Dec. 14 deadline to elect 2013 PTO cash-in

The Benefits Office reminds employees that they have until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14, to elect either "on demand" or "ongoing" paid time off (PTO) cash-in for 2013. Employees must make their election choice online at Employee Self Service from a computer at work or at home or a kiosk at the York Street campus or at Selina Lewis 3 on the Saint Raphael Campus. They should print a confirmation statement to complete the process.

Make your New Year's resolution a quiet one on Dec. 12

Employees who visit the YNHH Quiet Helps Healing Fair on Wednesday, December 12, 6 a.m.-midnight, may make their New Year's resolution to be quieter in 2013. Those who fill out the questionnaire on how they will create a quieter hospital environment in 2013 will be entered in a drawing for Bose headphones. The fair will also offer giveaways and provide information with tips on how to contribute to a more healing environment. The fair will be held in the YNHH Atrium and the Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria.

YNHH holds holiday blood drives: Dec. 13, Dec. 27

Employees have the opportunity to help others this holiday season by giving the gift of life — blood. YNHH will sponsor two blood drives in December. The first blood drive will be on the Saint Raphael Campus on Thursday, December 13, 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the SRC cafeteria. Employees may call Bryan Runyon, manager, Blood Bank, 789-3805, or bryan.runyon@, to make an appointment. The second drive will be on Thursday, December 27, 7 a.m.-6 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. To make an appointment, employees should contact Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, Blood Bank Laboratory, at or 688-8425. YNHH is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood in Connecticut. The Red Cross continues to need donations of all types of blood — especially during the holiday season when donations are down.

YNHH livingwell Fitness Center celebrates first year on Dec. 14

YNHH invites employees to celebrate the first anniversary of its fitness center on Friday, December 14, 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Guests at the open house may enter their names in a drawing to win fitness center prizes. The grand prize is a full-year membership to the center. Employees who are not fitness center members and who wear comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes may participate in sample classes throughout the day. The classes include a stretch and stress break, 11:30-11:45 a.m., and zumba, 1-1:15 p.m. YNHH outpatient dietitians will be on hand to answer questions on nutrition, 3-5 p.m.

IRS increases maximum employees can contribute to 403(b)

For 2013, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the amount that employees can contribute to their 403(b) plan, also known as a tax-sheltered annuity. In pre-tax contributions, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $17,500 per year; employees 50 and older may contribute $23,000. The hospital matches up to 3 percent of the employee's first 5 percent contribution.

Holiday stressed? Consider Employee and Family Resources

The holidays can be particularly stressful and employees now have a new way to seek help. YNHH provides assistance to employees and their family members through the Employee and Family Resources (EFR) program. This confidential resource helps employees manage the demands of work and personal life and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The toll-free number is 1-877-275-6226. EFR will put the employees in touch with the appropriate professional who can provide counseling for stress, anxiety or depression, marital or relationship problems, or alcohol or substance abuse. EFR can also help employees with work/life issues from childcare and eldercare referrals to legal and financial assistance services. There is no charge to the employee for these consultations.

Religious Ministries and Pastoral Care become Spiritual Care

On January 1, Religious Ministries on the YNHH Campus and Pastoral Care on the Saint Raphael Campus will change their names to become the Department of Spiritual Care at YNHH. The new name will be consistent with the departments that serve the spiritual needs of patients at both Bridgeport and Greenwich hospitals. The Department of Spiritual Care provides for the spiritual and religious needs of patients, their families and friends, and the hospital staff. Its multi-faith chaplains cover all inpatient units and many clinics. Chaplains respond to deaths, trauma or other critical situations where they provide compassionate listening and presence along with prayer, anointing of the sick, baptism and communion. Worship services are held regularly, including Mass on Sundays in the York Street chapel and daily on the Saint Raphael Campus, and on holy days and other days of remembrance.

2013 Wish Book focuses on pediatric patients

Yale-New Haven's third annual Wish Book is a gift list focusing exclusively on the needs of the hospital's youngest patients — those being treated at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The 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. Many of the gifts in the Wish Book are items that some families are unable to purchase themselves and other items include equipment that may be in short supply. Over the past two years, supporters — including many employees — contributed more than $62,000 for Wish Book gifts. The items in the 2013 Wish Book are designed for gift-giving throughout the year — donations are not limited to holiday giving. Employees may request a copy of the new Wish Book by calling 200-GIFT (4438) or make donations online at www.ynhhwishbook. org.

Compliance reminds employees about gift guidelines

With the holidays quickly approaching, Corporate Compliance is reminding employees about the hospital's guidelines for accepting gifts from vendors and contractors that range from tokens of appreciation to gift baskets. Compliance counsels employees that they may accept perishable gifts which can be shared with the entire department, with manager approval. Gifts of cash or gift cards are not permitted. Employees can access the policy and more information on the Corporate Compliance/ Privacy page on the Intranet.