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May 2014

Heart Walk steps out on May 3

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Many heart disease risk factors can be improved with simple lifestyle changes and exercise — like walking. Put your best foot forward and walk with Christopher O'Connor, Yale New Haven Health System executive vice president and COO, chair of this year's Greater New Haven Heart Walk, on Saturday, May 3 at Savin Rock, West Haven.

The 3-mile walk begins at 10 am. For more information or to register for a YNHH team, go to or call Alison Lucibello, RN, Heart and Vascular Center at (203) 688-3212.

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Aortic Institute opens center for patients with aneurysm disease

The Aortic Institute, one of the first designated centers of its kind and one of the largest in the world for clinical care of patients with aneurysms recently celebrated a ribbon cutting for its new facility on the third floor of Yale-New Haven Hospital's Clinic Building at 789 Howard Avenue. The multidisciplinary specialty institute is an active center for clinical care, basic science and clinical research in aortic disease.

Led by John Elefteriades, MD, and Sandip Mukherjee, MD, the medical team includes an aortic nurse specialist, a research director and an epidemiologist.

More than 270 Yale New Haven Health physicians among 'Top Docs'

Connecticut Magazine named 271 Yale New Haven Health physicians among the best in the state in its recent, annual Top Doctors issue. These physicians, who provide services in a wide range of specialties, were among 834 doctors throughout the state selected from the results of a questionnaire sent to 5,000 Connecticut physicians, then combined with Connecticut Magazine's surveys from 2011-2013. advancing care

May health talks: From allergies to "Epic" patient records

How do you know if your sneezing and running nose are allergies or sinusitis? What's the easiest way for you, as a patient, to see your medical/health information? The five free health talks in Yale-New Haven Hospital's Health & Wellness Series will cover these and other topics during the month of May. Conveniently located in Guilford and Hamden, registration is required. Light refreshments are served at each.

  • Is it allergies or chronic sinusitis?

    by R. Peter Manes, MD, YNHH attending physician and assistant professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology, Yale School of Medicine.

    Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 pm
    Shoreline Medical Center
    111 Goose Lane, Guilford

    Thursday, May 8, 6:30 pm
    Hamden Professional Center
    2560 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden

  • Why are Women's Hearts Different from Men's?

    by Lisa Freed, MD, cardiologist and director of the Women's Heart and Vascular Program at YNHH, and assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine.

    Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 pm
    Shoreline Medical Center
    111 Goose Lane, Guilford
  • MyChart-Epic: Your Secure, Online Health Connections

    by Timothy Cooney, web solutions coordinator, and Nitu Kashyap, MD, senior medical director, YNHHS Information Technology

    Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm
    Hamden Professional Center
    2560 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden

    Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 pm
    Shoreline Medical Center
    111 Goose Lane, Guilford
Follow the links above to register or call (888) 700-6543.
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Breast health awareness event May 19

Yale-New Haven Hospital will hold a breast health awareness event from 3 to 6:30 pm on Monday, May 19 in the Cronin Auditorium on the Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven. Andrea L. Silber, MD, will discuss breast cancer screening trends and information on breast health, personal breast cancer risk assessment and the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program will be available. Registration is not required. For information, call (203) 867-5652.

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YNHH takes Gold Medal as one of best workplaces for commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation, named Yale-New Haven Hospital a Gold Medal winner as one of the top 10 employer organizations for taking exemplary steps to offer transportation options to their employees. YNHH is one of more than 400 participating employers.

YNHH's traffic demand management program includes commuting and parking alternatives like shuttle services, public transportation subsidies, support for carpooling, van pooling and alternative modes of transportation and telecommuting. YNHH's program helps address parking challenges, demonstrates environmental excellence by reducing gasoline demand, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and exhibits corporate citizenship.

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Intimacy when dealing with an illness — panel discussion May 29

Smilow Cancer Hospital continues the Smilow Wellness Workshop series with Intimacy at Every Stage, Thursday, May 29 at 5:30 pm. This free forum on sexual health and wellness when facing an illness will be held at in the auditorium at 55 Park St., New Haven. A panel of healthcare professionals will discuss sexual wellness and intimacy through all stages of life, particularly during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Moderated by Cindy Brenner, the panel includes: Mary Jane Minkin, MD, women's health; Charles Walker, MD, men's health/urologist; Shawn Polizzi, APRN, women's health; Yung A. Park, MD, internal medicine/psychiatrist; and Elena Ratner, MD, women's health, oncologist.

There is free parking in the Air Rights Garage. Light refreshments will be served. The workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required; call (203) 688-2000 (press option 2) or toll-free (888) 700-6543 or follow the link above.

Lecture covers facts about stroke

Yale-New Haven Hospital will host a free lecture about stroke, including a free blood pressure screening.

  • Stroke Update 2014   (includes a Free blood pressure screening)

    Thursday, May 29, 5 - 7 pm
    1450 Chapel Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
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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, May 19 and Monday, June 16 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call (203) 688-2046.

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