Newsbriefs

YNHH reminds employees to review proper use of removable devices

The Yale New Haven Health System Office of Information Security (OIS) encourages all employees to review the policy for portable electronic devices. Employees are responsible for knowing current HIPAA policies on removable media devices, including thumb drives and CD-RWs. These devices must be encrypted so data cannot be disclosed to unauthorized persons. OIS is working to alert employees to the risks posed by removable devices. For example, employees now see pop-up windows on their business computers that alert them that PHI is being moved or transferred to a portable electronic device. For assistance with the application that will encrypt devices to help protect patient data, contact the Service Desk, 688-HELP. For questions on removable devices contact Glynn Stanton, manager, Information Security, (203) 230-4483.

YNHH livingwell Fitness Center sponsors labyrinth walk May 30

The YNHH livingwell Fitness Center and the Employees and Family Resources Program are sponsoring a labyrinth walk on Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the fitness center under the Air Rights Garage. Walking a labyrinth is a unique experience that provides the opportunity for contemplation and prayer. The fitness center will use an 18' x 20' floor canvas called the Dancing Woman Labyrinth that depicts cancer survival, loss and celebration. It takes walkers — who do not have to be members of the fitness center — approximately 5-10 minutes to walk the labyrinth. For more information, employees may call the Fitness Center at (203) 497-2100.

Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure on June 1

Yale-New Haven Hospital is fielding a team for the 20th annual Komen Race for the Cure which will be held on Saturday, June 1, in Bushnell Park in Hartford. To join or make a donation to Team Yale-New Haven, employees should visit komenct.org. The 5k race is at 8:30 a.m.; the children's 1k walk is at 9:30 a.m. and the 4k adult walk is at 10:15 a.m. This year's team captain for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Pacers is Patti DeWitt, director, Ambulatory Services. Abe Lopman, senior vice president, Operations, and executive director, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, and Andrea Silber, MD, Internal Medicine, Saint Raphael Campus, are honorary chairs of the walk. YNHH was again awarded a Komen grant last year which supports breast cancer outreach and education in the greater New Haven community.

Evening of Remembrance June 5

As part of its commitment to provide ongoing emotional support for families, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital will hold its annual Evening of Remembrance memorial service on Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 55 Park Street. The service will pay tribute to the infants and children who have died at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the past two years. Families and hospital staff are invited to attend the service. Refreshments will be served after the service.

2 leading healthcare organizations honor YNHH for green efforts

Two leading healthcare organizations recently recognized Yale-New Haven Hospital for implementing programs and policies designed to improve the environment. VHA Inc. awarded YNHH the 2013 Best in Class — Comprehensive Program Leadership Award for Sustainability Excellence. Practice Greenhealth honored YNHH with the 2013 Partner for Change with Distinction award, its highest honor. YNHH, one of just three health systems in the U.S. to be recognized by VHA with this award this year, was selected for implementing environmental sustainability programs that enhance internal operations and impact the way the healthcare sector approaches a more sustainable future. The Partner for Change award from Practice Greenhealth recognizes healthcare facilities with well established environmental programs that meet or exceed certain criteria, including a recycling rate of 20 percent or higher and a regulated medical waste generation rate of 10 percent or lower.

YNHH co-ed softball league starts 34th season, looking for teams

For the 34th season, the YNHH Co-ed Softball League will be taking to the fields again starting on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12. The league is open to all hospital employees and volunteers, as well as medical staff and employees of Yale School of Medicine. The League plays on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Yale "C" fields located on the corner of Central Avenue and Route 34. Employees who are interested in starting a team should contact League Commissioner Jeff Clark, facilities system coordinator, Plant Engineering, 688- 1810. A captains' meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at noon in the CB1048 conference room on the York Street Campus.