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Holiday Album 2012

Online only! Fifteen extra holiday photos!
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Auxiliary celebrates 26 annual tree lighting

At the 26th annual tree lighting, 8-year-old Karina Rivera of Bridgeport, a former patient at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, assisted Richard D'Aquila, president and COO, in kicking off the holiday season at YNHH by lighting the trees in the Hunter Courtyard with her "magic" wand.

Holidays officially kick off on Saint Raphael Campus with treelighting

Eight-year-old Luis Roman of New Haven — a former patient on the Saint Raphael Campus — also used a magic wand to help Richard D'Aquila light the tree on that campus, officially launching the holiday season.

Cookie express visits

 off-site locations

This year, senior YNHH leaders delivered holiday cookies to more than 70 off-site locations in Connecticut. Here Diane Vorio, RN, MSN, associate chief nursing officer, delivers cookies to staff on the pediatric units of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital at Bridgeport Hospital. Shown (l-r) are: Marilyn Speer, RN, Pediatrics; Dorothea Stewart-Simms, RN, Pediatrics; Mary-Jo Smith, RN, patient service manager, Pediatrics; Julie Brown, RN, PSM, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Kelly Henri, APRN, Pediatrics; Marilyn D'Elia, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and Diane Vorio.

Menorah lights SRC lobby

Standing in front of the menorah in the SRC lobby were (l-r): Steve Meltzer, network systems engineer, Information Services; John Fitzgerald, HSR contract manager, Contract Group; Allyson Glass, chaplain, Spiritual Care; Victoria Monocchi, operations support lead, Decision Support/Process Improvement; Sara Blum, chaplain, Spiritual Care; Susan Lipka, HSR contract manager, Contract Group; and Sandy Belcher, chaplain, Spiritual Care. 

Hand hygiene and holiday hat host afternoon coffee on SRC

Peter Herbert, MD, chief medical officer and major proponent of hand hygiene, and Kathy Bruenn, core laboratory manager, Laboratory Medicine, enjoyed hosting employees on the SRC at the holiday coffee. Employees enjoyed seeing Bruenn's battery-powered hat as they filled up their plates with goodies at the afternoon coffee.

Pharmacist blows
his own horn

Harvey Martin, RPh, clinical pharmacist, Pharmacy Services, played traditional Christmas songs for employees and visitors on the Saint Raphael Campus during the tree-lighting on the SRC.

Well-balanced meal

Laura Farrell-Parker only has two arms but this Transplant Unit PCA was determined to bring goodies back to her co-workers. Daniel Barchi, chief information officer, YNHHS, was surprised when she asked him to put a cup of egg nog on her head so she could bring that back, too! Farrell-Parker brings new meaning to the term "well-balanced meal."

Battery-poweered bling is the thing at York Street holiday fling

Denise Fiore, vice president, Clinical Services, wore a batterypowered necklace that flashed on and off as she served up goodies at the York Street holiday coffee. Here she is shown with two patient transporters who want to know where their boss gets her jewelry! Shown (l-r) are: Lashanda Simmons, Fiore and Larry Cooper, Jr.

Evening coffee brings out the night owls

Marna Borgstrom and Richard D'Aquila (right), president and COO, welcomed employees as they entered the newly renovated cafeteria for the evening holiday coffee on York Street. Here they welcome two employees from Patient Equipment to the annual event: Walter Bailey (left), Jr., materials services associate, and Jose Martins, evening supervisor.

Lab medicine becomes wrapping lab for scores of gifts

Members of Laboratory Medicine on both campuses donated dozens of gifts for the hospital's Toy Closet program. Shown on the Saint Raphael Campus are (l-r): Alexandra Caldwell, phlebotomist, Pathology, SRC; Andrea Felsted, executive secretary, Laboratory Medicine, SRC; Nancy Smith, senior manager, Laboratory Operations; Kathy Bruenn, core laboratory manager, Laboratory Medicine, SRC; and Donna Scarano, laboratory manager, Pre-natal Off-site Testing. 

System Business Office collectis and wraps gifts

Each year, the System Business Office gets serious about toys — and other gifts for families at ‘R Kids in New Haven. Shown are (l-r): Heather Annunziata, account resolution analyst; Latrease Brown, clerical specialist; David Wurcel, vice president, Corporate Business Services; Beth Bianco, account resolution specialist; account resolution analysts Karina Reinoso and Kim Shepard; Theresa Vasso, clerical specialist; and Tina Perinetti, account resolution analyst.

Verdict is in: YNHH Legal Services knows how to wrap gifts — lot's of them

For the holidays, Legal and Risk Services adopted two families through the Department of Social Work and bought gifts for eight family members from clothes to games to toys. During a lunch hour, staff wrapped them for delivery to the local families. Shown (l-r) are three of Legal's many gift givers and wrappers: Christopher Vita, paralegal; John Ashmeade, associate counsel; and Jackie Anthony, administrative assistant.

Faces new and old greet employees at the SRC holiday coffee

Employees greeted old friends at the holiday coffees on the SRC. Here Jackie Lucibello (left), image library specialist, Radiology, is greeted by Sue Fitzsimons (right), RN, PhD, senior vice president, Nursing Services, and Marna P. Borgstrom, CEO. Lucibello then saw long-time colleagues Sister Ann Matthew Lorusso (next to Borgstrom), RN, parish nurse coordinator, Community Health and Outreach; and Sister Jean Trainor, RD, director, Outpatient Nutrition. 

The Medical Intensive Care Unit blankets pediatric psychiatric patients with warmth

Each year, the staff on the Medical Intensive Care Unit on SRC make colorful blankets for the hospital's pediatric psychiatric patients who are hospitalized during the holidays. Holding a few of the blankets for this holiday season are (l-r): John Montojo, RN; Caitlyn Groh, RN; Kaitlyn Chase, RN; Katie Anderson, RN; Devika Umashanker, MD, resident; and Claude Samson, RN, care coordinator. 

Delectable mountain of cannolis in York Street cafeteria

Food and Nutrition Services staff scurried on both campuses to deliver holiday goodies for employees. On the York Street Campus, the dietetic staff carried out countless trays of a New Haven favorite — cannoli. Shown are (l-r): clinical dietitians Laura Biesadecki, RD, and Kelly Sheehan, RD, and dietetic interns Cerina Savino, Danielle Bernier, Victoria DiBiasi and Vanessa Salino.

Yale-New Haven Hospital news release

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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