Free event showcases the future of cancer care

On Wednesday, Sept.12, Smilow Cancer Hospital oncologists Wajih Zaheer Kidwai, MD and Su Hsien Lim, MD, will present “An Update of Cancer Care Services in Connecticut.” Learn what’s new with treatments and research options at Smilow and the Yale Cancer Center. The event will be held at 7 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Attendance is free; register online or call 1-888-700-6543.

Smilow Cancer Hospital treats more cancer patients than any other hospital in Connecticut. As a leader in personalized cancer care through innovative tumor profiling techniques that are used to analyze every patient's cancer, Smilow offers the very latest in screening and diagnosis, genetic counseling, treatment, psychosocial support, pain management, rehabilitation, and long-term, follow-up care. Research is critical to finding better treatments for cancer. Smilow patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that aren’t available at most other hospitals – thanks to the hospital’s affiliation with Yale Cancer Center, Connecticut’s only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. NCI-Designated Cancer Centers form the backbone of NCI’s programs for studying and controlling cancer. Clinical trials are research studies conducted with patients who participate on a voluntary basis, to find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose or treat cancer.

Individualized and innovative care is available at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven as well as numerous Smilow Cancer Care centers around the state. A new cancer biology institute is also under construction at Yale’s 36-acre West Campus in West Haven, which will focus on research in cell signaling, cancer immunology and drug development, and target acquisition.

Take a tour of Smilow Cancer Hospital that includes the roof-top healing garden and magnificent two-story glass lobby with a terrazzo floor and granite water wall.

Concussions and kids: What parents need to know

A blow or a jolt to the head can cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury that keeps the brain from working normally. Children, young adults, and older adults are at especially high risk for concussions. They also may take longer to recover after a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion may last less than a day or may linger for months – or longer.

What are the symptoms of concussion? How is it treated? Should you worry if your child has one? Join us for a free seminar at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept, 26 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. YNHH nurse practitioner Jeannine Rockefeller, APRN, will provide an overview of pediatric concussions, including the causes, treatment and the “dos and don’ts” of dealing with them. Registration is required. Call 1-888-700-6543 or register online. For more information about what happens during a concussion, how it should be treated, and what preventive steps to take, watch this video or visit our Health Library.

Advanced surgery center at YNHH offers same-day orthopedic surgery

YNHH’s new Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC) McGivney Advanced Surgery Center opened on Aug. 9. Located on the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus at 659 George St. in New Haven, the center offers same-day surgical treatment for bone, joint and spine conditions, such as hip and knee replacements, treatments for problems in the neck area of the spine and carpal tunnel surgery. The center also offers same-day procedures for shoulder, elbow, finger, ankle and toe conditions.

Special features of the CMC McGivney Advanced Surgery Center include:

  • Six state-of-the-art operating rooms for total or partial joint replacement specializing in hip and knee surgeries as well as spine procedures
  • One special procedure room for smaller procedures (carpal tunnel, trigger finger, injections for pain management) and some sports injuries
  • Private consultation rooms with nurses and physicians - Patient liaisons to guide patients from pre-surgery preparation to recovery and rehabilitation
  • 23 private patient pre-operative and recovery areas equipped with stretchers that convert to upright chairs with leg rests for comfort and easy transport
  • Same-day rehabilitation ( ) with on-site physical therapy
  • Pre-operative education classes to prepare for surgery
  • Pre-hab training on Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) ( , a customized at-home program of prescribed physical therapy exercises that monitors, records and measures activity

The CMC McGivney Advanced Surgery Center is part of Yale New Haven Hospital’s prestigious Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Yale New Haven Hospital is the only hospital in the country to earn all major certifications at the highest levels for musculoskeletal care including the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. To learn more, call 203-680-7542.

The YNHH Auxiliary wants you!

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is a diverse, dedicated and dynamic group of women and men who devote their free time to developing initiatives that help support the hospital’s mission. As a member, you can be as active as your schedule allows – you can join committees, help in the Thrift Shop, attend educational lectures and social activities, or participate in philanthropic endeavors such as the Toy Closet or the scholarship program. New members are always welcome and contributions in any amount are appreciated. Call 203-688-5717 or visit the Auxiliary web pages to learn more about becoming a member today.

Looking for support? We can help.

Everyone could use a little support now and then. Yale New Haven Hospital offers free support groups for patients and their caregivers or loved ones who are coping with illnesses and want to discuss their concerns. Meeting times and locations are subject to change, so call the numbers provided ahead of time to get the most current information.

Upcoming support groups include:

  • Cancer support groups: We offer many cancer support groups. Current patients, survivors and families are welcome.
  • Heart transplantation support group: A monthly meeting for individuals considering, preparing for, and recovering from heart transplant surgery
  • Stem cell transplantation support group: A monthly meeting for individuals considering, preparing for, and recovering from stem cell transplant surgery.
  • Stroke support group: A support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers is held every month at the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus on Verdi 4 East. Registration is required. Call the YNHH Stroke Center at 203-737-1057 for details.

Walk and talk with YNHH doctors

Enjoy a morning walk with local doctors as part of our Get Healthy Walk ‘n’ Talk in New Haven. Walks are each Saturday in July from 9 - 10:30 am at the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail. The two-mile walks begin at the entrance at 280 Starr St., continue north towards Hamden, and return along the same route. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr St., New Haven. Register online or call 888-700-6543. Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.

YNHH’s CareCard: The benefits of membership

CareCard at YNHH is a membership program that offers health and wellness, safety and social activities for adults 50 and over. Membership is free; most events are free or offered at a minimal cost. Special services offered to CareCard program members include:

  • Driver safety refresher course sponsored by AARP
  • Health lectures
  • Health screenings
  • Legal consultation provided by the New Haven Bar Association
  • Appointments with nurse for health education and blood pressure checks
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Tax filing assistance and more

To join YNHH’s CareCard Program, call 203-789-3275. Learn more about YNHH’s services for adults over age 50  including medical assessment services, medical care and health and wellness programs.

Free blood pressure screenings

Do you wonder if your blood pressure is in a healthy zone? YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at many community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times or for more information.

Referrals for physicians and surgeons

If you need a doctor, but don’t know where to start, consider YNHH’s free referral line at 888-700-6543 or find a YNHH doctor online. Here you can get information anytime of the day or night on physician specialties, referrals, office hours, locations and accepted insurance plans. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Do you have MyChart?

MyChart is like having direct access to your doctor’s office. It is a secure website that gives you secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record. 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 go to and click “Sign Up Now.”

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, Sept. 17 and Monday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.