From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
April 18, 2010 Edition
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"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world" - John le Carré

 Groundbreaking Training and Education

Hartford Hospital officially broke ground on April 15 for the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI). CESI will be New England’s premier center for comprehensive experiential learning for surgeons and clinicians, using simulation and other leading-edge training technologies. CESI is expected to draw new talent to the region and reinforce the area’s reputation for medical innovation. CESI will be located in the Education and Resource Center.

New Cancer Center Campaign: Together

Hartford Hospital’s Planning and Marketing Department and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center kicked off a new multimedia campaign on Sunday, April 18 in support of the Cancer Center. Ads will appear in Sunday’s Hartford Courant and televisions spots will begin to air on Monday, April 19. The campaign focuses on the public, Hartford Hospital staff members and referring physicians and is a template for all future marketing efforts: research based, strategically-executed and focused on measurable results.

Yvette Meléndez named Vice President, Government and Community Alliances

Yvette Meléndez has been appointed Vice President, Government and Community Alliances for Hartford Hospital. In this role, she will provide strategic leadership in government affairs at the local, state and federal levels, and will oversee Hartford Hospital’s strategic community outreach programs.

Success in the Battle Against Bloodstream Infections

Preventing Bloodstream infections (BSIs) and the poor outcomes associated with them is a high priority at Hartford Hospital. FY ’09 saw a 49% year-over-year drop in BSIs – 19 fewer infections and saving of nearly $1 million in healthcare dollars thanks to adoption of best practices. Hartford Hospital is launching new interventions in all ICUs to further safeguard patients from BSIs, which are a national problem.  

Happy to be Blue

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut has designated Hartford Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine SurgerySM and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM. This prestigious designation is awarded to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care. 

HH2020: Building Our Future

Beginning Monday, April 26, we will begin a revitalization of the public access space of the Cancer Center. The main public entrance to the Cancer Center will remain open and there will be no interruption to the valet service. This work will last about five months. Refurbishment of public spaces is an element of the HH2020 initiative aimed at meeting the high expectation of patients and families. From the moment they walk through the doors, patients must gain a sense of confidence in our ability to deliver quality, safety and an exceptional patient experience.

Strategic Growth Update

Hartford Hospital continues to grow. Current figures show that the hospital is poised to add 2% growth to last year’s 4% increase in volume. Year-to-date finances are on plan.  

HH Medical Staff/Board Spring Event May 5

The Medical Staff Spring Event is 6 p.m., Wed., May 5 in Heublein Hall at the ERC. Four awards will be given to medical staff members.

Knowledge Based Charting Roll-Out April 27

Final preparations are underway for the April 27th go-live of SCM Clinical Documentation (KBC – Knowledge Based Charting Module) on CB 4, 5, and 6.Classes will be offered to assist providers to view this electronic documentation starting April 16. Each class lasts approximately 30 minutes. All providers, especially those with patients on the pilot units, are encouraged to attend one session.



The Seymour Street Journal has been developed to communicate key messages pertinent to our hospital’s physicians. It will keep you informed and up-to-date on hospital, network, and health care news in a concise, convenient format. The digest will be sent to your preferred e-mail address every other Monday. For any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Jeffry Nestler, Medical Staff President, at (860) 836-7313.