From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
May 29, 2011 Edition

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"Inside my empty bottle, I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." - Charles Simic

Coming This Week

Medical Staff Semi-Annual Meeting Thursday To Feature Town Hall

The medical staff semi-annual meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7 a.m. in Gilman Auditorium. President Elliot Joseph, COO Jeffrey Flaks, and Dr. Rocco Orlando, senior VP and CMO, will conduct a town hall meeting entitled “How the changing Connecticut health care landscape will affect Hartford Hospital and its medical staff: Ask the Leadership.” Continental breakfast will be available at 6:30 a.m. The meeting will be followed at 8 a.m. by Medical Grand Rounds in Gilman. Dr. Herbert Keating will present “Effective Prescribing for the Elderly: A Practical Overview.”

Last Week

Medical Staff Spring Event A Success

Nearly 300 people attended the Annual Medical Staff Spring Event on Wednesday, May 25 in Heublein Hall. Attendees enjoyed a performance by the students from the Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts. Annual awards were presented to:

For a description of each award, click here. To see a photo gallery from the event, click here.

HCAHPS Patient Satisfaction Scores Up Significantly

Hartford Hospital’s patient satisfaction HCAHPS saw a significant jump in the second quarter of FY11. Nearly all components of care went up; patient perception of their overall experience rose to 65.9%, which is an all-time high for us. Patient perceptions of doctor and nurse communication, pain management and staff responsiveness to patient needs also rose. The scores have gone up for the second quarter in a row. For more information, contact Dave Fichandler at 860-545-2450 or

Dr. Kirton Elected to American Surgical Association

Dr. Orlando Kirton, director of the Department of Surgery and chief of the Division of General Surgery, was elected to the American Surgical Association, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical association. Its members include the nation’s most prominent surgeons from the country's leading academic medical institutions, many of whom are chairs of the Departments of Surgery at these institutions.

Surgical Team Traveling to Haiti June 10-18

A surgical team with members and support from Connecticut Surgical Group, Anesthesia Associates, West Hartford Surgical Center and Hartford Hospital will be traveling to Haiti from June 10-18 to provide volunteer surgical care and assist in training medical staff onsite. Team leaders are Dr. Peter Bloom and Paige Woodruff, RN. Team members are Dr. David Curtis (surgeon, CSG), Dr. Greg Kernisan (anesthesiologist, Anesthesia Associates), nurses Caron Hartley (CSG) and Terry Christians (HH OR), and OR technician Jen Schneider (WHSC). They will be working at the 73-bed Hospital Sacre Couer in Milot, 60 miles north of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the main provider of medical services for a region of approximately 250,000 people. The team will conduct a clinic the day of arrival for evaluation of patients who have come from the extended area system. The following day they will organize available equipment, patients and schedules, followed by five days of operative care in two operating rooms. Support has been provided by medical supply and device companies. Further information is available at

Surgical Weight Loss Center Reaccredited

Hartford Hospital has been reaccredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by The Surgical Review Corporation of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Everyone Makes a Difference in Encouraging Support

In tribute to everyone on the staff at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center who made a difference – Drs. Robert Siegel and Steven Shichman, nurses and patient care assistants – Robert Krowka has made a generous memorial gift to support other cancer patients. His wife, Cheryl, a patient at the Cancer Center for 11 years, passed away in April. During that time, Robert was impressed with clinical teams that provide not only exceptional technical expertise, but also deliver care with heart and compassion. “You are doing something awfully right,” said Robert, who wonders how we can deliver “this kind of service” so consistently from everyone throughout the organization.

Care Coordination

Dr. Pope Quoted in Courant Story About New Asthma Treatment

HH pulmonologist Dr. James Pope is quoted in the May 18 Hartford Courant story about a new surgical procedure that is offering hope to people with severe asthma: “New Hope For Severe Asthma Sufferers: Surgery Uses Heat To Enlarge The Airway And Help Breathing.” He calls the procedure “novel and fascinating.”,0,2693802.story

Research & Academics

CICATS Membership Available to Hartford Hospital Investigators

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) offers training, education, research services and research resources to investigators, trainees, faculty, staff and community affiliates who are interested in clinical and translational research. Hartford Hospital investigators may register for CICATS membership to receive updates and information about CICATS services, projects and programs. CICATS members will also receive a UConn netID that will allow users to access the University of Connecticut library and to eventually avail of CICATS Profiles Research Networking, a web-based tool that facilitates collaboration among academic researchers. To register for CICATS membership, please visit

Operational Update

Act Now to Earn Incentives in Medicare’s ePrescribing Program

You have 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.

