From the Offices of Jeffrey A. Flaks and Jeffry Nestler, MD

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February 5, 2012 Edition

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1957- The first cardiac catheterization lab in Greater Hartford was established by Dr. Charles McLean.


Top News

 

Superbowl Special!
Dr. Oder Caught Errant Field Goal Ball That Put The Patriots in the Big Game

Dr. Terrence Oder, nephrologist, has a strange connection to today’s Superbowl game. Dr. Oder, who was attending a Patriots game Jan. 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, caught the infamous errant field goal kicked by the Ravens’ Bill Cundiff with 10 seconds left to play in the game. It was a 32-yeard field goal attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime, and it was really wide. Dr. Oder, sitting nine rows from the end zone, grabbed it. He said a melee ensued as fans tried to pry the ball out of his hands, but he held onto it “like they taught me in the Gloucester Peewee league.” Cundiff’s missed kick meant the Patriots won the game and are playing in the Superbowl today. Dr. Oder said he will give the ball back to the Patriots if the team and fans can donate at least $50,000 to an education fund set up for the 1-year-old son of his best friend, Aran Patrican, who died Jan. 6.

Hartford HealthCare and Backus To Explore Affiliation

Hartford HealthCare and Backus Corporation and have jointly entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent to affiliate. HHC and Backus have had a strong relationship for many years, including sharing the LIFESTAR air-ambulance program. If the affiliation is approved, Backus, based in Norwich, would become a Hartford HealthCare partner like Hartford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center, Natchaug Hospital, Windham Hospital and other HHC member organizations. Backus Corporation is the parent of the Backus Healthcare System, which includes The William W. Backus Hospital, Backus Health Care, Inc., Backus Home Health Care, Backus Physician Services, Community Medical Partners, CONNCare, and WWB Corp. Backus very thoughtfully selected Hartford HealthCare as a potential partner. They have been reviewing opportunities for strategic alignment for more than a year, researched several proposals in depth, and voted to explore a formal integration with HHC. The Letter of Intent begins a multi-step process expected to take several months. HHC and Backus will conduct focus groups with community members, volunteers, staff members, physicians, corporators, volunteers and others to determine if the affiliation would be in everyone’s best interest. If HHC and Backus decide to move forward, we will work together to write a Memorandum of Understanding and then a Definitive Agreement, which must be approved by both boards of directors and state and federal agencies.

HCAHPS At Record High for First Quarter FY2012

For the first quarter of FY2012, our overall patient satisfaction scores (HCAHPS) are the highest they have ever been. Our overall score was 69.1%, or 53rd percentile nationally. This is 5.2% higher than the first quarter last year, and was higher in all 10 categories than one year ago. It is an increase of 15.1% since 2008, when we were in the 18th percentile. The three highest performing units for overall patient satisfaction scores in first quarter of FY12 (not yet closed) are: CB2 (oncology) – 99th percentile; B8 (surgical) – 81st percentile; and CB5 (medical) – 80th percentile. Opportunities for improvement still exist in quietness around room at night, responsiveness to call bells and toileting requests and communication with nurses and doctors. We only need to raise the score by another 4.8% to reach the 75th percentile, or by 17.9% to reach the 99th percentile.

Hartford Hospital Adds New Director of Patient Experience

Hartford Hospital is joining a handful of top-performing medical centers by creating a position of director of patient experience. David Fichandler, director of rehabilitative services and administrative director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, has agreed to take on this unique challenge beginning in mid-March. He will use H3W tools and principles to examine and improve all aspects of the patient encounter, taking the lead in coordinating security, the Communication Center, Patient Relations, Hudson Suites, valet parking and all of the people, departments and programs that affect patient perceptions. This appointment reflects the success Fichandler already has had in this area. As co-leader of Team EXCEED, the 2011 Team of the Year, he has been deeply involved in the development of many patient experience enhancements. He has been with Hartford Hospital since 2008.

New Expanded Emergency Department Opens

The newly expanded Emergency Department Orange Pod opened on Jan. 31 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and patients were treated there the next morning, Feb. 1. The opening ceremony was attended by hundreds of staff members eager for a first look at the 26 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, built in the past nine months at a cost of $16 million. “This expansion was necessary to meet the needs of our community, Connecticut and New England,” said Dr. A. Jon Smally, medical director of Emergency Medicine. “Our current ED was built to accommodate around 65,000 patient visits annually. Last year we saw 96,000. Our new space can accommodate up to 100,000 patients per year.” The Emergency Department has been so overburdened in the past few years that patients were often left on stretchers in the hall because no rooms were available. This new addition will alleviate that problem. The new rooms are safer and more comfortable for patients, and more user-friendly for staff. Hartford Hospital staff helped design the rooms. During the planning process, two mock-up rooms were created – an exam room and a resuscitation room – and staff was asked for their opinions. The room plans changed based on their suggestions.

