Finding your wellness

Health vs. wellness. What’s the difference? Experts tell us that wellness includes all the things that contribute to being in good health each day. Health refers to being free from illness or injury. The bigger question is can we achieve wellness regardless of our state of health?

Naturopathic physician and acupuncturist Artemis Morris, ND, will explore the answer during the workshop, “Finding Your Wellness,” at 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 20. Dr. Morris will define the five integrative medical pillars of health: a whole foods diet, sleep/rest, social support, movement/exercise and self-expression. He also will explain how they translate to your state of wellness.

Sponsored by Smilow Cancer Hospital, the free workshop will be held in the auditorium on the second floor at 55 Park St., New Haven. Free parking is available on the fourth floor of the Air Rights Garage. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required by calling 1-888-700-6543 or sign up for "Finding Your Wellness" online.

Do you have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) directly increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure. It is particularly common in:

  • People who have diabetes, gout, or kidney disease
  • African Americans, especially those who live in the southeastern U.S.
  • People in their early to middle adult years. Men in this age group have higher blood pressure more often than women in this age group.
  • People in their middle to later adult years. Women in this age group have higher blood pressure more often than men in this age group. More women have high blood pressure after menopause than men of the same age.
  • Middle-aged and older adults. More than half of all Americans ages 60 and older have high blood pressure.
  • People with a family history of high blood pressure
  • People who have a lot of salt in their diet
  • Overweight people
  • Heavy drinkers of alcohol
  • Women who are taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
  • People with depression

What’s the most common symptom of high blood pressure? At what point is blood pressure considered “high”? Visit our Health Library and take our high blood pressure quiz to find out.

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites throughout the year. For a list of locations and times or for more information about free blood pressure screenings, call 203-789-3275.

Your head and neck: How it changes over time

Many age-related health changes are specific to the head and neck. Hearing loss, hoarseness and even sagging facial skin can adversely affect our ability to hear, speak and see. Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, June 6 for “Changes in the Head and Neck Due to Aging,” a free health education event at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Yan Lee, MD, a head and neck surgeon with Yale Medicine, will talk about how breathing problems, hearing loss and drooping eyes can impact quality of life and what can be done. Dr. Lee will also discuss the many different testing options, medications and possible surgical treatments that can improve your day-to-day life. Parking is free. Register online for "Changes in the Head And Neck Due to Aging" or call 888-700-6543.

YNHH’s Mammo Van is on the move!

As part of “Smilow Screening and Prevention Day,” YNHH’s Digital Mammography Van will make a stop at the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games from 10 am - 3 pm on June 8. The van, which uses low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue, is available for appointments.

To take advantage of the Mammo Van service you must:

  • Be age 40 or over and have not had a mammography within 12 months
  • Not be pregnant or have nursed within the last 6 months
  • Have no known breast problem
  • Have no personal history of breast cancer
  • Have no breast implants

The event will be held at the Michael Adanti Student Center at Southern Connecticut State University, 345 Fitch Street, New Haven. To make an appointment for the Mammo Van, email Caitlin Daikus or call 203-230-1201 ext. 238.

You can also schedule an appointment online for a mammogram at one of our diagnostic imaging locations in Guilford, North Haven or New Haven. Visit MyChart online.

Celebrating cancer survivors

Join us in The Carriage House at Edgerton Park, located at 200 Edgehill Road in Hamden, on Sunday, June 23 from 12-3 pm for “A Celebration of Survivorship.” The event, sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, is open to pediatric cancer survivors of all ages and their families. Connect with other survivors, play games with doctors and nurses, relax with massage and reflexology, and enjoy a variety of food vendors. The event is free but registration is required. Register for "A Celebration of Survivorship" online or by calling 1-888-700-6543 or online.

A place to stay for family members

Did you know that Yale New Haven Hospital has a hotel for families and caregivers of patients who are admitted for short- or long-term inpatient hospital care? Located at the corner of Dwight Street and North Frontage Road in New Haven, The Suites at Yale New Haven is just two blocks from YNHH’s York Street Campus, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, and a short distance from YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus. A shuttle is provided between the two campuses. Patients who prefer a day of rest before traveling home may book a stay at The Suites as well.

The Suites offers all the comforts of home in a warm, welcoming setting. It includes 24 suites with extended stay options. Each suite, with full kitchen, can be reserved daily, weekly or monthly. A stay at The Suites includes complementary parking, wireless internet access, business center, exercise room, onsite laundry, 24-hour security and a 24-hour escort service to and from the hospital. Guests at The Suites will also find a restaurant and dry-cleaning services around the corner.

It is highly recommended to make reservations in advance. Call 203-654-7500 for details.

Take a walk with YNHH doctors

Take a walk and chat with local doctors as part of Yale New Haven Health’s Get Healthy Walk ‘N Talk with a Doc. Walks are each Saturday in June from 9 - 10:30 am at the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail in New Haven. Walks begin at the entrance on the corner of Shelton Avenue and Starr Street and last approximately one hour. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr St., New Haven Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.

Get Healthy Ct is a coalition dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles. Visit Get Healthy CT online to learn more.

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 our Find a Doctor feature on the hospital 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.

Find a location that's convenient on this list of blood draw locations on our website.

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, and then visit the MyChart website and select “Sign Up Now.”

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