YNHH reminds employees to plan for emergencies

If a disaster event such as Hurricane Irene struck your community again, would you and your family be prepared to sustain yourselves for up to 72 hours? YNHH encourages employees to take time to prepare themselves and their families by making a plan, creating an emergency kit and staying informed about emergencies and disasters.

More information is available at or employees may contact Donald MacMillan, PA, Emergency Management coordinator, at Donald MacMillan, or John Pelazza, Emergency Management program manager at the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Healthcare Solutions.

Tommy Fund Family Day, October 7

The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer invites employees and their families and friends to participate in the Tommy Fund Family Day on Sunday, October 7. Tommy Fund Day will be held at the Yale Tennis Center and includes a 5k run, a 2-mile walk, or .3-mile fun run for children 10 years of age and younger. The Tommy Fund Family Day is the fund's largest, single-day fundraising event which supports pediatric cancer patients and their families who come to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Employees interested in joining the hospital team should contact Debbie Klotzer, executive assistant, Smilow Cancer Network, 688-8824 or visit

YNHH holds 2-campus voter registration drive

The hospital's Community and Government Relations Department and the National Council of Jewish Women — New Haven Chapter will hold a voter registration drive on October 3 and 4.

On Wednesday, October 3, employees and visitors may register to vote from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the second floor Atrium landing.

On Thursday, October 4, employees and visitors on the Saint Raphael Campus will be able to register from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in front of the cafeteria entrance.

Those who register may vote in the November 6 election for president, U.S. Congress and state representatives. The deadline for voter registration in Connecticut is October 23 by mail.

YNHH organizing teams for liver walks on September 23, 30

YNHH is organizing teams for two 5k walks that are raising money for the Connecticut chapter of the American Liver Foundation. The first will be held on Sunday, September 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford; the second is on Sunday, September 30 at Harbor Point in Stamford. Registration for both walks starts at 8 a.m.; the walks begin at 10 a.m. Funds raised will support education, patient advocacy and research to help the 30 million Americans living with chronic liver disease.

First-time YNHH walkers will get a free team t-shirt. Those who want to register or donate should go to Team Hartford or Team Yale/Fairfield. For more information, employees may contact David Assis, MD, transplant hepatology fellow.

Fitness Center and Employee/Family Resources info table September 27

The staffs of the YNHH livingwell Fitness Center and Employee and Family Resources will host an information table in the second floor Atrium on Thursday, September 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fitness Center staff will answer questions about the center — including upcoming free classes — and employees can enroll on the spot. Employees who become members get two pay periods for free to try out the center before the membership fee of $12 per pay period begins.

Employee and Family Resources staff will give employees a "biodot" that allows them to check their stress level. Employees can also pick up information and learn about resources available to them and their covered dependents.

Service Excellence conference October 29; abstracts due October 10

The 2012 Yale New Haven Health System Service Excellence Conference will be held on Monday, October 29 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 9:30.

The conference celebrates the strides that departments and units in all YNHHS delivery networks have made in the past year to enhance and improve the patient experience. Units and departments are invited to submit abstracts that may be presented at the conference. Abstracts are due by Wednesday, October 10.

YNHH abstracts should be submitted to Jeannette Hodge, director, Patient Relations, Volunteer and Guest Services; NEMG abstracts should be submitted to Amanda Skinner, director, clinical integration.

Engagement survey seeks to "harvest" employees' ideas

The 2012 YNHH Employee Engagement Survey runs Monday, September 24 through Monday, October 8.

Employees may complete this year's survey, themed "Harvesting Your Ideas," online; watch for the link on the YNHH intranet home page. After completing the survey, employees will also be invited to complete a Cultural Values Assessment.

Employees without computer access will have computers available in their departments so they may complete the survey. Throughout the survey period, participants will have opportunities to win daily prizes.

Employees new to YNHH from the Hospital of Saint Raphael are not asked to take this survey, but will be included in future surveys.

Again this year, The Advisory Board will conduct the survey and communicate results with confidentiality. Individual responses will not be shared with Yale-New Haven.