2012 flexible spending accounts deadlines: March 15 and 31

Friday, March 15 is the deadline for employees to incur a healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) expense and apply it to a 2012 healthcare FSA balance. This extension does not apply to 2012 dependent care FSA expenses. Sunday, March 31 is the filing deadline for all 2012 flexible spending account claims. Both deadlines meet IRS regulations. Employees who have questions regarding 2012 FSA balances should contact the hospital's FSA claims administrator, Crosby Benefit Systems, 1-866-918-9711. FSA forms are available in the Benefits Office (CB 101) and on the Crosby website,

To prepare for construction, Exit 3 on Route 34 to close shortly

The city of New Haven will close Exit 3 off the Route 34 Connector this month to prepare to turn the connector into a broad boulevard. Preparation work includes installing signs and a protective barrier that will shield areas outside of construction from debris. Exit 3 will close permanently and Exit 2 will close in June. Employees should prepare add time to their commutes while the two-year construction proceeds. By the fall of 2015, most of the major work should be complete and new, improved traffic patterns will begin.

This work begins Phase 1 of the Downtown Crossing project which will reconnect the Hill neighborhood with downtown and encourage business, retail and housing development. The first development of Downtown Crossing will be the construction of 100 College Street located on the parcel of land east of College Street near the Air Rights Garage. Employees may sign up for construction updates at

Sign-up tables on March 12 for April 28 March for Babies

Attention all walkers! Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is once again supporting the Greater New Haven March for Babies. The 2013 walk will be on Sunday, April 28 at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Registration is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. Employees, patients and visitors can learn more about the March of Dimes event at information tables in the YNHH Atrium and Saint Raphael Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March for Babies raises funds to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information, those interested should contact Amy Scoffone, RN, APSM, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or visit to sign up for the walk.

Certified Nurses Day March 19

Yale-New Haven Hospital is celebrating National Certified Nurses Day on Tuesday, March 19, with information fairs on both campuses. Certified Nurses Day also celebrates the hospital's certified nurses.

On Saint Raphael Campus, the fair will be held in the multipurpose room in the Selina Lewis building, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Sue Fitzsimons, RN, PhD, senior vice president, Patient Services, will speak at 8 a.m.

On the York Street Campus, the fair will be held in the East Pavilion cafeteria special events area, 5:30-11:30 a.m. Fitzsimons will speak at 9:30 a.m.

At the fairs, certified staff nurses will provide information to those interested in certification in the following patient care areas: transplant, oncology, emergency nursing, critical care, medical/surgical, perioperative, obstetrics, pediatrics, behavioral health, progressive care, radiology, cardiac, nephrology and orthopedics. YNHH reimburses nurses who successfully pass an approved certification exa

YNHH asks employees to share opinions on patient safety

During Patient Safety Awareness Week, YNHH is asking employees to share their opinions on patient safety by taking the Patient Safety Culture Survey. From Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 22, employees should access the survey online from the YNHH or YNHH intranets or on any home computer or computer kiosk at www.patientsafetygroup. org/survey/ynhhs.

The survey is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Survey results will help YNHH make care safer.

For information about the survey, employees may contact patient safety specialists Sally Roumanis, RN, Quality Improvement Support Services (QISS) on the York Street Campus, at, or Natalie Vinhais, RN, QISS, SRC, at

Take a bite out of nutrition and sign up for emailed tips

"Eat right, your way, every day" is theme for this year's hospital celebration of National Nutrition Month. As part of the celebration, the YNHH Nutrition Clinic will email free daily educational messages and information on healthy eating to those who subscribe at ellen.

Spring is around the corner and the Nutrition Clinic is ready to help employees eat more healthfully, lose weight and get in shape before better weather hits. Employees and their dependents covered by YNHH insurance may receive nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian without co-pay or limits on the number of visits per year. To receive personal support, employees may book an appointment by calling the Nutrition Clinic, 688-2422.

Hamden, Guilford talks on putting a stop to pre-diabetes

Hamden, Guilford talks on putting a stop to pre-diabetes

Almost 80 million people have "pre-diabetes" — and many do not even know it. At two talks, hospital diabetes specialists will discuss how weight, physical inactivity and other health habits can be contributing factors and how people can get begin to cut down the risks of these factors.

The first talk is on Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hamden Professional Center, 2560 Dixwell Avenue. Its presenters are Donna Greenberg, APRN, certified diabetes educator (CDE), Diabetes Services, and Ellen Liskov, registered dietitian, CDE, Nutrition Clinic.

The second talk is Tuesday, March 26, at Shoreline Medical Center, 111 Goose Lane, Guilford, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The presenters are Annie Kaisen, APRN, CDE, Patient Services, and Stacey Lane, RN, care coordinator, livingwellCARES.

The talks are free but registration is requested by calling 789-4112.

YNHH named a top 10 nonprofit company for executive women

Yale-New Haven Hospital has been named to the 2013 NAFE 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women list by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).

One of the country's largest associations for women professionals, NAFE provides education, networking and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success. The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women's advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment. NAFE has recognized YNHH in recent years.

YNHH has been recognized as an employer of choice for the region, offering many benefits and programs to help not only female employees, but all employees meet work-life demands, such as internal advancement, tuition reimbursement, dependent tuition, employee health and wellness programs, and a unique performance incentive plan which allows employees to share in the hospital's financial success.