From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
January 9, 2011 Edition
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“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” - Arnold H. Glasgow
Congratulations to Greater Hartford’s Best Doctors
Congratulations to all the Hartford Hospital physicians who were named on the “Best Doctors in Greater Hartford” list published in the January issue of Hartford Magazine. The list includes more than 300 peer-selected doctors in more than 50 specialties. The list has been published annually since 2004, and Hartford Hospital physicians are always well represented.
Dr. Thomas Mort Lectures in China
In November 2010, Dr. Thomas Mort, associate director of the surgical ICU, was an invited lecturer at the inaugural National Airway Management Conference in Zhengzhou, China. Dr. Mort lectured on topics including emergency airway management outside the OR, ICU management of the difficult airway patient, and the role simulation training plays in dealing with airway crises. Dr. Mort is president-elect of the international Society for Airway Management, which developed the conference in conjunction with the Chinese Society of Anesthesiologists.
Caputos Ride to Support Cancer Programs
In October, Dr. Andrew Caputo and his wife, Allyson, an ovarian cancer survivor, were invited to participate in two LIVESTRONG events in Austin, Texas. Dr. Caputo was one of only 25 riders to participate in Ride for the Roses, an invitation-only opportunity to bicycle alongside Lance Armstrong. The next day, he and Allyson pedaled a tandem bicycle 90 miles in the LIVESTRONG Challenge, a fundraiser in which 3,000 runners and 3,000 cyclists took part. Dedicated fundraisers for the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Caputos founded Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE), which sponsors an annual event to help cancer patients. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000. The 2011 ERRACE event is scheduled for July 17. For more information, visit www.errace.org.
Half of the ERC lobby will be closed through February, and conference rooms 123 and 126 will be inaccessible. If you have meetings scheduled there, please find an alternate location.
Applications Due for Summer Approval of Medical Staff Membership
Physicians, chiefs of service and practice managers who are planning to bring new associates into their practices this summer are reminded that applications for medical staff membership should be filed now. The process takes approximately 90 days from receipt of application to final approval (60 days for adjunct staff). The application and other documentation can by found at www.harthosp.org/medstaff/Application. For more information, contact Linda Calli, manager of the medical staff office, at 860-545-6167.
Summer Research Fellowship Offered for Pre-med Students
Applications are being accepted from U.S. pre-medical students for a 10-week summer research fellowship funded by the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff. Sixteen students are selected each year, and they participate in research mentored by one of our physicians. The program is open to pre-med students who have completed their junior or senior year of college with a GPA of 3.5 or better. A stipend and parking is provided, and dormitory housing may be available. Deadline for submission is Feb. 11. For information, call the Medical Education Office, 860-545-2536, or go to
Dr. Morris Seide
Dr. Morris J. Seide, a member of the Hartford
Hospital medical staff for 50 years, died December 29, 2010, on his 89th
birthday. He practiced internal medicine and retired at age 82. Seide
served as president of the Hartford County Medical Association and the
Hartford Medical Society, and founded and served as medical director of
the Cardio-Vascular Work Evaluation Unit of the Hartford Heart
Dr. Donald Rotenberg
Dr. Donald Rotenberg passed away last week. He
retired from practice last spring after 35 years as a practicing
clinician. Dr. Rotenberg was a pillar in the medical community, and
widely respected in the region for his skills as an internist,
nephrologist, teacher, and mentor. He was among the founding members of
Connecticut Multispecialty Group. Per the family’s request, no services
are planned at this time.
Traumatology/Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds: Ultrasound in the ED
“Point-of-care Ultrasound From Head to Toe” is
the topic of the Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine Grand
Rounds on Jan. 20 at 12 noon, featuring Dr. Meghan Kelly Herbst,
ultrasound fellow at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Herbst will
review the history of ultrasound in emergency medicine, discuss why it
is used in the ED, and review how to incorporate ultrasound in the
emergency physician’s practice. It will be held in Room 139/140 in the
Black & Red Gala
The 20th annual Black & Red gala will be
held Jan. 29 at the Bushnell. The event raises critically needed funds
for the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, which is also celebrating
its 20th anniversary this year. More than $4 million has been raised by
the Black & Red since its inception. There will be an afternoon
matinee at the Bushnell open to the public, featuring a concert by
Michael Cavanaugh. Tickets are $45 each, and are on sale through the
Bushnell Box Office. The evening black tie gala starts at 6 p.m., and
includes a reception, concert, coffee and desert, and dancing in the
Autorino Great Hall. Tickets are $300 and $500 per person. For
information, call 860-545-2161, email email@example.com, or go to www.hartfordhospital.org/black&red.
BEACON Seminar: The Artificial Pancreas
“Accelerating the Availability of the
Artificial Pancreas” is the topic of the first BEACON (Biomedical
Engineering Alliance & Consortium) Seminar of 2011, featuring Marc
Anderson, manager of new technology development for the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation Artificial Pancreas Project in New York City. The
seminar will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, in Room 118 in the Jefferson
Building. A networking reception will precede the presentation, starting
at 5:30 p.m. The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Please
contact Terri Wilson at (860) 547-1995, or toll free at (877) 723-2266,
or by email at Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org. Free parking is
available in the 80 Jefferson Street lot off Hudson Street. Directions
will be sent when reservations are received. The event is sponsored by
|For Your Information: Hot Topics in Healthcare
[Beginning with this issue, the Seymour Street Journal
will provide links to relevant articles recently printed in the national
media about important issues facing physicians.]
Physicians versus Hospitals as Leaders of Accountable Care Organizations
This piece linked here,
printed in the Dec. 30, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of
Medicine, describes the effects of the recently enacted Affordable Care
Act, which will usher in extensive changes in the U.S. healthcare
system. The authors contend that the actions of physicians and hospitals
in the next few years will have profound implications for both
|Sunrise Clinical Manager Tip of the Week
[Beginning with this issue, the Seymour Street Journal
will provide the medical staff with information about new SCM functionality, including tips and support information.]
How to find important contact numbers in SCM
There are now two places where you can find a patient's next of kin/emergency contact information. The information collected by patient registration can be found in the "Patient Info" tab, and the information collected through KBC can be found in the "Clinical Summary" tab. For more information, go to: http://intranet.harthosp.org/hh/docs/6366
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.