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May 11, 2014 Edition

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Hartford Hospital hand-hygiene compliance has improved over the previous month, with an overall compliance rate of 88 percent, which is up from 86 percent the previous month. Although our goal for this year is 90 percent, we will not be satisfied until we reach 100 percent compliance.

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Connecticut's first robotic surgery system was introduced at Hartford Hospital 10 years ago.


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Chief's Corner

GreeneWelcome To "Chief's Corner"


We recognize the need for sharing information about activities throughout the hospital more widely with our Medical Staff.


Chief's Corner will bring you highlights of activities of interest, which will be authored by our Department Chiefs. Should you have any comments or suggestions along the way, please share them with us.


- Dr. Jack Greene, Hartford HealthCare regional vice president of Medical Affairs for the Hartford Region and Hartford Hospital

Leadership Rounding at Hartford Hospital

As of March 6, clinical and clinical support directors from across Hartford Hospital are rounding on inpatient units at 11 a.m. every Thursday. Physician leaders from each service join their nursing counterparts and are accompanied by colleagues from other clinical and clinical support services as they interact in pairs with staff to seek feedback, reinforce key practices and communicate important messages. During the first few weeks, the rounding focus has been on patient safety and high reliability. The specific focus of each rounding session will vary over time. The directors borrowed from national best practices in creating the rounding program. The group gathers for a few minutes prior to going to the patient care areas, reviews follow-up items from the last rounding session and discusses the scripting for the day, as enhancements are incorporated each week. Upon completion of rounds, the team reconvenes for a 10-minute debriefing facilitated by a member of the senior administrative leadership team. The lessons learned over the past two months have been invaluable. In addition to reinforcing patient safety practices (such as the I-SBAR communication strategy), staff has been encouraged to attend high-reliability training sessions. Based on feedback from staff, several house-wide issues have been identified and immediately addressed, and leaders have recognized the value of rounding and teamwork in being responsive as leaders to our staff. As we become more proficient in rounding, we will also look at ways in which we can incorporate such rounding more readily into our daily routines in a systematic, routine fashion.

From the President

MarkowitzThanks for Making a Difference

If you haven't read the news, the bill that would have effectively forced non-profit hospitals and colleges to pay property taxes died in the State Senate before the final bell of the just-ended legislative session. We're gratified that most of our lawmakers came to see this proposal as misguided and damaging to organizations like ours that serve our communities in so many ways. Your participation - by sending emails to your legislators through the Hartford HealthCare Action Center - helped make a difference. Thank you for standing up for Hartford Hospital and all of Hartford HealthCare by exercising your right as citizens to speak your mind to lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Top News

Mitral Clip Procedure First in CT

On May 6, Dr. Francis Kiernan, director of the Cardiac Catherization Lab, and Dr. Raymond McKay, director of Interventional Cardiology Research, with assistance from Echocardiographers Drs. Matt Parker, Lane Duvall and Aiden Flynn - and backup from cardiothoracic surgery - placed Hartford Hospital's first mitral clip in a 91-year-old female patient suffering from severe mitral regurgitation. The procedure reduced her mitral regurgitation from severe to mild/moderate and should make the final years of her life free of constant shortness of breath. Hartford Hospital is the first in Connecticut and fifth in New England to perform this procedure, which will keep many patients requiring such interventions more comfortable.

New Institute Facility on Horizon

Hartford HealthCare has announced that the system's $110-million Bone and Joint Institute facility should be up and running on the Hartford Hospital campus within two years. We are waiting for regulatory approval, which we expect to receive shortly. The 130,000-square-foot, five-story facility will be built on Seymour Street and attached to our main complex. The facility will include 50 inpatient beds and 10 operating rooms. With an increasing demand for orthopedic services, we expect to perform 2,500 joint replacements and 2,000 spine sutures annually. We also expect this multidisciplinary institute model of care to be more affordable for patients and the care to be more standardized and consistent. Our plan is for our institute to be a national destination for care.

Trauma Program Is 2015 Black & Red Beneficiary

Hartford Hospital's Trauma Program will be the beneficiary of the 24th annual Black & Red gala, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Bushnell.

