e-Xtra News Digest: October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

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Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow

Tomorrow is your last chance to enroll in 2019 benefits during the open enrollment period. Visit hhconnect.org/benefits for more information and to sign up!

What's new in e-Xtra this week:

Medicare Enrollment Assistance

Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7, 2018. Schedule an appointment for free individual assistance choosing the right plan for you, compliments of the Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging.

To schedule an appointment, call 860.696.5499 or email Penelope.ross@hhchealth.org

October 26
Treating the Whole Person: LGBTQ Identity Development from a Clinical Perspective
Hartford Room, Commons Building, IOL
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This conference is for clinical providers and will provide info on:

  • Family functioning
  • Medical/Endocrinology
  • Standards for transgender-affirmative care
  • Resiliency and environmental support for trans youth
  • Gender dysphoria and borderline personality functioning
  • LBGT adolescents of color
  • Substance use and LGBT identity

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Family Resource Center, Young Adult Services.

Registration is required. Registration fee: $75, $30 for HHC employees. Visit hartfordhealthcare.org/events or call 1.855.HHC.HERE. 

November 2
12th Annual Cohen Symposium: Living With a Brain Tumor
Hartford Marriott Downtown
9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

In this FREE educational seminar, learn more about new therapies for brain tumors, potential immunotherapy approaches for brain tumors and how treatments may be combined for better impact. To register, please call Robin Jascowski 860.972.2380.

November 6
Pharmacotherapeutics Symposium for Advanced Practitioners

Heublein Hall
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As a result of participating in this live activity, participants should be able to: apply current procalcitonin and  pharmaceutical guidelines for patients with sepsis, review current and emerging therapies for hyperkalemia and arrhythmias, and prescribe common prophylaxis strategies in patients requiring pharmaceutical immunosuppression.

Pre-registration is required:

  1. Log in to your CME account
  2. Choose "view upcoming events" and scroll to this event
  3. Register and pay fee (No charge for HHC Privileged Providers; $20 for non-HHC Privileged Providers)
  4. Contact continuinged@hhchealth.org with any questions.

Hartford HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. This symposium fulfills the biannual DPH requirements in pharmacotherapeutics for APRN relicensure. 

December 8
2018 Boot Party
Christ Church Cathedral House, 45 Church Street, Hartford
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 2018 Boot Party will be held in collaboration with Footwear With Care, The Hartford Police Department, Fleet Feet of West Hartford, CT Podiatric Association, The Episcopal Church in CT and several other organizations throughout the Greater Hartford Community. We expect to serve 400 guests, both male and female. Attendees will receive a snack & coffee, new winter boots, socks, a lunch, a foot exam by medical staff and they will receive a foot massage.

With your help, we hope to provide each guest with a new pair of large men’s or women’s waterproof winter gloves, socks, a 4oz bar of Dove soap, men’s Degree or women’s Dove deodorant, and hand lotion. We are also looking for funds to purchase boots at a major discount through Fleet Feet of West Hartford. While we appreciate your generosity, please do not provide razors, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, or other items not requested.

In addition, we are seeking volunteers to serve at the Boot Party from 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. Perhaps you can volunteer some time to clean a guest’s feet and provide a gentle touch foot massage while listening to the stories the guests need to tell. If gentle touch massage and a listening heart are not one of your gifts, we need volunteers to act as hosts, distribute lunches and serve as boot runners. We need volunteers for part or all of the day. Free parking will be available in the MAT garage on the day of the Boot Party.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Bonnie Matthews at bonnie.matthews@hhchealth.org

What's happening soon:

Through October 31
Pumpkintown USA

93 E High Street, East Hampton
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, weather permitting

Visit Community Events for more information.

Through October 31
It'$ My Money Fundraiser

Visit Giving Back for more information.

October 27
1st Annual Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Symposium
Connecticut Convention Center
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit Classes & Events for more information.

October 28
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Bushnell Park
10 a.m.

Visit Community Events for more information.


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

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


    Classes & Events

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

    October 27
    1st Annual Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Symposium
    Connecticut Convention Center
    7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Join the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute for “Innovations and Advances in Neuroscience Conditions," focused topics for primary care providers. Sample lectures include treating headache, approaches to back pain, peripheral neuropathy, seizure vs syncope, and snoring and sleep apnea.

    Additional details can found at hartfordhealthcare.org/NeuroSymposium

    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

    October 28
    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
    Bushnell Park
    10 a.m.

    Please join the Hartford HealthCare Team for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Bushnell Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. 

    For more information, contact Karen Weingrod at 860.972.8800 or karen.weingrod@hhchealth.org

    Through October 31
    Pumpkintown USA

    93 E High Street, East Hampton
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, weather permitting

    Looking for something fun to do this fall? Check out Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton! Pumpkintown USA is a non-scary fall activity for kids of all ages. It is open daily, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Columbus Day.