Hartford Hospital Welcomes Three New Doctors

  • Dr. Jason Gluck joins Hartford Hospital as a transplant cardiologist and director of the Emergency Cardiac Care Program, specializing in managing advanced heart failure. Dr. Gluck graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital Medical Center, Queens. There, he received his fellowship training and later completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Gluck sees patients at Hartford Hospital.
  • Dr. Martin D. Ollenschleger joins Hartford Hospital as an interventional neuroradiologist. Dr. Ollenschleger graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He then completed a combined residency and fellowship training program in neurology, radiology and diagnostic neuroradiology at New York University–Langone Medical Center. Following this program, he completed an additional fellowship in interventional neuroradiology. Dr. Ollenschleger practices with Jefferson Radiology.
  • Dr. Immad Sadiq joins Hartford Hospital as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Sadiq comes from The Miriam Hospital in Providence, where he was an assistant professor of medicine at Brown University. He completed his cardiology training at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, his interventional cardiology training at Hartford Hospital and his fellowship in vascular medicine at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Boston. He attended medical school at the Allamba Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan. Dr. Sadiq practices with Hartford Cardiac Lab and sees patients in Hartford.

In The News

Malloy Calls For Expanding Medical, Dental Schools At UConn Health Center

Hartford Courant, May 17
Gov. Malloy’s plan calls for transformation of the UConn Health Center at a cost of $864 million. The construction at the Farmington campus has a long history of stops and starts and failures in the legislature. Previous improvement plans were opposed by area hospitals because they believed that an increase in beds at UConn's John Dempsey Hospital would pull patients away from their hospitals.,0,6980090.story

Better To Put Health Center in Hartford

Hartford Courant, May 22
Courant reporter Tom Condon muses about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposal to expand the UConn Health Center in Farmington, and wishes it were in Hartford.,0,36671.column

Coming Events

June 2:
Medical Staff Semi-Annual Meeting Thursday To Feature Town Hall

The medical staff semi-annual meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7 a.m. in Gilman Auditorium. During the meeting, President Elliot Joseph and COO Jeffrey Flaks will conduct a town hall discussion on the changing Connecticut health care landscape and its impact on Hartford Hospital. The meeting will be followed at 8 a.m. by Medical Grand Rounds in Gilman, featuring Dr. Herbert Keating speaking on “Effective Prescribing for the Elderly.” 

June 10:
Bach's Lunch

Free concert for HH staff by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, Friday, June 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Plaza between Conklin and CCMC. Scott McIntosh, trumpet; Joe Foley, trumpet; Barbara Hill, horn; George Sanders, trombone and Steve Perry, tuba. Selections from J.S. Bach to Eric Clapton, with many stops in between. 

June 15-17:
June Jubilee

The Hartford Hospital June Jubilee is an outdoor festival of food, games and fun meant to show appreciation to our staff for the terrific work you do every day.
June 15: Newington Campus, Noon-2 p.m.
June 16: IOL Campus, 2-4 p.m.
June 17: Hartford Hospital Campus, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-Midnight

June 16:
Traumatology and Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds:
The 2010 AHA CPR Guidelines: Background and Innovation

Dr. Leon Chameides, Emeritus director of pediatric cardiology at CCMC, and clinical professor of pediatrics at the UConn Health Center; writer and editor of the 2010 AHA CPR guidelines. 12 noon, Gilman Auditorium.

June 22:
Stroke Center 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Stroke Center’s 10-year anniversary reception will be held at Heublein Hall in the ERC on Wednesday, June 22, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

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Hot Topics in Healthcare

Will Minorities Be Left Out of Health Care Law Provision?

Johns Hopkins Medicine, April 26
Hospitals and physician practices that form Accountable Care Organizations under provisions of the new health care law could reap cost savings and other benefits. Experts at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania warn, however, that such networks could potentially be designed to exclude minorities and widen disparities in health care. 

Hard Choices: Alternatives for Reining In Medicare and Medicaid Spending

New England Journal of Medicine, April 20
The U.S. national debt looms like a black cloud on the horizon, and Medicare and Medicaid, which account for about 20% of the federal budget, are responsible for a disproportionate share of projected growth in federal spending. During the past several months, the debate over how to control this growth has intensified, and alternative blueprints for reform have emerged. 

Revisiting E&M Visit Guidelines — A Missing Piece of Payment Reform

New England Journal of Medicine, May 18
The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes covering evaluation and management (E&M) services, which clinicians use in billing for office and hospital visits, are the basis of payments from all U.S. health care payers. When they were created in the mid-1990s, the guidelines were widely criticized, but they persist virtually without comment. The problems they create are serious and pervasive. Health information technology experts believe that the transformative potential of EHRs has been seriously hindered because software developers are focused on providing documentation needed to satisfy auditors rather than important functions that would improve patient care.

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.