The gala will give us a special opportunity to showcase the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region. The Trauma Program, including LIFE STAR and the Emergency Department, is the gateway for many to Hartford Hospital's innovative and complex care. We anticipate another sell-out crowd of 1,200 community leaders and are making plans to partner again with FOX CT for a media campaign.

Hartford Hospital Physicians Present at ACOG/CDC Conference

Elizabeth Deckers, MD, and Jack Greene, MD, gave a presentation titled "Engaging Providers to Improve Maternal Safety" on April 27 at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Maternal Mortality-Maternal Safety conference in Chicago. This conference is conducted annually in conjunction with ACOG's Annual Clinical Meeting and is attended by providers from throughout the country who are seeking to improve maternal health and safety and reduce harm. Hartford Hospital was one of three programs in the country selected to present its experience with implementation of an obstetric hemorrhage program.

Stop the Stigma of Mental Illness

We are asking all HHC medical staff to take a pledge and sign their name to the following:

  • I pledge: To teach by sharing my own experiences with mental illness and encouraging others to share their stories with me; I will learn in order to change.
  • I pledge: To show compassion by reaching out to those in need of help; I will not let anyone suffer in silence.
  • I pledge: To have the courage to speak up and challenge stereotypes and attitudes; I will not tolerate or perpetuate stigma.
  • I pledge: To demand a change in how we view and address mental illness; I will help lead the way.

The goal is to obtain 10,000 individual pledges, spreading the message that changing attitudes can begin to change minds. So far, more than 8,600 have taken the pledge.

Ask everyone — fellow employees, volunteers, patients, the community — to “take a pledge.” It is online now at www.StopTheStigmaCT.org.

Excellence

Dr. Kirton Nominated to National Post

Dr. Orlando Kirton has been nominated as president-elect of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. This organization was founded in 1989 to stimulate academic excellence among its members. Dr. Kirton follows in the footsteps of many preceding leaders in American surgery, including Drs. Danny Jacobs, Henri Ford, Steven Stain and L.D. Britt. He takes the helm as president at the 25th annual meeting to be held in 2015 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

HH Physicians Address Cancer Genetics

Dr. Stacy R. Nerenstone led a panel on the BRCA gene mutations and the risk of breast and ovarian cancer April 29 at Beth El Temple in West Hartford. Other participants from our medical staff included Dr. Rochelle Ringer and Cancer Geneticist Sara Caroll. The panel addressed the issues of carriers who did not have cancer but wanted to know their options both for non-surgical options and preventative surgeries. Approximately 300 people attended the event, sponsored in part by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

Dr. Jim Cardon To Speak at Power Breakfast

Dr. Jim Cardon, HHC's chief clinical integration officer, will be a featured speaker at a Hartford Business Journal Power Breakfast May 14 from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Society Room, 31 Pratt St. in Hartford. The session is called Health Care Innovation: Where is the state's healthcare industry headed and how will it impact employers?

Also speaking are Mark Schaefer, director of health care innovation for the State of Connecticut, and Paul Grady, partner, Mercer.

Tickets are $45. Register here.

Our Physicians Are Great Sources For Local Media

May 1: Hartford Hospital and the Interval House have launched a campaign targeting teen violence, "Love Shouldn't Hurt." The announcement was featured on News 8.
http://media.harthosp.org:80/ermweb/player?id=90kd1XQT

May 2: Dr. Raveen Mehendru explains "Active Psychosis" on WFSB, Ch. 3.
http://media.harthosp.org:80/ermweb/player?id=JwHx4J4M

May 4: Dr. Jack Ross explains what you need to know about bacterial meningitis on FOX CT.
http://media.harthosp.org:80/ermweb/player?id=vYZBGuMp

Academics and Research

25th Annual Mary Mulready Sullivan Oncology Symposium: Advances in Breast Cancer May 14

The 25th Annual Mary Mulready Sullivan Oncology Symposium, Advances in Breast Cancer: Treatment and Survivorship, will be held Wednesday, May 14 from 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the ERC.

Faculty members from Hartford Hospital are Dr. Jennifer Logan; Dr. Andrew Ricci, and Sara Carroll, MS.

