Hospital Day in Hartford
On April 11, more than 125 Yale New Haven Health System employees gathered in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford for Hospital Day. The Connecticut Hospital Association organized the event to give hospitals the ability to voice their concerns directly to legislators as they consider $550 million in cuts to hospital funding over a two-year period. Hospital physicians, nurses, administrators and other staff traveled to Hartford where they met with legislators to express their concerns about the impact of the Governor's proposed cuts. Here the YNHHS group is shown in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building.
WorkSMART works smarter for Yale-New Haven
WorkSMART provides a vital link between the hospital and the good ideas that employees contribute on ways for YNHH to save money and cut waste. Once a year, the WorkSMART Committee recognizes those employees whose ideas have been implemented. In the past four years, WorkSMART ideas have saved YNHH more than $4 million. The WorkSMART Committee reminds all employees that more ideas are needed to generate more savings and more winners at next year's dinner. Shown at the recent celebration are (l-r): Richard D'Aquila, president and COO; John Presswood, security specialist, Protective Services; Donna Cordone, auditor, Office of Information Security; and WorkSMART Committee co-chairs Thomas Balcezak, MD, senior vice president, Safety and Quality, and David Wurcel, vice president, Corporate Business Services. Both Presswood and Cordone were among 14 employees whose ideas were accepted for implementation by the WorkSMART Committee.
Patients may now choose a care partner for additional support
As part of YNHH's new visitation policy — which was recently implemented on both campuses — patients who are admitted to YNHH may designate a care partner to provide physical, psychological, emotional and/or spiritual support to the patient and serve as an active member of the patient's healthcare team. Patients may choose more than one care partner but only one may stay beyond visiting hours. Unit nurses give the care partners a special identification badge to be worn at all times in the hospital. Here Samantha Parillo (right), RN, assistant patient service manager, General Medicine Unit (10-7), explains the program to Jacquelyn Carbone (left), RN, and Kathleen Millhollan, RN. For more information about care partners, employees should contact Sue Kamm, Patient and Family Centered Services, 688-3299.