Help us get Closer to Free!

The 7th annual Closer to Free Ride will be held on Sept. 9. Every dollar raised – 100 percent – directly supports patient care and advanced research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Each rider commits to raising at least $500 (or $250 for students and youth) – but don’t worry, we give you lots of help and the average rider raises more than $1,100.

With four routes to choose from, Closer to Free offers cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to participate: 100 miles, 62.5 miles, 25 miles and 10 miles. All routes start and end at the Yale Bowl. Ride Day begins with an Opening Ceremony at 6:45 am with the Ride starting at 7 am. Friends, family members and supporters are encouraged to join us at the Yale Bowl for the Finish Line Festival following your Ride. The festival is open to all and includes live music, a complimentary post-Ride massage, a beer garden (must be 21 or older), Food Truck Village (complimentary tickets for all riders and volunteers), children’s activities, and more. Register and get additional ride details online. If you’d like to make a donation to Closer to Free, download a donation form.

Already registered for Closer to Free? Do you want to get the most out of your ride? Join three registered dietitian-nutritionists from YNHH's Center for Nutrition and Wellness at a “Closer to Free Ride Nutrition Presentation” from 5:30 - 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at YNHH York Street Campus, 55 Park Street, New Haven. Chris Barrett, Danielle D'Angelo, and Holly Gilligan specialize in sports nutrition and are athletes themselves who compete in endurance events including cycling and marathons. They will answer your questions about fueling for peak performance; hydration before, during and post-ride; post-ride recovery nutrition strategies and more. Register online or call 888-700-6543.


Free lecture: How you can have a healthy gut

We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in our gut and have many beneficial effects on the body, including aiding in digestions, regulating metabolism, fighting pathogens and boosting the immune system in both adults and children.

Join Arik Alper, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, at “The Truth Behind Probiotics,” a free lecture at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 9 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Dr. Alper will discuss how you can gain control over your probiotic health through the use of food and supplements. Register online or call 888-700-6543.


Can losing weight reduce your cancer risk?

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for several types of cancer, including cancers of the colon, rectum, endometrium, liver, kidney, breast (in postmenopausal women), gallbladder, pancreas, and some parts of the stomach, ovary and esophagus. Obesity also increases the risk for developing advanced prostate cancer, the most dangerous stage of this cancer. Some newer studies suggest that obesity also increases risk for thyroid cancer and for some cancers of the blood, lymph, and nervous systems.

The good news is that it’s never too late to reduce your risk for these cancers. Join us at a free lecture from noon - 1 pm on Friday, August 4 at YNHH York Street Campus, 55 Park Street, Conference Room 202, New Haven. “Reduce Your Weight, Reduce Your Risk” will include a presentation by registered dietitians with information to help you learn how to maintain a healthy weight, increase physical activity, eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce your intake of "junk" food. Register online or call 888-700-6543.


Thrift Shop seeks donations of business attire

The Thrift Shop at Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers of the YNHH Auxiliary. All proceeds help the Auxiliary support patients, families and the community in many different ways. Merchandise for sale in the Thrift Shop includes books, clothing, jewelry, games and toys, collectibles, small appliances, housewares and more.

The Thrift Shop accepts donations, which may be brought to the shop at 1386 Chapel Street (corner of Orchard and Chapel Streets) on weekdays during the shop's regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10 am - 3 pm. Currently, donations of gently used business attire (suits and jackets for men and women) are urgently needed as inventory is running low. All clothing should be clean and in good condition and on hangers or neatly folded in boxes. Clothing in trash bags will not be accepted. Please contact Billye Bradley at or 203-688-5717 to make arrangements for donations. All merchandise donations are tax deductible.


Walk and talk with YNHH doctors

Take a walk and chat with local healthcare professionals as part of YNHHS’s Get Healthy Walk ‘N Talk. Held on every Saturday starting at 9 am on the Farmington Canal Trail, New Haven. Walkers should meet at 8:45 am at the corner of Shelton Ave. and Starr St. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church. Register at For more information, contact Andy Orefice at 203-688-5671 or [email protected].


YNHH Auxiliary hosts summer concert series

Notes at Noon, the annual summer music concert series sponsored by the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, continues to celebrate its 31st year in 2017. Notes at Noon concerts are held on Fridays from noon - 1 pm in the Hunter Courtyard, located at the corner of York and Cedar Streets in New Haven (weather permitting).

This month’s line-up includes:

  • Aug. 4 - Jeff Fuller and Friends, jazz and blues
  • Aug. 11 - Joe Neumann Big Band Sound
  • Aug. 18 - St. Paul & St. James Jazz Ensemble
  • Aug. 25 - The George Baker Band, R&B/jazz

Attendance is free. For details, contact the YNHH Auxiliary at 203-688-5717 or mailto:[email protected].


YNHHS patients: Do you have MyChart?

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health System patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, renew prescriptions, see your billing and insurance information and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor’s office. Ask your healthcare provider for a MyChart brochure or your MyChart Activation Code. Then go to and select “Sign Up Now.”


Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or visit the website for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.


Need blood work? We’re in your neighborhood

When your physician orders blood work or you need to schedule a blood test, Yale New Haven Health makes it easy with blood draw stations conveniently located in your community. No appointment is necessary and all major insurance plans are accepted.

Please note: A requisition form is required. Our blood draw stations honor requisitions from other labs. For a list of the blood draw stations in your area, visit the website.


Free blood pressure screenings

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times or for more information.


Make a lasting impact at YNHH

Help support the mission of Yale New Haven Hospital with a donation! Your contributions support vital programs, services and facilities within the hospital and help keep Yale New Haven at the forefront of innovative treatment. When you make a gift to YNHH, you are part of the advanced medicine and compassionate commitment that touch so many lives in our community.


Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, Aug. 21 and Monday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.