Faculty members from other locations are Larry Norton, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Maura Dickler, Memorial Hospital for Cancer & Allied Diseases; Dr. Lisa Sclafani, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Beryl McCormick, Memorial Hospital; Mary Schwarz McCabe, RN, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Fee is $50 for physicians and $20 for non-physicians, which includes lunch. Registration deadline is May 5. For more information, contact Sandi Beggs at 860-545-2390 or email sandi.beggs@hhchealth.org.

7th Annual Neil J. Grey, M.D. Memorial Lecture in Diabetes, May 22

The 7th Annual Neil J. Grey, M.D. Memorial Lecture in Diabetes will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 12-1 p.m. in Gilman Auditorium.

A joint grand rounds with Neurology and Medicine, the lecture will be delivered by internationally renowned researcher in diabetes, Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD. The topic will be “Current State of Diabetic Neuropathies.”

One of the leading diabetes researchers in the world, Dr. Vinik is key in the Strelitz Diabetes Center’s quest to cure diabetes. His focus of attention is the prevention and reversal of diabetic neuropathy.

Surgical Resident Research Day, May 23

The 4th Annual UConn School of Medicine Department of Surgery Resident Research Day will be held on Friday, May 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in Gilman Auditorium.

Stroke Center Presents Symposium on Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage, May 30

Hartford Hospital's Stroke Center presents a one-day symposium called Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Are We Making An Impact on Outcome? on Friday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Heublein Hall.

It is designed to update generalists and specialists alike on state-of-the-art treatments that are now a part of mainstream care.

The visiting professor lecture on New Clinical Trials for ICH will be delivered by Dr. Daniel Hanley from Johns Hopkins University.

Speakers will be Drs. Lauren Sansing, Sanjay Mittal, Catherine Hosley, Isaac Silverman, Robert Brown and Martin Ollenschleger.

For more information or registration, please visit www.harthosp.org/event/607

Enhancing The Patient Experience

Voices of Our Patients: Thanks from an Anxious Mom

To Sara, Michelle Dr. Lawrence Lazor and the entire staff that was in the O.R. on March 28 at 7:45 a.m.

I hope this letter finds one of you and you can pass on this message. Last week I had a scheduled C-section. I know you do a lot of these.

I was the one sobbing in a full-blown anxiety attack, and they had trouble getting my spinal in. Never in my life have I been so scared. The kindness and care from every person in the room takes my breath away. I am so thankful this staff was put with me on this day. Given other people, I'm not sure I could have done it. You kept me safe and calm (as much as you could - I was really going crazy!) And when my son was delivered, Sara even grabbed our camera to capture the first moments of his life! I know this is your job, but I hope all of you feel special and loved knowing you were with me for the most scariest time in my life, and then the most happiest. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Recovery was great, and me and my son are relaxing at home.

Love always,
Kristin, Sam and Baby Maddox

(Used with permission)

Operational Update

New Chief of Dentistry

Dr. Peter Pasciucco has been named the new chief of Hartford Hospital's Department of Dentistry. Dr. Vernon Kwok, who came to Hartford Hospital in 1977 as the director of the dental clinic, has served as chief of the Dentistry Department since 1998. He has stepped down as chief and has decided to reduce his practice to four days per week. Dr. Pasciucco came to Hartford Hospital in 1979 as a volunteer in our dental clinic. At the time, he had a private practice in Wethersfield. From 1979 to 2007, he served as a senior attending clinician at the dental clinic and in 2007 became the full-time director of our general practice residency program. He is on the University of Connecticut School of Dentistry faculty in the Department of Community Dentistry. Dr. Pasciucco earned his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his D.D.S. at Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He completed his internship in restorative dentistry at Tufts-New England Medical Center and his residency in prosthodontics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a member of the Hartford Dental Society and the American and Connecticut Dental associations.

HHC Unity: CareConnect - Interim Program Manager & Validation Complete

Craig Stearns, program director for HHC Unity: CareConnect, has left Hartford HealthCare to take a position with United Healthcare. Thomas Lahman, our advisor from Encore Health Resources with deep Epic project experience, is interim director. A permanent leadership position will be filled by June 1.

