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November 2012

Bereavement program offered at Yale-New Haven Hospital

The Department of Religious Ministries at Yale-New Haven Hospital is offering "Hope for the Holidays," a free education program designed to comfort the bereaved on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Chapel at the Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven. This gentle program includes a candlelight memorial service to honor loved ones. Call 203.789.3247 for more information.

Shoreline health talk on kidney failure and hemodialysis set for Nov. 13

Shoreline Medical Center will host "Kidney Failure: Hemodialysis Maintenance" on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hemodialysis is a common treatment for advanced kidney failure in which the blood is cleaned of toxins and waste, and returned to the body intravenously. In this free lecture, Cassius Ochoa Chaar, MD, will discuss hemodialysis access options, surgery and long-term follow-up. Healthcare providers are welcome. Light refreshments are provided. Register online or call toll-free, 888.700.6543, and press "2."

Yale-New Haven Hospital Phototherapy Center moves to Prince Street

In October, the Yale-New Haven Hospital Phototherapy Center moved from its location in the Hunter Building at 15 York St. to 46 Prince St., Suite 109. The center offers narrow-band UVA and UVB light treatment for a variety of skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma, vitiligo and other skin ailments. The Prince Street facility has all new equipment, private treatment rooms and free parking. Treatment is available for infants, adults and children. For information on office hours, insurance coverage and scheduling, call 203.688.1199.

Saint Raphael Campus wins Partners in Prevention Award

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) recently recognized Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus with the 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award for achieving the greatest sustainable improvements towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Preventing HAIs requires a multidisciplinary approach by a team that includes administrators, environmental services staff and healthcare providers, among others. During the two-year award evaluation period, the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital implemented numerous best practices from infection control, clinical microbiology and medical and nursing literature to help reduce HAIs.

Women's Center for Breast Health offers screening

The Women's Center for Breast Health at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is offering a Breast Health Screening Day, Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Radiology Department on the Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St. in New Haven. Open to women 40 and older who are enrolled in or qualify for the CT Early Detection Program, the free screening includes a clinical breast exam, mammogram, BMI calculation, blood pressure screening and breast cancer risk assessment. Validated parking or bus tokens are available. Registration is required. Call 888-577-WCBH (9224).

Hospital cafeteria opens as 'Fresh Inspirations' food court

Yale-New Haven Hospital recently opened a new food court on its York Street campus featuring Mexican, Asian and Italian fare as well as premium salads and a soup & chowder bar. "Fresh Inspirations" debuted in late October after several months of renovations that include improved lighting, additional seating and the installation of a TV at the entrance which broadcasts wellness information and healthy eating tips. The food court also offers a traditional grill and deli as well as the "Simply to Go" market featuring freshly made soups, pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, microwaveable selections and beverages. With extended hours to accommodate patients, staff, and guests, "Simply to Go" offers some bar-coded items for quick check-out.

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, Nov. 19 and Monday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203.688.5470.

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