6% Malpractice Discount Available Again in 2012 for Completing Risk Management Education

CHS Insurance LTD is continuing participation in the Annual Risk Management Educational Program (RMEP) available to all CHS voluntary attending physicians. In 2011, all CHS voluntary attending physicians were offered a series of live and web-based risk management educational activities, provided by Medical Risk Management. By successfully completing all three components, eligible participants qualified for a credit of 6% on their malpractice insurance premium. In 2011, 67% of eligible CHS voluntary attending physicians successfully qualified for this 6% credit. The RMEP for 2012 begins in April, and we will again be offering a credit of 6% for successful completion.Anyone who is a CHS Insurance policyholder effective January 1 of this policy year is eligible. Anyone who joined the CHS Insurance program after January 1 will be eligible next policy year. Anyone cancelling their CHS Insurance malpractice insurance policy during the year will not be eligible. Please feel free to call 860-920-5475 with any questions. Here is the schedule for the 2012 risk management rounds. You may now RSVP for all live events on the portal.

  • Cardiology: Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., JB-118
  • Surgery: April 20, 7-8 a.m., JB-118
  • Leadership: April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., JB-118
  • ED: May 2, 12-1:30 p.m., Gilman Auditorium
  • Women’s Health: May 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Special Dining Room
  • ED: May 17, 8:15-10 a.m., Dining Room B & C
  • Medicine: May 23, 4:30-6 p.m., Gilman Auditorium
  • Leadership: June 8, 7:30-8:30 a.m., JB-118
  • Surgery: June 25, 5-6 p.m., Gilman Auditorium
  • Medicine: July 18, 4:30-6 p.m., JB-118
  • Psychiatry: TBA 

Dr. Ethan Foxman Named Interim Chair of Radiology

Dr. Ethan Foxman, president of Jefferson Radiology, has been named interim chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Foxman will be assuming the role vacated by Dr. Stuart K. Markowitz, who became vice president and chief medical officer on Jan. 1. Dr. Foxman joined Jefferson Radiology and the staff of Hartford Hospital in 2004 after completing his medical school training at Stanford University, his Diagnostic Radiology residency at Stanford and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Foxman holds a doctorate in experimental physics from MIT. Following his undergraduate years at MIT and before receiving his doctoral degree, he spent a year as a research associate at Nippon Electric Co. (NEC) in Kawasaki, Japan. Dr. Foxman served as chairman of the Department of Radiology at Windham Hospital before assuming the position of president of Jefferson Radiology. He serves on the board of directors at Windham as well as on other community boards. Dr. Foxman has a keen interest in advanced neuroimaging and has been recognized as an outstanding teacher in our residency program. In his new role, Dr. Foxman will facilitate the development of a closely integrated relationship between Jefferson Radiology and Hartford Hospital, helping to further coordinate the care of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Liver Transplantation Program Back Up and Running

Dr. Patricia Sheiner, director of the transplantation program, and Dr. Brian Shames associate surgical director of the transplant program, performed a liver transplant at Hartford Hospital on Jan. 19, the first since the liver transplant program went on a temporary hiatus in May 2011. Dr. Anne Lally retrieved the donor organ. The patient was discharged on Jan. 27, and is at home doing fine.

5,000th Robotic Surgery Performed Feb. 2

Dr. Joseph Wagner, director of robotic surgery and founder of the robotics program at Hartford Hospital, performed the 5,000th robotic surgery at Hartford Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 2. Hartford Hospital is among the top 10 robotic surgery centers in the country and the largest in New England. Since the program began in 2004, it has grown an average of 33 percent annually. Hartford Hospital physicians now perform more than 1,000 robotic cases each year, for gynecological procedures such as hysterectomy, myomectomy and pelvic organ prolapse; prostatectomies and other urologic procedures; and cardiac procedures. The hospital has seven da Vinci robots, and is becoming the go-to site in all of New England and beyond for robotic training. The robotic OR team includes nine registered nurses, an additional four floating nurses and seven surgical technologists. Dr. Wagner, a pioneer in robotic surgery, has been at Hartford Hospital since 2003.

