the return of Hartford Hospital’s 2017 United Way Community Campaign Vendor Fair. 

    We are currently looking for vendors to participate in this fair. If you are interested, please contact Sara Chaffee, PA-C, or Nicole Dunn, APRN. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. All reservations must be received by November 1. We expect a good flow of Hartford Hospital staff and visitors through-out the day, so bring plenty of goods to sell.
    All donations are tax deductible and all monies raised will go directly to the United Way to help them achieve their annual campaign goal and most importantly to support our local families.

    Volunteers Needed for No One Dies Alone Program

    Won’t you consider joining the employees who are currently volunteering for the nationally recognized program called No One Dies Alone (NODA)? A “compassionate companion” volunteer provides reassuring presence to patients who would otherwise die alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with that most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death. .

    Attendance at a three hour training session is required. Upcoming training sessions are being offered.

    Friday, December 8th from 8:30am – 11:30am in Gilman Auditorium

    If you are able to attend, please complete a volunteer application. For questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Department at 860.972.2182 or email Kelley.boothby@hhchealth.org.

    Help Connecticut Get a Donate Life License Plate

    Show your support for organ donation by signing up for a specialty interest ‘Donate Life’ license plate. The Department of Motor Vehicles needs 400 orders before they will begin offering these unique Donate Life plates to the public--that's why every plate sign-up counts!

    The Donate Life design will be $65 for a regular special interest plate or $134 for a vanity special interest plate.

    Signing up is now easier than ever. Contact Jami Tyska at 860.972.0620 or Jami.Tyska@hhchealth.org for more information.

    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.
    **Necesitamos especialmente libros y revistas en Español. Limpia tu estantería y apoyo los pacientes y sus familias que hablan Español.**

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    Grand Rounds

    IOL Grand Rounds

    Grand rounds lectures take place on Thursdays from Noon to 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.

    To view information about IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds, click here

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    Health Professionals

    November 21
    Welcome Tea for Dr. Srinivas Mandavilli and Dr. Bradford Sherburne
    Bliss 303/K&T Room
    Noon to 1:30pm 

    Please join us in welcoming the newly appointed Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Srinivas Mandavilli and the newly appointed Medical Director for the Clinical Laboratory, Dr. Bradford Sherburne.

    Dr. Srini Mandavilli, who was recently appointed Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, joined Hartford Hospital as an attending Pathologist in 1998. He obtained his pathology residency training both in India and at Hartford Hospital, followed by Oncologic Pathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston and Cytology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital & Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He practices surgical pathology and cytology with subspecialty expertise in gynecologic pathology, soft tissue tumors, neoplastic neuropathology and immunohistochemistry applications in tumor diagnosis. During his years at Hartford Hospital he has been keenly interested in resident teaching, winning the Anatomic Pathology best teacher award four times, served as Fellowship Director in Surgical Pathology for 10 years, been a member of the Hartford Pathology Associates Executive Committee and also for many years as Chairman, Tissue Review Committee. He participates in gynecologic- and neuro-oncology tumor boards, DMT in gynecologic oncology and has been active in national committees with membership in Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG). He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, and has published a pathology app for Android and Apple devices. He has been involved for many years in organizing International CME meetings in Pathology in India on behalf of AIPNA (Association of Indian Pathologists of North America).

    Bradford Jay Sherburne, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratory for Hartford Hospital, beginning June 30, 2017.  This role differs from that of the department Chief in that it primarily involves oversight and regulatory responsibility for the clinical laboratories, including accreditation, CLIA certification, and state licensure.  Dr. Sherburne has been the Director of Transfusion Medicine since January 2002, and the Medical Director of the former Clinical Laboratory Partners since coming to HH from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in 1999.   In these roles, he has worked collaboratively with clinical colleagues throughout Hartford Hospital to facilitate best practices in laboratory medicine, and as a leader in system-wide blood management and transfusion therapy performance improvement. 

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    Human Resources

    Park in an unauthorized area? You will be towed.

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

    Know someone who is leaving Hartford Hospital?

    If you or someone you know is resigning or transferring from Hartford Hospital, we are interested in learning about your experiences here. The exit interview questionnaire is now available electronically. It is user-friendly and accessible 24 hours a day. All responses are confidential and will remain anonymous. Your participation will help us analyze the factors contributing to our turnover and make Hartford Hospital a better place to work. Click here to access the survey or navigate to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHexitinterview.

    Do you have a Gold Medal Manager?

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

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

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

    Information on the Gold Medal Manager program is available here.