In other CareConnect news, the third and final three-day CareConnect validation session took place last week at the Farmington Marriott. In the validation process, staff members focus on specific activities, ranging from wound care to lab patient registration and provider billing. The CareConnect team uses this feedback to ensure the Epic system supports common, best-practice workflows that result in excellent outcomes and a reliably great patient experience. The CareConnect program moves into even higher gear going forward. It is continuing the development of the Community Connect Program for community physicians, working through data conversion and data-archiving strategies for information stored in legacy systems, identifying superusers for the superuser program, deepening organizational engagement and making necessary organizational changes to stay on track for the future.

High Reliability Training Sessions for Physicians

Sessions for physician training in high reliability training are being scheduled. All doctors who go into the hospital should plan on taking the 90-minute course.

Pick a time today! Email Marybeth.Scanlon@hhchealth.org to register.

Sessions will be held in Jefferson Building 118 unless otherwise indicated:

  • Tuesday, June 3 - 6:45-8:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 4 - 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 5 - 7:15 a.m. (CB 142)
  • Thursday, June 12 - 6:45 a.m. (dining rooms A, B, C)
  • Tuesday, July 8 - 6:45-8:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 9 - 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 13 - 6:45-8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 14 - 5:30-7 p.m.

Please Take This Brief Survey: Center For Global Health

Please take this brief survey to help us identify the global health activities of our physicians, clinicians, and staff, as well as your interest in participating in future opportunities.

We are developing a Center for Global Health at Hartford Hospital in order to identify our footprint, create value, establish lasting partnerships, and strengthen our opportunity to provide world-wide impact.

Integration and coordination of current HH activities will promote collaboration; improving cost-effectiveness and sustainability, both domestically and abroad.

Survey results will be used in the development of Hartford Hospital's first global health database.

To participate in this 5-minute survey, follow this link: https://redcap.harthosp.org/surveys/?s=Dbb8n9HJv3

Learn More About Retirement Saving With Prudential

General information meetings with representatives from Prudential are being offered throughout HHC through May, to cover how to manage your account on the web or by phone. Tools to help plan your retirement savings and investment strategy also will be introduced.

These one-hour meetings will provide a broad overview of Prudential’s products and services. In the future, there will be opportunities to get more personalized information specific to your plan and your situation.

You are invited to attend any session at any convenient location, regardless of where you work. Or, for your convenience, log into one of the webinars right from our desk.

Visit the HHC & Me Employee Service Center website for the most up-to-date schedule and information.

Read our Employee Guide FAQs about Retirement Savings with Prudential here.

State Mandated CME Renewal Available Free To HH Doctors on Jubilant Learning Portal

State mandated CME for physician license renewal is available free on the Hartford Hospital Jubilant Learning Platform. You will need your Novell sign on information to access the portal. If you have forgotten your sign on, please call the HELP desk 55699 (outside: 860-545-5699).

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.” Follow this link for instant access

From the home page of the intranet (inside HH), click on the Learning Portal for Medical Education and Training link. Once you’ve clicked on the 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.

Remind a Colleague: Wash In, Wash Out

All health care workers and patients should feel comfortable reminding any other health care worker to sanitize regardless of their role. This should always be done in a courteous and constructive manner. All health care workers should respond courteously and gratefully when reminded.

If you remind another health care worker to sanitize, and he or she responds with irritation or hostility, please notify their department chief, Dr. Jamie Roche or Dr. Jack Ross, who will communicate with them to prevent recurrences.

Save These Dates:

Medical Staff Spring Event - May 22

The Board of Directors and Medical Staff Spring Event will be held Thursday, May 22, starting at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour in Heublein Hall at the ERC. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. We will be presenting awards to .

Valedictory Grand Rounds With Dr. AJ Smally - June 19

Dr. AJ Smally, medical director of the Emergency Department, will be giving his Valedictory Grand Rounds on Thursday, June 19 at 12 noon in Gilman Auditorium. The occasion is his Imminent retirement after 27 years of service at Hartford Hospital. The topic will be: “A Quarter Century plus of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital.”

3rd Annual Medical Staff Chef to Farm Dinner - June 20

You and your guest are invited to join the Officers and other members of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff for this special evening – celebrating the beauty and abundant bounty of our local farms – as a unique opportunity for members of the Medical Staff to socialize and enjoy each other’s company.

Friday, June 20; Rosedale Farms, 25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury. $100 per person.

