From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
May 2, 2010 Edition

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"Excellent firms don't believe in excellence -- only in constant improvement and constant change." - Tom Peters

It’s Not Too Late: Medical Staff Spring Event on Wednesday

Three new physician awards will be given at this year’s Medical Staff Spring Event, which will be 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 in Heublein Hall at the ERC. Don’t miss it. To RSVP, call the Medical Staff Office at (860) 545-2585 or email Linda Calli. 

NCI Awards Nearly $3 Million to Hartford Hospital

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center has received $2.95 million from the National Cancer Institute to expand several exciting research programs to help address many different cancer issues Connecticut patients face. The grant is drawn from $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that the National Institutes of Health is using to expand research programs at Hartford Hospital and the other 15 original members of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).

Hartford Hospital-Supported Authors in JAMA

Two Hartford Hospital researchers, Olivia Phung, PharmD, a Clinical Pharmacy Fellow and Jennifer M. Scholle, PharmD, as well as Craig I. Coleman, PharmD, affiliated with both Hartford Hospital and the UConn School of Pharmacy, shared authorship (with Mehak Talwar) of a study in the April 14 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, Effect of Noninsulin Antidiabetic Drugs Added to Metformin Therapy on Glycemic Control, Weight Gain, and Hypoglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes (JAMA. 2010;303(14):1410-1418) examines the impact of various second-line drugs for type-2 diabetics when Metformin – the standard first-line treatment – fails. The work was supported by the Hartford Hospital’s Small Grants program, which is generously supported by the medical staff

Saving Time and Money By Streamlining Billing Practices - 4/29/2010
A study by a team from Massachusetts General Hospital and its physicians organization examined the time and costs associated with the third-party billing system used in the U.S. and calculated that streamlining its typical administrative inefficiencies could save four hours per week for doctors, five hours for support staff, and a total of $7 billion per year.

Strategic Growth Update

Overall volumes are up – including those for outpatient procedures. Some areas of note are: outpatient surgeries (+19% over budget), Rehabilitation visits (+5%) and E.D. visits (+2%).

HH2020: Building Our Future

Renovation of the Jefferson Lobby begins May 10 and work on the main lobby begins May 17. These projects are expected to be completed by the fall. While roughly 75% of the construction resources in the HH2020 project are going to clinical areas, the renewal of these heavily-used public spaces are essential to creating the kind of first impression that will assure patients and families of our clinical quality. There will be extensive signage for patients as well as maps available on site and on the hospital’s internal and external websites. Staff entrance to the Jefferson Building will be to the left of the current front entrance, which will be closed. Also, there will be no staff drop-off allowed in the horseshoe drive that serves the main lobby. This will be reserved for patients.

Music to Your Ears

Hartford Healthcare employees and medical staff members are eligible for a 10% discount off tickets to Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) concerts, including the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, POPS! and Masterworks performances. This discount is for individual tickets only – not for subscriptions. Check the orchestra’s website ( for descriptions and dates of upcoming concerts. To get your ticket discount, use the code "HHC2010" when ordering tickets on the website or by calling the HSO box office at (860) 244-2999.


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.