Newsbriefs

Financial Wellness building blocks workshop Sept. 17, 19

Livingwell is offering a financial wellness workshop to help employees ages 25 to 40 learn how to begin saving for their financial goals. The Financial Building Blocks for Young Investors Workshop will be held noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Children's Hospital room 201, and Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Selina Lewis multipurpose room, Saint Raphael Campus. The workshop will help participants meet one of young adults' greatest challenges: finding a happy medium between investing and budgeting for savings while enjoying a lifestyle that allows for fun and excitement. Workshop topics include making the most of YNHH employee benefits and balancing current needs and desires with establishing short- to long-term financial goals. Workshop space is limited and employees need to register by calling (866) 712-9172. If employees have questions, they may contact Deanna Fowler, retirement benefits representative, Benefits Office, 688-7810, or deanna.fowler@ynhh.org.


Office of Information Security hosts information table on Sept. 19

In celebration of Information Security Week, the hospital's Office of Information Security (OIS) will host an information table on Thursday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Atrium. OIS held an information table on the Saint Raphael Campus earlier this summer. Employees will learn about threats to information security, tips for safe and secure computing, and the safeguards that OIS has put in place to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic information assets of the Yale New Haven Health System. The staff will also share with employees who visit the table the important part they play in protecting the information patients entrust with them. Employees may enter a raffle and OIS will have give-aways for visitors.


YNHH reminds employees to plan for emergencies

If a disaster event such as Hurricane Sandy were to strike again, YNHH asks employees if they and their families are prepared to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours. Before the hurricane season begins in earnest, YNHH encourages employees to take time now to prepare by making a plan, creating an emergency kit and staying informed about emergencies and disasters. More information is available at www.ynhhs.org/emergency/commprep or employees may email Donald MacMillan, PA, Emergency Management coordinator, or John Pelazza, Emergency Management program manager at the YNHHS Center for Emergency Preparedness and Healthcare Solutions.


Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sept. 21

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Yale-New Haven Hospital will again support the local American Diabetes Association's awareness walk. The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes helps raise money that will change the future of diabetes and the 25.8 million American children and adults living with the disease. At West Haven's Savin Rock Park, registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information or to join the YNHH team, employees should contact Geri Spollett, APRN, (203) 785-7474, or Cara Foreman, LPN, (203) 737-4132, of the Yale Diabetes Center. To support the hospital's team, employees may go to www.diabetes.org/stepoutnewhaven.


Auxiliary hosts talk on holistic approach to health and healing Sept. 25

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will present a free community health education lecture on health and healing from the perspective of integrative medicine. The talk takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Road, Hamden. Ather Ali, ND (doctor of naturopathic medicine), MPH, and specialist, Integrative Medicine, Yale Stress Center, will share information about how to combine complementary treatments that include current research. He will also address common misconceptions about alternative medicine. Call (888) 700-6543 or register online.


YNHH fielding team for Alzheimer's Association's walk Sept. 29

Yale-New Haven Hospital is again a sponsor of the local Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at New Haven's Lighthouse Point Park. Registration will be at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. walk. YNHH is recruiting on both campuses for a Yale-New Haven team. Employees who would like to walk may contact Christopher Norman, RN, General Medicine Unit (6-5), 688-2175, or Meryl Greenblatt, medical assistant, SRC Cardiology Clinic, 789-3363. Employees may also register online at www.alznewhavenwalk.org to join the YNHH team, ACEs Trump Alzheimer's. Dianne Davis, geriatric case manager, Adler Geriatric Center, is again the chair of the walk which is the chapter's largest fund raiser. Last year, the hospital's team from the Adler Geriatric Center was the walk's top fundraiser.


Service Excellence conference Nov. 11; abstracts due Sept. 30

The 2013 Yale New Haven Health System Service Excellence Conference will be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 9:30. The conference celebrates the strides that departments and units in all YNHHS delivery networks have made in the past year to enhance and improve the patient experience. Units and departments are invited to submit abstracts that may be presented at the conference. Abstracts are due by Monday, Sept. 30. YNHH abstracts should be submitted to Jeannette Hodge, director, Patient Relations, Volunteer and Guest Services, at jeannette.hodge@ynhh.org; NEMG abstracts should be submitted to Amanda Skinner, director, Clinical Integration, at amanda.skinner@ynhh.org.