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May 2013

May health talks: from memory loss to weight loss

How do you distinguish simple absent mindedness from serious memory loss? Are you throwing money away on vitamins and supplements that aren't doing you any good? Is the root of your arm pain really in your neck? What can you do to alleviate arthritis pain in the hand? How can you stay on track with your weight loss plan?

The five free health talks in Yale-New Haven Hospital's "Health & Wellness Series" cover this wide range of topics during the month of May. Conveniently located in Guilford, North Branford and the Saint Raphael Campus, the lectures all begin at 6:30 p.m. and registration is required.

Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford
    • Tuesday, May 7 — Assessing Memory Loss: When to be Concerned presented by Gerard Kerins, MD, a geriatrician and YNHH attending physician. Register online.
    • Thursday, May 9 — Are you Buying the Right Vitamins and Supplements? presented by Cheryl Robaczynski , registered dietitian and outpatient nutrition specialist at YNHH and Shoreline Nutrition Center. Register online.
    • Tuesday, May 21 — Weight Loss Challenge Part II: Evaluating Your Success presented by Ellen Liskov, registered dietitian and outpatient nutrition specialist at YNHH and Shoreline Nutrition Center. Register online.

YNHH — Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven
  • Thursday, May 16 — Grasping the Facts: Hand Arthritis presented by Mark Altman, MD, YNHH attending orthopaedic surgeon and clinical assistant professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine. Register online.

You can also register by phone at 888.700.6543.

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Closer to Free spring lecture series concludes on May 8

The final lecture in the spring series co-sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and the Yale Cancer Center will take place Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at 55 Park Street. Tara Sanft, MD and Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPD will discuss Survivorship: A Cancer Survivor's Toolbox.

While the lecture is free and includes a buffet reception, registration is required as space is limited. To sign up, email: or call 203.436.8550.

Come along for the ride: Registration is open for Closer to Free

Online registration for the 2013 Closer to Free Ride is now open! Join us for a remarkable day of remembrance, joy and community on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Whether you ride 25 miles, 62.5 miles or the Closer to Free Century (100 miles), you'll be raising money and hope for a world closer to being cancer free. And if you're not into riding, we've got plenty of great volunteer positions ready and waiting for your energy and dedication.

Change lives. Save lives. Register today. Go to

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Yale-New Haven Hospital among the best workplaces for commuters

For the second consecutive year, Yale-New Haven Hospital has been named one of the best workplaces for commuters in the United States. The designation is given by Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program managed by the National Center for Transit Research based at the University of South Florida to encourage sustainable innovation. YNHH's traffic demand management program includes commuting and parking alternatives like a shuttle service, public transportation subsidies, support for carpooling, vanpooling and alternative modes of transportation, and telecommuting.

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Yale-New Haven Hospital receives 2013 Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

Yale-New Haven Hospital has been recognized for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care to stroke patients with Get With The Guidelines©– Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital's success in providing a high level of stroke care by ensuring that patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The Yale-New Haven Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission and is dedicated to providing the best prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and outcomes for patients with a wide range of cerebrovascular disorders, including stroke.

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Yale-New Haven has suburban blood draw stations for convenience

Yale-New Haven Hospital recently opened new Blood Draw stations including one in
North Haven
and one in Clinton for convenient access to adult and pediatric blood draw services for standard tests. The North Haven center, at 6 Devine St., is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closing between 12:30 and 1 p.m. The Clinton station, at 252 East Main St., has office hours Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closing between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is necessary for either center. For more information about North Haven, call 203.287.6123; for Clinton, call 860.664.9112.

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Auxiliary hosts talk on mobility and fall prevention

Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will present Safe Steps, a free health education lecture on Thursday, May 23, at noon at the Cultural Arts Center at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Road, Hamden..

Mary Tinetti, MD, geriatrician, Adler Geriatric Assessment Center at YNHH, will share information about how to reduce the risk of falling in daily activities. Dr. Tinetti, who also serves as chief of geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, will discuss how falls are associated with significant injuries and are linked to reduced independence in the older population.

While free and open to the public, registration is required either by calling 888.700.6543 or online.

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Orthopedic lectures will focus on hip and foot problems

Yale-New Haven Hospital orthopedic specialists will present two free lectures focusing on foot and hip issues during May.

On May 23, podiatrist and orthopedic surgeon Nina S. Babu, DPM, will discuss Feet First: Common Problems with Ankles and Feet, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Village at Mariner's Point, 111 South Shore Drive, East Haven. She will focus on common foot and ankle problems as well as arthritis treatments, surgical interventions and pain management.

Michael P. Leslie, DO, assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine, will discuss Direct Anterior Hip Replacement: A Minimally Invasive Option for Hip Surgery on May 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Atria Larson, 1450 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Direct anterior hip replacement is a technique that may offer advantages over traditional surgery, including a smaller incision and no disruption of muscles or tendons.

The lectures are free, but registration is required. Call 888.700.6543.

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AHA Heart Walk on June 1

Put your best foot forward and walk with Yale-New Haven Hospital in support of the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual New Haven Heart Walk on Saturday, June 1 at Savin Rock Park in West Haven. Registration is at 10 am, and the walk starts at 11am. This 5K/3-mile walk is an event for the entire family. Help support the work of the AHA and increase your physical activity by joining a YNHH team. For more information or to register, visit or call Charlotte Hickey, 203.688.4373.

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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 20 and Monday, June 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203.688.2046.

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