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June 2, 2013 Edition

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KumarObituary: Dr. Mark Sebastian, Director of the Trauma Service

We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Mark W. Sebastian, director of the Trauma Service, died unexpectedly in his home May 28. Our hearts go out to his family and closest friends.

Mark, who joined Hartford Hospital five years ago, was a superb trauma surgeon with a passion for his patients, his team and his profession. Most recently, he led the accreditation process for an Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at Hartford Hospital, which will admit its first fellows July 1. He worked selflessly and without fanfare and was known for his surgical skill and compassion.

He was a 1987 graduate of Rush University Medical College and did his residency in Surgery and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Duke University. He completed a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Mark lived our values in his devotion to Hartford Hospital and to the communities we serve. He will be greatly missed. A formal ceremony of remembrance will be scheduled soon.




REMINDER: Semi-Annual Medical Staff Meeting is Almost Here!

Thursday, June 13

Gilman Auditorium, 6:45-8 a.m.


Awards Presented at Medical Staff Annual Spring Event May 22

The Board of Directors and Medical Staff Spring Event and Awards was held May 22 in Heublein Hall.

Congratulations to the seven physicians who received awards there:

Young Practitioner Award: Dr. Colin Swales, gastroenterology, transplant hepatology director
Physician in Philanthropy Award: Dr. Andy Salner, director, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center
John K. Springer Humanitarian Award: Dr. Peru Venkatesh, associate director, Department of Medicine
Distinguished Service Awards: Drs. John Welch and Joe Klimek, vice president of physician relations
Quality and Safety Awards: Drs. Eric Shore, director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and Jack Ross, infectious diseases, director of HIV Program

In addition, a special Rover Award was presented to Dr. Bruce Browner, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Also, kudos to Drs. Matt Saidel, Kent Stahl and Andrea Joyner, who presented a special "performance" to enterain the 350 attendees.


Flaks Named Citizen of the Year, and Hospital Receives Community Uplift Award from Omega Psi Phi

Jeffrey Flaks was honored to be a co-recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, and Hartford Hospital was the recipient of the Community Uplift Award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, one of the oldest black fraternities in the nation.

Hartford Hospital sponsors the Black Men’s Health Project with the fraternity. We plan to expand the project statewide and possibly, nationally.


HH Receives CT-Israel Collaborative Award

Hartford Hospital has received the Connecticut–Israel Collaborative Award for our work training members of Magen David Adom, Israeli’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service.

Several members of the organization attended training at CESI and with Life Star last year. Two more paramedics will be coming to Hartford Hospital for training this summer, continuing this important partnership. This is another milestone in how Hartford Hospital goes beyond our borders.


ED Drill Tests Emergency Preparedness Skiils

In May, Hartford Hospital practiced our emergency preparedness skills in a drill planned by the Emergency Department Disaster Preparedness Committee and the Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness Training and Education Subcommittee.

The drill involved the hospital Emergency Department as well as members of the hospital’s Emergency Management Committee and the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI).

The drill scenario was an explosion on the Trinity College campus with multiple injuries. "Paper" patients were brought to the triage area in the Emergency Department and staff was required to activate the department's Mass Casualty Incident protocol and then triage and "treat" the patients.

CESI provided two high-fidelity simulation manikins with "injuries" used to educate Emergency Medicine residents on blast injuries.

The drills are conducted at least annually to meet Joint Commission requirements. Recent real-world events in Boston illustrate that frequent drills provide for superior responses and better patient outcomes.


3rd Annual HHC Physician Leadership Development Institute Offered; Deadline to apply is June 10

Applications are being accepted for the third annual Hartford HealthCare Physician Leadership Development Institute (PLDI). This is being offered in addition to our core training offered to all physicians across HHC at no charge to participants.

The PLDI is a nine-month program that will provide select physicians practicing in our system with management education and opportunities to develop advanced leadership skills. We will select a diverse group of physicians from group practice, hospitals, and other HHC organizations who can build relationships and learn from each other. Participants will have the opportunity to network with the HHC executive leadership team.

The PLDI is designed for physicians who have the desire to explore physician leadership as a career path or those already in physician leadership positions who would like to further develop their skills and relationships. It is focused on the future of health care and the skills you will need to be a successful physician leader going forward.

This session is limited to a maximum of 30 physicians who will participate in a cohort group from September 2013 to May 2014. The group will meet every month for a minimum of half a day. In addition, there will be reading assignments and project work between the monthly sessions. Finally, you will be required to attend other leadership training that is offered to the broader physician population.

For more details, including the sessions dates and an application, click here. If you are interested in applying, please submit an application to Dr. Stuart Markowitz at by June 10.


Hartford Healthcare launches $200M+ health IT overhaul

Hartford Business Journal, May 27

Luis E. Taveras, chief information officer at Hartford HealthCare, has had his share of global and national IT challenges but his latest project may be among his most complex. The 54-year-old former KPMG and Accenture consultant is leading a multi-year, $200 million overhaul of the hospital network's information technology systems, a project with far reaching goals beyond just adopting new gadgets.

Taveras says they are building a “next generation IT environment,” that will attempt to link together all hospital and physician practices under the bourgeoning Hartford HealthCare umbrella.

The goal, Taveras says, is to not only improve care coordination and communication but allow doctors and physicians to do a better job of keeping patients healthy.


Day-long Strategic Planning and Marketing Workshop for Physicians Wednesday

There will be a Strategic Planning and Marketing workshop for physicians on Wednesday, June 5 from 8 a.m.-4:30 pm in Heublein Hall. Guest speaker is Eric Berkowitz, PhD., American College of Physician Executives.

This class is open to all physicians across the Hartford HealthCare System. Registration will be limited to the first 50 requests. this class is brought to you by Hartford HealthCare Leadership & Organizational Development.

Strategic Planning and Marketing will enable participants to understand key marketing concepts and strategies for use in health care organizations. Issues such as target markets, competitive advantage, differential advantage, marketing mix, relationship marketing, and branding will be addressed.