HH In the News

Precautions Taken After UHart Senior Dies of Meningitis

Hartford Courant, April 16

WEST HARTFORD - The University of Hartford's campus health service was open Sunday and will be open for extended hours through the beginning of the week, university officials said, so that students can seek medical assistance if needed after a senior died Friday from bacterial meningitis.

Read more here

New Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

wtnh.com, April 28

HARTFORD - There has been a breakthrough approach for treating anxiety and it actually requires no medication. But it’s not quite ready for everybody.

Read more here

In the HHC System

Grandchildren inspire local doctor's first children's book

The Day, May 6

In his 40 years as a physician, Edward Hargus has written his fair share about medical issues. His publications have reflected his work back when he was a pediatrician - he did a paper on intestinal parasitosis in Latino children in Hartford, for instance - and, later, as someone who practices pain management and palliative care (he does that as a private practitioner at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, and he consults for Hospice Care).

Read more here

Health Care News In the Region

Waterbury-Tenet Affiliation on Track?

Hartford Courant, May 9

Troubled Waterbury Hospital is poised for a takeover by a Dallas-based corporation as soon as Sept. 30 if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs a hastily adopted bill that emerged from chaos in the waning hours of the legislative session. The bill allows for-profit hospitals to employ doctors, removing the major hurdle that had threatened a plan by Tenet Healthcare Corp. to acquire Waterbury, Bristol, Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals.

Read more here

St. Francis Joins Health-Tech Accelerator

Hartford Business Journal, May 7

St. Francis Care, whose flagship hospital is Hartford's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, said it has paid to join a Chicago-based health accelerator and consultancy called Avia. Founded in 2011, Avia helps health care providers identify how emerging technology systems fit best within their respective facilities. St. Francis has been working with Avia to choose technology for a program within the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation - its joint venture with UConn's School of Medicine. Uniquely, Avia also invests in some of the emerging technology companies it sees as promising. And St. Francis said its membership may give it the opportunity to co-invest. Crain's Chicago Business wrote in January that Avia had approximately 40 member hospitals that pay between $50,000 and $250,000 in annual dues. It's not clear if any other Connecticut providers are members. The Hartford Business Journal has reached out to Avia for comment.

Hot Topics in Health Care

Hospitals Boost Patient Safety Nationwide

Kaiser Health News, May 7

Two major safety shortcomings in America's hospitals - the frequency with which patients get hurt during their stays and the large number who are readmitted - have decreased as government penalties and other programs targeting them kick in. The Obama administration credited the new quality initiatives created by the federal health law. But some of the improvements in patient safety preceded that law. Even with the improvements, one out of eight patients is injured during their time in the hospital.

Read more here

Weight Watchers Wakes Up Late to a World of Fitbits and Free Apps

Businessweek.com, May 2

After 53 years, Weight Watchers (WTW) kind of hates the way it looks - and honestly, it should. While millions of healthy strivers have been busy slapping on bracelets that count their steps and sync their workouts with their diets, Weight Watchers just keeps tallying calories and trying to get people together for morale-boosting meetings, just as it has done since 1961. It's a coffee klatch business in a yoga world. The question is: Can Weight Watchers get with the times? "It's really at a crossroads here," said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. "The popularity of some of these services has almost commoditized the weight-management industry."

Read more here

Coming Events

May 13 (Tuesday)

Kidney Stones Seminar

Glastonbury Pond House Grill, 5:30 p.m.

Hartford Hospital’s Tallwood Urology & Kidney Cancer Institute is providing free educational seminars for primary care providers. Each session will provide 2 CMEs and dinner. They will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Glastonbury Pond House Grill. Advance registration is required; contact the Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888. For more information, contact Jan Ruderman at 860-817-5300.

Speakers: Drs. Jeffrey Morgenstern and Jarrod Post.The session will focus on the identification and management of stone disease as well as the role of the PCP, urologist and nephrologist in caring for patients with kidney stones.

May 16 (Friday)

Expanding the Donor Pool in Heart Transplantation

Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building, 2:30 p.m.

Joseph Radojevic, MD, Director, Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant

May 21 (Wednesday)

Aging, Inflammation and Brain Seminar Series: "Is the Concept of Disease-Modifier Relevant in Stroke: the Example of PPAR Modulation"

Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building, 2:30 p.m.

