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e-Xtra News Digest: September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

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Auxiliary Hosts 28th Annual Golf Tournament

This year's tournament benefited Hartford Hospital's Cancer Treatment Innovation Unit. Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute's partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering has given patients unprecedented access to MSK medical trials. The Cancer Treatment Innovation Unit at Hartford Hospital will allow this partnership to bring the most promising and cutting-edge cancer fighting drugs - based on precision medicine and immunotherapy - and offer hope for more rapid advances in cancer care. Proceeds from the tournament will help create a dedicated in-patient unit that will provide Hartford Hospital's patients battling various types of cancer a comfortable and safe environment for Phase 1 clinical trials.

What's new in e-Xtra this week:

Today and Tomorrow: Emotional Support for Employees Affected by Hurricanes

 

Support group meetings for people affected by recent hurricanes will be held today and tomorrow, September 28 and 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Dining Room A. Information on self-care, dealing with stress and local resources will be available.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues who have been impacted by these storm-related disasters to attend. With the power out in Puerto Rico and other islands, many families are left feeling helpless. Most are unable to contact loved ones to find out if they are safe. It has also been hard on families who have relatives and friends in the hard-hit southern states who have recently faced extreme flooding.

If an employee is unable to make the sessions, they can call 860.972.2530 or 1.800.526.3485 for a private appointment with a Solutions Employee Assistance Program representative.

Want to meet Jay Leno? Nite of Lite Laughter Raffle Tickets Now Available


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You can pick up tickets at the following locations:

  • Hartford Cancer Center: Monday through Friday 9a-4p Marymar Ortiz: 860-972-0276 or Evy Mulawka: 860-972-4630
  • Avon Cancer Center: Monday through Friday 7a-3p Erin Weisenberg: 860-696-1000

Tickets will also be available:

  • 9/30: Southington Apple Harvest Festival from noon to 2 p.m.
  • 10/6: HH Cafeteria from noon to 2 p.m.
  • 10/7: Jordan's Furniture at 40 Sargent Drive in New Haven from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 10/12: HH Cafeteria from noon to 2 p.m.
  • 10/13: Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts before the Nite of Lite Laughter event

September 23 through October 31
Pumpkintown USA

Open Daily (weather permitting)
93 E High Street, East Hampton, CT

Looking for something fun to do this fall? Check out Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton! A portion of ticket sales will benefit Hartford Hospital.

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. For more information, visit http://www.pumpkintown.com/

October 5

IOL Psychiatric Grand Rounds: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Hartford Room, Commons Building, IOL

Featuring Carl Fulwiler MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this lecture will describe the origins and rationale behind MBCT, summarize the clinical efficacy and mechanisms of action for MBCT and discuss the relevance and importance of meditation practice and self-inquiry in delivering MBCT.

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

Hartford Healthcare is accredited by the CSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Hartford Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The HHC Office of Continuing Medical Education has transitioned to electronic evaluations. Please be sure to legibly sign/complete the attendance sheet at the lecture site. You will receive an email link to a follow-up evaluation that is to be completed within 7 days of the presentation. Those viewing the presentation via VMR may email/scan their attendance sheet/information to ContinuingEd@hhchealth.org.

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

October 5

911 First Responder & Healthcare Un-Reformed Stand Up Comedy Show

7:30 p.m.
Spotlight Theaters, 39 Front Street, Hartford

Join the Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union, Jay Sutay, Angel Rentas and Jim McCue for a comedy event on Thursday, October 5th! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grace Webb School at the Institute of Living, a division of Hartford Hospital as well as Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, call 860.547.0027 x211. Please note, this event is for audiences 21 years and older.

Please note: Stand-up comedy is designed to offer lighthearted, enjoyable entertainment, but some people may be offended by coarse language and themes. This show is for mature audiences only. While Hartford HealthCare and its affiliates are a beneficiary of the funds raised by this event, they are not affiliated with the event organizers and do not necessarily endorse the show’s views, opinions or content.

October 16-20

Research Information Week

Special Dining Room, Hartford Hospital Cafeteria

Research Administration at Hartford HealthCare is pleased to announce a designated week to celebrate our recent Hartford HealthCare research accomplishments. Research posters previously presented at professional conferences will be displayed in the Hartford Hospital cafeteria for the week of October 16 – 20, 2017. In addition, research information will be presented at tables in the Special Dining Room on October 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tables for research program personnel to staff and provide study information, giveaways, etc. will be available in the Special Dining Room on a first-come, first-served basis. Table signs with the research department name and tablecloths will be provided. To reserve a table, please contact Pamela Tessier or Corey Glider.

