YNHH holds blood drive Tuesday, July 30

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Tuesday, July 30, 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.

To make an appointment, employees should contact Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, Blood Bank Laboratory, at or 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.

Saint Raphael transfer line incorporated into YAccess

YAccess, Yale-New Haven’s single-source phone center exclusively for physicians, will now coordinate all transfers from other healthcare facilities and emergent direct admissions to either YNHH campus. This change further integrates safe patient flow practices on both campuses and simplifies the process for physicians.

The integration of the Saint Raphael transfer line with YAccess was effective July 1.

The YAccess Transfer Center, which opened in August 2010, has dramatically simplified the transfer process to YNHH. YAccess operates 24/7 and is staffed by clinicians who are responsible for facilitating arrangements for patient transfers and emergent direct admissions. The YAccess phone is 888-966-4233 (888-YNHH-BED). Victor Morris, MD, vice president, Physician/ Patient Access Services, 688-4748, or Tamrah Riley, RN, director, PFAS Access and Clinical Bed Management, 688-2218, will answer any questions.

School supply drive kicks off! Wanted: pencils, pens, paper and backpacks

The Yale-New Haven Hospital annual school supply drive, in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven, has kicked off. For the 13th year, employees are asked to consider donating new school supplies.

Last year, YNHH delivered almost 14,000 school supplies to students at New Haven’s Barnard Elementary School and Hill Central Music Academy.

All types of supplies are needed and appreciated – including notebooks, crayons, erasers, rulers, backpacks, pens and pencils – to help the students kick off the school year.

Employees may place donations in drop boxes located on both campuses or call school supply drive co-chairs Sonia Nobrega, manager, Clinical Registration, 688-2054, or Ann Amaturo, coder/biller, Radiation Therapy, 200- 2155, on the York Street Campus, or Lynda Pasquarella, executive secretary, Administration, 789-4329, on the Saint Raphael Campus, to arrange a pick-up of supplies. The school supply drive runs through Friday, August 30.

Nurses update RCAP clinical ladder submission procedure

Nurses seeking clinical ladder advancement through the Recognition and Clinical Advancement Program (RCAP) will now submit their portfolios electronically to their managers.

The change from paper to electronic submissions takes effect with the summer session portfolios due Friday, August 23. Nurses will email their portfolios as Word documents to their managers who will submit them to the RCAP Committee for review at This change will save paper and time and streamline the portfolio review process.

For complete details, nurses should visit, and click RCAP to go to the RCAP website.

Spiritual Care announces masses on Feast of the Assumption

Spiritual Care has announced masses on both campuses to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on Thursday, August 15. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel on the Saint Raphael Campus at 7:30 a.m. and noon and in the York Street chapel at noon.