Friday, October 12, 2007 A weekly publication for Hamot Health Foundation employees Upcoming Events Leading-Edge Technology Gives Hamot Patient New Life October 16 electrolytes, hemodynamics or renal function. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. It also ﬁlters the blood at a fairly slow rate, Employee Beneﬁts Fair lessening the risk of decreasing a patient’s blood pressure. October 17 “In addition to those advantages, because 4 - 7 p.m. it’s rather non-invasive, the Aquadex doesn’t Hamot Healthcare Center at Mercyhurst North East have to be used in an ICU,” said Dr. Halligan, Open House explaining that nurses in Hamot’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) were recently trained on October 18 the new technology. “But it’s important to 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. note that although the Aquadex has many Arrhythmia Course (day 1) Cardiologist David Strasser, M.D., and beneﬁts, it doesn’t replace dialysis for Nephrologist Rekha Halligan, M.D., are pleased patients with chronic kidney disease.” Dr. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. that Hamot now has two Aquadex Ultraﬁltration Halligan adds that patient selection is critical 12 – 1 p.m. Systems to help patients like Alice Wheeler. in that unstable, acutely sick patients do not Ortho/Neuro Lunch & qualify, nor do patients who cannot have Learn: Fall Prevention Alice Wheeler arrived at Hamot September anticoagulation (blood-thinners). 20, barely able to breathe. Her body was 5 - 9:30 p.m. Dr. Halligan explained that the Aquadex is retaining a large amount of ﬂuid, so much United Charities at JR’s most beneﬁcial for heart failure patients so that she was swollen all the way up to Last Laugh and patients with mild to moderate kidney her chest. problems, or any patient who is retaining a October 19 Thanks to the relatively new technology large amount of ﬂuid due to other reasons. 8 – 11 a.m. called the Aquadex Ultraﬁltration System, “This technology beneﬁts patients because Healthcare CPR Wheeler’s condition has signiﬁcantly it can potentially reduce their length of stay improved in a fairly short amount of time. in the hospital and get them feeling better Wheeler is the ﬁrst patient at Hamot to quicker,” Cardiologist David Strasser, M.D., beneﬁt from the Aquadex, a pump that said. “We speciﬁcally want to target a has been shown to safely and effectively select patient population; that is, those with remove excess water from patients with moderate to advanced heart failure.” ﬂuid overload. The pump ﬁlters blood In Wheeler’s case, her body was retaining withdrawn from the patient’s vein, removes ﬂuid due to AL Amylordosis, a rare disease excess water which is dumped, and then Wheeler has battled for more than one year. returns his/her own blood to another vein. Amylordosis affects the kidneys, and, in Although the Aquadex is being used at effect, the rest of the body. 35 Days many well-known hospitals across the country, Hamot is currently the only one in Within 24 hours of being on the Aquadex Countdown to the region to offer this technology. at Hamot, Wheeler lost 10 liters of ﬂuid. Five days later, she had lost 15 liters, and Tobacco-Free According to Nephrologist Rekha in just over one week, she had lost 20 liters Hamot Halligan, M.D., the FDA-approved pump and was able to return home. Dr. Halligan has been shown to reduce ﬂuid overload without signiﬁcantly disrupting a patient’s Continued on next page HamoToday page 2 Continued from previous page notes, “These results may not necessarily be obtained in everyone, and patient selection is critical. Like any Goal Sharing Plan technology requiring anticoagulation and indwelling lines August 2007 and close medical monitoring, it is not risk-free.” She adds, “Each patient and his/her family are told about the risks of access placement, anticoagulation and the procedure itself, and an informed consent signature is obtained.” Drs. Halligan and Strasser are very excited to see the technology being put to use. “This project is a collaborative effort between Medicor Associates and Bayview Nephrology for the beneﬁt of the patient,” Dr. Halligan said. “And now that it is in place, it will really take the full cooperation of family physicians, hospitalists and the heart failure and renal teams to maximize its full potential.” Drs. Strasser and Halligan thank Dialysis Unit Nurse Manager and Clinical Product Manager Debbie Radomile, RN, and TCU Nurse Manager Amy Bailey, RN, for their help with rolling out Hamot’s two new Aquadex machines and training the staff on their use. They also thank the TCU staff for learning the new equipment, as well as Hamot’s administration for supporting this project. As for Wheeler, she is extremely grateful to be the ﬁrst Aquadex patient at Hamot. She is also appreciative of Dr. Halligan and her Hamot caregivers. “Dr. Halligan is wonderful; she is so compassionate and caring. She is always there. And my care here has been wonderful. The nurses are just terriﬁc; I’m so happy I have them.” Physicians should note that the Aquadex ordersets are available through the physician Dashboard. Physicians from Dr. Zimm Offers LASIK Discount Bayview Nephrology or Medicor Associates will guide the therapy. In addition, family physicians can refer a patient to to Hamot Employees Hamot for ﬂuid removal. For heart failure patients, please Have your LASIK surgery performed by Dr. E. Matthew call Medicor at 456-8980. For non-heart failure patients, Zimm, the region’s only fellowship-trained LASIK surgeon! call Bayview Nephrology at 455-2279. Physicians can also Special offer for Hamot employees: $2,185 for both eyes contact Drs. Halligan or Strasser with questions about the ($995 per eye + $195 workup fee). This is $1,000 off Aquadex. regular prices! This offer is valid for procedures performed before December 31, 2007. Hamot employees will receive a Congratulations! 