Please visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-professionals/research/research-information-day for more information.

Skybridge Cafe News

 

You spoke, we listened. Seating coming soon to the Skybridge Cafe on the Sargent Skybridge. 

It's Pumpkin Season in the Cafeteria

 

It's here: Pumpkin Spice Coffee is now available in the cafeteria. The theme for October is "Pumpkin Madness." Visit the cafeteria for special pumpkin-themed items such as spice bread, pie, pancakes, oatmeal, fritters, chowder, french toast and more. View the full calendar of offerings here.

What's happening soon:


September 30

Management of Complex Aortic Pathology

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Commons Building, 2nd Floor at the Institute of Living

Visit Education, Training and Research for more information.

September 30

Donate Life @ The Farm: Drinks - Food - Live Music

3 to 7 p.m.
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT

Visit Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities for more information.

September 30

Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association 20th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Noon to 3 p.m.
USS Chowder Pot, 165 Brainard Road, Hartford

Visit Classes & Events for more information.

October 1

Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance’s Path of Hope

Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, CT
8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) on the Path of Hope on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, Conn., for an inspiring walk, run, and family-fun event. The Path of Hope raises funds and awareness in support of brain tumor patients and caregivers, celebrates survivorship, and honors those whom we remember. The event draws more than 1,800 participants and supporters for a wonderful day of community, support, and hope. Your support makes it possible for the CTBTA to provide patient assistance funds at Hartford Hospital as well as other Connecticut hospitals.

For more information and to register, visit 
http://www.ctbta.org/events/path-hope/event-info/ for more information.

October 1
Deadline for Flu Shot Exemption Applications

The flu shot exemption deadline is Oct. 1, that’s coming up fast. For exemption forms and a flu shot clinic schedule, visit https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/human-resources/health-and-wellness/flu-prevention.

 

October 6
Nominations Due for Team of the Year Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Teams of the Year. We are seeking nominations of teams whose work has led to significant improvement at Hartford Hospital. The nominations should include teams that have implemented measureable improvements reflected in growth, better processes, new programs, safety enhancements, customer satisfaction and more.

Cash prizes of $5,000 each for the clinical and clinical-support winning teams and $2,000 for each of the two clinical finalist teams and two clinical-support finalist teams also will be awarded to be spent at the discretion of team members.

Visit https://goo.gl/D2UDec for more information and the nomination form. Nominations are due to Rosanne Clarke by October 6, 2017.

October 11
Blood Drive at Hartford Hospital

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Heublein Hall (ERC Building)
560 Hudson Street

In the aftermath of disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma your donation is urgently needed. The American Red Cross is asking donors in areas not impacted by the severe weather to donate now to ensure a sufficient blood supply. It is critically important that donors in other parts of the country give so that all patients nationwide can receive the blood products they need when disaster strikes. The Red Cross is able to move these blood products to the areas where they are needed most.

Please call 1.800.RED.CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter harthosp to schedule an appointment. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass the morning of October 11 to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions.

October 13

Nite of Lite Laughter’s 20th Anniversary featuring Jay Leno

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
8 pm

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.

September 30

Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association 20th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Noon to 3 p.m.
USS Chowder Pot, 165 Brainard Road, Hartford

Feature Tekisha D. Everette, PhD, on "The state of healthcare today, nurses role in
promoting equity and access” and Glynis Cassis, LCSW, on "Culture and Mental Health Disparities." 

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.

October 16-20

Research Information Week

Special Dining Room, Hartford Hospital Cafeteria

Research Administration at Hartford HealthCare is pleased to announce a designated week to celebrate our recent Hartford HealthCare research accomplishments. Research posters previously presented at professional conferences will be displayed in the Hartford Hospital cafeteria for the week of October 16 – 20, 2017. In addition, research information will be presented at tables in the Special Dining Room on October 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tables for research program personnel to staff and provide study information, giveaways, etc. will be available in the Special Dining Room on a first-come, first-served basis. Table signs with the research department name and tablecloths will be provided. To reserve a table, please contact Pamela Tessier or Corey Glider.

