From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
December 26, 2010 Edition

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“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughn

Elliot Joseph Delivers Keynote Address at Qilu Hospital Celebration in China

Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare and Hartford Hospital, was the keynote speaker at the 120th anniversary celebration of Qilu Hospital at Shandong University in Jinan, China on Dec. 18.  Hartford Hospital has a 20-year relationship with Qilu Hospital, a 1,310-bed teaching hospital that provides 1.05 million outpatient visits, 25,000 discharges and 12,000 surgical cases annually. More than 40 scholars from Qilu having been mentored by our physician faculty and have participated in research projects. In turn, Hartford Hospital has learned about the culture and medicine of China from the visiting scholars. In his keynote address, Joseph described the history of the hospitals’ collaboration in training and research. During the ceremony, he was named honorary president of Qilu Hospital. Joseph was invited to the event with his wife Carolyn Joseph, and Laurine Bow, MD, Hartford Hospital’s vice president for research, and her husband Thomas Bow.

Congratulations to Greater Hartford’s Best Doctors

Congratulations to all the Hartford Hospital physicians who were named on the “Best Doctors in Greater Hartford” list published in the January 2011issue of Harford Magazine. The list, which is revised every year, includes more than 300 peer-selected doctors in more than 50 specialties. Hartford Magazine has been publishing the list since 2004, and Hartford Hospital physicians are always well represented.

Financial Update

Inpatient discharges volume in November was 2.5% below budget. Through the first two months of the fiscal year, inpatient discharges are below budget by 3.1% Outpatient revenues were greater than budgeted by 2.5 % for the month, and are below budget by 1.1% through November.

Neurosurgeons Educate Major Gifts Committee

Dr. Inam Kureshi, director of the Department of Neurosurgery and medical director of the Head Injury Program, and Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Schwartz, spoke before the Hartford Hospital Major Gifts Committee, as the committee will be including fundraising for Neurosciences among their priorities. Dr. Kureshi spoke on “awake” craniotomy. The first such surgery was performed here earlier this year. Dr. Schwartz presented on minimally invasive endoscopic brain surgery where tumors, primarily pituitary, are removed through the nose. Hartford Hospital is the only facility in the state performing such surgery. The Major Gifts Committee will raise funds to expand our existing service lines with state-of-the-art procedures including broadening our minimally invasive skull base surgery program. In addition, it will help develop new service lines and support the expansion of research programs.

In The News: Dr. Andrew Salner on State Anti-Tobacco Efforts

Dr. Salner, writing in an Op-Ed piece in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 19 wants incoming Gov. Malloy to make a New Year’s resolution: Fund smoking cessation programs in order to save lives and money.,0,490878.story

Increased Support for CESI

The new Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) has secured a significant donation of laparoscopic equipment from Olympus, including six laparoscopic equipment towers for use in the CESI and five towers for use in the preclinical facility. The equipment, valued at approximately $880,000, will be integral to Hartford Hospital’s simulation training programs, which are expected to expand significantly over the next five years with the availability of the state-of-the-art CESI facility.  The donation from Olympus, which was secured under the leadership of Dr. Steven Shichman, represents the successful collaboration of the staff of the CESI and the Research Program. Support of CESI will allow the Hartford Hospital to expand the scope and volume of simulation training programs for residents, fellows and other healthcare professionals throughout the region. This generous donation is on top of $3.3 million that already has been donated to the new center.

Welcome Our New Physicians

Mary G. Covello, MD, Anesthesiology   
Venkata N. Dintyala, MD, Medicine/Internal Medicine   
Melissa A. Durand, MD, Radiology   
Erica R. Gross, MD, Surgery   
Syed U. Hadi, MD, Medicine/Internal Medicine   
Catherine M. Hosley, MD, Neurology   
Christian Ionita, MD, Pediatrics/Neurology   
Caroline C. Jadlowiec, MD, Surgery/General Surgery   
Prasanta K. Karak, MD, Radiology   
Lavanya Korabathina, MD, Medicine/Internal Medicine   
Gubbanna V. Kumar, MD, Pediatrics   
Rachel LaMonica, DO, Obstetrics & Gynecology   
David L. Marinelli, MD, Radiology/Diagnostic   
Trudy R. Olofinboba, MD, Anesthesiology   
Vincent H. Pepe, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology   
Elena R. Raducu, MD, Ophthalmology   
Gavin Schwarz, MD, Medicine/Allergy   
Geetha Swamy Iyah, MD, Medicine/Internal Medicine   
Joseph Tucker, MD, Pediatrics




BEACON Seminar: The Artificial Pancreas

“Accelerating the Availability of the Artificial Pancreas” is the topic of the first BEACON (Biomedical Engineering Alliance & Consortium) Seminar of 2011, featuring Marc Anderson, manager of new technology development for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Artificial Pancreas Project in New York City. The seminar will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, in Room 118 in the Jefferson Building. A networking reception will precede the presentation, starting at 5:30 p.m. The seminar is free, but reservations are required. Please contact Terri Wilson at (860) 547-1995, or toll free at (877) 723-2266, or by email at Free parking is available in the 80 Jefferson Street lot off Hudson Street. Directions will be sent when reservations are received. The event is sponsored by CCMC.

The Seymour Street Journal (SSJ) has been developed to communicate key messages pertinent to our hospital’s physicians. It will keep you informed and up-to-date on hospital, network, and health care news in a concise, convenient format. The SSJ will be sent to your preferred e-mail address every other Sunday. Back issues can be viewed here. For any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Jeffry Nestler, Medical Staff President, at (860) 836-7313.