10-percent discount off regular LASIK surgery prices after December 31, 2007. (Regular price: $1,495 per eye Congratulations to Cheryl Horton-Jong, Hamot for + $195 workup fee = $3,185 – 10% or $320 = $2,865) Women, who wrote and is directing “No Nuts, Please,” a Look for more information on Hamot’s ﬂexible production of The United We Stand Theater Troupe. The reimbursement program to help fund this procedure at the group’s mission is to promote diversity in the performing Employee Beneﬁts Fair on October 16. Dr. Zimm will also be arts by strongly encouraging the participation of persons at the fair from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to answer employees’ with disabilities, other minorities and novices. The play, questions about the procedure. sponsored by Voices for Independence, features some of Erie’s ﬁnest junior talent. It starts October 19 and runs To set up a free LASIK consultation with Dr. Zimm, call through November. Stamm Cataract and Laser Center at (814) 453-4575. HamoToday page 3 Thank You from Hamot Aid EDR Specials This Week Thank you for your support of the Hamot Aid Pamper Yourself show. Proceeds of more than $1,700 will go toward Saturday, October 13 the $1 million pledge to the Hamot Women & Children’s Open-Faced Cheeseburger, Steak Fries and 16 oz. Beverage Hospital. $4.45 + tax The lucky winner of the basket donated by the vendor was Monday, October 15 Janet Quinn of the NICU. Without the support of everyone Chicken Parmesan with Side of Pasta and 16 oz. Beverage at Hamot, we would not be successful. We are so happy to $4.40 + tax know that you will support us and that you enjoy meeting our vendors and having this variety of merchandise from Tuesday, October 16 Panini of the Day: The Big “Beefer” which to choose. Wednesday, October 17 Breakfast Special: Hamot “Scramble” – Home Fries Topped with Scrambled Egg, Ham, Peppers, Onion and Cheddar Sauce $1.95 + tax Congratulations! Lunch Special: California Apple Walnut Salad and 16 oz. Beverage Justin Miller, Central Supply, will be marrying Jennifer $4.70 + tax Stafford on October 13. Best wishes! Friday, October 19 Specialty Pizza – “Veggie’” Broccoli Pesto, Sliced Tomato, Red Onion, Mushrooms, Red Pepper, Black Olives, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheeses Happy Birthday! $2.95 + tax October 13 October 16 October 18 Laura Alward Alida Bard Robert Bolla Paul Antolik James DeLullo Jennifer Devon Elaine Dobrich Christopher Dick John Jensen Joy Eickley Dianne Gartner Carol Kumburis Kathleen Fromknecht Sherry Grygo Julie Pazun Margaret George M. Kathleen Hartmann Stephanie Jordan Pamela Kuna October 19 Learn What Nursing Leadership is All About! Charlene Kibbe David Markiewicz Robert Adamczyk Darlene Mackrell Kristen O’Lone Mary Bink Joan E. Todd William Phelps Jill Bloomgren Apply for the Nurse Leaders Residency Program Paula R. Mabins October 14 October 17 Cheryl Seelinger Effective nurse leaders are critical to the quality of patient Enitan Ekwotaﬁa Robert Bagley Jane Tagliaferi care, patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction and the Thomas Jones Nancy Corrales Chandra Wittmaak ﬁnancial success of the organization. To assist staff nurses Selena Panetta Raymond Deniziak Jr. Catrina Wollan in the development of leadership skills, we have developed Heather M. Williams Andrea Fadrigo a six-month Nurse Leaders Residency Program. Maureen Formanski Donna Lewis Purpose: Provide a structured program that supports the October 15 Pamela Miller staff nurse in the development of leadership skills. Jessica Anderson Kelly Collins Kasey Reynolds Goals: Kelly Cowan Donna Wargo Lorraine Heltzel Gregory Yetter 1. Nurse Leader Residents will have the opportunity to learn Justin Miller about the role and responsibilities of a nurse leader and Keith Nielsen will be better prepared for nursing leadership. Teresa Seth 2. The Nursing Department will increase the pool of skilled Call the Hamot Health Connection or the leaders for Shared Governance Roles. Hamot Wellness Center for a $5 off Happy Birthday Coupon For an application, call the Center for Education at Ext. 2513 or go to @Hamot’s nursing home page. HamoToday page 4 WELL WEDNESDAYS Hamot employees: Stop by the Employee Dining Room on Wednesdays to take advantage of the following service: October 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Body Comps and Blood Pressure Screenings: Have your blood pressure and body composition checked by registered nurses and clinical exercise specialists. Wellness Center Classes WELLFEST 2007 Health Connection Classes Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SELF-HYPNOSIS TO QUIT SMOKING • Chair massage, bone density and blood pressure Saturday, October 13, 2 to 3 p.m. screenings, back test, tasty treats, ask-a-doc, dietitian Cost: $5 (Hamot employees free) and more. DISCOVER RELAXATION WITHIN, PART I – STRESS • Flu shots – no charge for SilverSneakers® members and MANAGEMENT PROGRAM certain insurance plans. All others $30. Call for details Mondays, October 15-November 5 (four sessions), 6 to 7:30 p.m. • First 50 people receive a prize! Cost: No charge to Highmark members 100% reimbursement for HealthAmerica members QUICK LUNCH TIME ALTERNATIVES TO FAST FOOD All others – $55 – ON THE RUN Monday, October 15, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER Cost: $5, 100% reimbursement for HealthAmerica members