Newsbriefs

YNHH sponsors ninth annual health fair Oct. 20

The Department of Community Health will hold its ninth annual health fair for the greater New Haven community on Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Primary Care Center, 789 Howard Avenue. YNHH healthcare professionals will provide free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, stroke risk, oral health and vision. In addition, community health groups will staff information booths, providing information on immunizations and giving CPR demonstrations. The fair will also offer children's activities, live music and giveaways. Those interested may contact Carla Giles, ambulatory manager, Department of Community Health, 688-7092, for more information.

YNHH Day Care Center reaccredited for five years

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Day Care Center has successfully completed a five-year reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The accreditation process included an on-site visit. The Day Care Center received commendations in eight of 10 areas and received scores of 100 percent in all 10 areas of program assessment. The Day Care Center, for the children of YNHH and Yale School of Medicine employees, was established in 1983. Its students range in age from three months to five years of age; it educates children through preschool.

Get a jump on Halloween! Donate blood on Oct. 22

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, October 22, 7 a.m.-5:45 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the 55 Park Street building. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors. Yale-New Haven Hospital is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood and blood products in Connecticut. The Red Cross continues to need donations of all types of blood. To make an appointment, employees should contact Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, Blood Bank, at lonnie.avery@ynhh.org or 688-8425. Those who can donate time rather than blood should contact Anne Baker, manager, Blood Bank, at anne.baker@ ynhh.org or 688-2748.

Smilow Wellness Workshops presents session on healthy cooking

The Smilow Wellness Workshops series continues with "Preparing healthy, hearty food for everyday eating," an informative session for healthy living. Claire Criscuolo, RN, owner Claire's Corner Copia, a vegetarian restaurant in New Haven, will present the workshop, which includes food sampling and a cooking demonstration. The free event takes place on Thursday, November 1, in the 55 Park Street auditorium. Reservations are required. To register, employees should call 688-2000 or go to www.ynhh. org and click on community, then classes and events.

NBSCU renamed the Neonatal Intensive Care as of Oct. 1

On October 1, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital's Newborn Special Care Unit (NBSCU) officially became the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU). The medical staff on this 54-bed unit provides inpatient intensive care and consultative support for critically ill and premature newborns, as well as infants with congenital abnormalities or long-term health problems. When it opened in 1960, YNHH's Newborn Special Care Unit was the world's first unit to offer this level of intensive care for newborns. While no services have been changed, the new name more accurately reflects the high level of intensive care offered on the unit. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the name for the unit at hospitals within the Northeast. The NNICU is located on the fourth floor of the Children's Hospital near the labor and birth unit. A six-bed satellite unit is located on West Pavilion 10.

YNHH Auxiliary to host lecture on foot health

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will present a free community health education lecture entitled "The right steps to better foot health." The lecture takes place on Tuesday, October 16, at noon at the Cultural Arts Center at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Road, Hamden. John S. Reach, MD, orthopedic surgeon, YNHH, and director, Yale foot and ankle section, will share information about common problems related to the foot and ankle, including rheumatoid arthritis and foot-related sports injuries, and will discuss advanced treatments, such as total ankle replacement and tendon repair. To register, employees should call 688-2000 or go to www.ynhh.org and click on community, then classes and events.

Auxiliary hosts membership event on the art of healing

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary invites employees to "The art of healing," a discussion of the Smilow Art Program, led by Rosalyn Cama, president of Cama, Inc., and Smilow Art Program consultant. The presentation, which includes a video description of the program and a guided tour of selected Smilow art work, will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 5-7 p.m. in the 55 Park Street auditorium. Employees are invited to attend and learn about the ways the Auxiliary supports the hospital. Admission is free but reservations are required. Those interested in attending should contact the Auxiliary at 688-5717 or auxiliary@ynhh.org by October 12.

Free depression screenings offered on Oct. 11

Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital is observing National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) by offering employees and the public free depression screenings at the YNHPH's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), 425 George Street. On Thursday, October 11, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., YNHPH mental health professionals will perform the 15-minute screenings, using a confidential questionnaire, and will make referrals for follow-up care, as needed. Parking is free at the site. NDSD is the nation's oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that provides referral information for treatment. Appointments are not needed. For more information between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., employees may call Glenda White, secretary, IOP, 688-3182.