Eric Berkowitz is professor of Marketing at the School of Management, UMass-Amherst. He presently serves as associate dean of Professional Programs for the Isenberg School of Management. A frequent speaker for medical staff meetings and retreats,as well as meetings of the Medical Group Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Dr. Berkowitz also serves as a core faculty member for the American College of Physician Executives.He has published extensively on both marketing and health care, and is a past editor of the Journal of Health Care Marketing.

To register for this class, please e-mail You will receive an e-mail confirming your enrollment status.


Dr. Hank Schwartz Invited To Represent HH at White House Conference

Dr. Hank Schwarz, psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living, has been invited to represent Hartford Hospital at a Mental Health Conference at the White House with remarks by the President and Vice President tomorrow (June 3). The event is the kickoff for the president's "national dialogue on mental health."


CESI To Host the FLS New Proctor Workshop in July

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is offering its FLS (Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery) New Proctor Workshop on July 15-16 at the Center for Education and Simulation in Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital.

SAGES and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recommend that all surgeons practicing laparoscopic surgery be certified through FLS, the only validated, objective measure of a surgeon’s fundamental knowledge and skills related to laparoscopic surgical procedures.

This workshop will focus on training each participant to properly proctor the FLS exam and become an official FLS Proctor. It is only for staff members from currently designated FLS Test Centers interested in learning to proctor the FLS exam.

More information is available at:


Drs. Shichman and Meraney Instrumental in Obtaining $80,000 Gift to Tallwood Institute

In collaboration with Fund Development, Drs. Steven Shichman and Anoop Meraney and institute director Jan Ruderman helped secure an $80,000 gift to the Tallwood Institute from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The donation will create the Richard P. Garmany Urologic Patient Care Program, which will provide new and enhanced educational materials for all patients in the Tallwood Institute. It also will help fund the expansion of our prostate support group and the creation of support groups for kidney and bladder cancer patients; expand our community outreach seminars and lectures and assessment tools for patients undergoing urologic and kidney cancer surgery; and create a survivorship program for patients who transition from active treatment to survivorship.

This support also will allow us to expand our outreach to primary care physicians by creating the Richard P. Garmany Lecture Series for Primary Care Physicians.

And, to address the unique needs of patients with bladder cancer, we will create a new post-operative patient assessment program for patients following surgery for bladder cancer.


Hartford Hospital Medical Staff Makes Contribution To Stop Bills That Will Strip Away Protections for CT Physicians;
Urge Your Representatives To Vote NO

The Medical Staff has made a $15,000 contribution to the campaign to defeat two bills that, if passed, will strip away the few remaining protections for Connecticut physicians.

Two bills (HB 6687 Certificate of Merit, and SB 1154 Accidental Failure of Suit) that are being considered by the General Assembly could have a significant impact on the practice of medicine. If passed, they will strip away the few remaining protections for Connecticut physicians, worsening an already difficult liability environment. These bills are expected to come to a vote in mid-May.

Download information here about HB 6687 and SB 1154.

Here’s a quick recap of the bills:

(1) Certificate of Merit (COM) effectively protects physicians against frivolous lawsuits. Under current law, a physician’s care must be reviewed by a similar physician to determine whether standards of care have been met. If the reviewer does not issue a COM, the plaintiff cannot proceed with a lawsuit. HB 6687 would allow COM determinations to be made by a “qualified” physician, who could be trained in any specialty, rather than by a similar physician. How are a patient's best interests served when a cardiologist's care is reviewed by an ophthalmologist, rather than another cardiologist?

(2) The current Accidental Failure of Suit (AFS) statute allows plaintiffs to re-file a claim dismissal if the dismissal was due to inadvertent or excusable neglect on the part of the plaintiff’s attorney. SB 1154 would significantly expand the current AFS statute, allowing any dismissed medical claim an opportunity to refile – even if the cause for dismissal was a denial of Certificate of Merit. This bill would allow a “do-over” for potentially meritless claims, clogging the court for cases of merit and driving up costs. For physicians, this could mean another 12-18 months in legal limbo, waiting for a case to be determined for a second time. Essentially, this is another bite at the apple for the plaintiff.

Add Your Voice: A strong, coordinated physician response is critical to defeating this legislation.

Reaching out to your state representatives and senators is a key way to educate them about your concerns related to these bills and the impact they may have on patient care in the future. Here's what you can do:

Contact your state representative and senator.
Urge them to vote NO on HB 6687 and SB 1154. Tell them about the negative impact these bills will have on your practice and on your patients.

* If you haven’t contacted legislators yet, now is the time. Click here for Four Tips to Effective Calls
* If you’ve done this already, help keep up the pressure and contact them again.
* Urge your colleagues to call and email legislators.

Donate to the Physicians' Liability Campaign. The trial bar has deep pockets to fund their spin. We need to offer a strong response, and share the truth with legislators and the public.

Use social media.
Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Use these platforms to share your message with friends and colleagues. You can also re-post and re-Tweet CSMS messages.

Send a letter to the editor. Whether online or print, these are well-read by subscribers. Check your local paper to find the letter guidelines. Some will accept email attachments or actual letters; other papers provide an online form. Most papers will have a word limit – be sure to follow it.


More Than 100 Attend The Sullivan Oncology Symposium

Over 100 physicians, nurses, and other health care providers participated in the 24th Annual Mary Mulready Sullivan Oncology Symposium," Advances in Melanoma - Strategies for Screening, Local and Systemic Management," on May 15 in the ERC.

Under the direction of Drs. Andy Salner and Patricia DeFusco, the symposium included presentations by Drs. Robert Piorkoski, Lisa Kugleman, Zendee Elaba, and Ryan Sullivan, as well as guest lecturers Dr. Mike Davies, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Dr. Frank Stephen Hodi, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; and Virginia Seery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

The Sullivan Symposium is made possible through generous philanthropic support from friends and family of Mary Mulready Sullivan.


KumarSenator Chris Murphy Visits Hartford Hospital

U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy (D–Conn.) visited Hartford Hospital May 10 to talk with hospital and community leaders about the future of health care.