Tuesday, October 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $8 HEARTFELT FOR LIFE – STRENGTHENING YOUR HEART BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Tuesday, October 16, 10 to 11 a.m. or Thursday, October 18, 5 Thursday, October 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: No charge ACUPUNCTURE FOR SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER HOW TO GIVE A STRESS BUSTER MASSAGE Tuesday, October 23, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 Cost: $8 For more information or to register for a program, call the 7 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM AND LOSE Hamot Health Connection at Ext. 6145. WEIGHT Thursday, October 18, 5 to 6 p.m. Cost: $5, 100% reimbursement for HealthAmerica members SKI CONDITIONING CLASS Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. Eight-week class from October 15-December 5 Pre-season program for skiers consisting of plyometrics, strength training, stretching, coordination and speciﬁc ex- ercises. Fitness assessments will be conducted. Class size limited. DR. DEAN ORNISH PROGRAM FOR REVERSING HEART Instructor: Pam Wiley, MEd, Certiﬁed CES DISEASE Cost: Hamot Wellness Center Members – $35 Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. All others – $75 Begins October 22 at Sterling Square PERSONAL NUTRITION COACHING A year-long, medically supervised program for individuals (by appointment only) diagnosed with heart disease or those who have cardiac risk For individuals seeking nutrition counseling related to weight factors. This program offers a non-invasive treatment option management, heart health and diabetes. that combines exercise, nutrition, group support and stress Cost: No charge to Highmark members management to slow, stop and even reverse the progression All others – $50 initial consult, $35 follow-up consults of heart disease. Eligible Highmark members – No charge Call Ext. 5991 for details. HamoToday page 5 Hamot Employee Achieves CPA Get Ready for Safety Fair 2007 Designation and the Children’s Poster Contest! Only 10 percent of people pass In conjunction with “Flu Boo,” Hamot will be hosting this the certiﬁed public accountant year’s Safety Fair for all employees from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on (CPA) exam on their ﬁrst try – and Wednesday, October 31, in the Ground Floor Conference Brad Dinger of Hamot’s Finance Rooms. Department is one of them! In addition to receiving their ﬂu shot, employees can tour To achieve the CPA designation, various safety exhibits, enter to win giveaways and door individuals have to pass a rigorous prizes, and participate in a safety scavenger hunt. four-part exam covering accounting The booths scheduled to participate will focus on safety theory, auditing, business law and issues such as home/child safety, equipment safety, taxes, and managerial concepts. ﬁre safety, pet safety, lab safety, transport safety and According to Dinger, he had always more. A mock patient room will be featured. Employee wanted to obtain the CPA designation, but for one reason ﬁre extinguisher checks will also be performed, so make or another, always thought he was too busy. “Steve Danch, sure to bring in your home ﬁre extinguisher for inspection. Hamot’s CFO, asked me last fall if I would consider getting Additionally, stethoscope cleanings will be performed. my CPA license,” Dinger said, “so I decided that it would be my New Year’s resolution.” Children or dependents of Hamot employees can participate again this year by entering the Children’s Dinger wasn’t kidding; in fact, he began studying January Safety Poster Contest. Entrants must choose one of the 2 and completed his last exam August 13. He estimates following home safety themes – ﬁre safety, food safety or that he studied an average of about two to three hours per hand washing – and submit an original drawing using one day during the week and four to eight hours every Saturday of the themes. There will be three age groups (3-5), (6-8) and Sunday. “My family was so supportive and gave me the and (9-12), with three winners from each age group (nine encouragement to accomplish this task,” he said. “I’m glad winners in all). that all of the hours of studying have paid off and are over.” Contest forms can be picked up in the Employee Dining He adds, “Hamot is one of the most supportive Room or in the Human Resources Department (eighth ﬂoor organizations that encourages employees to continually of the Professional Building), or you can download one educate ourselves.” from @Hamot. All entries are due to Human Resources by Hamot congratulates Dinger on this tremendous Friday, October 19. achievement! Congratulations! Get Vaccinated: Free Inﬂuenza The week three Erie Walks prize winner was Judy Piazza, Sanitation supervisor, who won a Hamot lunchbag. Immunization Offered to Employees Hamot is offering free vaccinations to all employees during Don’t forget to log all your steps by Tuesday of each week. “Flu Boo,” which will be held Wednesday, October 31 from Log on to the @Hamot intranet and click on the Your Health 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the G-3 Conference Room. The ﬁrst button. To see where Hamot ranks against the competition, 1,000 employees who receive their free ﬂu vaccine will also log on to www.ErieWalks.org. Remember, every entry is receive a Pennsylvania instant lottery ticket. important! If you don’t log on and enter your steps, this will In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and affect Hamot’s overall average! Prevention (CDC), Hamot recommends all employees be immunized against inﬂuenza. Immunization is the best way to