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eXtra News Digest: December 22, 2016

December 21, 2016

What's happening at Hartford Hospital:

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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.

 

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Community Events

January 3
Walk to Wellness

Parkinson’s Disease & Restless Leg Syndrome. Dr. Duarte Machado, Neurology, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Westfarms Mall, Rest and Relaxation Lounge (lower level of Westfarms near Nordstrom)
Learn more about the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders and the latest treatment options available.
Registration is required. Please call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) to register.

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

Braindance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Education, Training & Research

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

Cancer Clinical Research Office

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

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

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

To register for any of these following classes click here.

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

Healthcare Provider BLS Class

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

Healthcare Provider CPR Class

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

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

Please call EMS Education to register at 860.972.9564.

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

You can register for HCP CPR Classes by calling 860.545.1888.

Ongoing Research Studies

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

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

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

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Erin E. Young at erin.young@uconn.edu or Dr. Kyle M. Baumbauer at kyle.baumbauer@uconn.edu. 
The deadline for application to the certificate has passed but we are still admitting students to the certificate program and enrolling students in the first class. Space is limited and the first course, NURS 5101-Fundamental Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Pain is set to be offered in Fall 2016. 

 

Fellowship Applicants Sought

 

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

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

Each year monies are awarded to individuals interested in furthering careers in management, medicine, nursing, public health or any area of service delivery or healthcare research. Previously, awards have been given for independent study and one-time management courses as well as creative research projects. For those seeking funds towards a post-graduate degree, applicants must be in their final year of study. The award will cover the costs of tuition and possibly some living expenses. It will not cover the cost of travel. Approximately two to five grants (between $1,000 - $2,000) are awarded each year. Applicants must be employed full time in one of the seven member hospitals of the Capital Area Health Consortium: including Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. 

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

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Employee Discounts

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

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

Discounts on Infinity Hall Shows

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

DELL Computer Discounts

Visit: www.Dell.com/mpp/hhchealth

Online Ordering and Discounts on Events at the Bushnell

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

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

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

Discounts on XL Center Events

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

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

January 12-16
Disney on Ice:  Dream Big
Save $5 per ticket when you use the promo code: SGHHC

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

Discount at Sher's Automotive Center

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

Discounts at Central Rock Climbing Center in Glastonbury

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

Discount at Sprint

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

Free Entrance to Connecticut Science Center

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

Discounts on select events at the Mullins Center

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

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

February 18
Harlem Globetrotters

2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
XL Center 
Save up to $11 a ticket
Use code: SGHHC
How to Order:
Click Here to Order Online
Call 1-877-522-8499 for Phone Orders
In Person at the XL Center Box Office

Harlem Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Package
Only $49 each!
*Offer ends Dec. 29 at 5pm

Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Package Includes:
Globetrotters Backpack
Ticket to 2pm Game on Feb 18th
Food/Beverage Voucher
Hartford Wolf Pack Silver Voucher

 

 

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Employee Services

Barney Employee Fitness Center
Open 24/7
New in 2017- Weight Loss Challenge. The 12-week challenge includes two 30-minute person training sessions per week, a muscular strength/endurance program, a cardiovascular program, nutritional guidelines, body fast testing and body circumference measurements. First place wins 5 free personal training sessions and 1 month free fitness classes and a water bottle. Second place wins 3 free personal training sessions and 1 week of free fitness classes and a water bottle. Third place wins 2 free personal training sessions and a water bottle. Cost: $200. Registration closed January 31.
The center offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and free weights, functional movement screenings and exercise programs to help you prevent injuries, weight-loss exercise programs, diet and nutrition counseling. The staff is all nationally certified. For more information, call the Fitness Center at 860.972.3077.

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

HHC Health Center

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

Have your annual mammogram at Hartford Hospital!

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

Stu and You
What Are People Asking Stu?

Stu and You email box, and he has answered all of them!

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

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

Trading Post

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

Weight Watchers

Hartford Hospital
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meetings will be in Dining Room B, Except on October 18, November 15 and December 20.

