2019 Wish Book: Granting wishes for pediatric patients

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Wish Book is an extensive wish list that focuses on the needs of our youngest patients — those being treated at the hospital — throughout the year. The Wish Book includes more than 80 items that are urgently needed by the Children’s Hospital, from small toys for waiting rooms to therapy programs that help kids cope during hospital stays. If you would like to receive a copy of the Wish Book, email or view it online.

Free lecture: Reducing everyday arthritis pain 

Are you looking for practical tips to help reduce arthritis pain in your daily life? Join us on Friday, Nov. 9 for a free lecture presented by YNHH’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care. An occupational therapist from YNHH will demonstrate and discuss simple life changes that can help reduce pain and avoid further joint issues. From incorporating stretching into your daily routine to rearranging items in your home and using adaptive equipment, she will share methods to increase flexibility and reduce strain on joints to prevent injury. The event will be held from 10 - 11 am at Valley Shore YMCA, 201 Spencer Plain Road, Westbrook. To register, call 888-700-6543 or sign up online.

Can’t make it to the lecture? To learn more about how people with arthritis can benefit from range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance exercises, visit our health library

Learn how to make peace with food

Our relationship to food reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Studies show that "eating-focused" mindfulness can bring significant changes in weight, in how you approach food, and even in psychological well-being. On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm, join us for a free seminar called “Make Peace with Food: Mindfulness Approach to Eating.” A registered dietician from YNHH will teach you how mindfulness-based practices can rebuild your relationship with food. The event will be held at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. While the event is free, registration is required by calling 1-888-700-6543 or signing up online.

Are you at risk for fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease is currently the most common liver disease. It is sometimes called a silent liver disease because it can happen without causing any symptoms. At 7 pm on Thursday, Nov. 29, YNHH gastroenterologist Wajahat Mehal, MD, will discuss the symptoms of “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)” at a presentation at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook.

Healthcare providers don’t know the exact cause of NAFLD, but risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • High blood fat levels. This is either triglycerides or LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
  • Diabetes or prediabetes
  • High blood pressure

The lecture is free; registration is required by calling 1-888-700-6543 or signing up online.

To learn more about fatty liver disease including complications and treatments, visit our health library

Hospice and palliative care: An overview

Many people consider hospice to be a place where people go to die. However, hospice is not a place, but a special type of care for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice care is not meant to cure the patient, but to provide comfort. The goal of palliative care is to provide treatment that eases the patient’s pain and other symptoms, as opposed to trying to cure the disease causing the symptoms. Palliative care specifically addresses quality of life issues and symptom management.

If you would like to learn more about the purpose and importance of hospice and palliative care, join us for a free discussion on Thursday, Nov. 8. The lecture will be held from 6 – 7 pm in Cronin Auditorium at YNHH Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven. Free parking is available in the George Street Garage. Please bring your parking ticket with you inside to the event for validation.

Register online or by calling 1-888-700-6543.

If you can’t attend the free educational lecture and would like more information about hospice care and palliative care approaches, visit our website.

Resources for neuromuscular conditions

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 10 for “Neuromuscular Resource Day,” a free health fair featuring educational health topic discussions and demonstrations of respiratory and wheelchair equipment.

The event will be held from 8 am - 4:30 pm at the Best Western Plus - North Haven Hotel, 201 Washington Ave., North Haven.  Kids can enjoy fun activities such as face painting and visiting with the Yard Goat mascot while parents listen to the presentations, which include:   

  • ABCs of Genetic Testing: Understanding Testing and Interpretation of Neuromuscular Disease
  • Care of the Neuromuscular Patient: Pulmonary, Scoliosis, Bone Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Fostering Psychological Adjustment in Patients with Neuromuscular Disease
  • Gene Therapy for Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Movement Matters
  • The Role of Neurology in Management of Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Sensitive Conversations with Your Children
  • Taking Care of the Skin You Are In
  • Transition of Attorney, Guardianship, Conservatorship and Your Options

The event is free. Register online or by calling 1-888-700-6543.

To learn more about the neuromuscular conditions that are treated at YNNH, visit our website.  

Got a legal question? Ask a lawyer!

“Ask a Lawyer,” a free consultation for simple legal questions, will be held from 9 am – noon on Thursday, Nov. 15. The session is offered by the New Haven County Bar Association. Registration is required. Call 203-789-3275 for an appointment.

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.

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 go to mychart.ynhhs.org and click “Sign Up Now.”

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, Nov. 19 and Monday, Dec. 17 from 5 - 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.