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Connecticut Children's Medical Center

 
Overview
We're a teaching hospital.
CCMC is a teaching hospital, and home of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and its residency program in pediatrics.

We're a doctor's office.
As the Primary Care Center for the Hartford region, CCMC serves as "the doctor's office" for nearly 15,000 children. It is the largest pediatric primary care service for children between Boston and New York. Pediatricians provide primary care services such as well-child checkups and immunizations, and care for minor illnesses.

We're an emergency room.
The Emergency Department is staffed by physicians and nurses certified in pediatric emergency medicine, and serves approximately 30,000 patients annually.

We're a surgical unit.
More than 5,000 patients are admitted to medical/surgical units and nearly 6,000 surgeries are performed annually.

We're an intensive care unit.
The pediatric intensive care unit serves children with traumatic injuries, life-threatening illness and children recovering from major surgery.

We're a neonatal intensive care unit.
The neonatal intensive care unit cares for about 500 critically ill or premature newborn babies a year; some children who weigh one pound at birth.
Benefits
Medical Benefits For employees regularly scheduled to work twenty or more hours per week, Connecticut Children's Medical Center offers five medical plan options, through the following carriers: Aetna & ConnectiCare. The plans vary in covered services, out-of-pocket expenses and provider networks. Dental Benefits Employees regularly scheduled to work twenty or more hours per week can choose from the following dental options:
  • Basic Dental, designed to cover routine care at 80%
  • Preferred Dental, featuring 100% preventive care and coverage for orthodontia
Medical and Dental benefits are effective the first of the second month following date of hire. Short-Term Disability Insurance Employees working thirty or more hours can purchase short-term disability protection that provides up to 60% salary continuation to a maximum of $1,500 per week. This option is effective the first of the month following the date of hire. Long-Term Disability Insurance The hospital provides long-term disability benefits of up to 60% of salary to a maximum of $12,500 per month after a 90-day disability. This option is effective the first of the month following the date of hire. Group Life Insurance The hospital provides group term life insurance coverage for employees working twenty or more hours per week. The amount of coverage is dependent upon the employee's job category. Supplemental Life Insurance Employees working twenty or more hours per week may purchase additional life insurance for themselves, a spouse or dependent children. There is no waiting period for this benefit. Tax Sheltered Annuity Employees may save for their retirement and help reduce their taxable income by participating in the hospital's TSA plan. This is available to all regular CCMC employees who are scheduled to work a minimum of 8 hours per week. For those eligible to participate in the Cash Balance Retirement Plan, a 50% matching credit is made to the Cash Balance Retirement Plan for those participants who also save through this TSA, up to 4% of compensation. Reimbursement Accounts Employees may set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for certain out-of-pocket medical care and dependent care expenses. The Health Care account has a $2,500 calendar year maximum, and the Dependent Care account has a $5,000 calendar year maximum. Child Care There is an on-site Day Care Center located at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Newington campus or Hartford Hospital's onsite center. These facilities are available to all employees, providing there is space available. Educational Assistance The hospital encourages employees to continue their education. Full time employees become eligible for tuition assistance after one year of continuous service. Part time staff become eligible after two years. Up to $2,000 is allowed each academic year for related courses. This amount is pro-rated for part time employees. Paid Time Off Paid Time Off (PTO) is a flexible approach to structuring time off for vacation, personal time, holidays, or illness. Employees accrue time each pay period based on years of service and job category (pro-rated for part time staff). Extended Illness Program For those extended illness occurrences. Employees accrue time per pay period toward a maximum annual allotment of eight days. The maximum EIP accrual is 65 days. The program coordinates with the other disability programs offered through the Medical Center. Retirement Program The CCMC Cash Balance Retirement Plan is a noncontributory plan with a five year vesting schedule. Benefit formula is based on a percentage of annual compensation; percentage credited increases based on years of credited service (not to exceed 25 years of credited service). You are eligible after you have completed one year of service and have worked at least 1,000 hours. CCMC Auxiliary Scholarship CCMC Auxiliary Scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating high school senior who will be attending an institution of higher learning in September. For eligibility information and application you can download the pdf file here (8 KB pdf).
Career Opportunities
What advice would you give a nurse (new grad or seasoned) who is considering a job in Connecticut?

Erin Larmer, RN, BSN
Assistant Nurse Manager, ED
“ I have lived in Connecticut for 3 years. I have found that there are many benefits to living and working here. Living in Connecticut has been an adventure. The state is located between the mountains and the ocean with major cities to the East and West. There is always a new place to discover.”

