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Winter 2013

2013 Wish Book focuses on pediatric patients

Gift giving is not only for holiday time. Yale-New Haven's third annual Wish Book is a gift list focusing on the needs of our youngest patients — those being treated at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital — throughout the year. The 201 list is a collection of items suggested by YNHCH staff that will comfort children and their families at a time when they are most challenged and vulnerable.

Suggested gifts also include equipment such as car seats, rocking chairs and breast pumps. Over the last two years, supporters contributed more than $62,000 for Wish Book gifts. You may request a copy of the 2013 Wish Book by calling 203.200.GIFT (4438) or visiting where donations may be made online.

YNHH holds blood drive on Dec. 27

There's still time to give the gift of life by donating blood. Yale-New Haven Hospital is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the 55 Park St. building. 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 in Connecticut. The American Red Cross continues to need donations of all types of blood — especially around holiday season when donations are down.

To make an appointment, contact Lonnie Avery, Blood Bank Laboratory, at or call 203.688.8425.
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YNHH Spine Center opens at One Long Wharf

Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened a new outpatient Spine Center at One Long Wharf in New Haven. The 15,000 square foot facility is designed specifically for spine patients and includes 12 patient exam rooms, private treatment rooms, a gym area for physical therapy and rehabilitation, and advanced diagnostic equipment, in one convenient location. Comprehensive spine care includes non-surgical and surgical treatments for the full spectrum of spine disorders, from initial diagnosis through rehabilitative care. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, call 203.688.8800. spine center

Women's Heart Program offers free health talks

The Women's Heart Program (WHP) at Yale-New Haven Hospital is dedicated to the cardiac health of women. Volunteer nurses and doctors specially trained in women's cardiovascular health are available to meet with business and community groups to provide talks on the unique needs of women's health. WHP volunteers are also available to participate at health fairs and offer blood pressure screenings. To schedule a free to talk or event, call 203.688.4373. women's heart program

Free lectures and programs for seniors start in January

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus will offer several free programs and talks in January.
  • Live Well: Free workshop for adults and caregivers living with chronic diseases — Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., starting Jan. 23 for 6 consecutive weeks at 200 Orchard St. in New Haven. Live Well is an educational program for older adults and their caregivers living with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, heart and lung disease, asthma, and chronic pain. The program is made possible by South Central CT Agency on Aging, CT Department of Social Services, Aging Division, and CT Department of Public Health and Funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
  • Nutritional Supplements, Separating Fact from Fiction: Robert Nardino, MD, will discuss how nutritional supplements could have potentially dangerous interactions with prescription medications. The lecture is Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Cronin Auditorium.
  • Sleep Disorders More Common With Age: Roger Elias, M.D., director of the Sleep Health Program on the Saint Raphael Campus, will present "Sleep Disorders and Aging." Tuesday, March 12, 11 a.m.-noon, in the Cronin Auditorium. The talk will focus on how sleep disturbances can put people at risk for developing hypertension, depression and heart disease.
The programs are free and open to the public, with validated parking available. Register online or call 203.688.2000 or toll-free 888.700.6543.
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Yale-New Haven Hospital ElderCare clinic will offer two days a week in West Haven

Beginning Jan. 8, Yale New Haven Hospital's ElderCare clinic, which provides general medical care to adults 60 years and older, will expand its schedule in at the Surfside Building at 200 Oak St. in West Haven. The clinic will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203.688.2046.

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