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October 2013

Children's Hospital hosts Arts for Healing 5-day festival

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Arts for Healing program Oct. 2-6 with a festival featuring the music, theater, video and visual art of patients, healthcare providers and artists.

The festival, co-hosted by the Children's Hospital and Collective Consciousness Theatre, showcases the arts as a component of compassionate healthcare to educate people about living with illness. Most events are open to the public and free of charge, including a musical play written by young adults with sickle cell disease, a gallery of patients' visual art, a presentation by poet Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez, a Yale Humanities in Medicine Student Writers presentation and Yale Music in Medicine performance. A highlight of the festival wil be an award-winning hip-hop play titled How to Break about a hospitalized teenage break dancer redefining what it means to be ill.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the door. You can view the full schedule in the hospital's Classes and Events section or email Arts for Healing for more information.

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YNHH holds blood drive Friday, Oct. 4

The American Red Cross will hold its quarterly blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 a.m. to 6 pm., in the 2nd floor auditorium at 55 Park Street. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors.

YNHH is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood products in Connecticut. The Red Cross continues to need donations of all blood types. To sign up to donate, email
Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, YNHH Blood Bank Laboratory, or call

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Lecture examines sinusitis and the benefits of nasal irrigation

Does nasal irrigation help for people suffering from allergies or recurrent sinus problems? Find out at Know your nose: Acute and chronic sinusitis, a free lecture on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 pm at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St. in Guilford.

Otolaryngologist Agnes Czibulka, MD will discuss the methods and benefits of nasal irrigation (including the use of a Neti pot) as a treatment for sinus and facial pain and discomfort. While the session is free, registration is required. To register, call 888.700.6543 and press 2.

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'A Mother's Place' relocates to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital

"A Mother's Place,” a boutique formerly located at 300 George Street, has moved to the 10th floor of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The shop, which offers breastfeeding supplies and support to breastfeeding mothers, is now conveniently located in Suite 1005 next to the Maternity Unit.

"A Mother's Place" is open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm (closed 12:30-1:15 pm) and Saturdays 9 am -1 pm. For more information, call 203.688.9355.

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CareCard Lecture Series continues in October

Yale-New Haven Hospital's CareCard Program, targeting those 50 and older, will host free workshops in October focusing on breast cancer risk and understanding dietary supplements. The workshops are held from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Registration is required.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3 — Being a Woman and Getting Older: Addressing Breast Cancer Risk is being offered in conjunction with October as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." Presented by Anees Chagpar, MD, Director of the Yale-New Haven Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Call 203.688.2000 or 888.700-6543 and press 2 to register.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Dietary Supplements: Magic Bullets or False Promises? looks at the truths and myths behind taking vitamins and other dietary supplements. Presented by Robert Nardino, MD, FACP, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. Register online or call 200.688.2000 or 888.700.6543 and press 2.
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Autumn health talks

Take charge of your health and attend a free health talk from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Hamden Professional Center, 2560 Dixwell Ave., Hamden:

  • Thursday, Oct. 3 — Smoking Cessation. Why wait until the new year to resolve to quit smoking? If you've been thinking about quitting and are looking for the motivation, join Andrea Weinberger, PhD, clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine for a frank discussion of the barriers, treatment options and ways to cope with the withdrawal when you take the plunge and commit to quitting. Call 203.688.2000 or 888.700.6543 and press 2.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24 — Are you buying the right vitamins and supplements? Vitamin and mineral supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. How do you know if you're just wasting your money? Join Cheryl Robaczynski, registered dietitian and outpatient nutrition specialist at YNHH, to learn how to make the best choices. Register online or call 203.688.2000 or 888.700.6543 and
    press 2.


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Demonstrate your talents at Art & Family Day on Oct. 14

Smilow Cancer Hospital patients and families of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of peaceful and inspiring art projects on Art & Family Day, Monday, Oct. 14 from 11 am to 1 p.m. at 55 Park St., first floor. Sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and The Westport Arts Center, the activities will let participants explore, design, and create an array of art projects using a selection of materials.

The event will include live music, refreshments and a scavenger hunt adventure in which participants will explore some of the artwork displayed throughout Smilow Cancer Hospital. Register online or call 888.700.6543 and press 2.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is stepping out on Oct. 20

On Sunday, Oct. 20, Yale-New Haven Hospital will once again be part of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk — New Haven. The 5k walk, which is part of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, will be held at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Registration begins at 11 am with the walk starting at 1 pm.

For more information or to join the YNHH Breast Center team, visit the Making Strides of New Haven site or contact Shirley Pinette at 203.200.5251.

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Smilow Wellness Workshop shows how laughter is therapeutic

The Smilow Wellness Workshops series of educational community health lectures continues on Friday, Nov. 1, with a look at how laughter aids health and healing. Featuring humorist Gina Barreca, PhD, the session, which is co-sponsored by the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, starts at 6 pm in the 55 Park St. auditorium, New Haven.

Dr. Barreca will discuss the healing powers of humor therapy. She has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, Oprah and CNN, among others and is the author of several books and articles on the topic. Open to the public, the event is free but space is limited and reservations are required. Register online or call 203.688.2000 or toll-free at 888.700.6543 and press option 2.

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Billing questions?

Yale-New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, Oct. 21 and Monday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203.688.2046.

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