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

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

January 24 & February 9
Developing a successful volunteer role for your department

January 24, 11 a.m. to noon Special Dining Room
February 9, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., JB118
Could your department use help?  Are there things you would like to get done but don’t have time to do? Consider adding a volunteer to your staff!  This short class will describe the best way to have a successful integration of a volunteer into your department, including both adults and high school students.

To register, contact  Eileen Pelletier, Director of Volunteer Services at 860.972.2448 or email  Eileen.Pelletier@hhchealth.org

Volunteers are 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   

January 5
Volunteers Needed for No One Dies Alone Program
4 p.m. to 7 p.m
Special Dining Room
Please join those currently serving in 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 conducted by the Spiritual Care department’s chaplain Erica Richmond is required.  Attendees will be escorted to the Dining Room from the main lobby at 3:50 p.m. If you are able to attend, please complete a volunteer application at this link:
http://hartfordhealth.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/HQGL45AS0GY1II7N

For questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Department at 860.972.2182 or email Kelley.boothby@hhchealth.org

 

Volunteers Needed for a Research Study on Statins, Creatine and Exercise
Healthy men and postmenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 70 are needed for a research study examining how statins and the dietary supplement creatine affect a person's response to exercise. We are seeking individuals who do not regularly exercise, do not take medications or dietary supplements for high cholesterol, and do not use tobacco products. The 5 week protocol involves six visits to Hartford Hospital involving exercise tests on a treadmill and blood samples. Participants will be compensated $200 for their time and gain valuable health information. If you are interested, please contact Gregory.Panza@hhchealth.org or (860) 972-1507. 

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. 

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Grand Rounds

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

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

IOL Psychiatric Grand Round

No Grand Rounds for December 22 & 29

January 12
Title: TBA
Speaker: Godfrey Pearlson, M.D.

February 9
Title: Science, Pseudoscience, and Mental Health Treatment
Speaker: David F. Tolin Ph.D., Anxiety Disorder

February 23
Title: TBA
Speaker: Gretchen Diefenbach, Psychologist Anxiety Disorder Center

March 9
Title: TBA
Speaker: John Harley; Yale Veteran

March 23
Title: TBA
Speaker: Dr. Katherine L. Wisner, Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

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

April 6
Title: TBA
Speaker: Rajesh Mehta M.D.,IOL; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

April 13
Title: TBA
Speaker: Rehan Puri M.D., IOL; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

April 20
Title: TBA
Speaker: Jensi George, M.D., IOL; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

April 27 – BRAIN DANCE AWARD
Title: TBA
Speaker: TBA

May 4
Title: TBA
Speaker: PG3 OPD.

May 11- NURSES WEEK
Title: TBA
Speaker: Barbara Jacobs, IOL/HH, Director Clinical Ethics Consultation Services

June 8
Title: TBA
Speaker: Carol Bernstein, Associate Professor of Psychiatry Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training New York University School of Medicine

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Health Professionals

 

April 28
2nd Annual Advanced Practitioner Symposium
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Heublin Hall, Hartford Hospital
Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine will host a symposium for advanced practitioners, whose contributions to the care of patients are significant and continue to grow. Those contributions are valued at Hartford Hospital with a commitment to promote education and professional growth. For nurses, advanced practitioners, AP students, nursing students and other staff.  
This year, there will be a poster session.  Staff is invited to present a poster highlighting innovation, research, quality or role projects.  For questions,  contact Erica Thompson at 860.972.5766 or  erica.thompson@hhchealth.org.


 


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

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

 

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Human Resources

Do you have a Gold Medal Manager?

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

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

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

Information on the Gold Medal Manager program is available here.

Policy and Procedure Manual Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Information Technology

Add Your Photo To Your Outlook Email Profile

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

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

Pauline Poulin
January 6
Pauline Poulin’s Retirement Tea
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
GI conference room JB 309
Celebrate Pauline's 38 years of service as an RN in ICU, Oncology, cardiac cath Lab and as a GI nurse.  



 Spirituality

 

 
 

 


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.

January 2017 schedule:

Thursday, January 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 Wednesday, January 18, 7 am-11 am
Friday, January 27,10 am-2 pm
Tuesday, January 31,10 am-2 pm

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

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

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

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Support Groups

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

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

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