From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
March 21, 2010 Edition

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"I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed." - Margaret J. Wheatley

Governor Rell Announces UConn Network Plan

On March 9, Governor Rell announced a plan that calls for the renovation of John Dempsey Health Center as well as for additional funds for Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI), St. Francis’ Primary Care Center and other facilities.
- Read the Hartford Courant Story
- Read the Governor's Press Release

Fox 61 New Anchor Rebecca Stewart to Join Hartford Hospital

Rebecca Stewart, Fox 61 news anchor and reporter, will join Hartford Hospital on April 1 as Director of Media Relations & News Service. Stewart will help further expand the hospital’s outreach to local and national media.

Hartford Hospital Research Stands Out at ACC Conference

Hartford Hospital Cardiology Fellows, Hartford Hospital Cardiology Hospitalists and UConn Residents working with Hartford Hospital faculty presented 11 abstracts or posters at the American College of Cardiology’s 59th annual scientific session, March 14-16 in Atlanta. In addition, Gary Heller, MD, PhD and Paul Thompson, MD, each offered three lectures/presentations and Donna Polk, MD, MPH presented a lecture.

Financial Report

In the month of February, the Hospital’s discharges were 2.4% below budget. This resulted in the Hospital’s year-to-date volume through February being .1% greater than the budget. However, the year-over-year volume is up 2%. We have seen a rebound of volume in March and project to be above budget for discharges in the current month.

Transfer Center Activity

The Transfer Center volume is up by 316 transfers for FY 10, a 41% increase over last year. Our tertiary market grew by 47 patients, a 47% increase. Our secondary market grew by 222 transfers, a 49% increase. Our primary market grew by 22 patients, a 24% increase.

New Nurse Manager for Case Coordination at Hartford Hospital

Maureen Zukauskas, RN, BSN, MS, has been appointed as the new Nurse Manager for Case Coordination at Hartford Hospital. Maureen has been the Manager of Care Management for Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital (ECHN) since 1998.

Doctor's Day

Hartford Hospital will mark Doctors Day, March 30, with a full-page ad in The Hartford Courant, a banner in the main lobby, coverage in RxTra and carnations to members of the Medical Staff.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, April 2

Martin Weisberg, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, Ethicon Inc.

Niobus (Nio) Queiro Appointed Director, Revenue Cycle

Niobis (Nio) Queiro has been appointed to the position of Director, Revenue Cycle for Hartford Healthcare Corporation. Most recently Nio has been serving as the Vice President/Partner, Financial Solutions for ACS Healthcare Solutions in Dearborn, MI.

Housestaff Appreciation Week, March 28 through April 3

Please join us in thanking our Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut residents and fellows for all that they bring to the care of our patients.

7th Annual Heart Rhythm Symposium, April 7

Join us April 7, 12:30-4:30 at the Rocky Hill Marriot. Registration deadline: March 31.

Welcome New Hartford Hospital Staff Physicians:

Brian L. Beaulieu, MD - Internal Medicine
Joseph F. Bentivegna, MD - Ophthalmology
Molly A. Brewer, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Robert J. Bundy, MD - Pulmonology
Ritu Dutta, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Angabeen S. Khan, MD - Radiology
Philip H. Lahrmann, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Amy D. McBee, MD - Pediatrics
Sarah E. Schlegel, MD - Pediatrics
David W. Schmidt, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology/Reproductive Endocrinology
Marlene Schwartz, MD - Pulmonology
Heather N. Shelsta, MD - Ophthalmology
Peter A. Shriver, DO - Ophthalmology
Marie P. Vitale, MD - Internal Medicine

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.