Newsbriefs

2-session Retirewise workshop for employees and spouses

YNHH livingwell is again offering a two-session Retirewise workshop in which MetLife financial advisors will discuss building a strong foundation, creating and protecting wealth, protecting retirement income stream, and making the most of assets. Employees and their spouses are eligible to attend.

The Retirewise workshop will be held on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Institute for Excellence, 300 George Street. Employees can register with MetLife at 1-866-712-9172 or online at www.metlifeplansmart.com. When asked for the name of their company, employees should type in YNHH. At the conclusion of the two-day seminar, participants will be eligible for a free one-on-one consultation with MetLife financial consultants.


Women's Heart Program celebrates American Heart Month

The Women's Heart Program (WHP) at YNHH will celebrate American Heart Month on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14. Informational health fairs and blood pressure screenings will be available to all employees on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. YNHH staff and WHP members will be available to talk about nutrition, fitness, heart health, smoking cessation, and breast and cervical cancer screening. The health fairs are scheduled at the York Street Campus: 5-6:30 a.m., CH 291;11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., 2nd floor Atrium; and the Saint Raphael Campus:10 a.m.-2 p.m., Allspice Café. For more information, employees may contact Charlotte Hickey, RN, clinical coordinator, Women's Heart Program, 688-4373.


YNHH earns national recognition for community service

Yale-New Haven Hospital was recently named a finalist for the 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in health care. The honor recognizes a hospital's broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community. As a finalist, Yale-New Haven will receive $10,000 to be used to support its community health initiatives. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. YNHH was recognized for five innovative community service initiatives: Nurturing Healthy Kids parenting program; creating educational opportunities for students interested healthcare careers; revitalizing local neighborhoods through housing support; managing transportation to alleviate congestion, save energy and improve safety; and partnering with recruiters to provide access to employment opportunities.


Help YNHH build a new Habitat for Humanity house

YNHH is recruiting volunteers from both campuses who would like to help construct a new Habitat for Humanity house at 36 Vernon Street. YNHH has already sponsored five Habitat homes in New Haven and hundreds of hospital employees have volunteered on the houses, now occupied by first-time homeowners.

YNHH employees and volunteers and their families, as well as physicians and their office staffs and families (age 16 or older), can volunteer Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No construction experience is necessary; Habitat construction staff provides the necessary training. For information or to sign up, employees may call or email Jennifer Bowers, employee relations assistant, Employee Relations, 688-2402, or jennifer.bowers@ynhh.org.


Smilow Cancer Hospital opens at Greenwich Hospital

Smilow Cancer Hospital has opened a new campus at Greenwich Hospital. The opening of Smilow's Greenwich Campus will allow Yale Cancer Center specialists to work collaboratively with leading oncologists and specialists from Greenwich in the hospital's newly renovated facilities. Many of Yale Cancer Center's clinical trials will now be offered to patients receiving care at the Greenwich Hospital campus. With the opening of the Smilow campus at Greenwich, Yale Cancer Center specialists in prostate and genitourinary, head and neck, gynecologic, and brain cancers will be available for patient appointments immediately. Additional specialists will follow later this year. Smilow Cancer Hospital also has nine cancer care centers conveniently located in the region. The care centers allow Smilow clinicians to deliver high-quality care to patients in the communities where they live. Yale-New Haven will launch a six-week advertising campaign supporting Smilow at Greenwich Hospital.