Please visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-professionals/research/research-information-day for more information.

Thursdays from October 19 to 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.

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: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 9:30-11:30 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.

October 18 - 19, 2017

Burlingame Award Program


The Institute of Living’s C. Charles Burlingame, M.D. Award, given to honor an outstanding leader in clinical psychiatry, research, education or administration, is made in memory of Dr. Burlingame, Psychiatrist-in-Chief from 1931 to 1950. 

The 2017 award will be given to Harold Alan Pincus, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

The Burlingame Award Program is scheduled for October 18 and 19 with the award dinner on Wednesday evening and  Grand Rounds-style presentation on Thursday morning. 

November 9
12th Annual Interdisciplinary Transplant Symposium

Sheraton Hartford South, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

Solid organ transplantation has become the standard of care for individuals with end-stage kidney, liver or heart disease. There are more than 123,000 people in the United States on the United Network for Organ Sharing wait list. Advances through research have significantly impacted the success rates of transplantation, resulting in increased life years and improved quality of life for transplant recipients. Care of patients pre and post transplant is conducted in collaboration with community providers. Participants who attend this symposium will be able to apply updated therapies to the care of individuals with
end-stage organ disease.

To register online, visit www.hartfordhospital.org/events. To register by phone, call 1.855.442.4373. Questions may be directed to Cammi Modlesky, Outreach Coordinator, Transplant Program at 860.972.4738.

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Community Events

October 13

Nite of Lite Laughter’s 20th Anniversary featuring Jay Leno

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
8 pm

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LITE 100.5 WRCH and Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital present legendary comedian JAY LENO for the 20th Annual "NITE OF LITE LAUGHTER," with proceeds to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Visit https://bushnell.org/events/jay-leno-nite-of-lite-laughter for more information.

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Education, Training & Research

September 30

Management of Complex Aortic Pathology

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Commons Building, 2nd Floor at the Institute of Living

Keynote Address: "Healthcare Policy Surrounding the Development of Aortic Centers"
Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, Allergist and Connecticut State Representative for the 31st Assembly District

The goal of this conference is to provide education to primary care and non-vascular providers on management of complex aortic pathology. The program includes a multidisciplinary faculty discussing topics from trauma to healthcare policy issues. Faculty will be on hand from vascular/cardiac surgery, trauma, radiology, anesthesiology and cardiology.

Topics include:
• Patient screening for aortic pathology
• Management and treatment of Type A and Type B aortic dissection
• Thoracic trauma
• Advanced imaging modalities
• The future of managing complex aortic pathology
• Creating a comprehensive aortic center

Hartford Healthcare is accredited by the CSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Hartford Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

To register, please contact Patty Bozeman, APRN, CVN, at 860.696.4119 or Patricia.Bozeman@hhchealth.org.

November 9
12th Annual Interdisciplinary Transplant Symposium

Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

Registration information and additional details coming soon.

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.

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.

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 harthosp.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
Discounts are set up by the recreation and discounts committee of the Employees' Council. Go to the Employee Recreation/Discounts page on the intranet for more information.

September 30
Professional Bull Riders: Frontier Communications Battle

7 pm
XL Center, Hartford

For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s fiercest bovine athletes. The thrilling 8-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Velocity Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to see.

Save up to 20% per ticket by visiting the XL Center Box Office and mentioning you are a Hartford HealthCare employee. You can also order tickets online or over the phone by calling 1.877.522.8499 (additional fees apply to online and phone orders).

November 17
Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway To Magic

4 p.m. AND 7 p.m.
XL Center, Hartford

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

Save $5 per ticket using promo code SGHHC

How to Order:
1. Click Here to Order Online
2. Call 1-877-522-8499 for Phone Orders
3. In Person at the XL Center Box Office
*Additional fees apply to online and phone orders. Offer ends Nov. 15 at 5PM.

Discounts on Infinity Hall Shows

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

DELL Computer Discounts


Visit: www.Dell.com/mpp/hhchealth

Online Ordering and Discounts on Events at the Bushnell

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

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

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

Discounts on XL Center Events

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

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

Discount at Sher's Automotive Center

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

Discounts at Central Rock Climbing Center in Glastonbury

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

Discount at Sprint

For more information, call Sprint Sales at 866.639.8354 or contact Jennifer MacDonald at 203.410.2044 or 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

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.

