Holiday tree lightings scheduled for both campuses

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 27th annual holiday tree lighting at 4 p.m. Monday, December 2 in the Hunter Courtyard at York Street. The Hospital of Saint Raphael Auxiliary will hold its second annual tree lighting at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 4 in the main lobby of the Saint Raphael Campus. A pediatric patient will light the trees on each campus and Richard D'Aquila, president and COO, will be the master of ceremonies. Employees, patients and families are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Guests may bring an unwrapped toy for the Auxiliary's Toy Closet program.

Spiritual Care announces Chanukah celebrations

Beginning on Wednesday, November 27 and continuing through Wednesday, December 4, the Department of Spiritual Care invites employees, patients and visitors to attend the Chanukah candle lighting at 4:30 p.m. each day in the York Street Atrium and the main entrance lobby on the Saint Raphael Campus.

Deadline for dependent tuition loan Dec. 2

The Dependent Tuition Loan Program offers eligible employees the opportunity to borrow money to cover the cost of college tuition for their dependent children. To qualify, the employee must have completed the equivalent of at least five continuous years of full-time service, or a combination of full- and part-time continuous service. The dependent child must be under 25 years of age and enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. The interest on the loan is paid by the hospital while the student attends school. Loan repayment begins when the child graduates or at the end of the loan's term. Employees may borrow up to $2,500 per child, per academic year, with a total maximum of $10,000 over four years. Applications are available in the Benefits Office or on the YNHH Intranet on the Human Resources page. For the spring semester, applications must be completed by Monday, December 2. Employees who received a $2,500 loan in August 2013 are not eligible to receive another loan until August 2014.

FDA honors YNHH for work that led to device recall

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health honored YNHH with an "FDA Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Promoting Patient Safety with Medical Devices." YNHH received the commendation for reporting a major problem with an adult cardiovascular oxygenator which contributed to a Class II recall. The citation is the result of the work done by the hospital's licensed perfusionists for their response to a catastrophic device failure that occurred in the CTICU on the York Street Campus. The team isolated the problem to a single product and alerted the FDA. Their rapid action contributed to preventing harm to other patients. The FDA recognition demonstrates the importance of staff involvement in recognizing and reporting problems with medical devices that might lead to patient harm.

Employees invited to participate in mentoring webinar

Yale New Haven Health System employees are invited to participate in a free webinar, "Mentoring Connections: Cultivating Leadership Potential" on Wednesday, December 11, 11 a.m.-noon. During the online webinar — the first in a series from the Institute of Excellence (IFE), YNHHS professionals will share their experiences with mentoring and tips on developing a mentoring connection. Panelists will be James Staten, YNHHS executive vice president of Finance and Corporate Services; Ena Williams, RN, vice president, Patient Services; and Kevin Myatt, senior vice president, Human Resources, YNHHS. The webinar moderator will be Kathleen Lynch-Cartine, learning and development consultant, Institute for Excellence. Enrollment is limited; employees should register by using Employee Self Service. After registering, they will receive instructions and a link to join the webinar.

Blood draw station opens in Orange on Post Road

Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened its 20th blood draw station at 236 Boston Post Road in Orange. The blood draw station offers adult and pediatric blood draw services. No appointment is necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted. The Orange blood draw station is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed daily 12:30-1 p.m.) and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon.

AT&T cell phone coverage enhanced in four pavilions and 55 Park Street

Information Technology Services announces that AT&T cell phone users in the four pavilions of Yale-New Haven Hospital and 55 Park Street will now see that they have four "bars" of coverage on their cell phones. This enhanced coverage includes the basements and tunnel between the New Haven Unit and the East Pavilion and is the result of a cellular antenna project that was completed in early November.