prevent inﬂuenza and avoid Congratulations! spreading it to others, including patients, co-workers and loved ones, who may be at high risk for inﬂuenza-related Congratulations to Gerri Hultgren and Frank Lubresky who complications. For more information, contact Employee were married September 22. Best wishes to them both! Health at Ext. 2120 or 2495. HamoToday page 6 Annual Employee Beneﬁts Free Tickets Available for a Night Enrollment for 2008 at JR’s! Enrollment for all of Hamot’s 2008 beneﬁt plans will take Hamot United Charities is offering FREE tickets to “A Night place from November 1 to November 15, 2007. The at JR’s” on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.! Hamot’s own beneﬁt plans employees will be able to access include: funny guy and master plumber, Patrick Scott Gregory, will medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as be the guest emcee. The headliner will be Dan Swartwout. ﬂexible spending accounts. To receive free tickets, be a ﬁrst-time payroll deduction member of $1 or more to United Charities or increase your All employees will need to use the EBeneﬁts system to enroll in or decline participation and to verify covered payroll deduction to United Charities by $1 or more! dependents and correct coverage levels in the various You can also purchase tickets to JR’s Last Laugh for just $7.50 plans. You may enroll from a Hamot computer or through each. Tickets will be on sale in the Employee Dining Room the Internet at www.ebeneﬁts.com/hamot. lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: Even if you want the same coverage for 2008, you must October 12 October 18 still re-enroll or decline coverage through EBeneﬁts. Please be advised that if you do not re-enroll in your You can also call Ext. 4178 or 4689 to purchase tickets. medical and/or dental beneﬁts during this enrollment, Limited seating available – get yours soon! your coverage will end January 1, 2008. JR’s Last Laugh agreed to open early for us, so come Annual Beneﬁts Enrollment Open Lab Sessions anytime after 5 p.m. and have dinner! Please note that this Beneﬁts enrollers will be available during lab times to is a nonsmoking event and all attendees must be 21 years answer enrollment questions. of age. Ticket proceeds, rafﬂes and donations before and during this event beneﬁt Hamot United Charities and the Date Lab Time Team Hamot Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Nov. 1 Computer Training Center 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Education Training Room 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 2 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Education Training Room 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Automatic Enrollment to Begin Nov. 3 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. for Retirement Savings Plan Nov. 4 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. As a reminder, current employees who are not enrolled in the 403(b) Employee Tax Shelter Plan (retirement savings Nov. 5-7 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. plan) will be automatically enrolled in the plan beginning Education Training Room 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. January 1, 2008. These employees will have the option to opt out of the plan, but if they don’t opt out, they will be Nov. 10 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. automatically enrolled. To opt out, they must see a VALIC representative before December 14, 2007. Nov. 11 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. VALIC representatives have been visiting department Nov. 12-14 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. meetings to explain the details of the automatic enrollment in Education Training Room 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. the tax shelter and how the employee, Hamot and VALIC can work together to inﬂuence what the employee’s future holds. Nov. 15 Computer Training Center 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. There is also one more VALIC education session left for Education Training Room 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. managers and their employees to learn the details of the plan. The session will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 9 a.m. Computer Training Center (NIS) = Computer lab located in the Auditorium. near the Employee Dining Room. This is a great opportunity for employees to become more Education Training Room = Computer lab located on the aware of how they can inﬂuence and plan for their future needs. 2nd ﬂoor of the Professional Building. (Access from the If you have any questions, please call VALIC at Ext. 4599. front elevator.) HamoToday page 7 Mercyhurst North East Open Great Lakes Home Health and House – You’re Invited! Hospice Support Group Sessions All employees are invited to an open house for the Hamot Beginning in November, the Great Lakes Home Health Healthcare Center at Mercyhurst North East Wednesday, and Hospice general bereavement support group time will October 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. A ribbon cutting with Hamot change to 5:30 to 7 p.m. The group will still meet during the President & CEO John Malone and Mercyhurst President third Thursday of each month at 1700 Peach St., Suite 244. Tom Gamble will take place at 5 p.m. There will also be In addition, beginning in November, Great Lakes is adding carotid artery screenings and refreshments. discussion topic groups on the ﬁrst Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. November’s topic will be “Help The Hamot Healthcare Center at Mercyhurst North East for the Holidays.” includes