2018 Hartford Hospital Conference Rooms Outlook Scheduling

Outlook conference room calendars will be open for you to reserve beginning Monday August 21, 2017 and continuing through Friday Sept. 1, 2017 for you to input prior standing meetings.

  • All PRIOR standing reservations will have first priority 
  • All NEW 2018 meeting reservations will be available to reserve in Outlook starting Tuesday September 12, 2017
  • An updated listing of Conference Rooms will be available on the intranet for summary/details of restricted and available rooms

Please contact the H3W Conference Room Workgroup members with any questions/concerns:

  • Patty Beebe Ext. 2-2667 – Patty.Beebe@hhchealth.org
  • Samantha Fickett Ext. 2-4921 Samantha.Fickett@hhchealth.org
  • Kim Kosis Ext. 2-5516 – Kim.Kosis@hhchealth.org
  • Rabiya Shaikh Ext. 2-5136 - Rabiya.Shaikh@hhchealth.org 

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 Barbara Gaughan at 860 972-5807.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

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:

  • Wednesday, October 4th 2pm – 5pm in the Special Dining Room
  • Friday, December 8th from 8:30am – 11:30am in Gilman Auditorium

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

September 16

4th Annual Ben & Nancy Libera Bocce Tournament

Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Noon to 8 p.m. (team registration at 11 a.m.)

Join family and friends of Ben & Nancy Libera on Saturday, September 16, from noon to 8 p.m. to play in the 4th Annual Ben & Nancy Libera Bocce Tournament at the Solomon Welles House in Wethersfield! Teams of 4 are $100, and all proceeds will benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.

Advanced registration is recommended. Contact Kris Pace at 860.729.7641 or kris@jrestaurantbar.com.

September 30

Donate Life @ The Farm: Drinks - Food - Live Music

3 to 7 p.m.
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT

Tickets to include delicious fare prepared by Butchers and Bakers, local craft beer, music by The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music and access to farm activities from hay rides to the 6-acre corn maze commemorating Brown’s Harvest’s 40th Anniversary. Join us to celebrate the gift of organ and tissue donation—make a dedication along the Donate Life luminary path and hear stories of how donation and transplantation has impacted our community. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit New England Donor Services and the effort to increase the number of registered donors and save more lives in Connecticut.

October 1

Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance’s Path of Hope

Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, CT
10 a.m. (registration begins at 8:45 a.m.)

An inspiring 5K walk, run, and family-fun event, Path of Hope raises funds and awareness to support the brain tumor community, celebrates survivorship, and honors those whom we remember. The event draws more than 1800 total participants and supporters for a wonderful day of community, support, and hope. Proceeds support the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, a supporter of Hartford Hospital.

Advanced registration is recommended. Visit http://www.ctbta.org/events/path-hope/event-info/ for more information.

October 14

Greater Hartford Heart Walk

Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, Connecticut, 01062
9 a.m. to Noon

Hartford Healthcare is one of the sponsors of the 2017 Greater Hartford Heart Walk. If anyone is interested in walking please contact Noreen Gorero at Noreen.gorero@hhchealth.org. Shirts will be provided the day of the event.

Help Connecticut Get a Donate Life License Plate

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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

October 13
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: "Global Surgery: Building Capacity to Fill the Gap
"

Gilman Auditorium
6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

Join us for this Hartford Hospital Grand Rounds, Sponsored by the Department of Surgery. The 19th Annual Lecture on the Humanities in Surgery in honor of H. David Crombie, MD. Editor Emeritus, Connecticut Medicine and Former Director, Dept. of Surgery, Hartford Hospital.

“Global Surgery: Building Capacity to Fill the Gap," presented by Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, Director of Global Surgery Programs, CSPH; Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Harvard Medical School, Boston.

IOL Psychiatric 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

New Housestaff Residents and Fellows

The following are the new incoming housestaff resident and fellows who started on July 1, 2017, along with their specific program.

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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.

Policy and Procedure Manual Update


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

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

HUMAN RESOURCES POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL REVISED POLICIES
November 2016

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

Referral Bonus Program (Updated April 2017)

A bonus will be paid to any Hartford Region employee who refers an experienced candidate who is hired for the following openings:
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  •  Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Clinical Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
  • Medical Dosimetrist
  • Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Therapist/ Assistant
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist/Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiation Treatment Planning Technologist
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • RN Case Coordinator
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Surgical Technologist

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

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

Directors, assistant directors, employees in any role that have managerial or supervisory responsibilities and the staff of Human Resources will not be eligible for the program.

