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April 2014

YNHH Urology group opens new Madison facility

Yale-New Haven Hospital Urology recently opened a new Madison office in the Parkview Building at 1291 Boston Post Road, Suite 205. The state-of-the-art facility is staffed by Richard Dean, MD, David Hesse, MD, and Thomas Martin, MD, all Yale Medical Group (YMG) urologists. The new Madison location offers a wider range of services.

To schedule an appointment with these physicians at this new location, call (203) 789-2222.

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Auxiliary hosts free spine and sleep lectures in April

Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary continues its popular free lecture series in April with two events.

  • My Aching Neck and Back
    A guide to degenerative spine conditions


    By neurosurgeons Judith Gorelick, MD, and Joel Bauman, MD and
    rehab/pain management specialist Martin Hasenfeld, MD

    Left untreated, painful conditions such as spinal arthritis and stenosis can compromise quality of life. Two neurosurgeons and a rehabilitation physiatrist will discuss evaluation and potential treatments.

    6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 1
    Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
    360 Amity Road
    Woodbridge, CT
  • Better Sleep for Better Health
    Sleep disorders and treatments for improving sleep quality


    By Henry Klar Yaggi, MD, sleep medicine specialist

    Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, irritability and even some serious health problems. Dr. Yaggi will share information on symptoms and causes of common sleep disorders and related treatments.

    6:30 pm, Thursday, April 17
    55 Park Street
    New Haven, CT

The lectures are free and open to the public. To register and for parking information, call (203) 688-2000 or toll free (888) 700-6543, or just follow the links above.

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New outpatient radiology center opens in Trumbull

Bridgeport Hospital Outpatient Radiology recently opened a new location at 5520 Park Ave., Suite 200 in Trumbull conveniently located just off of the Merritt Parkway, Exit 47. This is the fifth outpatient radiology center in the greater Bridgeport area joining offices in Bridgeport, Fairfield and two locations in Stratford.

This new facility offers mammography, ultrasound and X-ray services. Office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm. Walk-in screening mammography and X-ray patients are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (203) 683-9729 (XRAY).


Blood drive on York Street Campus Monday, April 7

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, April 7, 7 am - 5:45 pm, at 55 Park St., second floor. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors. To make an appointment, contact Lonnie Avery at (203) 688-8425.

YNHH is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood products in Connecticut.

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Free lung cancer screening Saturday, April 12

Smokers and former smokers at risk for lung cancer may qualify for a free lung cancer screening on Saturday, April 12 at Smilow Cancer Hospital in the Multi-Specialty Clinic, fourth floor. The screening includes a CT scan and spirometry (to measure lung capacity). Registration is required.

Potential candidates must meet specific criteria to take advantage of this screening. To see if you are eligible, call (888) 700-6543.

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April health talks launch series on prevention, wellness

Three health lectures have been scheduled in North Branford and Hamden during April. Registration is required. Light refreshments are served at each.

  • Diet trends: Are they friend, fad or foe?

    By Cheryl Robaczynski, registered dietitian and outpatient nutrition specialist at Yale-New Haven Hospital

    6:30 pm, Thursday, April 24
    Hamden Professional Center
    2560 Dixwell Ave.
    Hamden, CT

Follow the links above to register or call (888) 700-6543.

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YNHH hosts National Healthcare Decisions Day events

Yale-New Haven Hospital will observe National Healthcare Decisions Day on Wednesday, April 16 with informational events called "Start the Conversation" for employees, patients and visitors. Tables will be staffed 7:30 am - 7 pm in the Atrium; 8 am - 2 pm in the New Haven Unit cafeteria; and 7:30 am - 7 pm in the Allspice Café on the Saint Raphael Campus.

Representatives from Patient Relations, Legal Affairs and Risk Management and Spiritual Care will be available to discuss the benefits of advance directives — which include both living wills and making wishes known about healthcare representatives. Handouts will include conversation starter kits, YNHH's advance directives brochures and copies of the advance directives legal forms to improve training related to advance directives within the hospital and promote greater awareness in the community.


Free head and neck cancer screenings offered

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center will hold free public oral, head and neck cancer screenings on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses.

The first of the free, "five-minute check up from the neck up" screenings will be held 4 - 6 pm, Wednesday, April 23, in the McGivney Cancer Care Center at 659 George St. On Friday, April 25, a second free screening will be held in the East Pavilion special events area at 20 York St.

Validated parking is available on both campuses for this event.

Common symptoms include difficulty chewing/swallowing, a persistent sore throat or raspiness and a mouth sore that just won't heal.

To register for the screening, call (888) 700-6543 or follow the links above.

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CareCard lectures cover volunteering, diabetes, shingles

Yale-New Haven Hospital's CareCard Program, geared to those 50-plus, will host free lectures in April. The talks cover the benefits of volunteering at YNHH, recognizing the signs and symptoms of diabetes and understanding the facts about shingles. The events are:

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Volunteers Transform and Inspire

    In this session, a panel of peers will share how volunteering transformed their lives. Participants will also learn about volunteer opportunities at YNHH.

    10 - 11 am. Tuesday, April 8
    1450 Chapel Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
  • Diabetes Signs & Symptoms: Are you at Risk?

    by Leigh Bak, RN, diabetes clinical nurse specialist

    Take a look at the risk factors, symptoms and prevention of one of the most under-diagnosed diseases in the United States.

    3 - 4 pm, Wednesday, April 23
    1450 Chapel Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
  • Shingles: Get the Facts

    By Dayna McManus, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacy resident

    Here's a chance to learn about the symptoms, treatment and prevention of shingles as well as the shingles vaccine.

    6 - 7 pm Thursday, April 24
    1450 Chapel Street
    New Haven, CT 06511

Registration is required. Call (888) 700-6543 or follow the links above.

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Smilow Cancer Hospital/Yale Cancer Center named
National Comprehensive Cancer Network Member Institution

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven/Yale Cancer Center was recently elected a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, an alliance of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer.

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven is the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine. The 14-story, 500,000 square-foot hospital is one of the most comprehensive cancer facilities in the northeast and includes inpatient rooms, outpatient multidisciplinary treatment centers, operating rooms, infusion suites, diagnostic imaging services, a floor for children with cancer, a specialized women's cancer center and diagnostic and therapeutic radiology services for children and adults.

Yale Cancer Center is one of a select network of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. designated by the National Cancer Institute. Bringing together the resources of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale School of Medicine, its mission encompasses patient care, research, cancer prevention and control, community outreach, and education.


Walk for heart health 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 risk factors associated with heart disease can be improved with simple lifestyle changes and exercise — like walking.

Put your best foot forward and walk with a Yale-New Haven Hospital team in support of the American Heart Association's Greater New Haven Heart Walk on Saturday, May 3 at Savin Rock in West Haven. The 3-mile walk begins at 10 am. For more information or to register online, visit newhavenheartwalk.org or call Alison Lucibello, RN, YNHH Heart & Vascular Center, (203) 688-3212.

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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, April 21 and Monday, May 19 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call (203) 688-2046.


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