the primary care ofﬁces of Drs. William Mix and Margaret Shanley (Vineyard Primary Care), TRAC Rehabilitation Both groups are offered free of charge and are open to the Services, radiology services including diagnostic X-ray and general public. While it is not necessary to call with your mammography, a full-service ACL Lab and a cardiology plans to attend, it is appreciated. Please call Nancy Morgan clinic offering noninvasive cardiology services through a at Ext. 6404 to R.S.V.P. partnership between Hamot and Medicor Associates. If you live in the Union City, Wattsburg or Corry areas, new general bereavement support groups are being offered. Please mark your calendar to attend! For more information on these groups, please call Beatrice Bearce at (814) 438-2260. Hamotoday / Swap Shop Deadline The deadline to submit articles for the October 26 issue of October Grand Opening Activities! Hamotoday is Thursday, October 18. Any content submitted after this deadline will be From October 22-27, your credit union will be considered for the next issue. celebrating the grand opening of our new branch at 4268 Buffalo Road! To submit an article for Hamotoday, please e-mail it to Heather Grubbs at Every day we’ll have exciting events and giveaways at email@example.com. Call her each branch. Watch your Hamotoday all month long for at Ext. 2177 with any questions. updates on what’s going on every day! SWAP SHOP POLICY Wednesday, October 24 - “Start Spreadin’ the News!” Swap Shop ads can only be accepted through the online Join us for a fun New York City theme on Wednesday! Swap Shop form on @Hamot. Phone calls, faxes and e-mails If you refer a friend to join our credit union and they list cannot be accepted. Thank you. your name on our referral form, you’ll be entered to win a $500 gift card to plan your own trip to the Big Apple! Thursday, October 25 - “It’s Check-In Time!” Open a credit union checking account on Thursday and you might be checking in to a hotel of your choice with a Celebrate Nutrition Week $100 Great Escape Gift Card! Nutrition Week is October 14-20! Hamot’s Nutritional Services Department includes about 110 employees Stop by the new Buffalo Road branch at any point divided into six areas: administrative front ofﬁce, registered during grand opening week and you’ll be entered to win dietitians, diet technicians, patient services area, Employee a $3,000 vacation getaway to a location of your choice! Dining Room and the production area. Nutritional Services’ Stop by your credit union branch for details. role is to serve patients, staff and visitors every day. Thank you to everyone in this area for everything you do to help The Hamot branch of the Erie General Electric Federal Credit Union is located in the basement of the Medical Center make Hamot the Best Place to Be. HamoToday page 8 KID’s TOYS!! Cleaning out toy boxes ---girls and boys. Have dinosaurs, play animals, race car sets, legos, easy bake oven, ice cream making machine and more. All in great shape. Prices vary from $1 to $15. Christmas shop early and get some bargains! (814) 864-0510 Apartments/Houses for Rent MAYTAG REFRIGERATOR 2 YEARS OLD W/ICE MAKER---$250 OBO. LOPI Apt Near Hamot & Erie Insurance. Off-street parking. Clean, 1.5 BR, 1 BA, WOOD STOVE--18 INCH LOGS-- $450 OBO. (814) 860-7835 Kitchen with appliances. No smoking. No pets. $385/mo plus utilities. (814) 746-0642 Kitchen Aid Artisan Mixer white, new in box, 10 speed, 5 quart, tilt head. $240 OBO. (814) 476-7192 Furnished efﬁciency apartment in Union City. Utilities included. $375. (814) 438-3468 Approx. 100 feet of chain link fence. Good condition. Includes all fencing material – posts and polls. $250. (814) 838-2969 Room for rent in house in SW Erie. Own bathroom, shower, laundry room, cable and internet. Utilities included in monthly payment. $500 per month. 1930’s Colson Girls bike. Original parts. Handles bars off and packed. In very (814) 218-8389 good shape. $300. (814) 756-5488 Apartments/Houses for Sale 24 ft. round swimming pool, in good condition. Has ﬁlter and ladder. Needs Beautiful 4 bedroom newly updated kitchen/bath/ﬂoors. fenced yard. nice liner. Is all taken down, just pick up. $150. (814) 898-1890 neighborhood. 1561 W. 40th Street $94,900. (814) 835-4623 ATV Snow plow, Fits Honda Four Trax $200. Craftsman Tractor plow, tire chains and wheel weights included $200. (814) 825-3890 Equipment for Sale Craftsman 8 HP Chipper/Shredder. Used very little. Excellent condition. $325. Kenmore Washer $40. Frigidaire Dryer $100 OBO. Both work great. Cannot (814) 450-6582 use anymore because it does not ﬁt into the new house. Leave message if no answer. will return call after 2pm. (814) 873-7255 55 Gallon terrarium with screen top, lamp, wooden cave and logs. $100 OBO. (814) 460-9941 Brother wp 7700cj word processor. $100 OBO. (814) 860-6344 Must Sell! Troy Bilt Yard Vac. Only used a few times, Call for details, $300 Tires: (5) like new P165/65R14 Navigator Gold 70K tires. $180. (814) 450-4893 OBO. (814) 866-0897 Homecoming dresses - beautiful size 6 two only worn once. $15 OBO. (814) 823-2655 Furniture/Accessories for Sale ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. GOOD CONDITION. $30. (814) 833-1620 OMNIFILTER FOR UNDERNEATH SINK, EXCELLENT 25.00 REVOLVING DARKROOM DOOR APROX 77X42 EXCELLENT 100.00 UNIQUE GLASS Graco baby swing. Battery operated, navy blue. Works great. $25. (814) 456-1776 HEAD CAN BE USED AS A LAMP FOR OUTDOORS 50.00. 