Former employees re-hired within 6 months of separation will not be eligible for the program. Please allow up to 60 days for receipt of referral bonus from the referred employees start date and 30 days for receipt of referral bonus from the referred employees 6-month anniversary date.

Please Note: Hartford HealthCare Rehab Network will pay a $750 referral bonus for
Pay-Per-Visit (PPV) Therapists who average 12 visits per week.

We are an equal opportunity employer who believes diversity brings out the best in everyone. EEO M/F/D/V.

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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

 

New Eligibility Guidelines for Making a Difference Together Award

Every day, teams across Hartford HealthCare Connect to Healthier by working together to provide higher quality care and service. The annual Making a Difference Together Award recognizes this vital cross-system collaboration. 

Any cross-organizational team (including employees, residents, volunteers), both individual contributors and managers, is eligible for nomination. The only people excluded are Hartford HealthCare and member organization executives.

2017 Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Team of 2-30 people (The project may touch many more people, but for purposes of this award, the number of nominated core team members must be in this range)
  • Must touch at least two HHC partner organizations with potential to spread across the system
  • Team must include representatives from at least two HHC partner organizations
  • Must grow from an employee-generated idea (not a system-directed initiative) and can include ideas from huddles, monthly meetings or informal meetings
  • Idea must be fully executed (not still in the planning stage)
  • Idea must improve standardization, integration, centralization or optimization, with documented results
  • Winning projects may directly improve patient care, improve system operations or improve patient experience
  • The work of the team must have occurred within the last 12 months and demonstrate long-term impact
  • Teams must demonstrate how their work reflects HHC’s cores values and the 10 Leadership Behaviors

​To learn more, visit https://intranet.hartfordhealthcare.org/engage-develop/recognition/making-a-difference-together.

 

What's Your Best Practice?

 

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

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

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

 Please help us to spread our best practices by submitting yours for review. Your submission should explain what you are doing and how it has had a measurable impact on improving patient experience.

All submissions should explain how the practice relates to least one of the HHC 2016 Experience focus areas — Service, Communication and Environment.

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

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


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Retirement Teas

Check back for updated retirement tea announcements.

 

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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.

Autumn Worship Services at the Lazowsk/Kiely Multifaith Chapel


The following are special noontime services and occasions in the Lazowsk/Kiely Multifaith Chapel:

Tuesday, September 19th, Rosh Hashanah 
Friday, September 29th, Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 10th, Sukkot
Friday, October 20th, Domestic Violence Awareness
Thursday, November 2nd, All Souls Days

We also gather Monday through Friday at noon for prayer/reflection. For information, please contact Spiritual Care at 860.972.2251.

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

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:
 
1)            Exercise Stress Test
2)            Aerobic Exercise Training
3)            Regular Blood Pressure Measurements
4)            Financial Compensation ($120.00)
 
For more information, call Amanda Zaleski at 86-972-3454 or email amanda.zaleski@hhchealth.org. This study is being conducted by Hartford Hospital Department of Preventive Cardiology and the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology. 

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study 

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

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

This study is open to adults ages 40 – 65 years old that meet the study criteria. 

For more information, please call 860.545.7039 or e-mail ADC.research@hhchealth.org 

Health Volunteers Needed for Antibiotic Research Study

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

Volunteers 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.

September 2017 Schedule

Monday, September 11, 7 to 11 a.m.
Thursday, September 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, September 15, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19, 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25, 7 to 11 a.m.
Thursday, September 28, 7 to 11 a.m.
Friday, September 29, 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 7 to 11 a.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.

September 25 through January 22
Bereavement Support Group

2nd and 4th Monday of every month
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

September 5 and 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

October 3 and 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 Lecture: An Introduction

August 29 and October 24
6:30 - 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.

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: An Introduction to the Disorder

November 7
6:30 - 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.

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.

Introduction to Mental Health Benefits and Services

September 19
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

This presentation will provide an overview of benefit programs available for individuals with
mental health disabilities.

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.

Managing Schizophrenia

October 17
6:30 - 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.

Schizophrenia: An Introduction to the Disorder

August 22 and 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.