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

Construction Update

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 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 Association.

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.

Coming Events

January 20:
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 Conklin Building.

January 29:
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 black&, or go to

February 9:
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 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 CCMC.

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 segments.

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:

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.