Régis Bordet, MD, PhD, professor of medical pharmacology at the Law and Health University of Lille Hospital and practicing neurologist at the Lille University Hospital, Lille, France Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building, 2:30 p.m.

May 22 (Thursday)

The Board of Directors and Medical Staff Spring Event

Heublein Hall at the ERC, 6 p.m.

A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.This year we will present five awards: the Physician in Philanthropy Award; the Distinguished Service Award; the David Hull, MD, Young Practitioner Award; the John K. Springer Humanitarian Award; and the Quality and Safety Award.

May 30 (Friday)

Stroke Center Presents Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage Symposium

Heublein Hall at the ERC, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hartford Hospital's Stroke Center presents a one-day symposium called Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Are We Making An Impact on Outcome? on Friday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Heublein Hall.

It is designed to update generalists and specialists alike on state-of-the-art treatments that are now a part of mainstream care.

The visiting professor lecture on New Clinical Trials for ICH will be delivered by Dr. Daniel Hanley from Johns Hopkins University.

Speakers will be Hartford Hospital Drs. Lauren Sansing, Catherine Hosley, Isaac Silverman, Robert Brown and Martin Ollenschleger, and Dr. Sanjay Mittal from UConn Health Center.

For more information or registration, please visit www.harthosp.org/event/607

June 3 (Tuesday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

June 4 (Wednesday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 5:30-7 p.m.

June 4 (Wednesday)

Pelvic Health Seminar

Glastonbury Pond House Grill, 5:30 p.m.

Hartford Hospital’s Tallwood Urology & Kidney Cancer Institute is providing free educational seminars for primary care providers. Each session will provide 2 CMEs and dinner. They will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Glastonbury Pond House Grill. Advance registration is required; contact the Health Referral Service at 860-545-1888. For more information, contact Jan Ruderman at 860-817-5300.

Speakers: Drs. Richard Kershen, Adam Steinberg, Jill Peters-Gee and physical therapist Stacey Head. The session will focus on the role of the Primary Care Provider in identifying and managing: overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, and hematuria. A physical therapist will also provide an overview of the role of physical therapy in patients with pelvic health dysfunction.

June 6 (Friday)

Farm to Table in the City

Hartford Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Sumptuous, fresh local food prepared by The Kitchen at Billings Forge $65 per person

RSVP by May 23 to Ginger Gillespie at gcgillespie@comcast.net or 860.216.5426.

Sponsored by the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds to benefit community health outreach.

June 6 (Friday)

Surgery Grand Rounds

Gilman Auditorium, 6:45 a.m.

Topic: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Surgery in the Era of Biologics

Speaker: Dr. Neil Hyman, University of Vermont College of Medecine

June 19 (Thursday)

Valedictory Grand Rounds With Dr. AJ Smally

Dr. AJ Smally, medical director of the Emergency Department, will be giving his Valedictory Grand Rounds on Thursday, June 19 at 12 noon in Gilman Auditorium. The occasion is his Imminent retirement after 27 years of service at Hartford Hospital. The topic will be: “A Quarter Century plus of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Hospital.”

June 20 (Friday)

3rd Annual Medical Staff Chef to Farm Dinner

Rosedale Farms, Simsbury

You and your guest are invited to join the Officers and other members of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff for this special evening – celebrating the beauty and abundant bounty of our local farms – as a unique opportunity for members of the Medical Staff to socialize and enjoy each other’s company. Rosedale Farms, 25 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury. $100 per person.

July 8 (Tuesday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

July 9 (Wednesday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 5:30-7 p.m.

August 13 (Wednesday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 6:45-8:15 a.m.

August 14 (Thursday)

High Reliability Training Session for Physicians

JB-118, 5:30-7 p.m.

The Seymour Street Journal (SSJ) has been developed to communicate key messages pertinent to our hospital's physicians. It will keep you informed and up-to-date on hospital, network, and health care news in a concise, convenient format. The SSJ will be sent to your preferred e-mail address every other Sunday. If you would like to be added to the Seymour Street Journal email list, or to receive it at a different email address, please opt-in at www.harthosp.org/SSJ. This ensures that you will receive the newsletter at your preferred email address. Back issues can be viewed here. For any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Stacy Nerenstone, Medical Staff president, at (860) 545-3043.