2006 MODEL 3 MAUVE BARREL SHAPED CHAIRS FOR SALE-$10 EACH OR 3/$25. GOOD FRIDGEDARE 6,000 BTU WINDOW UNIT AIR CONDITIONER USED 3 WEEKS CONDITION. (814) 490-8361 90.00 OBO. (814) 833-5431 Bathroom Vanity with sink + faucet. Lightly colored. $125. (814) 440-4088 Several prom/homecoming formal and semi-formal dresses for sale. All have been worn only once or twice, dry cleaned. Sizes 12-16. $30 OBO. (814) 882-1381 BEDROOM SUIT FULL SIZE HEAD BOARD, 2 NIGHT STANDS, AND ARMOIRE $100. 6 DRAWER DRESSER $50. MUST PICK UP. CALL AFTER Sporting Goods for Sale 5 PM. (814) 725-4818 24' ROUND POOL - ALL ACCESSORIES INCLUDED - NEEDS NEW LINER. Light Oak Dining Room Table, 6 chairs (2 captain) and matching hutch. $800 YOU TAKE DOWN. $500 OBO. (814) 823-2655 OBO PAID $2,500. (814) 823-5334 Matthews Legacy Bow, 70#, 29 inch draw with extras, $375. Hoyt UltraTech RECTANGULAR WOOD TABLE WHITE WITH LIGHT WOOD TABLE TOP. Bow, 60#, 27-29.5 inch draw with extras, $300. (814) 825-2717 4 CHAIRS. EXCELLENT CONDITION! CALL VICKI BEFORE 8P. $80. (814) 824-4752 Vehicles for Sale 2004 HONDA SHADOW SPIRIT- 1200. NICE BIKE- ONLY 9,900 MILES, NEW Other Items for Sale REAR TIRE. BLACK W/CHROME. $9,900 OR TAKE OVER PMTS OF $180 FIRE WOOD FOR SALE- GET IT WHILE THE WEATHER IS STILL GOOD! $100 MONTH. (814) 602-3900 A CHORD $150 DELIVERED DEPENDING ON AREA - (814) 602-3900 OR TRUCK CAP FITS 1980-1998 CHEVY 6 1/2 FT BED. $500 OBO. (814) 866-3075 (814) 397-1708. 1994 YAMAHA YZ250 dirt bike. excell rims, pro circuit pipe, FMF silencer, runs DELL computer XPS, 466 WINDOWS 98SE, 17 inch SONY monitor, FAX well. $850/ make offer. (814) 864-8887 modem, TURTLE BEACH S.C.3.2M INVIDIA video card, network card, OFFICE SB97, WORD, EXCEL, PUBLISHER. $25 OBO. Dell Computer, GREAT 2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO FREEDOM EDITION. V-8. GOOD GAMING MACHINE, XPR866, 128 Meg RD RAM WINDOWS 98 SE, 17 inch CONDITION. NEW TIRES. TOW PACKAGE. 53,000 MILES. $14,900 OBO. monitor, FAX modem, SOUND BLASTER 64, 32m VIDEO CARD, WORKS (814) 882-9772 SUITE 98. $75 OBO. (814) 868-1842 Continued on next page HamoToday page 9 Continued from page 8 SHARP! 2005 Jeep Liberty Sport V6. Barryl Green, 4 door SUV, with 4WD. All power, tinted windows, lighted mirrors, AM/AM-CD, air, cruise, Latch system, Joint Commission Assignments custom tire cover/mud ﬂaps. Balance of factory warranty, and customer Since the beginning of this year, we have been awaiting the loyality coupons for the next 12 oil changes. Inspected until 6/08, and with less Joint Commission’s unannounced ﬁve-day site survey that than 18,000 miles it won’t last long! Call for more details. (814) 873-2214 will take place at Hamot. Although we shouldn’t have to do 2005 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE STO-AND-GO; BUTANE BLUE; anything different to prepare for the survey – since we should 28,000 MILES; DUAL AIR; ONE OWNER, EXCELLENT CONDITION. always be doing all the right things to deliver the highest- $14,500. (814) 582-3496 quality care to our patients – it is important to remind all employees that the Joint Commission survey team will arrive unannounced anytime before the end of this year. To help ensure you are ready, below are some important Congratulations, October facts relating to the Joint Commission and the upcoming Ambassadors! survey. If you have any questions about the Joint Commission, please call Kym Snell at Ext. 3285. Please congratulate the following October Ambassadors. Fact #1 Their Ambassador Tea will be held Thursday, October 18 Question: How many surveyors will be here during the from 2-3 p.m. in the Employee Dining Room. survey? Janet Chrostowski, R.D. Answer: 4 (physician and nurse for 5 days, 1 administrator Nutritional Services for 3 days and 1 engineer for 1 day) Janet exempliﬁes the best that Hamot Fact #2 offers in customer service. She Question: Once the Joint Commission surveyors arrive, volunteers for many of the jobs others how many days will the survey be? would rather not do, such as having Answer: 5 her image displayed on a video. Janet always goes the extra mile for each and Fact #3 every patient with a special request such as stopping at a Question: Do we know when the Joint Commission local grocery store to pick up special food items requested. surveyors are coming? Janet deﬁnitely deserves to be a Hamot Ambassador. Answer: No. Charles “Boo” Hagerty Marketing/Communications Boo is genuinely enthusiastic about Hamot and the quality of care we want to give all of our patients. His Learn More About Your Beneﬁts exuberance radiates to others and renews staff’s dedication. This shows at the Employee Beneﬁts Fair daily with all whom he meets, whether Make sure to attend the Employee Beneﬁts Fair that will it is in-house or in the community. Boo is very involved with take place Tuesday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the the Erie Playhouse and Downtown Improvement District. He Employee Dining Room. is a Hamot Ambassador to the community. Representatives from several vendors, including Highmark, Tom Iorio, RN Sun Life, BAI, Beneﬂex, VALIC and others, will have Great Lakes Home Healthcare information about the programs and services that are Tom is very dedicated to his chosen available to Hamot employees. Employees will also have the profession which is hospice nursing. opportunity to ask the representatives questions about their He always gives 100 percent plus on a beneﬁts. Last year, more than 250 people visited the fair daily basis and is always willing to do and received valuable information and a few goodies, too. more, all the while smiling and cracking All attendees will have a chance to register for prizes the jokes. Tom is truly a passionate, caring vendors will be rafﬂing off that day. Also, employees who nurse who deserves to be honored for his dedication to the registered for the Bands on the Run