YNHH offers free income tax preparation on both campuses

YNHH and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is again offering free federal and state income tax preparation services to employees whose total household income was under $51,000 in 2013. On the York Street Campus, VITA tax preparers will see employees in the consultation room in the Fitness Center, 48 York Street, on Tuesdays and Fridays from Feb. 4-April 11.

On the Saint Raphael Campus, VITA tax preparers will see employees in the Human Resources office on the third floor of the Selina Lewis building on Thursdays from Feb. 6-April 10.

Employees will find more information about the VITA program — including other sites for VITA tax preparation in greater New Haven — on Employee Self Service.

Employees must make an appointment, which takes 30-45 minutes, to see a tax preparer. York Street employees should call the Benefits Office at 688-2401 and Saint Raphael Campus employees should call HR Reception, 789-3324.

Employees are required to bring all W-2s and 1099 forms for the 2013 tax year; a copy of 2012's tax return; a copy of a photo ID (driver's license, passport or YNHH employee ID badge); original Social Security cards or individual taxpayer identification number of each person being claimed; and bank account information for direct deposit of refund by IRS.

YNHH livingwell Fitness Center brings two exercise classes to the SRC

Employees can start off the New Year with two group exercise classes on the Saint Raphael Campus. Instructors will hold 8-week classes in yoga and Zumba in the Selena Lewis Multipurpose Room.

Yoga will be offered Tuesdays at 5pm beginning Feb. 4. The cost for the program is $69. Zumba will be offered Thursdays at 5pm beginning Feb. 6. The cost is $56.

Employees may sign up for one or both classes at the information table in the Allspice Café on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4-5:30 pm, and Thursday, Jan. 30, 11 am-2 pm. Payment is by check only and may be submitted to fitness center staff at the information tables. Employees may also register by contacting the Fitness Center at, or (203) 497-2100.

Hospital employees who are seeking a more comprehensive program with state-of-the-art equipment, professional staffing and multiple exercise classes may want to consider the YNHH livingwell Fitness Center at 48 York Street. It is accepting new members and the first month of membership is free. Interested employees should call (203) 497-2100.

Heart health fairs on Feb. 7

Yale-New Haven Hospital Heart and Vascular Center is holding informational fairs on both campuses to celebrate the American Heart Association's Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 7. At the fairs, YNHH health professionals will provide information on nutrition, fitness, heart health and smoking cessation.

The schedule for the health fair is: York Street Campus, EP cafeteria 6-8 am; 10 am-2 pm; 4-6 pm Saint Raphael Campus, Allspice Café 8-10 am; 12-2 pm Participants will be eligible for a raffle drawing.

Lose to Win will help employees jump start weight loss

Lose to Win, the popular 10-week weight loss contest for YNHH employees, is back again for its fifth year. Employees must register to participate. The dates are: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 am-2 pm, Allspice Café; Friday, Feb. 14, noon-2 pm, East Pavilion basement, Room 805; Tuesday, Feb. 18, 11 am-1 pm, CH 201, YNHCH

With the help of hospital dietitians, the contest provides assistance with goal setting to help keep weight off permanently, and promotes healthy habits with supportive weekly weigh-ins and educational materials and resources. Past winners may join and win a cash prize if the contestant is able to keep half of his/her lost weight off. Based on 150 participants, prizes will range from $75 to $200.

Registration is $10 per person and must be paid in cash at the time of registration. Baseline weigh-ins begin the week of Feb. 24; employees will find locations of weekly weigh-ins on the Intranet the week of Feb. 17. Final weigh-in will be during the week of April 28.

Nurturing the Nurse schedules retreats

For nine years, YNHH nurses have been refreshing and renewing themselves at the one-day Nurturing the Nurse retreat designed specifically them.

The eight-hour retreat, which is an education day, is held at the Mercy Center in Madison. It is designed to teach nurses self-care through exploration and holistic nutrition, medication, journaling, yoga and walking.

The dates for the upcoming retreats, which are held on Thursdays are: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12. The retreats are limited to 10 participants and fill up quickly. To register, nurses must obtain approval from their managers and then contact Maureen Raucci, RN, PSM, Inpatient Medical Oncology Unit, at at least two weeks prior to the retreat.

Ideal Dining now on Saint Raphael Campus

The Ideal Dining program that allows employees to swipe their badges and have cafeteria meal costs automatically deducted from their paychecks is now available on the SRC.

To sign up, employees must complete an Ideal Dining payroll deduction validation form, available in the SRC cafeteria or on the employee intranet. Completed forms may be e-mailed to Anthony DeMartino, retail manager, at: Validation takes 48 to 72 hours, after which employees may swipe their badges at cafeteria registers to pay for meals.

Employees using Ideal Dining receive a 20 percent discount on cafeteria items. Full-time employees and physicians may have up to $100 per pay period deducted for cafeteria meals; part-time employees, up to $50 per pay period.

Because the Saint Raphael and York Street campuses use different cash register vendors, employees with Ideal Dining on the YSC who wish to also use it on the SRC must complete an SRC form. Once validated, employees' badges will work in both campus cafeterias.

Pre-retirement workshop on Feb. 4

YNHH is offering its informative workshop about retirement benefits on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 8 am-4 pm, Room CH 201, York Street Campus. Employees may attend on work time with manager approval.

The workshop will cover estate planning, YNHH retirement and Social Security benefits — including when to apply for Medicare, Fidelity Investment options and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement.

Space is limited and employees need to register on Employee Self Service. Employees who have questions may contact Deanna Fowler, retirement benefits representative, Benefits Office, 688-7810, or deanna.