Sen. Murphy held an open roundtable discussion, toured CESI and Life Star, and then attended the National Nursing Week closing ceremony at the flag in the front of the hospital.





IOL and Behavioral Health Network To Partner with State To Offer Mental Health First Aid Training

Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living and Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network will work with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in an expanded partnership to offer mental health first aid (MHFA) training to educators and school personnel. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the expansion May 17.

DMHAS, Hartford Hospital and the HHC Behavioral Health Network funded a five-day Instructor Training Program, which provided certification to 30 individuals, who will then teach MHFA in communities. The MHFA “Train the Trainers” classes were conducted May 20-24, at the Institute of Living.

Gov. Malloy said, “Making mental health training more easily accessible will prepare primary care professionals, families, school personnel and educators to identify and understand students in crisis, improve early intervention when students are displaying disturbing or threatening behavior in schools and ensure these young people receive the treatment they require. As we implement this training program, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission continues to meet to address removing the stigma from seeking mental health treatment and improving access to services for children and their families.”


Doctors Of 'The Hartford Consensus' Draft Plan To Help Cities, Towns Prepare For Mass Shootings

Hartford Courant, May 27

Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, director of trauma and emergency medicine at Hartford Hospital, met with doctors from the FBI, the Navy, the Dallas SWAT team, the New Orleans Police Department and elsewhere one day in April to begin work on a plan to help cities and towns better prepare for a mass shooting. The goal is to coordinate teams of first-responders and increase the number of survivors.

The idea was hatched by the American College of Surgeons in response to the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The meeting place was Hartford Hospital, partly because it is close to Newtown, one member of the team said, but also because it has a level one trauma center and is the center for disaster preparedness for northern Connecticut.

The group of doctors has become known as The Hartford Consensus, a committee of eight people from medicine, the military and law enforcement.

Dr. Jacobs said the group hopes the plan it is drafting will be a blueprint for each community — something towns and cities would use as a starting point for coordinating emergency response efforts. The short paper that came out of the daylong conference will be published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

Jacobs chaired the committee and is lead author of the paper. For instance, Jacobs said, Hartford Hospital uses the term "Code Rover" to indicate a fire, but a different hospital would use another term. When you have only minutes to assess the level of care needed for a victim and decide where that person should go, Jacobs said, little things like that make a huge difference.

"You really have to do this in a very orchestrated way very quickly, and everybody has to know what they're doing," he said. "And everybody has to practice it."


Integrating goals, process next in redefining care strategies

Hartford Business Journal, May 27

Hartford HealthCare has formed a new physician organization that will attempt to redefine the way its doctors provide care, with the goal of creating a more integrated system that reduces health care costs and improves quality.

The group, called Integrated Care Partners, will be run by physicians employed or affiliated with Hartford HealthCare and represents a key part of the organization's strategy to better manage providers throughout its network.

It's also a signal that Hartford HealthCare physicians will take a more active role in shaping clinical strategy, which will likely include the adoption of new payment models with insurers and more aggressive and standardized quality metrics.

The formation of Integrated Care Partners, which will be overseen by a 15-member board that includes nine active doctors, comes just months after Hartford Healthcare consolidated its various physician practices into a single organization called Hartford Healthcare Medical Group, which now includes doctors from all of the network's affiliated hospitals.

The consolidation and alignment efforts, officials say, is all part of meeting the demands of a rapidly changing health care environment.


Hartford Hospital's Kidney and Liver Transplant Suite Receives Interior Design Award

Hartford Business Journal, May 27

A state-of-the-art kidney and liver transplant suite at Hartford Hospital received Best Interior Design Project award from the CREW CT Real Estate Exchange. Glastonbury-based id3A was also recognized for its full interior design and architectural services at Hartford Hospital's new 11,000-square-foot outpatient kidney and liver transplant suite.

The biggest challenge for id3A "was demolishing and retrofitting the space within a very busy acute care hospital within 10 weeks.

As part of the Hartford Hospital's development plan, the kidney and liver transplant and cardiac suites were relocated and combined on the third and ninth floors of the Medical Office Building. The result is a bright functional space consisting of two separate areas for doctor's offices and exam rooms. Webcams in the conference rooms allow referring physicians to participate remotely in patient care discussions and meetings.


Hartford Hospital Supports City Gun Buyback Program

Hartford Hospital continues to be a main supporter of the Capitol Region Gun Buy-Back Program. The most-recent event was held May 18 in Hartford. Every gun received will be destroyed unless forensic testing indicates one was used in a crime.

Hartford Hospital was instrumental in starting the program, now in its fifth year, along with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and St. Francis, where physicians viewed the deaths from accidental shootings, youth suicide and street gunfire as a public health crisis.

The buy-back program continues to grow and includes support from the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Connecticut Public Health Association, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics  and Mothers United Against Violence. Two more gun buy-backs are planned for August and December. CTTransit has committed to advertising the events on its buses.


Hartford Hospital Receives Paperweight Award From HealthGrades

Hartford Hospital received a paperweight award from HealthGrades, recognizing and congratulating us on our accomplishment of being named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

According to the HealthGrades Web site, “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are hospitals rated in the top 5 percent in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 27 common conditions and procedures. What differentiates these hospitals from the rest is while many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes for some conditions and procedures, these hospitals exhibit comprehensive and consistent quality across a range of conditions and procedures.”


Dr. Cunnegundo Vergara Receives Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Dr. Cunnegundo Vergara received the prestigious Leonard Tow 2013 Humanism in Medicine Award from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine graduating class of 2013 in recognition of his exemplary compassion, competence and respect in the delivery of care.

Receiving this award will result in Dr. Vergara also being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Drs. Mitchell McClure and Colin Swales Receive Aldo Belucci Teaching Awards

Drs. Mitchell McClure and Colin Swales will receive the Aldo Belucci, MD faculty teaching award given to members of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff. They were chosen for the honor by the residents of the UCONN internal medicine training program. The honor will be awarded at the seniors’ graduation ceremony on June 7.

