YNHH holds blood drive Friday, Oct. 4

The American Red Cross will hold a drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Friday, October 4, 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.

Free seminar on asthmna care Sept. 26 in Max Taffel

Yale Center for Asthma and Airway Disease (YCAAD) will hold a free seminar for adults who have asthma on Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Max Taffel. YCAAD is the only dedicated adult asthma center between Boston and New York. Geoffrey Chupp, MD, medical director of the Pulmonary Laboratory and YCAAD and associate professor, Yale School of Medicine, will speak on asthma physiology and clinical studies. Registered respiratory therapists Morna Guerra and Susan Soule will discuss medications and equipment technique. Break-out sessions will follow the discussion. Seating is limited. Employees should call Donna Cook, program coordinator, 203-785-6714, to reserve a seat.

Urology Center now part of YNHH

In July, the Urology Center, which has served patients in Greater New Haven since 1969, integrated with Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale Medical Group. Six urologists and 30 staff members are now Yale Medical Group and YNHH employees, respectively. The board-certified physicians treat a wide range of conditions, including bladder and kidney cancer, erectile dysfunction, renal stones, incontinence, kidney conditions, prostate conditions and urinary tract infection. Their specialty areas include female urology, robotic surgery and male infertility. The integration increases patients' access to YNHH resources, including advanced screening and diagnostic services, genetic counseling, psychosocial support and pain management for all urologic conditions, in addition to access to Smilow Cancer Hospital.

2-session Retirewise workshop for employees and spouses

YNHH livingwell is again offering a two-session Retirewise workshop in which MetLife financial advisors will discuss building a strong foundation, creating and protecting wealth, protecting a retirement income stream, and making the most of assets. Employees and their significant others are eligible to attend. The Retirewise workshop will be held on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Institute for Excellence, 300 George Street. Employees can register with MetLife at 1-866-712-9172 or online at When asked for the name of their company, employees should type in YNHH. At the conclusion of the two-day seminar, participants will be eligible for a free one-on-one consultation with MetLife financial consultants.

YNHH livingwell Fitness Center offers de-stress classes

The YNHH livingwell Fitness Center and Employee and Family Resources (EFR) are partnering to provide a weekly wellness program designed to help employees relax and de-stress. Employees may take a short break at the fitness center and drop in any time on Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., October 3-November 21. EFR and fitness center staff will also lead 15-minute relaxation sessions at 12:30 and 1 p.m. on Thursdays. The group will meet to learn meditation, mindfulness and relaxation skills; listen to relaxing music; and enjoy tea and flavored water. No registration is necessary for this employee benefit, and employees do not have to be members of the fitness center.

YNHH organizing teams for liver walks on Sept. 22, 29

YNHH is organizing teams for two 5k walks that are raising money for the Connecticut chapter of the American Liver Foundation. The first will be held on Sunday, September 22, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford; the second is on Sunday, September 29 at Harbor Point in Stamford. Registration for both walks starts at 8 a.m.; the walks begin at 10 a.m. Funds raised will support education, patient advocacy and research to help the 30 million Americans living with chronic liver disease. First-time YNHH walkers will get a free team t-shirt. For more information about the walks, employees should go to or contact David Assis, MD, at david

Regulatory fairs will ready employees

The Department of Accreditation, Safety and Regulatory Affairs will host informational fairs to share information with employees on regulatory readiness. Representatives from various hospital departments will be on hand to share helpful tips on how to always be ready and prepared to care of patients and provide the latest information on safety and quality practices. The first fair will be held on Wednesday, September 25, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Special Events Area of the East Pavilion Cafeteria. A second fair will be Wednesday, October 9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria entrance. All employees are invited to stop by either fair. Employees visiting the fairs will be eligible to win Visa gifts cards and other raffle prizes.

Children's Hospital to host Arts for Healing Festival

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its distinguished Arts for Healing program October 2-6 with a festival featuring music, theater, video and visual art created by patients, healthcare providers and artists. Most events are free, including a musical play written by young adults with sickle cell disease; a gallery of patients' visual art; Yale Humanities in Medicine Student Writers and poetry presentations; and a Yale Music in Medicine performance. The festival features an award-winning hip-hop play about a hospitalized teenage break dancer coming to grips with illness. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.socialchangetheatre. org or at the door. For a festival schedule, employees may visit the hospital's events page: Additional information on Arts for Healing is available at