program will be able to nursing profession. He is what all nurses strive to be. Tom pick up their program materials at the fair. Be sure to mark truly exempliﬁes a Hamot Ambassador. this date on your calendar! HamoToday page 10 Open Classes will also be offered. These are for anyone I.S. to Upgrade GroupWise using the Web version of GroupWise, including superusers. No need to register for these classes, which are being On October 24 at 6 p.m., the Information Systems offered on a “ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served” basis. Walk-ins Department will begin upgrading the Web version of welcome. GroupWise. The Web version is used mostly by clinical employees and those who access GroupWise via the October 25 7 am to 4 pm Ground Floor Computer Hamot intranet, splash screen and Dashboard. Room (NIS TRN) Due to the upgrade, GroupWise will be unavailable for three October 26 7 am to 11 am 2nd Floor Professional Bld. hours beginning at 6 p.m. on October 24. This outage will (ED TRN) affect all GroupWise users, including those who use the Web version and those who use the client version (mostly management, non-clinical and ofﬁce employees). Once the upgrade is complete, the Web version of GroupWise will have a new look! The new version will be much more intuitive and will feature drag-and-drop capabilities and message searching, among other features. From the Patient Service Department The client version of GroupWise will look the same after this upgrade and will function as normal. However, the client The following letter to the editor appeared in the September version will be upgraded at a later date. More information 24, 2007 issue of the Erie Times-News. on this upgrade will be announced soon. Child’s Caregivers Draw Praise Classes to educate Web version users on the new version of GroupWise will take place at the following times: After reading the story about teenager Sarah Miniger surviving a seizure and an induced coma (Erie Times- Basic Classes (Open to all employees using Web News, August 25), I felt obligated to respond because my version of GroupWise) daughter, Ericka, was also put into ﬁve medically induced comas and an anesthesia coma in 2005. October 15 2 pm to 3 pm Ground Floor Computer Room (NIS TRN) She spent four months in the hospital and was given the October 16 1 pm to 2 pm 2nd Floor Professional Bld. same diagnosis – stop the seizures or she won’t survive. October 17 8 am to 9 am (ED TRN) Ericka had contracted a rare viral encephalitis, and the doctors weren’t sure what would happen. My daughter did October 23 2 pm to 3 pm Ground Floor Computer survive, though she has epilepsy now and is on quite a few October 24 7:30 am to Room (NIS TRN) seizure meds. She is my and her doctor’s miracle child. 8:30 am I would like to thank Hamot Medical Center’s medical To register for one of these classes, log on to the Hamot intensive care unit and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital intranet, select employees, then select employee self- of Erie for its support, and especially Dr. Laura Hershkowitz service. Using your password, log on to Lawson, select and her staff for their many hours and dedication to Ericka. training, then select registration by category, select e-mail, Angela Scott select course (Basic or Superuser) and then to register, Erie select session. If you have any questions, please call the Center for Education at Ext. 2513. Registration is required, and space is limited. Note: If this is the ﬁrst time you have logged on to Toner Cartridges Lawson self-service, you will need to type in the following Char Radziszewski, Operating Room, has three color toner information: cartridges she cannot use. The toner can be used in Color Laser Jet 4600 and 4500 series printers. The colors include: User ID: Type your GroupWise/Dashboard ID in all CAPS. Example: NUAXA C9723A (Magenta) C9722A (Yellow) Password: Enter your ﬁrst and last initial in CAPS, C9721A (Cyan) followed by the last four digits of your Social Security number. Example: AA1234 If anyone is interested, please contact her at Ext. 7831. HamoToday page 11 Bring Your Female Co-Workers, Hamot Helping Employees Family and Friends to the Transition to Tobacco-Free MammoMarathon! As time winds down to November 15, 2007 – the day Hamot What if you could change your life in just one day? Attend will become a tobacco-free campus – Hamot continues the Hamot MammoMarathon – 24 hours dedicated to your to offer classes, support groups and resources for Hamot breast health! employees and their spouses to help them through this transition. Don’t wait until the last minute! Take advantage From 7 a.m., October 26, to 7 a.m., October 27, the Hamot of one of these resources today. Breast Health Center is hosting a MammoMarathon to conduct breast screenings for as many women as possible. All scheduled classes, support groups, resource guidelines and reimbursement requirements are available on @Hamot. “The MammoMarathon has been something that I’ve From the home page, click the Tobacco-Free Hamot button. wanted to do for the past seven years,” said Linda Mangold, assistant manager, Regional Imaging Services. Upcoming Classes: “When I explained it to those involved with Hamot for QUIT SMOKING WITH CHANTIX™ Women, they loved the idea.” Hamot employees and their spouses who want to quit smoking have the opportunity to obtain a three- Mangold, who has worked in mammography for more than month supply of the medication Chantix™ without cost. 25 years, says she has heard all excuses from women Attendance at one of these sessions is required in order to about why they don’t get mammograms. The No. 1 reason was the lack of convenient appointments. be eligible for this. If you are interested in quitting, come learn about this medication that can help you quit smoking. “That’s why we thought if we had one day of appointments around the clock, women could schedule their Next Session: mammogram any time of the day,” she said. “It is especially Date: Time: Location: convenient for women who work odd shifts.” October 23, 2007 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM Auditorium Another common excuse Mangold heard was that EVENING QUIT SMOKING WITH CHANTIX SESSIONS mammograms were too cold and uncomfortable. