From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
June 26, 2011 Edition

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"Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe. (If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.)" - Latin Proverb

This Week

Don’t Miss the Rerun of Advancing Medicine on Weight Loss Surgery Tuesday

A special encore presentation of our fourth episode of Advancing Medicine will air on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 pm on Channel 3, WFSB. Tune in to “Weight Loss Surgery: Shaping Lives.” Click here to watch the promotional spot airing now on Channel 3.

Care Coordination

Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Surgical Group Will Form Partnership

Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Surgical Group (CSG) have been partners in patient care for more than 15 years. Hospital leaders and the physicians of CSG believe that an institutionally based model would be the best next step in our partnership, and this new relationship will begin Oct. 1. “Connecticut Surgical Group and Hartford Hospital have shared a long-standing common vision of delivering outstanding surgical care in a personal, coordinated fashion,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Cohen, president of CSG. “The merger of our organization into Hartford HealthCare represents a natural progression of our mutual goal to elevate the care we deliver to national leadership prominence, and to set the standard for technological innovation and clinical integration. We are excited about becoming part of a team that, like us, is committed to advancing the overall health of the community we serve.” CSG has 41 physicians and 200 staff members. Specialties in this practice include many areas in which HH and CSG physicians are renowned nationally, including colorectal, urologic, bariatric, plastic, vascular, breast, podiatric and general surgery. This change will open the way for CSG physicians to help create services that are organizationally aligned and more seamless to those we serve, such as Centers of Excellence in specialty areas that are being considered as possible new models of care.


IOL’s Young Adult Services Program Receives $302,000 Grant

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a grant to Hartford Hospital in support of the Young Adult Services Program at the Institute Of Living, as part of the Depression Initiative. The grant is for $302,000 over three years.

Surgical Weight Loss Center Recredentialed; Designated Blue Distinction Program

The Surgical Weight Loss Center was recently re-credentialed as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The bariatric surgery program, led by Drs. Darren Tishler and Pavlos Papasavas is the largest in Connecticut and provides comprehensive care to the morbidly obese patient seeking weight loss surgery. The program offers expertise in all primary and revisional bariatric surgical procedures. The surgeons perform more than 500 primary procedures per year and are actively involved in research on the genetic and neuroscience basis of obesity and bariatric surgery. The program was also recently designated a Blue Distinction program by Blue Cross Blue Shield, meaning it meets stringent clinical criteria, and is subject to periodic reevaluation as criteria continue to evolve. The center has also received a Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network. As part of its center of excellence designation, the program participates in the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD), the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient information with data from more than 375,000 patients.

Dr. Dougherty Speaks on Statins

Dr. James E. Dougherty, a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital, appeared as a panelist in a live online Hartford Courant health chat on June 16 called “Statins: Who Needs Them and What They Should Know.”,0,2031404.htmlstory

Innovative & Complex Care

Hartford Hospital Acquires BVA-100 Blood Volume Analyzer

Hartford Hospital has signed a trial agreement with Daxor Corporation, a medical instrumentation and biotechnology company, for a Blood Volume Analyzer-100 (BVA-100), an instrument that enables semi-automated measurement of a patient's total blood volume, red blood cell volume and plasma volume.

Research & Academics

New Resource for Clinicians: MD Conference Express

“MD Conference Express" is a database resource that will enable clinicians to keep updated on worldwide conferences in all the major medical disciplines. Find the link on the Library intranet page under "Online Resources." Click here to visit the Library intranet page. For more information, contact Sheila Hayes, 860-545-2416.

Operational Update

You Can Help Put Our Physicians in the Media Spotlight

We are asking you to support the creation of our own media studio complete with a ReadyCam, a complete broadcast-quality system that delivers live or recorded video to any cable, network or local television station. This will allow Hartford Hospital to let everyone in the nation know about our extraordinary clinical expertise. In such a studio, VideoLink will operate ReadyCam remotely, so our physicians and programs can be featured practically anywhere, anytime. This technology will enhance Hartford Hospital’s national recognition as a top-flight institution, which will benefit all of us. We encourage your support of this project, which will help put us in the media spotlight regularly. As a convenience, you may click here to make your donation online.

OR Fire Safety Procedures Revised; Perioperative Team Required to Review

Fire safety education procedures for the entire perioperative team have been revised to include the appropriate use of moistened gauze materials in proximity to active electrosurgical devices. All surgeons must review the June 2011 OR Fire Safety PowerPoint, and return signed attestation that materials were reviewed by June 30. Noncompliance with return by July 8 will result in suspension of OR privileges. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Shichman, chair of the perioperative services committee, at 860-947-8500.

LAST CHANCE to Earn Incentives in Medicare’s ePrescribing Program

You have just a few more days – until June 30 – to report the eRx G-code at least 10 times on Medicare claim forms to earn an incentive and avoid a penalty in 2012 through Medicare’s five-year program to promote ePrescribing (eRx). To read more, click here.

HH and Medical Staff Leaders Meet to Plan 2012 Balanced Scorecard

Three dozen leaders from Hartford Hospital, including physician leaders, clinical chiefs and medical staff leadership, attended a planning retreat in Old Saybrook in mid-June to draw up a framework for the institution’s 2012 balanced scorecard. The medical staff’s balanced scorecard will cascade from that of Hartford HealthCare.

