WE ARE Connecticut Children's Archive

WE ARE is the employee magazine of Connecticut Children’s.

Past Issues:



Winter 2015

Advocacy and You
The “I support Connecticut Children’s” campaign gives you a new opportunity to advocate for the Medical Center and promote support within the community and among our State’s policy makers.

Connecticut Children’s On the Move
There’s a lot going on at the Medical Center these days! Most notable are the recent department moves.

Connecticut Children’s FRIENDS Gift Shop Gives Greatest Gift of All
With new and improved inventory stocking the shelves, it’s no wonder sales are on a steady rise and positive feedback at an all-time high.

Claire Dalidowitz Receives Health Care Hero Award
Clinical Nutrition Manager Claire Dalidowitz was named the 2014 recipient of the Hartford Business Journal HealthCare Hero Award for Corporate Achievement - Healthiest Workplace!

Jacqueline McGrath & Cheryl Hoey Named Diamond Jubilee Recipients
Jacqueline was honored with the Virginia Henderson Award for outstanding contributions to nursing research and Cheryl received the Doris Armstrong Award for outstanding contributions to nursing administration.

Mary Descocio Recognized with 2014 Safety Award
Operating Room Nurse Mary Descocio was awarded the 2014 Safety Award at our annual Employee Safety Fair!

5 Questions with Monica Buchanan
Learn a little bit more about Connecticut Children’s Media & Public Relations Manager.

Connecticut Children’s Launches the “Coming Home” Advertising Campaign
We know no matter how far we go for your kids, it’s the trip home that truly heals. It’s a simple, yet poignant message that will most certainly resonate with any parent who has endured a hospital visit with their child.

Ebola Prep at Connecticut Children’s Valuable for Other Emergency Situations
Our Ebola Task Force, made up of clinical and non-clinical staff, has remained focused and diligent in crafting a plan that would keep staff safe in the event of an Ebola case.

Care Beyond Our Borders
Since September 2010, Adam Silverman, MD has volunteered his time and talents to provide medical care and training for the people and children in Haiti.




Summer 2014

Medical Legal Partnership Project a Valuable Resource for Patients and their Families
An interview with Bonnie Roswig, JD, Senior Attorney.

Connecticut Children’s an Energy-Efficient Leader
Connecticut Children’s has been recognized by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board for the installation of new energy efficient equipment.

Connecticut Children’s Pain & Palliative Medicine Division Receives Prestigious Recognition
Our Pain & Palliative Medicine group was recently awarded the 2014 Clinical Centers of Excellence by The American Pain Society (APS). This prestigious distinction only recognizes the nation’s most outstanding pain care centers.

5 Questions with Chris Carroll, MD
Learn a little bit more about one of Connecticut Children’s PICU physicians.

Connecticut Children’s MyChart
With the roll-out of Connecticut Children’s electronic health record system, Care Navigator, well under way and a significant number of areas, both inpatient and ambulatory, already live, it was decided the time was right to give patients and families access to their own electronic health records as well.

Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center Officially Opens
In April, Connecticut Children’s officially moved its primary care services to a brand new, state-of-the-art location at 76 New Britain Avenue in Hartford.

The Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center Finds a New Home
In March, Connecticut Children’s Sleep and Neurodiagnostic Center relocated from 282 Washington Street to our Ambulatory Surgery Center located at 505 Farmington Avenue in Farmington.

National Superhero Day Brings Smiles to Connecticut Children’s
On April 28, Connecticut Children’s magically transformed our main campus into a superheroes’ dream world in honor of National Superhero Day, which included special visits from Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Captain America!

Connecticut Children’s Launches Homeownership Incentive Program
Luis Loza never thought he’d ever be a homeowner. But it happened. Thanks in part to a new program offered by Connecticut Children’s, Loza and his family now call a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath colonial “home.”

Connecticut Children’s Making Price Transparency a Priority
One of the hottest topics in healthcare this past year is pricing transparency. In a fairly rapid sequence of events, launched by the Attorney General, pricing transparency is fast becoming a new standard of care at hospitals across Connecticut.


Winter 2014

Connecticut Children’s Researchers Receive Prestigious Genomics Institute Grants
The Institute for Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut has awarded $1 million in funding to four collaborative research programs, three of which include researchers from Connecticut Children’s.

Laura Friedeberg Receives Health Care Hero Award
Grants Administrator Laura Friedeberg was the 2013 recipient of the Hartford Business Journal Health Care Hero Award for Volunteerism.

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH Dubbed “Coalition Crusader”
Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s, was recently recognized as a “Coalition Crusader” by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Dr. Zempsky Co-Edits Textbook
William Zempsky, MD is co-editor of a new book, Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain.

5 Questions with Stephanie Markow
Learn a little more about one of Connecticut Children’s NICU RNs.

Former Husky Basketball Star Joins Connecticut Children’s
It’s hard to miss Heather Buck working alongside the other nurses in Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department.