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    Information Technology

    Add Your Photo To Your Outlook Email Profile
    In an effort to foster better communications and to put “a face to the name,” the ITS and Planning and Marketing Departments have created a process to allow staff to add their photograph to the Outlook Email profile via our HHC Intranet portal. If you would like to have your photo become part of your Outlook email you simply visit your profile page on the Intranet, located at: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/my-profile Then you upload your photograph using the instructions on the Intranet and the next day your photograph will be part of your Outlook Email profile. This is the first in many data integration projects that are underway. ITS is currently working on a solution to synchronize other Intranet data to your Outlook email profile. Stay tuned there is lots more to come! If you have problems uploading a photo to the Intranet, there is a Help and Feedback section here:  https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/help-feedback And a bug submission form here: https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/help-feedback/feedback-suggestions

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    Recognition

     

    Check back for Hartford Hospital recognition news.


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    Retirement Teas 

    Retirement Celebration for Carl Ashman

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    Carl Ashman, OR Assistive Personnel, is retiring after 31 years of service at Hartford Hospital. Please join us on January 4, 2018, at 1:00 pm in the Special Dining Room to wish Carl the best of luck on his retirement.

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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 or Chaplain Erica Nierendorf 860.929.9401.

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

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    Research Studies

    Healthy volunteers needed for Anxiety Disorders Center research

    The Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is recruiting participants with no current or lifetime history of psychiatric problems for a research study.
    Participants will complete 2 MRIs within 16 weeks to evaluate how the brain responds to different tasks. Enrolled participants will be compensated up to $200 for their time. 
    This study is open to adults age 40 – 65 years old that meet study criteria.
    For more information, please call 860.545.7039 or email ADC.research@hhchealth.org.

    Study for Healthy Teen Girls

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

    For more information, please call 860.545.7788. 

    Study for Teens with Depression

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

    Research Study Volunteers Needed: Assessing How an Acute Exposure to Stigma Negatively Impacts Cardiovascular Health

    Dr. Taylor from Hartford Hospital, Dr. Pescatello from the UConn Department of Kinesiology and Dr. Puhl from the UConn Rudd Center are conducting a research study to compare the effects of a short-term encounter to media videos on measures of mental and physical heart health in women. 
    Eligibility for the study requires overweight, premenopausal women who are between the ages 20 and 45, have a body mass index > 30 kg/m2, and do not use tobacco products. 
    The 2-week study requires three visits to the University of Connecticut or Hartford Hospital for 1) viewing of short media videos; 2) questionnaires on mental and physical heart health; 3) blood pressure and heart rate readings; and 4) blood samples and saliva swabs. Participants who complete the study will be compensated $200 and will receive information on their heart health.
    Please call Greg Panza for more information at (860) 972-1507 or email gregory.panza@uconn.edu.

    Research study examining the effects of nicotine and menthol on smoking behavior

    The FDA could reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, or ban menthol from cigarettes. Investigators from Hartford Hospital and UConn Health are examining the effect of switching to low nicotine or menthol cigarettes on smoking behavior. This study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
    To Participate you must:

    • Be female, age 18 to 45
    • Currently be smoking at least 5 menthol cigarettes daily for the last year
    • Have no intention of quitting smoking within the next 6 weeks

    Study involvement requires switching to one of the following types of cigarettes for 6 weeks: Low nicotine, no menthol cigarette; Low nicotine menthol cigarette; Regular nicotine cigarettes without menthol; ‘Own Brand’ supply.

    Participants may receive study cigarettes supplied for 6 weeks and financial compensation up to $276. To participate please contact 860.972.2399.

    Recruiting for exercise training study
    The Department of Preventive Cardiology is seeking individuals with high blood pressure for an exercise training study. You may qualify if you have (or think you have) high blood pressure; 18 years or older; non-smoker; and currently exercise less than two days per week. 
    For your participation in this study you will receive:

    • Exercise Stress Test
    • Aerobic Exercise Training
    • Regular Blood Pressure Measurements
    • Financial Compensation ($120.00)

    For more information, call Amanda Zaleski at 86-972-3454 or email amanda.zaleski@hhchealth.org. This study is being conducted by Hartford Hospital Department of Preventive Cardiology and the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology. 

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study 

    The Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is recruiting participants with no current or lifetime history of psychiatric problems for a research study. 

    Participants will be required to complete 2 MRIs within 16 weeks to evaluate how the brain responds to different tasks. Enrolled participants will be compensated up to $125 for their time. 

    This study is open to adults ages 40 – 65 years old that meet the study criteria. 
    For more information, please call 860.545.7039 or e-mail ADC.research@hhchealth.org.