    Visit the Pumpkinheads where they work and play. Your entire family will enjoy a stroll through Pumpkintown Village where over 70 Pumpkinhead people and animals enjoy life in their old-fashioned village complete with a church, post office, saloon, and more. Weekend activities include a huge Moonbounce Pumpkin, face painting, and a unique Sling-a-Ding game. The Ride at Pumpkintown is a great family activity. At just under a mile long, this hay ride will take you through Pumpkintown Forest. Hop on the hay wagon and catch a glimpse of over 30 Pumpkinheads and their woodland dwellings.

    A portion of the funds raised through admission to Pumpkintown will be donated to The Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, a supporter of Hartford Hospital's Breast Care Program.

    For more information, visit https://giving.hartfordhospital.org/pumpkintown.

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    Education, Training & Research

    Nursing Education Competency Day Schedule

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

    • November 29, 2018
    • January 3, 2019
    • February 7, 2019
    • March 7, 2019
    • 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.

    CESI offering paramedic training program

    Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation (CESI) is now offering a paramedic training program beginning July 2018. 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.

    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

    Discount for HH Employees with Premier Limousine

    Premier Limousine is offering a 10% off transportation booked by any Hartford Hospital employee using the promo code HARTFORDH18. To make a reservation, call 860.828.9111, email reservations@premierlimo.com or visit www.premierlimo.com.

    Discounted Tickets to the Hartford Symphony's Talcott Mountain Music Festival

    Receive a 25% discount on adult lawn tickets with the promotion code HSO2018 when you call HSO Ticket
    Services or buy online. Upcoming shows include Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago on July 6, Here's Doc: Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business on July 13, Magical Movie Music on July 20 and Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the 80s on July 27.

    Call 860-987-5959 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org

    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.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. 

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    Employee Services

    Introducing a New A/V Request Form

    Within the ever-advancing field of technology, Hartford Hospital’s AudioVisual Department’s highest priority is partnering with our clients to meet their needs. As we proactively address customer’s requirements and manage the day to day operations of AudioVisual, we continue striving to provide innovative solutions while maintaining our focus on client satisfaction and the services we supply.

    Therefore, AV is introducing a new and improved AV Request form that will assist in the tracking and coverage of requests. Aimed at a more client orientated solution, we wish to improve upon the progress that we have made while advancing the systematic approach to allocation of our resources.

    With our addition to the CESI Team we look forward to leveraging our role and assisting in CESI’s mission of education, simulation, and innovation for Hartford Hospital and its affiliates.

    The new AV Request form can be found at http://hhcconnect.org/AVRequest. Links may also be found in three places on the HHC intranet, under “Employee Services”, “1-Stop Service Requester”, and “SSO | Planning and Marketing.”

    Starting immediately, all new requests will require this updated AV Request form submitted. All previously scheduled meetings that fall after October 1st will need to be individually re-submitted with this new AV Request form.

    We appreciate your support in helping us keep scheduling streamlined in AudioVisual, please feel free to forward this to anyone who may not have seen it. Any questions or scheduling concerns can be addressed to Kevin Hagan at kevin.hagan@hhchealth.org.

    Extended: Free One-on-One Retirement Consultations With Fidelity

    Fidelity Retirement Planner Oana Nikulin will be at Hartford Hospital to host FREE, one-on-one appointments throughout August. Oana is familiar with the Hartford HealthCare Retirement Program and she is ready to help you address many questions, including:

    • Am I investing properly?
    • Am I on track with my retirement savings?
    • How do I bring my retirement savings together?

    Appointments are required and, unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Book your appointment online at getguidance.fidelity.com or by calling 800.642.7131. Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs. Oana will be available on the following dates for one-on-one appointments:

    Hartford Hospital

    • October 26 in Dining Room C between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    • October 29 in Dining Room B between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
    • November 2 in Dining Room C between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    For general questions about the transition to Fidelity, please call 800.343.0860 or go to the Retirement section of HHC Connect and visit the Fidelity transition website.

    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

    Through October 31
    It'$ My Money Fundraiser

    Join Patrina Dixon in her fundraising efforts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Author of It'$ My Money, a financial guide for every kid, tween and teenager, Patrina's mother is a multi-year cancer survivor. "This is my way of giving back to the place that helped my mom get better. I still remember going to each chemotherapy session with her. She was then and is now a trooper...my hero!" Patrina will donate 20% of proceeds from book and t-shirt sales to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.  

    For more information about Patrina Dixon and her book, visit www.itsmymoneyjournal.info.

    No One Dies Alone Volunteer Program

    The No One Dies Alone volunteer program at Hartford Hospital is a volunteer-centered program dedicated to providing caring bedside companionship for terminally ill patients who are alone and at the end of life.

    With the support of the Nursing Staff, NODA volunteer companions are able to help provide these terminally ill patients with the most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death. After completing training volunteers are “on call” for when vigils. Volunteers schedule themselves for shifts and can come in anytime they are available around the clock.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, please email Eileen Pelletier to schedule an interview.

    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. 

    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

    Come back soon for information about upcoming Grand Rounds.

