From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
May 30, 2010 Edition

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"Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes." - Carly Fiorina

National Renal and Prostate Robotic Symposium, June 25

Hartford Hospital will host an international Renal and Prostate Robotic Symposium on June 25 which will showcase new videoconferencing technology that is being installed Hartford Hospital and also will be installed at MidState Medical Center and Windham Hospital. Urologists, surgical assistants and OR staff interested in robotic renal and pelvic surgery can register online or call Hartford Hospital’s Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888 (toll free at 800-545-7664). Questions can be directed to Val Riccio at 860-545-5816 or

Employee Survey Results

Nearly half of all Hartford Hospital staff members (48%) responded to the 2010 Employee Survey – up from 32% in 2007, the last year the survey was conducted. Overall, responses were above the national norm in 15 to 22 measures and at top decile in 7 of 22 measures. Highlights include improved satisfaction with information about the hospital’s direction and goals (+21.5%) and with communication from the administration (14.7%). Respondents rating Hartford Hospital as a good place to work were up 13.8%. Those recommending the hospital to those in need of care were up 4.6%.

Hospital Gets City Approval for Development

Hartford Business Journal - 5/24/10
Hartford Hospital is in the preliminary stages of planning a medical office building for property at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets. The hospital has received city approval for an 11-story tower on the site, but the hospital is at the internal planning stage and much remains to be done before the project can be undertaken.

Surgical Grand Rounds: Med School Dean on UConn’s Future

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., PhD will describe the structure of the UCONN Health Network as recently passed in the legislature, outline a greater vision for the region’s health environment and discuss regional healthcare delivery systems at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 4 in Gilman Auditorium. (Available for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.)

Medical Staff Semi-Annual Meeting June 17

The Medical Staff Semi-Annual meeting will be 7 a.m., Thursday, June 17 in Gilman Auditorium in the Conklin Building.

Phase II of SCM Electronic Clinical Documentation Goes Live June 15

Tuesday, June 15, is the go-live for Phase II of SCM Electronic Clinical Documentation. The KBC module incorporates care planning, assessments, patient education and goals/outcomes by Nursing and Ancillary Departments for an interdisciplinary approach to patient documentation. To assist Providers in viewing the electronic documentation, 15 minute KBC Demo sessions will be offered starting June 7. Providers are encouraged to attend one session during the times listed in the schedule. (Coffee and pastry to be provided)

Hamilton Retreat

Hartford Hospital hosted its annual Hamilton Retreat, May 20-21, in Old Saybrook, for physician leaders, board members and senior managers, with representation from across Hartford Healthcare. Keynote speakers were Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Network President for Partners Healthcare System and Chief Executive Officer for Partners’ Community HealthCare and Dr. Lee B. Sacks, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Advocate Health Care and President of Advocate Physician Partners. Their presentations and follow up breakout sessions focused on the changing healthcare landscape and advancing our clinical integration agenda.

HH2020: Building Our Future

The temporary relocation of patients from Saturday to Sunday (May 29-30) went smoothly, thanks to extensive planning and communication. The Conklin Building was back to normal by noon on Sunday. The electrical system upgrade that was performed during the closing will more than meet the energy needs of modern medical floors and further facilitates the ongoing transformation of this 44-year-old building as part of our HH2020 program.

Welcome New Physicians

Rohini Becherl, MD; Geriatric Medicine
David E. Curtis, MD; General Surgery
Michael A. Kilgannon, MD; Internal Medicine
Danielle E. Luciano, MD; Ob-Gyn
Joseph A. Newell, MD; Pediatrics
James F. Nugent, DPM; Podiatry
Emilio H. Pandika, MD; Internal Medicine
Mark W. Sebastian, MD; Surgery / Trauma
Christine C. Toevs, MD; Surgery / Trauma
Andrew Winokur, MD; Psychiatry


The Seymour Street Journal (SSJ) 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 SSJ will be sent to your preferred e-mail address every other Sunday. Back issues can be viewed here. For any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Jeffry Nestler, Medical Staff President, at (860) 836-7313.