Dr. Steven Zweibel Performs First ICD Implant with DF4 Lead in New England

Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of Electrophysiology, implanted the newest Medtronic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) with DF4 lead on Jan. 26 in a patient at Hartford Hospital. It was the first time the procedure was done in New England, and only the eighth in the country. The DF4 connector helps simplify implantation procedures via a redesigned port and provides additional reliability by giving physicians visual confirmation of the lead connection to the device. The DF4 design includes fewer connections between the device and the defibrillation leads. Prior to the development of the DF4, traditional high-voltage connector systems required up to three connections. The DF4 connector has a single set-screw to connect the lead to the device. This reduces the bulk in the pocket and makes the connection of the lead more foolproof. Medtronic announced the FDA approval and launch of the DF4 on Jan. 30.

First Z-Link Transmission to Medtronic A Success

Hartford Hospital tested its first “Z-Link” transmission of a patient case to Medtronic in Minneapolis on Jan. 30. Medtronic is a leading manufacturer of pacemakers, defibrillators, stents, catheters, shunts and surgical tools. The Z-Link project, based at HH’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation, has completely wired the Electrophysiology laboratory at HH for high definition video and audio and set up a link to Medtronic. Cases will be broadcast from Hartford Hospital to Medtronic and then distributed to their field personnel so they can observe and learn about device implants. The first official transmission, which will be viewed by the Medtronic field teams, will be at the end of February. The test transmission was a success, according to Dr. Steven Zweibel, director of Electrophysiology, who performed the procedure.

Hartford Mayor Speaks Out at Hartford Hospital In Favor of Red Light Camera Legislation

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Sen. John Fonfara held a news conference at Hartford Hospital on January 26 calling for passage of red light camera legislation during the 2012 legislative session. It would authorize the use of automated traffic enforcement safety devices. The event was held at the corner of Retreat Avenue and Seymour Street because there were two fatal accidents involving hospital staff there in 2010. Segarra said the legislation could potentially save lives. “We’ve lost people who meant a great deal to us, and we owe it to their memories to make Retreat Avenue a safer place,” said Jeffrey Flaks, Hartford Hospital president and CEO. “Safety is one of our core values. All Hartford Hospital employees deserve and expect a safe environment. More than a year ago, we began efforts to slow down traffic on Retreat Avenue. We are thankful to the City of Hartford and Mayor Segarra for helping us in our efforts to modify the street and make it safer for everyone.” Hartford Hospital staff members Robert Suljoti and Sandra Hoyle were killed on Retreat Avenue a few months apart. Speeding was a factor in both incidents, and at least one suspect ran a red light prior to the accident.

 

Excellence

 

Dr. Paul Thompson Authored Two Reports in NEJM January 12

Dr. Paul D. Thompson, director of Cardiology and director of the Athlete's Heart Center, was an author on two reports in the January 12 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. One was a report on cardiac arrests during long-distances races in the USA (Cardiac Arrest during Long-Distance Running Races). The second was a letter to the editor reporting on three men who suffered myocardial infarctions after the 2011 Boston Marathon (Acute Coronary Thrombosis in Boston Marathon Runners.) These reports continue Dr. Thompson's academic interest in the cardiac complications of exercise that started with his first publication on the topic in 1979 (Death during jogging or running:  a study of 18 casesJAMA 242:1265-1267, 1979.)

Three Physicians Pass Sleep Boards

Drs. Jeffrey Nascimento, Edward Salerno and Patrick Troy were notified last week that they passed the certification exam of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine.

 

Innovation

 

SimPad – A World of Simulation Resources in the Palm of Your Hand
Laerdal, Jan. 30

Laerdal Medical’s SimPad, developed in collaboration with simulation users from many health care disciplines, was designed with the consumer’s needs in mind. “SimPad is so intuitive and easy to learn, it has minimized the amount of technology training I’ve had to do to get my staff up and running simulations without the need for an educator or technician to help run simulations,” says Liza Nowicki, nurse educator at Hartford Hospital.

 

Care Coordination

New Behavioral Therapy Program for Insomnia Offered

The Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the IOL is offering cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in a self-help format. CBT-I focuses on providing patients with education on insomnia and developing skills to undo the negative habits that feed into a cycle of poor sleep. Patients that have been evaluated and diagnosed with insomnia can complete their treatment at home via the internet. The home based sleep intervention service is accessible and effective for those in need of assistance with insomnia. This 6-week program focuses on sleep hygiene, sleep restriction, cognitive restructuring, and relaxation techniques. It is designed for those patients that can complete a home-based intervention with minimal therapist support. There is an out of pocket cost of $150, which gives the patient access to the program for six months. Approximately one third of all adults will suffer from insomnia in any given year, and one in ten adults will have persistent, chronic insomnia that impacts their quality of life. For more information, contact 860-545-7685.

