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YNHH holds blood drive Monday, April 8

The American Red Cross will hold its quarterly blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, April 8, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., 2nd floor auditorium at 55 Park Street. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors. Volunteers will sign up donors in the Atrium Tuesday-Thursday, April 2-4, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. To make an appointment, employees may also contact Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, Blood Bank Laboratory, or call 688-8425. YNHH is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood products in Connecticut. The Red Cross continues to need donations of all blood types.

HR to hold evening employee career fair Thursday, April 11

Human Resources will hold an evening career exploration information session for employees on Thursday, April 11, 8-11 p.m., in the East Pavilion special events area, York Street Campus. For information about general and clinical college programs should consider attending. Employees from both campuses are invited and must present their YNHH badge. A career fair will be held on the Saint Raphael Campus this summer. A representative from Gateway Community College will discuss business and technology courses and certificates, and a Charter Oak representative will discuss earning a college degree even when some credits are from other schools. Other representatives from local and online colleges and universities and training programs will be on hand to discuss their courses and programs that support careers in the healthcare industry. For more information, email Cynthia Lowman, career counselor, Human Resources, or call 688.1085.

Free head and neck screenings April 11 and 19

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center will hold free head and neck cancer screenings on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 19. On April 11, ear, nose and throat physicians will screen for head and neck cancer at McGivney Center for Cancer Care at YNHH on the Saint Raphael Campus, 4:30-6:30 p.m. On April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the physicians will screen in the East Pavilion Cafeteria special events room and the Max Taffel conference rooms. To sign up for either day, those interested should call 888.700.6543. The 5-minute "check-up from the neck up" is free and can save lives. Risk factors for head and neck disease include smoking, alcohol consumption and exposure to human papillomavirus.

YNHH advises employees of "phishing" attacks

YNHHS Office of Information Security is advising employees to watch for phishing attacks where scammers attempt to acquire personal information through online entities at work or at home. Employees should never send patient information, passwords, bank account numbers, or any other private information in an email. They should be wary of poor spelling and grammar, as well as unexpected email attachments or links, even from known correspondents — attackers are skilled at spreading malicious software through files. Employees should be cautious if they receive an email that contains a message that a user's security has been compromised or that an account will be closed if the user doesn't respond to an email message. YNHHS's ITS department never requests passwords or account information through email or web. Employees who think they have been a victim of a phishing attack on the YNHHS network should contact the Service Desk immediately at 688-4357.

YNHH named among the best in U.S. for commuters

YNHH received a silver award in the employer category for the steps it has taken to offer transportation options — such as vanpools, bike/walk to work, commuter lots, shuttle buses and discounted train and bus passes for employees. This award is particularly significant for YNHH because it is a 24/7 operation and its percentage of eligible employees for traffic demand management is higher than for most other businesses. The award was for FY12 and did not include data from the Saint Raphael Campus. At the end of 2012, YNHH had enrolled an additional 171 employees in its Traffic Demand Management Program — a 22 percent increase over 2011. For more information about the hospital's traffic demand management, employees can visit the Parking and Transportation offices on York Street, 688-2623, or Saint Raphael Campus, 789-3986.

Applications for YNHH nursing scholarships due April 1-30

Yale-New Haven Hospital will accept applications for advanced practice nursing scholarships from Monday, April 1-Saturday, April 30. Online applications for the Marna P. Borgstrom and Peter N. Herbert, MD Yale-New Haven Hospital Advanced Nursing Education Scholarships will be accepted. The scholarships provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 annually to qualified employees working toward advanced nursing education to meet the requirements for an APRN license. Nurses can find information on the APRN scholarship on the YNHH Intranet, Employee Self Service; click on the Career tab and then the APRN scholarship link. Or, visit the YNHH Nursing Web. The scholarship hotline is 688.8222.

Applications for YNHH engineering scholarships due

Yale-New Haven Hospital is accepting applications for engineering scholarships. YNHH employees whose children or grandchildren have been admitted as an undergraduate or are already enrolled at Yale — and majoring in engineering or science, can now apply for the Betty Ruth Hollander Engineering and Science Scholarship to cover the annual tuition at Yale. The application period runs through Wednesday, April 10. Employees interested in the engineering scholarship should visit the Human Resources page on the YNHH Intranet, or email engineeringscholarship@ynhh.org. The scholarship hotline at 688.8222.