YNHHS and NEMG sign agreement with PriMed

Yale New Haven Health System and Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) signed an asset purchase agreement with PriMed, a physician practice based primarily in Fairfield County, on Feb. 14. NEMG will acquire PriMed's assets and operate the practices under NEMG's organizational structure. More than 100 PriMed providers and 500 staff members will join NEMG. Over the next 90 days, YNHHS will work to transition PriMed staff and operations to NEMG. Due diligence is in process and will be completed before the expected go-live June 1.

While this represents a major shift in the way YNHHS currently delivers health care, it also represents a unique opportunity to address patients' needs. Given the growing demands on physician practices related to healthcare reform, practices and physician groups across the country are seeking innovative ways to expand access, enhance quality and create economic efficiencies in the delivery of care. PriMed intends to retain the strengths of its practices, most notably the physicians and staff, and to maintain existing relationships with local partners — such as its referring physicians and local hospitals.

Neck and back pain lecture April 1

The YNHH Auxiliary will co-sponsor a free health talk, "My Aching Neck And Back," 6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 1 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. Judith Gorelick, MD, and Joel Bauman, MD, Neurosurgery; and Martin Hasenfeld, MD, Rehabilitative Medicine, will discuss degenerative conditions, evaluation and treatment.

The talk is part of the Auxiliary's Health Education Lecture Series. To register, employees should call 688-2000 or visit

YNHH nursing scholarship applications due April 1-30

Yale-New Haven Hospital will accept applications for advanced practice nursing scholarships from Tuesday, April 1 through Wednesday, April 30. Applicants should apply online for the Marna P. Borgstrom and Peter N. Herbert, MD Yale-New Haven Hospital Advanced Nursing Education Scholarships. The scholarships provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 annually to qualified employees working toward advanced nursing education to meet requirements for an APRN license. Nurses can find scholarship information on the Human Resources page on the YNHH intranet; YNHH Nursing website; or through Employee Self Service by clicking the Career tab, then the APRN scholarship link. The scholarship hotline is 688-8222.

Walk for heart health May 3

Cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Many heart disease risk factors can be improved with simple lifestyle changes and exercise — like walking.

Christopher O'Connor, Yale New Haven Health System executive vice president and COO, has been named chair of the Greater New Haven Heart Walk, with YNHH co-chairs Francine LoRusso, RN, executive director, Heart and Vascular Center, and Margot Manacchio, RN, director, Medicine Service, SRC. The walk is Saturday, May 3 at Savin Rock, West Haven.

The three-mile walk begins at 10 am. For more information or to register for a YNHH team, employees may visit one of the information tables outside the SRC and YSC cafeterias Thursday, March 27, 11 am - 1 pm.; or go to, or call Alison Lucibello, RN, Heart and Vascular Center, 688-3212.

YNHH holds blood drive Monday, April 7

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, April 7, 7 am - 5:45 pm, 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.

Volunteer Services seeks book donations

Volunteer Services seeks new or gently used books and magazines no more than six months old for the patient book cart program. The carts, which round regularly to patient care units on both campuses, are stocked entirely by donations. Employees who wish to donate should bring items to Volunteer Services in the Atrium on the York Street Campus or room 128, Main Building, Saint Raphael Campus.

HIM offers tips on finding scanned documents in Epic

Scanned documents, including consent forms and documents from other hospitals, are in Chart Review in Epic, on the Media tab. Employees and physicians should follow these steps to locate documents:

  1. To view the document in the patient's chart, log into Epic Hyperspace.
  2. Search for the patient in the Patient Lookup dialog box.
  3. Select the Chart Review tab.
  4. Go to the Media tab in Chart Review
  5. To change the view from thumbnail to detail view click the Details View button on the toolbar.
  6. Click the Thumbnail View button to change back.

Health Information Management (HIM) staff and Information Technology Services Epic team members created a tip sheet and developed one-on-one training on navigating the Media tab based on physician feedback. The HIM and Epic team collected information on the end-user experience and suggestions to improve scanned document labeling. Employees who have questions about navigating the Epic Media tab or would like to schedule one-on-one training should contact Susan French,

livingwell CARES expands in 2014

Yale New Haven Health System's livingwell CARES care coordination program provides face-to-face coaching, care navigation, and support for employees with certain chronic conditions. Previously limited to diabetes, the program has expanded this year to include additional conditions. The free, confidential program is available to employees or their adult dependents with asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or certain musculoskeletal problems. Specially-trained registered nurses work with participants to follow through with the care plan developed with their physician. Livingwell CARES care coordinators have offices at 659 George St. and 836 Howard Ave. Enrollment is voluntary and incentives for participation include waived/reduced medication copays. Employees should call (888) 533-3742 for information or to enroll.