Hyperbaric Training for Health Care Providers, July 11-15

There will be a week-long Hyperbaric Training for Healthcare Providers course run at Hartford Hospital from July 11-15. This 40-hour introductory course, run by OxyHeal University in collaboration with HH, is designed to meet the requirements of an UHMS designated introductory course in hyperbaric medicine. The class will be held Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $1,000. For more information, e-mail Mike Powers, Wound & Hyperbaric Center program director, at

JB 116 Conference Room Unavailable During July

The JB-116 conference room will be closed to meetings during July, as the room will be used as a temporary location for the chapel. All meetings that are scheduled during this period will need to be rescheduled. If you need assistance, please call Sylvia at 860-545-2757.


Dr. John Woodruff

Dr. John H. Woodruff, 93, died June 12 at Duncaster in Bloomfield. Dr. Woodruff was a retired radiologist with Jefferson Radiology Group. A memorial service will be celebrated in his honor on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m at Duncaster in Bloomfield. Online condolences may be made at

In The News

Night Vision Lights The Way for Life Star: Technology Makes a Dangerous Job Safer

Hartford Courant, June 12
The crew of LIFE STAR talks about the safety benefits of using night vision goggles when they fly in the dark.,0,6837383.story

Hartford Biotech’s Work Could Ease Statins’ Side Effects

Hartford Courant, June 14
Researchers at the biomedical company Genomas, based at Hartford Hospital, are working on a test that would use patients' DNA to predict who will have adverse side effects to statins.,0,7958496.story

Medicare meaningful use bonus checks go out: The Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs have paid out more than $158 million since January

American Medical News, June 15
In the first two weeks of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services incentive program, $75 million was paid out in bonuses for the meaningful use of electronic medical records.

UConn Shakeup: Health Center VP Steps Down

Hartford Courant, June 16
After successfully shepherding the governor's $864 million proposal to transform the UConn Health Center through the legislature, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin is stepping down as head of the center and dean of the medical school, as of July 1.,0,5265759.story

Austin and Liang Named to Interim Positions at UConn Health Center

UConn Health Center Today, June 20
Former UConn President Philip E. Austin has agreed to serve as the Health Center’s interim vice president for health affairs while a national search is conducted to identify Dr. Cato T. Laurencin’s replacement. In addition, Dr. Bruce T. Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the UConn School of Medicine.

Medical Education for the Future, June 18
A patient lies unconscious in a room prepped for emergency care. Doctors and nurses work to revive the young victim, a car crash survivor, whose life is on the line. This could be a day in the life of the emergency room at Hartford Hospital, but in reality, these are physicians in training who are inside a simulated emergency room, working on a robot, or Sim-Man.

Cooperation seen as the key to Waterbury’s healthcare future

Hartford, June 20
In 10 years, the CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital sees a single hospital organization in the Brass City that is part of a regional and national multihospital system.

Children’s Hospital Creating Center for Cancer And Blood Disorders

Hartford Courant, June 20
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has reached its $5 million fundraising goal to pay for the construction of a new clinical care center for cancer and blood disorders, which will double the hospital’s current space for its oncology and hematology program. Construction began at CCMC last month, and they will move into the new space in the fall.,0,1534749.story

Windham Hospital eyes $8.4 million medical center expansion

Hartford, June 21
The State Bond Commission is expected to approve $8.4 million for the construction of a new medical center adjacent to Windham Hospital (a Hartford HealthCare partner), which will serve patients throughout eastern Connecticut. The new 30,000 square-foot facility will sit on 2.5 acres and be home to various hospital services and dozens of primary care physicians, medical oncologists, physical therapists and rehabilitators, laboratory workers, orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons.

Coming Events

June 27 (Monday)
Retirement Reception for Kevin Kinsella

Retirement reception for Kevin Kinsella, vice president of market development. Monday, June 27, 4-5:30 p.m., Heublein Hall, ERC. Light refreshments will be served. Any questions, please contact Sharon Goulet at 860-545-2704.

July 5, 12, 19 (Tuesdays)
Hospital Incident Command System Classes

FEMA and Connecticut Department of Public Health recommend that specific courses be completed by hospital personnel who have a role in emergency preparedness planning, incident management, and/or emergency response to an incident. Three courses will be held in July: "Introduction to the Incident Command System," July 5; "Incident Command System for Healthcare Organizations," July 12; "NIMS An Introduction," July 19. Following each course students will receive an email link to FEMA’s online site where they will complete an open-book quiz on their own time. Students with a grade of 75% or higher will receive a certificate awarded by FEMA. CEUs are available. To register, email

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Hot Topics in Healthcare

Top 10 Clinical Integration, ACO Physician Questions

HealthLeaders Media, June 9
Here are 10 of the most frequently asked questions physicians have about CI and ACOs.

Conn. Hospital Association unveils diversity improvement plan; NAACP dissatisfied, wants data

AP, June 14
An association of Connecticut hospitals has released a progress report on its efforts over the past two years to help make the state's hospitals more ethnically and racially diverse, but the leader of the state's NAACP chapter is dissatisfied and has enlisted the governor's office for help with obtaining hospital data on hiring and purchasing practices.

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