Kara Rovelli, RN, BSN
MS 8
“Connecticut is great state to work and live. There are endless job opportunities available in all areas of nursing. As a Pediatric nurse, I’m very fortunate to work at CCMC. I feel that this hospital provides the best care to kids and their families in the state. I am proud to be a part of this establishment.”

Debra Pember, RN
PACU
“I would say go for it! I'm originally from New York but after I graduated from nursing school in Maine I decided to come to Connecticut. And it was the best decision I made. I have worked at Hartford Hospital and CCMC for 29 years combined. I am a 3rd generation RN in my family (my grandmother and mother were RN’s) with the hopes of my youngest daughter making it the 4th!! She is presently in the prenursing program at Southern Connecticut State University and I hope she will also look for employment in Connecticut as well.”
Mission
Connecticut Children's Medical Center is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children. The people of Connecticut Children's Medical Center embrace a comprehensive view of child health, and strive for preeminence in helping each child reach for and achieve maximum potential and independence. We stress excellence, innovation, and leadership in providing the highest quality service, education, and research.
Products & Services
We provide the widest array of cutting-edge treatment and care in the state for children of all ages. To learn more about a specific area of medicine or program we offer, choose one from the list.


Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Service
Anesthesiology
Audiology
Cardiology
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Center for Motion Analysis
Craniofacial Team
Critical Care
Dentistry
Dermatology
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Education & Rehabilitation Services
Emergency Medicine
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Gynecology
Hand Surgery
Hearing
Hematology / Oncology
Human Genetics
Infectious Disease
Inpatient Services
Neonatology
Nephrology
Neurology
Neuropsychology
Neurosurgery
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy Care Center
Ophthalmology
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthopaedics
Otolaryngology, Head-Neck Surgery (ENT)
Pain Relief
Patient Financial Services
Physical Therapy Care Center
Plastic Surgery
Primary Care Center
Psychiatry
Pulmonary Medicine
Radiology
Rehabilitation Services (inpatient & outpatient)
Rheumatology
The Residency Program
Speech & Language Pathology
Sports Medicine
Surgery
Urology
Newsletter
What will Nursing in 2014 look like at CCMC?
By Theresa Hendricksen, RN, BSN, MS, Vice President of Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Officer

CCMC has embarked on a journey of strategic planning. This journey will lead us to setting clear goals for the organization for the next 7 years. The Executive Team, along with a subcommittee of our Board of Directors began by discussing our vision and CCMC’s role in delivering care to children and their families. The next step was to get 70 members of our current leadership team together for 2 half-day retreats where visions were debated and discussed. At the end of those two days, we had agreed on four areas of focus that we believe will get us to our vision within the seven-year timeline.

Those four areas are: Strategic Investments, Strategic Partnerships, Scale and Research. As I participated in this process, it became clear to me that nursing at CCMC needs to take a far more active role in Research if we are to become one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. As you review the current top 10 children’s hospitals, you will find that large portions of their resources- both human and financial- are dedicated to their research endeavors. Because of this, I am joining my colleagues Drs. Paul Dworkin and Ferd Ferrer in leading the work group who will develop the goals and objectives for our Research branch of our strategic plan.

November 1985, Public Law 99- 158, the Health Research Extension Act of 1985 became law. Among other provisions, the law authorized the creation of the National Center for Nursing Research (NCNR) at NIH. This was one of the first steps in recognizing that nursing take the lead in translational research and also provided funding opportunities for nursing research. With the many changes that are occurring within our nation and healthcare system, it is an ideal time for nursing to increase its already substantial impact it has had on the public health. If CCMC is to continue to prosper and grow then research has to be a prime focus and we need nursing to take a more active role in that area. As we move to celebrate Nurses Week, which is honoring over 150 years of our proud profession, I encourage all of us to think about the last century where medical research has arguably advanced human health more than all the previous 5,000 years combined.

One statistic puts the change into perspective: Americans born in 1900 could expect to live an average of 49 years, but those born today will live an average of 77 years. While nursing has always played a role in medical research such as collecting and interpreting data, our roles in research have advanced greatly during this century. We now lead studies on the impact of treatment and care, as well as social and financial impact to society. As we review new initiatives in patient care, ask yourself if there is an opportunity for research to be done. As an example, we would like to improve our Press Ganey scores.

The Med/Surg Inpatient team has creative ideas on how to potentially make that happen. They discussed these ideas with our Research department who thought these ideas would make a great research study in which we could publish our results. By doing so, we will impact more than patients and families here at CCMC; we will impact families across the country. It also allows us to develop ourselves further as scientists and professionals and raise the bar on our nursing practice! 2007 will be a monumental year for CCMC as we roll out the strategic plan and I want to encourage and inspire all of us to become involved! Happy Nurses Week and here’s to another 150 years of a great profession!