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Antibiotic Research Study

    Must be a healthy male or female, age 18 or older and meet requirements of the study. Females must be non-pregnant and non-lactating. Parking and monetary compensation will be provided. If you are interested, contact Arlinda Carr at 860.972.6724. 

    Volunteers 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)

    OR

    • 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. 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.

    October 2017 Schedule

    Monday, October 23, 7 to 11 a.m.
    Tuesday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    November 2017 Schedule

    Wednesday, November 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Monday, November 6, 7 to 11 a.m.
    Saturday, November 18, 7 to 11 a.m.
    Tuesday, November 28, 1 to 5 p.m.

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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.

    Bereavement Support Group
    2nd and 4th Monday of every month through January 22
    1 to 2:15 p.m.
    Room 116, 85 Jefferson Street, Hartford
    This group is open to any person who has experienced the loss of a loved one. You are welcome to attend as few or as many as you like; this is a continuous group and is for the purpose of on-going support. Co-facilitated by pastoral counselor Andrea Burr and palliative care chaplain Rev. Erica Richmond.
    For more information, call the bereavement line at 860.972.2290 or 860.525.7001.

    Offerings from the Institute of Living (IOL) Family Resource Center
    All programs, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Massachusetts Cottage, 1st floor Group Room and RSVPs are required to 860.545.7665 or 860.545.7324.

    For more information about support groups or events call, 860.545.7665 or 860.545.1888 or visit the Family Resource Center website.

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

    Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
    December 5
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 

    This lecture is for families and friends of individuals who have an anxiety disorder or a related disorder. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of anxiety disorders, their treatments and specific suggestions to help them better cope with the illness.

    Autism Spectrum Support/Educational Group Meeting for Parents
    3rd Wednesday of each month
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

    Providing a place for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or with another related disorder, to come together and get support and information. Monthly, peer-run support groups interspersed with special guests and speakers to offer additional guidance and
    perspective. 

    Bipolar: An Introduction to the Disorder
    December 19
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 

    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have bipolar or a related disorder. It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness.

    Coping with Stress from a New or Chronic Medical Condition
    Every Friday
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 

    This group is designed for young adults age 17-26 struggling with a new diagnosis, chronic medical conditions, physical symptoms or limitations. The group will help with difficult losses & limitation due to a medical condition, build a positive, future-oriented focus with realistic planning, set goals for a fulfilling & meaningful life, find new opportunities with kindness, understanding and hope, and build a supportive environment between group members.
    To RSVP please call Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard, APRN at 860-545-7050. 

    Dementia Support and Education Group
    1st Tuesday of each month
    Donnelly Building, First Floor Conference Room 

    Held on the first Tuesday of each month, this group is facilitated by Glynis Cassis, LCSW and Nancy March, LCSW. RSVP by calling 860.545.7665. 

    Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Group (DBSA)
    Every Monday
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Todd Building, Bunker Room
    AND
    Every Wednesday
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Commons Building, 2nd Floor, Litchfield Room 

    Peer run support group for those who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. 

    Families Dealing with Major Mental Illness Support Group
    1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
    5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
    Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 

    For family and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia, bipolar or other related disorders. Share your success and struggles. Learn to care for yourself while you are caring for others. 

    LGBTQ Social Support group
    2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
    5:00 - 6:15 p.m.
    Center Building, Young Adult Service Group Room 

    Support group for 16-23 year-olds who identify LGBTQ issues as being prominent in their lives. The goal is to discuss support strategies to manage life challenges. 

    Schizophrenia: An Introduction to the Disorder
    November 21
    6:30 - 7:45 p.m. 

    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia or a related disorder. It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness. 

    Substance Use Educational and Support Group
    2nd Thursday of the month
    4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    For family members impacted by loved ones with substance abuse. 

    Trauma Support and Education Group
    2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
    6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Massachusetts Cottage, first floor group room 

    Peer-led group that offers a supportive environment for individuals with any type of trauma history. Attendees will discuss relevant topics and educational materials will be available.
    To RSVP or make an inquiry, please contact Laura at 860.545.7324 or Laura.Durst@hhchealth.org.

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    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

    Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

    We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

    For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.

    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

    Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

    We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

    For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.

    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

    Hartford Hospital will not be offering tuition reimbursement for Summer 2017 as there are no additional funds available.

    We anticipate being able to offer tuition reimbursement for fiscal year 2018 (beginning the Fall 2017 semester). Watch for further communications over the summer.

    For those employees participating in the Spring 2017 program, grades should be submitted to: HHTuitionReimbursement@hhchealth.org or in Outlook: HH Tuition Reimbursement or fax to Dianne LePore at 860.545.1572.