 

Operational Update

 

Obituary: Dr. Marvin Goodman, HH Staff Dentist

Marvin M. Goodman, D.D.S., M.S., 88, of West Hartford, died January 20 at St. Francis Hospital. He earned a D.D.S. degree and a M.S. in pediatric dentistry, and was one of the first pediatric dentists to open a practice in Hartford. Dr. Goodman practiced for 59 years, retiring May 1, 2009 due to health reasons. He was on staff at Hartford Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. He was the dental director for many years at the Oak Hill School for the Blind. For further information or to sign the guest book, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.

“HealthCare Matters” Radio Show To Air Sunday, Feb. 19

The second episode of HealthCare Matters, a monthly radio series produced by Hartford HealthCare, will air Sunday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. on WTIC-AM (1080). The show, which aims to further the conversation about health care in America, is hosted by Elliot Joseph, HHC president and CEO, and Rebecca Stewart, Hartford Hospital’s director of media relations. We want to hear from you: Call in at 1-860-522-WTIC. Listen to the inaugural show here: http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/healthcare-matters-with-hartford-healthcare/ Check the Health Care Matters page, with links to archived broadcasts, as well as to the live broadcast, on the HHC Website (www.hartfordhealthcare.org ).

Charitable Gift Honoring Dr. Conway, Bliss 11 Staff Enhances the Family Experience

In tribute to the extraordinary care provided to their daughter by pulmonologist Dr. Michael Conway and the entire staff on Bliss 11E, David and Linda Roth made a generous donation that will have a meaningful impact on family care in the respiratory step-down unit. Family members spend many hours visiting loved ones on Bliss 11, and the staff decided to use the Roths’ gift to provide a semblance of comfort during a very stressful time.  Recalling David’s many days of sitting in a simple wooden chair outside his daughter’s room, the staff purchased seven wide upholstered, high-back chairs to provide more comfort and enhance the family experience. Their gift reflects the Roths’ fervent commitment to philanthropy and to keeping health care in Hartford strong.

Invitation for Requests for Auxiliary Special Projects Funding

The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Board of Directors will be selecting special projects for the Auxiliary's spring 2012 round of Special Projects funding. Requests are due Feb. 10. Successful requests will likely be $2,000 to $25,000. For more information, please contact Carol Garlick in Fund Development at cgarlic@harthosp.org.

 

HH In the News

 

Hospitals Hike Ad Spending To Gain Market Share
Hartford Business Journal, Jan. 23

After pulling back spending in recent years, some Connecticut hospitals are significantly increasing their advertising budgets as they try to compete for market share amid a changing and increasingly competitive health care environment. Connecticut’s 30 acute care hospitals pumped nearly $30 million into advertising spending in fiscal year 2010, an 18 percent increase from a year earlier. Hartford Hospital showcased the biggest ad budget, spending $2.9 million in fiscal 2010, a 38 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the state’s Office of Health Care Access. Cross-town rival St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center spent $1.8 million on advertising, a year-over-year increase of 16 percent. James Blazar, Hartford Healthcare’s senior vice president and chief strategy officer, said Hartford Hospital’s 2010 advertising budget of $2.8 million was likely overstated because some of the money was actually spent in 2009, but showed up in the 2010 billing cycle. Blazar said a lot of that money goes into educational materials that provide patients information about clinical programs offered at the hospital like bariatric surgery, which has become an increasingly competitive business segment. “The key to good advertising is giving consumers information that they need to make better choices,” Blazar said. The goal is also to drive patients to the hospital’s web site and physicians, he added. Blazar said one of the biggest shifts he sees is more money being spent online and in direct marketing, rather than on traditional print publications. In 2011, Hartford HealthCare, which is the parent organization of Hartford Hospital, unveiled a sweeping rebranding strategy that brought the dozen or so organizations affiliated with the medical behemoth under a single and new logo. A lot of advertising focused on that shift, Blazar said.

CT Hospital Among Top Quality Care Providers
Hartford Business Journal, Jan. 25

Hartford and New Haven are among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for top hospital care quality, according to a new industry study. The two Connecticut cities were collectively ranked ninth out of the top 50 cities that provide the best quality hospital care, and five in-state hospitals were recognized as top performers nationwide. The study, which was conducted by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings organization in Colorado, ranked 5,000 U.S. hospitals based on mortality and complication rates complied from Medicare data. Baltimore, Maryland ranked No. 1 in the nation. In Connecticut, five hospitals made the "Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence," list: Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, and Griffin Hospital in Derby. 