We Are a Top Workplace in Connecticut... Again!
Connecticut Children’s was formally recognized as one of our state’s Top 10 large workplaces, in back-to-back years, by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT.

More Time for Care
Connecticut Children’s asked our nurses for ways to make their jobs easier and more efficient... and they responded!

Ambulatory Nursing Conference a Success
The conference attracted more than 100 community nurses, predominately school nurses, from around the state.

Connecticut Human Milk Research Center Releases a First-of-its-Kind Study on Donor Milk
Under the direction of Elizabeth Brownell, PhD, MA, the Connecticut Human Milk Research Center at Connecticut Children’s recently released a study that found a lack of standardized data at milk banks across North America.

Helping College Athletes Fuel Success
A first of its kind partnership between Connecticut Children’s and Central Connecticut State University is helping collegiate athletes at CCSU make healthier, more informed nutrition choices.

Battle of the Bravest
Hunter is a Connecticut Children’s oncology patient who worked hard to finish all of his class assignments while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. One of his assignments for school was to write an essay about strength. This is a great reminder of how the work we do at Connecticut Children’s is so important to so many people and truly makes a difference every day.




Summer 2013

Serving as a Voice for Children
At Connecticut Children’s, we believe that one of the best things we can do is make our communities better for children by advocating on their behalf.

Mick Connors, MD Receives Prestigious National Award
Mick Connors, MD was awarded the Society for Pediatric Sedation’s 2013 Joseph P. Cravero, MD Leadership Award.

Healthy Homes Program Awarded $5 Million in Grants
In June, the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program received two grants totaling $5 million.

5 Questions with Steve Balcanoff
Learn a little more about Connecticut Children’s Community Relations Manager.

A Different Kind of Caregiver
While we are most well-known for the care we provide in our clinical settings, there are different types of care being provided all around our Medical Center.

Here We Grow Again
Since the last issue of WE ARE, the facilities team has been hard at work with new projects to maximize the use of Connecticut Children’s facilities.

Connecticut Children’s Receives Record Recognition from U.S. News & World Report
Connecticut Children’s has been named among the best in the nation for six of our pediatric specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

Your Time: Building a Family Legacy at Connecticut Children’s
Chris Kubick is a Facility Maintenance Associate at Connecticut Children’s. He is also the son of the late Bob Kubick, who was a manager in our facilities department. In this moving letter, Chris shares his thoughts on what working at Connecticut Children’s means to him and what it meant to his father.




Holiday 2012

Our Enduring Commitment to Safety
Our focus on safety and quality helps to ensure we have the best standards in place for the well-being of everyone who walks through our doors. This fall, two ongoing efforts were evidence of the positive work being done on this front at Connecticut Children’s.

2012 United Way Campaign
Connecticut Children’s employees set a new benchmark for United Way participation with a record setting 36% for 2012 and a total of $104,616 pledged!

5 Questions with Jeff Thomson, MD
Learn a little bit more about the Division Head of Connecticut Children’s Orthopaedics Department.

Some Babies need to be Delivered Twice
During the transport of many patients to the hospital, minutes matter and the care received en route is critical to ensuring a child’s well-being or even survival. That’s why Connecticut Children’s is expanding its Pediatric Transport Team to encompass neonatal transports.

On the Move
The facilities team has been hard at work with several new projects that you may have seen around the Medical Center’s main campus and satellite sites.

Connecticut Children’s Named a Top Workplace in Connecticut
Earlier this Fall, Connecticut Children’s was named as one of our state’s Top 10 large workplaces by the Hartford Courant and FOXCT TV, ranked as the #4 best place to work in Connecticut.

Giving Back to Others
Claire Dalidowitz, Connecticut Children’s Manager of Clinical Nutrition, spent her third summer helping others in need by bicycling more than 200 miles throughout Connecticut as part of a group with “Brake the Cycle of Poverty.”

A Warm Welcome for Our New EHR
After 18 months of planning and anticipation, Connecticut Children’s officially launched the first components of our new electronic health record (EHR) system in October and November.

Your Time: So Much Love and Support
Read a moving letter from our colleague Ann Starke, RN.


Summer 2012

CCMC School 101
Walking through the halls of CCMC School, it’s hard to tell how it’s different from the average K-12 school. But the school is very unique – from its rich history to its diverse student body.

A New Journey Begins: Connecticut Children’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan
This fall, Connecticut Children’s will begin a new five-year journey guided by our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.

5 Questions with Richelle deMayo, MD
Learn a little bit more about Connecticut Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer and Lead Clinical Champion.

On the Move
Since the beginning of the year, the Facilities Department, under the leadership of Facilities Manager Bob Will, has been hard at work with dozens of moves throughout our main campus and offsite locations.

Connecticut Children’s: A Leader in Promoting Children’s Healthy Development
Twelve of our community-based programs will now operate under the umbrella of our new Office for Community Child Health, under the leadership of Paul Dworkin, MD.

Quality Update
When you talk about quality with Andrea Benin, MD, Connecticut Children’s Senior Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, the first thing she’ll talk about is mossy stones.