The late Dr. Aldo Belucci was a highly respected physician and a ‘giant’ in the department of medicine who was instrumental in training innumerable number of physicians at Hartford Hospital for over 30 years. The citation for the Aldo Belucci Faculty Teaching Award is as follows:

“This award has been created to recognize a member of the Attending staff at Hartford Hospital deemed by interns and residents of the University of Connecticut Internal Medicine Residency Program to be an outstanding teacher, unselfish, and dedicated to the education of the house-staff”.


Dr. Peruvamba Venkatesh Named Chief Quality and Safety Officer for Department of Medicine

Dr. Peruvamba Venkatesh has been named chief quality and safety officer for the Department of Medicine in addition to his ongoing role as the Hartford Hospital site director and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Venkatesh has considerable education and experience in the quality realm, having participated in the American College of Physician Executive's Quality and Advanced Quality courses. His knowledge and experience was demonstrated though his recent work with the Charter Oak Health Center where he focused on upgrading systems to meet the highest quality standards.

In this new role he will be able to advance Hartford Hospital vision and standards though the Department of Medicine and through the residency training program.


Dr. Ross Benthlen Elected President of CT Orthopaedic Society

Dr. Ross A. Benthien has been elected president of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Benthein was elected president at the 275-member Society at the organization’s annual meeting held in Farmington on May 10. Dr. Benthien is on the medical staff at Hartford Hospital and Orthopaedic Associates of Hartford Surgery Center.


Dr. Thomas Nowicki Elected President of Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Dr. Thomas Nowicki was elected to be the president of the Emergency Medicine Interest group of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH).


Presentations By Dr. Hank Schwarz

Dr. Hank Schwarz, psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living, has been a guest speaker at several recent events:

May 9: Invited participant at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, "Refusing Violence in Our Cities: Stakeholder Discussion"n with Representatives Larcen, Esty and Mike Thompson.

May 10: One of only two invitees on the subject of mental health, providing expert testimony to the Field Hearing of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (entered in the Congressional Record) at Hartford High School's Law and Government Academy. Other participant were: Gov. Malloy, Mayor Segarra, Senators Leiberman and Murphy, Congressmen Larcen and Thompsen and Congresswomen DeLauro.

May 16: Featured guest speaker on at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House Salon series, speaking on stigma and the relationship between mental illness and violence.

May 22: Presented a paper entitled: "Data Available on Admission Predict 30 Readmission in Psychiatric Inpatients" at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual meeting in San Francisco.


Presentations By Dr. Charles McKay

Dr. Charles McKay presented a lecture at the Joint American-Israeli Medical Toxicology Conference in Haifa, Israel on April 24. It was entitled The Potential Utility of Plasma Butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) and RBC Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) Determinations as Rule-out Testing in the Setting of Nerve Agent of Organophosphate Mass Exposure.

He also presented a lecture at the Toxic Radiological Materials, Toxic Industrial Chemicals and Materials Conference in New York City on April 30. The DHS-sponsored FEMA conference was called “Beyond Traditional Chemical Weapons: TICs/TIMs.” Dr. McKay’s lecture was called ACMT Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism.

In addition, Dr. McKay has had the two following manuscripts accepted for publication;

Opioid Analgesics: Panacea and Pandora’s Box. Medical Laboratory Observer 2013 May.

Bisphenol A, interpretation of biomonitoring studies and the Precautionary Principle. Environmental Health Research Foundation (; 2013. ( )


Dr. Sandeep Johar Presents at Pain Management Seminar

Dr. Sandeep K. Johar presented a lecture , entitled Pain Management of the Lower Back, at the 13th Annual Contemporary Issues In Emergency Medicine: Pain Management in the ED, Sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.

Innovative and Complex Care

$1.25 Million Grant to Pharmacogenetic Decision Support IT System for Psychiatric Hospitalization Program

Dr. Gualberto Ruaño, director of the Genetics Research Center, has announced a $1.25 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the Pharmacogenetic Decision Support IT System for Psychiatric Hospitalization program.

The final award will be presented in July, coinciding with the publication of the fundamental manuscript establishing the feasibility of the program, Length of Psychiatric Hospitalization Correlated with CYP2D6 Functional Status in Inpatients with Major Depressive Disorder (Future Medicine).

The program is significant to the mission and future of Hartford Hospital as an academic medical center in key strategic ways:

MISSION: The program exemplifies the thematic thrust of research at our Institution under the leadership of Dr. Lenworth Jacobs: Quality, Safety, Personalized Medicine in patient care

PORTFOLIO: The program represents the successful diversification of our research funding to federal sources outside NIH, and brings Hartford Hospital to prominence at AHRQ, the leading HHS agency focused on patient care and clinical outcomes

INTEGRATION: The program examines the delivery of decision support from personalized medicine diagnostics to patient care via novel electronic alerts pioneered at IOL by Dr. John Goethe and coupled in the future to the electronic health record

VALUE: The program addresses fundamental metrics of accountable care such as length of hospitalization, patient re-admission and drug formulary management

REPUTATION: The program bolsters the credentials of IOL under the leadership of Dr. Harold Schwartz and of the Genetics Research Center under Dr. Ruaño's direction, propelling Hartford Hospital to the national center stage of personalized medicine in clinical practice.

Research and Academics

HHC Awarded Accreditation for Protecting Research Participants

Hartford HealthCare is pleased to announce that it has been awarded qualified accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the March 2013 meeting of its Council on Accreditation.

The HHC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) was accredited, following a two-day on-site evaluation in January. The site visit was performed by independent experts who conducted record reviews and interviewed researchers, hospital administrators, Institutional Review Board members, and staff involved in supporting HHC’s HRPP.

To maintain AAHRPP accreditation, HHC must re-apply and repeat the accreditation process (including submission of the application and the on-site evaluation) every three years. AAHRPP promotes high-quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs).

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence-through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.


Several Emergency Physicians Present Med Abstracts at Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

The following abstracts were presented at the New England regional meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine held in April at Brown University.

Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes of an Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol Versus 23-Hour Observation for Chest Pain. Drs. Ankur Gupta, A J. Smally, Pampana Gowd, Joao Delgado, Justin Lundbye.

Initial Experience of a Novel Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Decrease Heart Failure Admissions. Drs. Jason Gluck, AJ. Smally, Paul Thompson, Detlef Wencker and Joao Delgado.


Dr. Susan Dufel Steps Down as Residency Director

Dr. Susan Dufel stepped down as residency director of the UConn Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine after being director for almost 17 years.

Dr. Dufel has graduated more than 200 residents and has been in academic Emergency Medicine for 30 years, serving as a teaching faculty member at both Wright State in Dayton Ohio and the University of Arkansas before coming to UConn in 1990. She was one of the faculty to start the Emergency Medicine Residency at UConn.

Dr. Dufel will be staying at Hartford Hospital as a core faculty member and will continue her involvement with the residency and the academic mission of the department.


Olin Center Researchers Write 3 of Top 10 Papers in Top Psychiatry Journal

In 2012, researchers from the IOL's Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center wrote three of the top 10 most highly cited papers (in ISI Web of Science Citation Index and Scopus) in the journal Biological Psychiatry, one of the top five most highly ranked journals in psychiatry/neurosciences.

The articles’ topics were the search for major depression risk genes, the differences in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging functional network connectivity between schizophrenia and psychotic biopolar probands, and diminished frontostriatal activity during the processing of monetary rewards and losses in pathological gambling. The rating is an objective index of overall scientific credibility as it measures how often other scientist cite our papers.

#7. High dimensional endophenotype ranking in the search for major depression risk genes, written by Glahn DC, Curran JE, Winkler AM, Carless MA, Kent JW Jr, Charlesworth JC, Johnson MP, Göring HH, Cole SA, Dyer TD, Moses EK, Olvera RL, Kochunov P, Duggirala R, Fox PT, Almasy L, Blangero J. (January issue).

#8. Diminished frontostriatal activity during processing of monetary rewards and losses in pathological gambling, written by Balodis IM, Kober H, Worhunsky PD, Stevens MC, Pearlson GD, Potenza MN. (April issue).

#10. Differences in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging functional network connectivity between schizophrenia and psychotic bipolar probands and their unaffected first-degree relatives, written by Meda SA, Gill A, Stevens MC, Lorenzoni RP, Glahn DC, Calhoun VD, Sweeney JA, Tamminga CA, Keshavan MS, Thaker G, Pearlson GD (May issue).

Chief's Corner

Welcome To SSJ's New Feature Entitled "Chief's Corner"

As an outcome of our recent Hamilton Retreat and discussions amongst representatives of our Medical Staff and Hospital Leadership, we recognize the need for sharing information about activities throughout the hospital more widely with our Medical Staff.

Here debuts our new column to bring to you highlights of activities of interest, which will be authored by our Department Chiefs under my direction. Should you have any comments or suggestions along the way, please share them with us.

- Dr. Stuart Markowitz, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer


KirtonLindberg Drs. Orlando Kirton and Michael Lindberg:
Inter-Departmental Collaborative Relationship Formed

The Department of Surgery, led by Dr. Orlando Kirton, and the Department of Medicine, led by Dr. Michael Lindberg, have formed an inter-departmental collaborative relationship together with their Quality and Safety improvement specialists, Aimee McDaniel-Laut and Dorothy M. Shearer. The team met for the first time on April 10 and will continue to meet on a quarterly basis.

With a shared focus on improving quality outcomes, the goals of the team are to share best practices, learn from each other’s experiences and initiatives, standardize organizational approach to common processes, and to create a consistent method for collection of departmental data and data analysis (dashboards).

In addition, the team hopes to collaborate on a number of projects. Currently, the Department of Medicine is sharing its H3W experience with the Department of Surgery.

The Department of Surgery plans to implement H3W at the departmental level using a similar model as has been employed in the Department of Medicine.

Additionally, the Department of Surgery is hosting a combined Grand Rounds on May 9, “Inpatient Management of Medical and Surgical Patients with Type 2 Diabetes”.

This collaborative partnership will improve communication building upon existing relationships between the departments. Ultimately, we hope it will positively impact our healthcare environment and improve the care we provide to patients at Hartford Hospital.

Enhancing The Patient Experience

Voices of Our Patients: Kudos To ED Docs

My son entered the emergency room on a weekend. I was pleased with the service he was provided in a most timely manner.

I was even more impressed with the way in which the staff, especially his doctor, conducted themselves under the most crowded conditions in the ED.

The staff twisted and turned, checking on everyone regularly without any visible signs of stress.

Thank you all so much for helping my boy so professionally and patiently!


Operational Update

Foley ordering and removal changes at HH to reduce UTIs and improve SCIP compliance

Catheter associated UTIs are the most common hospital acquired infection. To reduce these preventable infections, Hartford Hospital is making significant changes to the ordering, management, and removal of the catheters.

Physicians will notice a change when the catheter is ordered, with communication of the reason for the catheter and whether the catheter removal can be managed by a nursing removal protocol. This should not only help with earlier removal of the catheters when medically appropriate, but it will also significantly help with SCIP compliance in the use of post-operative foley catheters.

Please see linked documents for details of the changes being made and the nursing removal protocol.


New Phone Number for Transfer Center

The new phone number for the Hartford Hospital Patient Transfer Center is 866-993-BEDS (2337). Their motto: "One call solves it all."

The Transfer Center facilitates the transfer of trauma patients and other individuals with emergency medical conditions 24 hours a day. Non-emergency transfers are managed on a case-by-case basis.


New Issues of Clinical Integration Newsletter, Connected Care, Available Here

In the May 7 issue of Connected Care, the Clinical Integration newsletter for Hartford HealthCare, Dr. James Cardon, CEO of Integrated Care Partners and HHC chief integration officer , writes about the purpose, plans and progress of Integrated Care Partners.

"Development of the management structure for ICP is under way as well," Dr. Cardon writes. "ICP board and staff members are meeting with physicians in communities to describe the organization and its benefits for both physicians and patients."