Hospital Errors Persist, State Probes Rare
Connecticut Health I-Team, Jan. 29:

Incidents of pressure ulcers, wrong-site surgeries and other surgical errors reported by Connecticut hospitals have increased in the last five years, despite myriad efforts to curb them. The five hospitals with the highest rate of adverse events per 100,000 inpatient days in 2010 were: New Milford Hospital (21.4), the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven (19.2), Sharon Hospital (17.2), Johnson Memorial in Stafford Springs (17), and William W. Backus in Norwich (16.2). Other hospitals, including the Hospital of Central Connecticut and Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, had above-average rates of errors from 2004-2010. Yale-New Haven and Hartford Hospital reported the highest numbers of incidents of foreign objects being left in patients from 2004 through 2010; the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital and the Hospital of Central Connecticut also were among the top five. In numbers of pressure sores, Yale and Hartford Hospitals again were in the highest five, joined by Saint Vincent’s in Bridgeport, and Danbury and Norwalk hospitals. The highest overall adverse-event rate over the seven years was reported by Sharon Hospital—24.4 per 100,000 patient days. The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Day Kimball Healthcare in Putnam had the second and third-highest rates, respectively.

 

In The HHC System

 

Natchaug Hospital Receives Joint Commission Accreditation
Norwich Bulletin, Feb. 1

Windham, Conn. — Natchaug Hospital has received accreditation from The Joint Commission for meeting national standards in health care quality and safety. Natchaug Hospital voluntarily participated in the assessment and earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, which is valid for up to three years.

 

 

Health Care News In the Region

 

St. Francis, Johnson Memorial Agree To Affiliate;
Johnson CEO Calls Deal First Step Toward Possible Merger

Hartford Courant, Jan. 23

Calling it an opportunity to bring "big-city hospital medicine to the smaller communities," officials for Johnson Memorial Medical Center and St. Francis Care announced that they have agreed to affiliate. Johnson Memorial will become a partner of St. Francis Care, but the two entities each will retain their own board of directors and will remain separately licensed. David Morgan, president and CEO of Johnson Memorial, said the agreement is the first step toward a possible merger. Johnson Memorial Medical Center is the parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital and Evergreen Health Care Center, both in Stafford Springs, and Home & Community Health Services in Enfield. St. Francis Care is the parent organization of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Eating Disorder Clinics to Open in Braintree, South Windsor
Quincy Patriot Ledger, Jan. 24

When Stuart Koman launched a for-profit venture to take over a psychiatric unit at Waltham Hospital eight years ago, he was unsure how much demand there would be. It was much heavier than he anticipated, particularly for eating disorders. Koman has since expanded by opening satellite clinics in Northampton and Worcester. Next are eating disorder clinics in Braintree, and South Windsor, Conn. in April. Walden is forming a nonprofit affiliate that would raise grant funds for eating disorder research and public awareness. http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x2018891349/Eating-disorder-clinic-to-open-in-Braintree#ixzz1kPhFiqcL

St. Francis Hospital embarks on surgery bundled payment program to drive value in care
Healthcare Informatics, Jan. 30

The CMS Innovation Center held an Accelerated Development Learning Session this month on how to develop episode-based care for bundled payment programs. The bundled payments shared savings program is one of two broad voluntary programs under health care reform administered through Medicare (the other being the ACO shared-savings program). St. Francis Hospital partnered with the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, a 12-surgeon private practice arthroplasty LLC, for its bundled payment program two and a half years ago. The Institute has a consultant agreement with St. Francis Hospital to manage the arthroplasty service line. The bundled payment care episode was defined as involving those patients under 65 with ASA I or II (none or minimal systemic disease), and would cover all inpatient hospital, surgeon, and anesthesia services, including a negotiable warranty for surgical site complications. St. Francis took a full year to complete an eight-step framework to implement bundled payments. Steven Schutzer, M.D., Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, said that some essential elements that led to success was that his organization had an administration and physicians/physician leaders that “got it,” meaning they appreciated the value of healthcare improvement and the changes that occurred in the hospital-physician relationship. Other essential elements in this transition were transparency, savvy legal counsel, robust quality and cost monitoring systems, a mature service line, and adequate case volume.