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Hamot Aid Society, all women Date: Time: Location: who have a mammogram during the MammoMarathon will October 17, 2007 7 to 8 PM Education Classroom receive a free MammoPad® — a soft, foam-ﬁlled cushion ensuring a warmer, more comfortable screening. Registration Registration is requested (at least three days prior to the Free Pixi-Scan bone density screenings will also be offered session) in order to assure adequate food and materials. from 6 to 9 p.m., along with massages, refreshments and Refreshments will be provided at each session. To register, giveaways. Visitors are also welcome to tour the Hamot call the Center for Education voicemail registration line at Imaging Center and Hamot’s newly renovated Sterling Ext. 4265. Square facility. CLEAR THE AIR Females in one Hamot ofﬁce are taking advantage of the event by blocking off two hours of appointments so they Are you thinking of quitting smoking? Whether this is your can attend the MammoMarathon together. ﬁrst attempt or you’ve quit before, this one-session program will give you the tools you need to get prepared, take action “We want to reach as many women as possible while and stay motivated. Participants receive a “quit kit.” making it easy for them to get this important test done,” Mangold said. “Our goal is to capture all those women who Next Session: have busy lives and just can’t seem to get a mammogram Date: Time: Location: during regular business hours. I believe we are the ﬁrst Tuesday, October 23 1 PM to 3 PM G#1 Conference breast center to offer 24/7 appointments for mammograms Room in this area. It’s our way to increase awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” One session, two hours. Maximum of 20 in a class. (Must If you’d like to have your mammogram during the have 10 for class to be held.) MammoMarathon and you have a prescription from your MUST register with the Health Connection at least one family physician, please call Ext. 6123. week in advance at Ext. 6145. HamoToday page 12 Hamot United Charities Golf Heart of the Matter 2007 Tournament This year’s Heart of the Matter took place October 3. Thank you to everyone Approximately 460 healthcare who participated in the professionals from Hamot and Hamot United Charities the region listened to the featured golf tournament at speakers discuss various topics, Riverside Golf Course. including “AMI Care 2007: We had a beautiful Door-to-Balloon and Beyond”; day for golf and a “After the MI: Current Trends in great turnout. Hamot Cardiac Rehabilitation”; “Blood employees, their Vessels, Too: Percutaneous PVD families and friends all Treatment”; “What’s an ABI? PVD generously contributed Assessment and Screening”; more than $1,800 “Irregularly Irregular: Current for United Charities! Trends in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation”; “Keeping in Congratulations to the ﬁrst-place team, Team AGA, Rhythm: Nursing Care of the Patient with an Arrhythmia”; and consisting of Brad Silvis, Mike Langer, Jeff Davis and Dave “Beyond the Heart: Advances in Thoracic Surgery.” Sherman, for turning in an impressive score of 57 (par for the course is 71). Nice job! Thank you to the following committee members for making this event possible: Tom Williams, Walt Horner, Theresa We are happy to announce that we managed to complete Kisiel, Bonnie Nye, Diann Cooper, Stacey Marks and Lorrie the tournament with no injuries; the golfer who fell into the Szablewski. standing water did not have to be resuscitated, although he sure could have used a dry pair of pants. And Karen, they said that if you go out to the course after the next hard rain, your ball may come down from the roof in the rain spout. While these two incidents were not captured on camera, many other pictures were taken. Please check the Hamot Hamot Featured in National intranet soon for the pictures to be posted. Ad Campaign We would also like Hamot was recently featured in an ad that appeared in to give a huge thank Modern Healthcare, a weekly national publication that you to our wonderful reports on important healthcare events and trends. The ad, volunteers, Boo and by Cardinal Health MedMined™ services, features Hamot as Aimee Hagerty, Pat one of the hospitals that has joined with them in the chase Rogers and Diane for zero hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The ad says that Voelker, for their time within the ﬁrst 20 months of implementation, Hamot reduced and efforts. We couldn’t HAIs hospital-wide and generated $912,000 in savings, a have done it without you. ﬁve-fold return on investment, by using MedMined. And, ﬁnally, thank you to our sponsors: Hamot Marketing Department, Dr. Thomas Masters, Peninsula Family Medicine and Troyer Farms. Please check Hamotoday for information regarding next year’s tournament. Hope to see you all there. Kim Elletson Director, Hamot United Charities Golf Tournament Note: The United Charities committee and volunteers thank Kim Elletson for her hard work to coordinate this successful event!