National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

YNHH will observe National Healthcare Decisions Day Tuesday, April 16 with informational events for employees, patients and visitors. YHNN is calling this effort "Start the Conversation." On the York Street Campus, tables will be staffed in the Atrium, 7:30-9:30 a.m., noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and at the New Haven Unit cafeteria, 8-9 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. On the Saint Raphael Campus, a Start the Conversation table will be staffed in the Allspice Café from 7:30-9:30 a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Representatives from Patient Relations, Legal Affairs and Risk Management, and Spiritual Care will be available to discuss the benefits of making wishes known in advance and advance directives — which include both living wills and healthcare representatives. Handouts will include conversation starter kits, YNHH's advance directives brochures and copies of the advance directives legal forms. The day will kick off a larger hospital effort designed to improve awareness in the community.

Lab Medicine invites employees to tour its labs April 22, 25, 26

To celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the department of Laboratory Medicine is inviting employees to take tours of its laboratories at 55 Park Street. Employees will meet some of the professionals who perform the tests behind their lab results and see the state-of-art equipment that now performs more than 8 million tests a year. The 30-minute tours will be held on Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Thursday, April 25 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon; and Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. Tours will cover Specimen Processing, the Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Virology labs, and the Blood Bank. Employees who are interested in taking a tour should email Meeok Chan, manager, Specimen Processing, at Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

YNHH celebrates environmental excellence on Earth Day, April 22

Yale-New Haven Hospital will celebrate its commitment to environmental excellence in health care on Monday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with education tables in the 2nd floor Atrium landing on York Street and in the Allspice Café on the Saint Raphael Campus. Visitors will learn about the hospital's successful efforts to reduce waste, introduce safer cleaning chemicals, offer healthier food, conserve energy and water, and encourage transportation that reduces the use of fossil fuels. Employees will also learn about how the hospital's preferable purchasing program puts priority on buying goods and supplies made of recycled products and those products that can be recycled. Employees may enter a raffle for a WorkSMART bag. WorkSMART is the hospital's program that seeks employees' ideas on how to reduce waste, save money and increase sustainability efforts. Employees may submit ideas on the intranet, here.

201 YNHH physicians among Connecticut Magazine's 'top docs'

Connecticut Magazine has named 201 Yale-New Haven Hospital physicians among the best in the state in its annual "Top Doctors" issue, available at The YNHH doctors, who practice in a wide range of specialties, were among 844 doctors throughout the state selected from the results of a questionnaire sent to 5,000 Connecticut physicians and then combined with Connecticut Magazine's surveys from 2010-2012.

Volunteer Services celebrates its volunteers during national week

Throughout National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, Yale-New Haven Hospital is celebrating its more than 2,000 volunteers on both campuses, Shoreline Medical Center and otherhospital sites. During the week, Volunteer Services will serve refreshments in its main offices on York Street and Saint Raphael Campus to honor the work of its volunteers. Employees are invited to stop by to thank volunteers for their contributions to the patient experience at YNHH. As part of its celebration, YNHH invites volunteers to a presentation on how they enhance the hospital's patient experience and healing environment. On Tuesday, April 23, the talk will be held at the 55 Park Street auditorium, 5-6 p.m.; a reception will follow. To reserve a seat, volunteers should call 688-2297. On Thursday, April 25, the reception will be held in the Cronin Auditorium on the Saint Raphael Campus, 5-6 p.m.; it will be followed by a reception. To reserve a seat, volunteers should call 789-3480.

New emergency phone number at Yale-New Haven Hospital

As of Monday, April 1, the emergency phone number on both YNHH campuses becomes 155. Employees do not need to dial 9 before the 155 because it is an internal number. The York Street Campus began using 155 as its emergency phone number in 2011. In addition, both campuses will use the same emergency codes for overhead paging:
  • Code D: Internal/external disaster-emergency management (mass casualty incident)
  • Code Red: Fire/smoke
  • Code Blue: Adult medical emergency/resuscitate patient
  • Code White: Pediatric medical emergency/resuscitate patient
  • Code Silver: Hostile/violent individual
  • Code Amber: Infant/child abduction

YNHH livingwell credit and debt seminar April 23, 24

YNHH livingwell is sponsoring another of its popular Financial Wellness seminars for employees on both campuses. On Tuesday, April 23 in CH 201 on the York Street Campus and on Wednesday, April 24 in the Selina Lewis multi-purpose room on the Saint Raphael Campus, two MetLife speakers will discuss managing credit and staying out of debt. Michael Lynch, senior financial planner, and Jeff Costa, financial planner, both of MetLife, will cover maintaining good credit, exploring the importance of living within one's means, managing credit card interest, setting long- and short-term goals and avoiding debt. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Employees should register with MetLife at 866-712-9172.

Smilow Wellness Workshops presents intimacy and wellness session

The Smilow Wellness Workshops series continues with "Intimacy at Every Stage," a talk on health and sexual wellness. The free talk takes place on Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7 p.m., 55 Park Street auditorium. A panel of healthcare professionals including Mary Jane Minkin, MD, women's health specialist, YNHH; Shawn Polizzi, APRN, women's health nurse practitioner, Gyn/Oncology Clinic; and Lois Spivak, PhD, sex therapist, will share information about sexual wellness and intimacy through all ages and stages of life and wellness. Key points will include perceived limits of intimacy during sickness or treatment; empowering participants to take charge of their own sexual wellness; interplay of physical and emotional challenges; and healing of the mind, body and spirit. Reservations are required. Employees should call 888-700-6543 or register online.