There will be a 15-member board, which will include nine practicing physicians. Seven initial board members were seated Feb. 8, 2013: Dr. Cardon, Dr. Rocco Orlando, HHC chief medical officer; Dr. Ken Dardick, Windham Hospital independent physician; Dr. Stacy Nerenstone, Hartford Hospital independent physician; and Dr. Kent Stahl, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group president; Dr. Gary Dee, MidState Medical Center independent physician; and Dr. Mike Loiacono, Hospital of Central Connecticut independent physician. Board members will be added over the coming months by the Nominating and Governance Committee of the currently seated board.

In the May 20 issue of Connected Care, Dr. Cardon writes about some of the changes in the health care system, and "the need for us to come together to develop the best practices, collaboration and standards of care that enable us to provide the patients and families we serve with a truly integrated, highly-coordinated, oct-efficient and compassionate system of care that consistently produces quality outcomes."


Physician License Renewal CME is Available on Jubilant Learning Portal

State mandated CME for physician license renewal is available on the Hartford Hospital Jubilant Learning Platform. You will need your Novell sign on information to access the portal.

To access Jubilant from the web, go to the Hartford hospital page and click on the gold tab “Medical Professionals” . Click on “Learning Portal” from the drop down menu, and then click on the green tab “Learning Portal Login” .

From the intranet (inside H.H.), click on the Academic Affairs page, then Medical Education or Medical Staff Office page. Click on the Learning Portal for Medical Education and Training link .

Use your Novell sign in, and the CME is under Physician License renewal CME.

Once you have passed the post-test, you will be awarded a printable CME certificate. Your CME will also be maintained and easily self-service accessed on the Learning Portal site, should you need a copy in the future.

Please note that your Risk Management required activities through MRM will provide your Risk Management CME.

Questions? Contact Maryanne Pappas at


Second Annual �Chef to Farm� Dinner Set for July 12

Please save the date for the 2nd Annual Hartford Hospital Medical Staff �Chef to Farm� Dinner from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury. More details will follow.

You will be able to join the officers of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff in celebrating the beauty and abundant bounty of our local farms � as a unique opportunity to socialize and enjoy the company of your colleagues. You�ll be treated to the freshest foods and produce in the sublime beauty of Our Farms, the true treasures of the state.


"Take Charge of Your Health Tour" Seeks Doctors To Participate in Community Events

We are currently developing a roster of doctors interested in participating in our community events and health fairs of the The Take Charge of Your Health Tour, a collaborative effort between Hartford Hospital and The Omega Foundation of Hartford to comprehensively address the health disparities relative to the higher rates at which vulnerable populations suffer and die from chronic diseases.

Doctors would volunteer to make presentations or speak about specific health and medical topics or participate in any other way they deem valuable.

This collaborative project provides venues for discussion groups, education, health fairs, and health screenings and encourages participants to be informed and take responsibility for their own health care issues and needs.

If interested please contact Kola Akindele, Community Relations Manager, at 860-545-4595 or


Abbreviations, Dates, Times and Legibility on Medical Records

The use of unapproved abbreviations, missing dates and times on medical record entries and poor handwriting legibility continue to be found on internal audits and during the recent Joint Commission review.

We have seen some improvements but we strive for 100% compliance. Most of these issues will ultimately be resolved as we introduce VisionOne – our complete EHR solution in the next two years. Until then we cannot endanger our patient’s safety or quality of care by continuing these practices.

It may take only a few additional seconds to avoid abbreviations and write out the complete name or unit of measure as shown on the attached policy sheet. This will go a very long way towards the elimination of any medication errors.

Legible handwriting is also essential until such time as we are completely electronic entry. Remember the impact to our patients when nursing staff and others at the bedside cannot interpret your notes, comments or orders. Errors become more common and delays in service are inevitable when this form of communication fails.

Lastly, dating, timing and signing of all your medical record entries is an absolute requirement.

Please make every effort t oadhere to these standards and educate those around you, including housestaff and students, to do the same. Remember,our patients are counting on us at every level.

Thank You,

Dr. Stuart K Markowitz, Chief Medical Officer

HH In the News

Surgical Residents Bemoan Work Hour Limits

MedPage Today, May 16

Efforts to reduce residents' sleep deprivation and stress with mandatory reduction in work hours have not been popular with hospital attending staff, and now a new survey suggests that the rules are equally unpopular among the residents themselves.

Two-thirds of surgical residents who responded to a 20-question electronic survey said they objected to the 2011 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program requirements, wrote Brian C. Drolet of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, and colleagues. In fact the rules are so unpopular that 20% of the 1,013 surgeons-in-training who answered the survey said that they falsified duty-hour records sometimes, 11% submitted fudged reports once a week, and 4% turned in faked reports daily, Drolet and colleagues reported online in JAMA Surgery.

"The 'spoiler' is that 50.1% of surveyed surgical residents under-reported duty hours, 62.1% falsely reported duty hours, and only 32.4% acknowledged complying with the ACGME duty hour rules," wrote Orlando C. Kirton, MD, from Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, in an invited critique.


Little Oversight of SAMA Land Deal Profits

NBC Connecticut, May 11

The building has had a fresh coat of paint. There's also new carpet and ceiling tiles and a renovated elevator. Those are just some of the renovations made at 95 Park Street in Hartford over the last year thanks to the $500,000 the Spanish American Merchants Association landed in what some residents call a pretty sweet real estate deal with the city.

It was back in 2011 that the City of Hartford agreed to sell 95 Park Street to SAMA for just $1. SAMA turned around the same day and sold a piece of the backyard to Hartford Hospital for $500,000. It was land the hospital needed to build its new parking garage.

The Mayor's office released this statement, "The purpose of the sale was to provide SAMA with a long term hone in the neighborhood, provide the means to get the building repaired, and make room for the garage."


Drunken Concertgoers Clog Hospital Emergency Departments

Hartford Courant, May 15

The problem of drunken concertgoers clogging up hospital emergency departments has reached the level of a public health issue, a Hartford doctor said Wednesday.