Insurer Aetna Plans to Beef Up Primary Care Pay
CBS Money Watch, Jan. 30

Health insurer Aetna Inc. plans to give some primary care doctors an extra monthly payment to help them manage care better under a concept that aims to improve patient health and cut down on expensive hospital stays or emergency room visits. The company said it will pay doctors in practices that qualify as patient-centered medical homes an extra $2 to $3 per member per month. The practices must be recognized as medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Doctors in patient-centered medical homes try to care more for all of a patient's health needs instead of just treating whatever condition led to a doctor's visit. They frequently communicate with patients between visits and do things like exercise plans or follow-up on medication compliance. The primary care doctor also acts as the central point of communication between specialists, nutritionists and others. Physicians work with a team that may include nurses and physician assistants to help manage care, which means the patient doesn't deal solely with the doctor when he or she visits the office.

 

Coming Events

 

February 19 (Sunday):
“HealthCare Matters” Radio Show

The second episode of HealthCare Matters, a monthly radio series produced by Hartford HealthCare, will air Sunday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. on WTIC-AM (1080). The show, which aims to further the conversation about health care in America, is hosted by Elliot Joseph, HHC president and CEO, and Rebecca Stewart, Hartford Hospital’s director of media relations.

February 21 (Tuesday):
Diabetes Educational Lecture

On behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC you are cordially invited to "A DPP-4 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Adult Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – 30 Minute Deck" featuring guest speaker Angela G. Younger, APRN, CDE. 6:30 p.m., Peppercorns Grille, Hartford. RSVP by Thurs. Feb. 16 to Nicole Jones, 877-933-4310 x93644

March 1 (Thursday):
Chip in for a Cure Martini Night

Annual Fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research and education programs at Hartford Hospital. The event will include dinner, dessert, cocktails, live music, a silent auction and a cake auction. 5:30-9 p.m., The Society Room, 31 Pratt St., Hartford.

More events

 

Hot Topics in Healthcare

 

AMA Chief Asks Boehner to Stop ICD-10
Modern Healthcare, Jan. 26

Dr. James Madara, executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association, has asked House Speaker John Boehner to stop the federally mandated implementation upgrade in October 2013 of the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision of diagnostic and procedural codes "and to call on stakeholders to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9." He echoes a resolution that the AMA's House of Delegates passed in November to resist ICD-10 and rally physicians against "its unnecessary and significant burdens on the practice of medicine."

Alabama Hospital Takes on Septicemia, Saves 36 Lives
HealthLeaders Media, Jan. 25

When East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC), a 314-bed hospital, joined the Premiere Quest collaborative three years ago to share quality data for comparison, they saw that patient mortality rates from sepsis were higher than expected. Premier is a quality improvement and healthcare purchasing alliance with 157 member hospitals (HH is a member). The Quest program put hospital officials in touch with other hospitals who had successfully lowered such mortality rates, and EAMC modeled their program. By the third year in 2010, the hospital identified "36 lives [that] were saved because we took this sepsis initiative." Compared with other non-Quest hospitals in 2009, Quest hospitals had a 29% lower mortality rate. And Quest hospital inpatient costs rose only 2% above inflation over the 2008-2010 year period, while non-participating hospitals' costs rose 17%.

 

Voices Of Our Patients

 

Patient Compliments Dr. Jeffrey Cohen and Staff

After returning home from a camping trip in New Hampshire on Monday, July 4th, 2005, I was struck with severe abdominal pains just before going to bed.  Thinking the cramps were the result of something I had eaten earlier in the day, I assured my wife that they would pass over.  Well Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with a continual decline in my condition.  What I thought was food poisoning turned out to be a ruptured appendix.  I was rushed to Hartford Hospital. 

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen and a team of physicians operated. Unfortunately, the prognosis at this point was not good. My wife and family were told that the following 24-36 hours were critical. Dr. Cohen explained that while they had literally flushed out my body, there were still toxins in my system threatening to shut down vital organs. With the prayer support of a number of friends and family members along with the expertise of Dr. Cohen, his team and Hartford Hospital, I survived a very close call with death. After 11 days in the hospital and 2 months of recuperation at home, I was able to return to work. Thankfully, to this day, there have been no adverse side effects from the surgery. 

God chose to spare me and used Hartford Hospital to successfully accomplish the task. To a person, every doctor, every nurse, every technician and even a signing custodian contributed to my miraculous recovery. Believe me, were I a wealthy man, my yearly donation to Hartford Hospital would be significantly higher.

Eternally grateful,
Chandler Chamberlin

 


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