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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

    Submit Your Nominations for the Making a Difference Together Award

    As we continue to build our coordinated system and strive to be number one in customer experience in the northeast by 2023, we recognize those staff members who create innovative approaches and demonstrate the willingness to go above and beyond to improve our patient care, customer experience, and system operations. The annual Making A Difference Together team award recognizes this vital cross-system collaboration.

    Learn more at https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/engage-develop/recognition/making-a-difference-together.


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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.

    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.

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Blood Donation 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 Iris Chen at 860.972.5567 or iris.chen@hhchealth.org

    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.

    Cancer Clinical Research Office

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

    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.

    Healthy volunteers needed for Anxiety Disorders Center research

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

    Study for Healthy Teen Girls

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

    For more information, please call 860.545.7788. 

    Study for Teens with Depression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Recruiting for exercise training study

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

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

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

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study 

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

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

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

    Healthy Volunteers Needed for Antibiotic Research Study

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

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    Respirator FIT Testing Schedule

    All testing is conducted in the ERD on the 4th floor, except on competency days, where it will be held on the 1st floor of the ERC in the Informal Lounge. Staff is encouraged to enroll through HealthStream. FIT Testing is an annual requirement. Employees who are required to do a yearly N95 Respirator Fit test will see their due date in HealthStream as their anniversary date of starting at the hospital. When you have completed all three steps, the assignment will automatically reset to the same month next year. Complete your HealthStream module prior to getting the Fit Test portion. If there are any changes to your cardiac or pulmonary health, or if you are a new employee, you must be medically cleared by Occupational Health prior to being Fit Tested. Also, Federal Law prohibits testing of anyone with facial hair that interferes with the mask seal. Please ensure you meet all of these requirements before getting Fit Tested.

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

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    Support Groups

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

    Offerings from the Institute of Living (IOL) Family Resource Center

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

    Al Anon Parent Group
    Every Thursday
    7 to 8 p.m.

    Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
    September 11 and December 18
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m. 

    This lecture is for families and friends of individuals who have an anxiety disorder or a related disorder. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of anxiety disorders, their treatments and specific suggestions to help them better cope with the illness. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    Autism Spectrum Support/Educational Group Meeting for Parents
    3rd Wednesday of each month (except November, which will be held 11/14)
    6 to 7:30 p.m. 

    Providing a place for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or with another related disorder, to come together and get support and information. Monthly, peer-run support groups interspersed with special guests and speakers to offer additional guidance and perspective. Please RSVP to Goviana at 860.560.1711 or gmorales@spedconnecticut.org.

    Bipolar: An Introduction to the Disorder
    August 21 and October 30
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have bipolar or a related disorder.  It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    Dementia Lecture: An Introduction
    November 20
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have dementia or a related disorder.  It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

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

    Please join us as we bring together experts and those who want guidance, direction, and support through this journey.  Let’s work together, help each other and exchange ideas. For more info, please call 860.545.7665.

    Depression: An Introduction to the Disorder
    August 7 and October 16
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This program is for family and friends of individuals who suffer from depression.  It will present a basic understanding of major depression, its treatment, and ways in which family members might better cope with the illness. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

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

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

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

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

    Introduction to Mental Health Benefits and Services
    September 25
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This presentation will provide an overview of benefit programs available for individuals with mental health disabilities. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

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

    This support group acknowledges the inherent challenges with modern-day mothering and offers an opportunity for mothers to come together, share experiences, and support each other. This group welcomes mothers expecting and with babies to discuss any and all challenges associated with motherhood in a safe and open-minded space. Babies welcome! Space is limited. Please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.   

    Managing Schizophrenia
    November 6
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This presentation will discuss the impact that symptoms of schizophrenia have on everyday activities, and provide tips on what you can do to make things better at home. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    Schizophrenia: An Introduction to the Disorder
    October 2 and December 4
    6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

    This program is for family members and friends of individuals who have schizophrenia or a related disorder.  It will present a basic understanding of the disorder, its treatment, along with specific suggestions to help family members and friends better cope with the illness. To attend, please RSVP to Laura at 860.545.7324.

    Social Support Group – L.G.B.T.Q. Issues (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning)
    2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
    5 to 6:15 p.m.
    Center Building, Young Adult Service Group Room 

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

    Substance Use Educational and Support Group
    2nd Thursday of the month
    4 to 5 p.m.

    For family members impacted by loved ones with substance abuse. 

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

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

    Support Group for Those Coping With Stress from a New or Chronic Medical Condition
    Every Friday (exclusing the first Friday of each month)
    1:15 to 2 p.m.
    Center Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 

    This group is designed for young adults ages 17 to 26 struggling with a new diagnosis, chronic medical conditions, physical symptoms or limitations. The group will help with difficult losses & limitation due to a medical condition, build a positive, future-oriented focus with realistic planning, set goals for a fulfilling & meaningful life, find new opportunities with kindness, understanding and hope, and build a supportive environment between group members. To RSVP, please email Marissa.Sicley-Rogers@hhchealth.org.

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

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

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    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

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

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

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

    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

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

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

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

    Summer 2017 Tuition Reimbursement

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

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

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