Dr. Steven Wolf, chairman of the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, along with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and city and state police held a press conference to urge parents to take more action to curb binge drinking among young people at area concerts, particularly those at Comcast Theatre in Hartford.

The problem began about 10 years ago, though the concert season two summers ago had the highest number of emergency room visits, Wolf said. Some nights, more than 90 people were taken to hospitals for intoxication. Wolf said the volume was down last year, but emergency department workers saw a consistently higher level of intoxication in the youths who were showing up.

It mostly affects the emergency departments at Hartford Hospital, St. Francis, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. But overflow at those hospitals means that sometimes the intoxicated concert goers are taken to John Dempsey Hospital and Manchester Memorial Hospital.


Boys Have Eating Disorders Too

Hartford Courant, May 16

One of the drivers of eating disorders in males is increased attention to body image, and experts say those especially concerned about how they look can be more vulnerable. Exercise plays a larger role for men with eating disorders than it does for women, and that can also make the problem more difficult to detect.

"A lot of guys with eating disorders do eat, but exercise obsessively and can fool physicians that way," says Margo Maine, a clinical psychologist who ran the eating disorders program at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living for eight years and is now in private practice in West Hartford. "Working their bodies really hard is something we value these days."

Jonathan Noyes, 13, of Old Saybrook was treated at the Institute of Living, which takes adolescent boys, but has no program for adult men. He was the only boy in a group of girls and women. "After you've been to the clinic and having almost a normal life again, it's almost like you try to take advantage of everything that you have more. It really opens your eyes, being here [at IOL]," he says "It makes you appreciate the fact that you get to go to school every day or get to have home-cooked meals — things you take for granted."


Doctor Discusses Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Decision

Eyewitness News 3, May 14

Dr. Heather Einstein, a gynecologic oncologist at Hartford Hospital, discussed Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer in a live chat on Tuesday night. To read the entire chat, click here.


Hopelessness Significantly Increased Risk for Suicidality in Youth

Psychiatric Annals, May 20

Feelings of hopelessness strongly predicted suicidality in children and adolescents, according to new study data presented here.

“The motivation for the study is pretty obvious — in 2010 the incidence of suicide among children aged 5 to 14 ranked as the fourth leading cause of death in that group,” Stephen B. Woolley, DSc, MPH, senior scientist at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, said during his presentation. “Among adolescents and young adults, it was the third leading cause of death.”

Woolley and colleagues studied numerous factors related to suicidality in 656 child and adolescent inpatients aged 5 to 17 years who were treated at the Institute of Living between 2000 and 2012. The researchers relied on parent reports, which were mailed 1 month after discharge. The primary outcome in the study was suicidal feelings or behaviors.


HHC Signs Agreement With Streamline Health For AccessAnyWare Enterprise CMS

PR Newswire, May 13

Hartford HealthCare signed an agreement to replace their existing content management solution with AccessAnyWare™ from Streamline Health Solutions, a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise content management, business analytics, computer assisted coding, and clinical documentation improvement solutions for healthcare providers.

The HHC network will be using AccessAnyWare with HIM workflows, CompletionWare™ and ReleaseWare™, all integrated with the EHR, in order to achieve greater efficiencies within the health information management department. Additionally, Streamline Health's solutions, will allow Hartford's clinicians to quickly access critical patient data and complete deficiencies from a single user interface within the EHR.

By integrating the organization's paper documents, record management, and online chart completion within their EHR system, Hartford will achieve a true enterprise workflow, which will increase patient safety, improve quality of care, and reduce operating expenses. Additionally with the SaaS delivery model offered by Streamline Health, Hartford will eliminate costs for service, support, maintenance and hardware that are associated with locally installed applications.

"The reality for most healthcare organizations is that manual paper-based processes still exist, and in order to effectively communicate and improve efficiencies throughout the enterprise, the documents must be digitized and accessible from within the EHR. AccessAnyWare will help us accomplish this, " stated Luis Taveras, Senior VP and Chief Information Officer, Hartford HealthCare. "The additional cost savings that we will achieve with the SaaS delivery model will be an added benefit to the entire organization."


When too much is not enough

Murray Ledger& Times, May 29

Defined as the acquisition and saving of possessions that have little or no value — or have some perceived value that renders an item difficult to discard — hoarding is quite different from collecting. Hoarder, are embarrassed by what they hang on to, and their items are scattered about and piled atop on another, with no apparent or inherent organization.

A most telling distinction between collecting and hoarding is that hoarders may refuse others entry to their abodes, due to the shame and embarrassment regarding their stuff. According to Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital, “Hoarding can take years to overcome.”

For those who may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of cleaning out their homes, Tolin suggests a useful rule of thumb: If an object has not been used in over a year, it may be one that you can live without. He also recommends getting rid of duplicate items. “There’s really no need for most of us to have, say, two microwave ovens, or three bicycles. Try to get rid of the extras.”

Dr. Tolin advocates the “OHIO” rule, which means, as you sort through the junk, only handle an item once. Sorting objects into simple piles – donate, sell or give away, and throw away – eases the process. But getting a loved one to treatment can be a challenge, even when the problem is obvious.

“Beating compulsive hoarding requires you to face things that are very scary,” Dr. Tolin explained in an article on the topic. “I can’t tell you not to be scared, because you can’t really control that. But you can be brave. Be willing to face your fears. Be willing to risk making the wrong decision. The people who gain the most,” he concluded, “are usually the people who are willing to risk the most.”


The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger?

Wall Street Journal, May 24

Over the last few months, during the endurance-athletics off-season, something extraordinary happened: The line began to blur between the health effects of running marathons and eating cheeseburgers. The improved blood pressure, cholesterol levels and robust cardiac health that exercise has been proven to bestow? Among extreme exercisers, those blessings may be offset partially by an increased vulnerability to atrial fibrillation and coronary-artery plaque, suggest other recent studies.

