From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
February 7, 2010 Edition

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"Attention is the currency of leadership." - Ronald Heifetz

  • John Springer, 1931-2010
    It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of John Springer, who led Hartford Hospital from 1976-1989 and became the first Chief Executive Officer of Hartford Healthcare. He was an extraordinary leader and a beloved figure in the Hartford Hospital community. He was an innovator who led our institution into a new era of patient safety, quality and excellence. By creating the LIFE STAR air medical program, he transformed our region’s access to critical care. We will always remember him with admiration and gratitude, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
  • Dr. Rocco Orlando Named Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr. Joe Klimek Named VP of Physician Relations
  • Hybrid OR: Core 9 Now Opened
    The Hybrid OR combines sophisticated imaging technology with tools for complex endovascular procedures into a single, sterile working environment. At $3 million, this technology is a significant investment in our future. It enables staff to perform imaging, instantly analyze results and immediately treat patients in one location.
  • Quality: Focus on Hand Hygiene 
    Over the past two years, we have made significant strides in this area, but recent reports show a worsening trend, particularly with the appropriate use of gowns and gloves for patients on isolation precautions. (graph).
  • Hartford Hospital 2020 Expanding Clinical Capacity
    Spotlight On: Emergency Department
    he entire triage area will be reconfigured to improve the efficiency of patient care with five new front-end provider rooms being added. The lobby is also being enhanced with improved wayfinding and an upgraded look. (Note: You will need to provide your Novell login to view HH2020 content)
  • ED Door to Provider Time Update
    On average, 74% of patients last quarter were seen by a provider within 30 minutes of ER admission. This shows a continued increase as a result of the efforts of the ED Redesign Team.
  • Financial Update:
    Discharges for the first quarter FY 2010 ended December 31, 2009 were 10,232. This was an increase of 1.8% over the same quarter of FY 2009 which had 10,047 discharges. The number of inpatient surgical patients was 7.5% above the same quarter last year and ED visits were 13.6% above last year.
  • Public Policy: 
    Governor Rell Proposes Budget: No Medicaid Rate Reductions and No Reductions to the Uncompensated Care or Urban DSH Pool Funding
  • Community: 
    Quinnipiac University to Open Medical School with Emphasis on Primary Care and Global Health
  • Rewards & Recogntion:
    • The University of Connecticut Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, directed by Dr. Jack Greene of Hartford Hospital and Assistant Director Dr. Amy Johnson, also of Hartford Hospital, recently received a full accreditation with a 4-year cycle from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. This is an excellent achievement for a residency training program.
    • Dr. David Hull was named Physician of the Year by the American Liver Foundation Connecticut and was honored at its Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on Jan. 30.
    • The annual Black & Red Gala raised nearly $450K for cardiac surgery at Hartford Hospital.
  • Welcome New Hartford Hospital Staff Physicians:
    Beaulieu, Brian L., MD, Internal Medicine (Active)
    Bundy, Robert J., MD, Pulmonary Medicine  (Active, Refer/Follow)
    Dutta, Ritu, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Active, Clinical Assistant)
    Lahrmann, Philip H., MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Active, Clinical Assistant)
    Leung, Jason S., DMD, Pediatric Dentistry (Courtesy)
    Mariano, Dean J., DO, Pain Management (Active, Clinical Assistant)
    Schmidt, David W., MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Active, Assistant)
    Schwartz, Marlene, MD, Pulmonary Medicine (Active, Refer/Follow)
    Vitale, Marie P., MD, Internal Medicine (Active, Clinical Assistant)

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