What do you know about osteoarthritis?

Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans -- mostly middle-aged and older adults. Are you one of them? 

Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of joint cartilage. It can occur in any joint, but it most often affects the hands, knees, hips, or spine. Join Gordon J. Hutchinson, MD, a rheumatologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, as he discusses current concepts of the disease and answers questions regarding treatment options at a free educational health lecture. “What is Osteoarthritis?” will be held from 7- 8 pm on Wednesday, July 12 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. 

Register online, and learn more about osteoarthritis by taking a quiz or visiting our health library.


Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital earns national recognition

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best in the nation for eight of its pediatric subspecialties in the 2017 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online by U.S. News & World Report. YNHCH ranked in cancer (#28); cardiology and heart surgery (#42); diabetes and endocrinology (#4); gastroenterology (#32); neonatology (#29); neurology and neurosurgery (#38) pulmonology (#39) and urology (#45).

With a neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour pediatric emergency room and a pediatric surgery center, YNHCH is a national leader in pediatric care. The network of Pediatric Specialty Centers across the region provides access to more than 35 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. The centers include: West Pavilion 2, Smilow 7 and One Long Wharf in New Haven; 747 Belden Avenue in Norwalk; 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich; 633 Middlesex Turnpike in Old Saybrook and 5520 Park Avenue in Trumbull.


Come for a Ride and help us get closer to free!

The 7th annual Closer to Free Ride will roll off the starting line 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!). You can be confident that those dollars will be put to good work in New Haven and beyond. 

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


Free health fairs feature information about cancer 

Staff from the Smilow Screening and Prevention Program will be at two local health fairs this month to provide the information you need to know about cancer. They will also conduct the “NCI Screen to Save Initiative,” which aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women age 50 and older.  

Stop by the information tables at the following events:

  • Saturday, July 15 from 10 am - 6 pm at the Full Gospel Church “Community Day Block Party” Health Fair, 36 Beechwood Ave., Bridgeport. Includes games, face-painting, motivational speakers, music and more. 
  • Saturday July 29 from 10 am - 1 pm at the 5th Annual Get Healthy CT National Dance Day Celebration, held on Paradise Green in Stratford. Featuring demonstrations by local dance studios, raffle drawings, health and wellness vendors and more.

For details, call 203-640-0064.


Preparing for your hysterectomy

YNHH offers a free patient education class designed to help women who are scheduled for hysterectomies understand what happens during surgery, how to prepare and what to expect during their hospital stay and after discharge. 

Upcoming dates and locations for the “Preparing for a Hysterectomy” class include: 

  • July 10 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm at North Haven Medical Center, 6 Devine Street, North Haven. Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. Free parking is available on-site. Take elevator to 2nd floor and enter Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. Check in at the front desk. They will direct you to the conference room. You must arrive before 5 pm. After 5 pm, the entrance to the clinic closes. Register online
  • July 18 from 10 - 11 am at Smilow Cancer Hospital, 20 York Street, New Haven. Class meets in North Pavilion 14 conference room. Register online
  • July 26 from 5 - 6 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike Old Saybrook. Class meets in the Main Floor Conference Room. Register online

To learn more about the different types of hysterectomies and the reasons for having the surgery, visit our health library.


PhysicianOne Urgent Care is now part of YNHHS

PhysicianOne Urgent Care centers in Connecticut have become Yale New Haven Health System affiliates, offering convenient, high-quality urgent care to people with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. 

A regional urgent care organization founded in 2008 by three physicians in Connecticut, PhysicianOne Urgent Care has 12 walk-in locations in Connecticut, three in Massachusetts and two in Westchester County, NY. Experienced providers, as well as X-ray and lab services, are available on site. 

Connecticut locations include: Brookfield, Derby, Hamden, Newtown, Norwalk, Orange, Ridgefield, Southbury, Waterbury, Glastonbury, Groton and Norwich. All locations are open 365 days a year, 8 am - 8 pm weekdays and 9 am - 5 pm weekends and holidays. 

For more information, including a list of services, locations, insurances accepted, career opportunities, and more, or to view current wait times and check-in, please visit www.PhysicianOneUrgentCare.com.


YNHH Auxiliary hosts summer concert series

Notes at Noon, the annual summer music concert series sponsored by the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, celebrates its 31st year with performances on Fridays from 12 - 1 pm in the Hunter Courtyard, located at the corner of York and Cedar Streets in New Haven (weather permitting). 

This year’s line-up includes:

  • July 7 The George Baker Band, R&B/jazz
  • July 14 New Haven Kapeyle, Klezmer Big Band music
  • July 21 The New Haven Classics
  • July 28 The 102nd Army National Band
  • Aug. 4 Jeff Fuller and Friends, jazz and blues
  • Aug. 11 Joe Neumann Big Band Sound
  • Aug. 18 St. Paul & St. James Jazz Ensemble 

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


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 ynhhs.org/events. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.


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, request or 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 sign up here.


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, July 17 and Monday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.