In the face of this research, long-standing skepticism about the possibility of "exercise overdose" is softening among many sports physicians. "The lesson I've learned from 40 years of cardiology is that when there's this much smoke, there's often some fire," said Paul Thompson, a sports-medicine specialist and veteran marathoner who is chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.



Robot-Building Doctor Creates VLAD In Garage

Hartford Courant, May 17

Since its creation, the garage has been the default workshop for tinkerers the world over. Some use the space to build cabinets, others to fix the wiring on that dusty amplifier. Dr. Jason Gluck, a Hartford Hospital cardiologist, carved out space in his garage to build a robot simulating the abnormal circulatory system of patients with ventricular assistive devices.

Amid the shelves of disarrayed tools, various cables, cardboard boxes and sundry other items retired to the two-car garage of his Farmington home, Gluck fashioned a device that could save lives. He built the robot from a modified CPR Annie doll – used for traditional training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation - on a woodworking table that's he's now converting into a diaper-changing station for the baby he and his wife are expecting.

In the HHC System

HOCC Now Sponsor Hospital For City EMS Training Program

New Britain Herald, May 14

Already an integral part of New Britain Emergency Medical Services paramedic training program, The Hospital of Central Connecticut has recently formalized its role, now serving as sponsor hospital, a key step toward national program accreditation.

New Britain EMS is seeking accreditation for its paramedic training program from the Commission on the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions. Accreditation, required as of January, necessitates hospital sponsorship.

Health Care News In the Region

Norwalk Hospital Breaks Ground on $102M Expansion

Hartford Business Journal, May 7

Norwalk Hospital is embarking on its largest expansion project ever, breaking ground recently on a new $102 million ambulatory pavilion that will serve a growing need for outpatient care in Fairfield County, officials say.

The Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center will feature an expanded emergency department, new cancer center, and updated ambulatory surgery and digestive disease centers.

The project will include 95,000 square feet of new construction and 35,000 square feet of renovations. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

Hot Topics in Health Care

Doctors, Nurses Disagree Over Expanded Nurse Roles

Kaiser Health News, May 15

As nurse practitioners lobby to expand their authority and scope of practice in many states, a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday documents a deep chasm between how doctors and nurses regard the issue.

The study found the two groups overwhelmingly agreed that nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their schooling and training. But doctors were less likely to concur that advanced practice nurses should lead medical homes, which deliver team-based, coordinated care to patients. Only 17 percent of the 505 primary care physicians surveyed agreed with that notion, compared to 82 percent of the 467 nurse practitioners surveyed.

The two groups also disagreed about whether nurse practitioners should be paid equally for providing the same health services. More than 64 percent of nurse practitioners agreed with the idea of equal pay, as opposed to less than 4 percent of doctors.

The debate over the role of nurse practitioners has intensified as a result of concerns over a shortage of doctors as an estimated 25 million people gain insurance under the health care law. Nurse practitioners argue they can fill some of those needs if they are granted greater scope of practice.

Coming Events

June 6 (Thursday)

Psychiatric Grand Rounds

IOL Commons Building, 12 noon

Topic: Understanding Dissociative Symptoms in Children and Adolescents Exposed To Developmental Trauma

Presenter: Dr. Joyanna Silberg, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Maryland


June 7 (Friday)

Safe Opioid Prescribing Academy

Gilman Auditorium, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Presented by The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT). Recent changes in the world of prescription opioids. Come interact with experts in medical toxicology, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and pain medicine as we address issues requiring your attention in this changing area of medical practice. This day-long symposium will combine didactic presentations with break-out sessions and panel discussions to provide an informative, interactive experience.


June 7 (Friday)

Surgery Grand Rounds

Gilman Auditorium, 6:45 a.m.

Topic: The Evolution of Surgical Quality

Presenter: Scott Ellner, DO, vice chairman, Department of Surgery; director, Surgical Quality, St. Francis Hospital Medical Center, assistant professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine


June 13 (Thursday)

Semi-Annual Medical Staff Meeting

Gilman Auditorium, 6:45-8 a.m.


June 20 (Thursday)

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds

Gilman Auditorium, 12 p.m.

Topic: Safe Opioid Use in the ED: A Clinical Perspective

Presenter: Dr. Kavita Babu, UMass Medical Center


July 12 (Friday)

2nd Annual Medical Staff Chef to Farm Dinner

Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, 6-9 p.m.

Please save the date for the 2nd Annual Hartford Hospital Medical Staff “Chef to Farm” Dinner from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury. More details will follow.


July 13 (Saturday)


Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, Avon

Save The Date And Start Training! The ERRACE (Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday) organizational team is asking for your help in our fight against cancer. Our goal is not only to raise funds to support cancer care and research, but also to inspire good health, fitness, self awareness and to challenge you to try something new.

Like last year, our event will be held at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center in Avon and will include a supported 25, 50, or 100-mile road bike ride, a 20-mile technical mountain bike ride and a 5 km run/walk. In addition, we plan to have a return of the exotic car corral/parade, wellness tent, raffle, giveaways, and fabulous food.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our co-executive director, Allyson Caputo, who passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the driving force in the founding and running of ERRACE, an inspiration to all who knew her. Her life was not defined by its length, but by its glory. We continue on in her example of perseverance and challenge all of you to do the same.

We are excited to inform you that ERRACE was the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s top grassroots fundraiser for 2012. We raised over $185,000, thanks in part to our top fundraising team "miles4mary" and all the cyclists and runners who participated in 2012 to ERRACE cancer. This award has lead to our partnership with the LIVESTRONG foundation, and we are now a partnered event. Funds from ERRACE will still be split between the LIVESTRONG foundation and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center.

To find out more please go to Please save the date and start training. We will inform you when registration is open.


July 21 (Sunday)

16th Annual Michael Rosano Golf Tournament In Memory of Dr. David Hull

Blue Fox Run, Avon, 11 a.m.

Fee is $150/golfer or $550/foursome, which includes: greens fee, cart, prizes, BBQ lunch, and buffet dinner. Proceeds will benefit LifeChoice Donor Services., or call 860-286-3120.




For more coming events, click here.

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