From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
November 28, 2010 Edition

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The Aftermath of Tragedy

In the wake of the Nov. 18 death of staff member Sandra Hoyle in a traffic accident on Retreat Avenue, the hospital leadership team has intensified long-standing talks with city officials aimed at making the area safer. “We are working hard to get this resolved,” said Elliot Joseph, President and CEO of Hartford HealthCare and Hartford Hospital. “We have suggested a plan to the city to address it. The current situation is unacceptable.” In an email to all staff members, Joseph and Jeff Flaks, EVP of Hartford HealthCare and COO of Hartford Hospital, called Hoyle’s passing “a tragic loss for all of us in the Hartford Hospital family.”

Stewardship & Quality

Bimal Patel, VP, Support Services at Hartford Hospital, is executive sponsor of an Action Group Steering Team that has launched a hospital-wide campaign to cut at least $4 million is supply costs during the current fiscal year as part of a Balanced Scorecard initiative. Drs. Inam Kureshi and Joel Sorosky are physician champions on the team. Although a specific cost-saving goal has been set, the core objective is to deepen the hospital’s culture of better quality and lower cost.

 Department of Surgery Awards

Clinicians and programs were honored at The Department of Surgery and the Surgical Collaborative Management Team Semi-Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony on Nov. 18. The Director’s Award went to the Transplant Program. The Clinical Quality/Safety Award was given to the Clinical Integration Surgical Site Infection Study Group. Recipients of the Service Award were Theresa Brown, APRN, Linda Freeman-Bosco, ACNP, Mary Jean Thielman, APRN and Rebecca Calabrese. And Dr. Paul Vignati and Judith Gentile, RN, received the Educator Award.

MEC Election Results

Here are the results of balloting for open seats on the Medical Executive Committee, announced at the Medical Staff Annual Meeting on Nov. 18. The newly elected at-large members are Drs. Stephen Ohki (Radiology), A.J. Smally (Emergency Medicine) and Peruvamba Venkatesh (Medicine). They join current at-large members: Drs. Francis Kiernan (Medicine), Robert Piorkowski (Surgery), Jarrod Post (Medicine) and Matthew Saidel (OB-GYN).

Schooled in Robotics

Watkinson School students experienced the da Vinci robot first-hand at Hartford Hospital on Nov. 3. Watkinson’s da Vinci Club, led by Dr. Jennifer O’Brien, chair of the Upper School Science department at Watkinson, formed the group so students could get hands-on experiments in science and technology. Alumni parent Dr. Robert Gallagher hosted the day. (Click here for the Middletown Press story)

Cn y rd ths? Avoiding Abbreviations in Medical Records

The use of abbreviations in medical records is an unsafe practice as misinterpretations can lead to medication errors. Despite early adoption of computerized order entry at Hartford Hospital, unapproved abbreviations still appear elsewhere in the medical record. The most frequently inappropriately used abbreviations include Q.D. and Q.O.D. Effective immediately, any abbreviations found in a W-10 will be brought to the responsible physician’s attention as soon as possible and the expectation is that either written or oral clarification be provided within one hour of the time a physician is called. A guide to approved abbreviations is available here and in the Hospital Forms sections of the Medical Staff website (

Financial Update

October is the first month of fiscal year 2011 for the hospital. Volume in the first month, as measured by inpatient discharges, was .3% below budget. Outpatient activity was also below budget in the month of October with outpatient revenues falling approximately 4.7% below budget.


Dr. Mandavilli Presents at ASC Science Meeting

Dr. Srini Mandavilli from the Division of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine presented a tutorial on "The Utility of Immunocytochemical Stains in Diagnostic Cytology" at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Cytopathology on Nov. 12 in Boston. Dr. Mandavilli is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology and Director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship in Anatomic Pathology.

Physicians Boost Black & Red

Thanks to support from the Medical Staff and physician groups, Hartford Hospital’s 2011 Black & Red, on Jan. 29 at the Bushnell, is shaping up to be an extra special occasion. This year’s celebration marks the 20th anniversary of the Black & Red and will benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Stepping up as presenting sponsors are the hospital’s Medical Staff and Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates. Other sponsors include Connecticut GI, Connecticut Multispecialty Group, Connecticut Surgical Group, Hartford Anesthesiology Associates, Hartford Cardiac Laboratory, Hartford Medical Group, Hartford Pathology Associates, Jefferson Radiology, ProHealth Physicians, Oncology Associates and Women’s Health Connecticut. There is still time to support that partnership by sponsoring the Black & Red and/or purchasing tickets to the event. For information, contact Katie Levesque in Fund Development (860) 545-2160 or via e-mail at Or visit

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