Nursing research conference call for abstracts

Nurses from YNHH and throughout Yale New Haven Health System are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation at the Janet Parkosewich Nursing Research Conference, "The Pursuit of New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements through Nursing Research" in April. Abstracts may be submitted via the YNHHS intranet Jan. 25 - March 1. Conference registration will be available starting Jan. 25. For information, contact Carla Hannon, RN, carla.hannon@ynhh.org.

Urgent care services closed

Urgent care services at 317 Foxon Road, East Haven, closed Jan. 7. Patients who were treated there within the past 12 months were sent letters in December to inform them of the closing. YNHH primary care physician walk-in services are available in the neighboring towns of West Haven, at 500 Elm St., and in North Haven, at 6 Devine St., for non-life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions.

Pre-retirement workshop Feb. 2

A pre-retirement workshop will be held 8 am - 4 pm Tuesday, Feb. 2, Selina Lewis multipurpose room. Employees may attend on work time with manager approval. The workshop will cover estate planning, YNHH retirement and Social Security benefits, Fidelity Investment options and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in retirement. To register, visit Employee Self Service. For more information on these workshops, contact Joan Guilbault, joan.guilbault@ynhh.org, or 203-688-8254.

YNHH Auxiliary scholarships applications available

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering $1,500 scholarships to area students planning to pursue careers in a health-related profession. Scholarships are based on academic excellence, financial need, personal statement and community service, including school and community activities and/or employment. Applicants must live in of one of the following towns: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge. Applications may be requested at auxiliary@ynhh.org or 203-688-5717. Submission deadline is March 15.

Wear Red for Women Feb. 5

Heart health gets special attention during February, recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) as American Heart Month. While heart disease is a risk for all Americans, women are still at a greater risk; cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women's deaths annually. In honor of women's heart health and the AHA's Wear Red Day, all employees are encouraged to wear red socks and to visit the Women's Heart and Vascular Program's heart health expos. The expos will be 7 - 9 am and 11 am - 2 pm Friday, Feb. 5, York Street Campus East Pavilion special events area and Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria. Experts from Cardiac Rehabilitation, the livingwellCARES Program and Fitness Center, Food and Nutrition and Women's Heart and Vascular Program will offer blood pressure screenings, information on exercise and healthy eating and food samples. Employees who visit the fair will be eligible for drawings for a Fitbit, livingwellCARES gym membership and blood pressure cuff. YNHH Heart and Vascular Outpatient Services in North Haven and Norwich will also celebrate Wear Red Day with screenings and imformation, 10 am - noon.

Transforming Healthcare Grand Rounds Feb. 9

Employees are invited to Transforming Healthcare Grand Rounds, 5 - 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 9, Fitkin Auditorium. The speaker is Mark C. Schaefer, PhD, director, Healthcare Innovation, Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate. The talk is part of a series designed to help employees and physicians enhance their clinical leadership. Registration is not required. For information, contact Marcia Johnson, 203-688-8475, or marcia.johnson@ynhh.org.

YNHH again recognized for alternative transportation options

For the fourth consecutive year, the Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) program has recognized Yale New Haven Hospital for being among the top organizations nationwide offering employees alternative transportation options. The organization recently awarded YNHH its gold medal in the 2015 BWC Race to Excellence. BWC recognizes employers that meet or exceed the national standard of excellence in commuter benefits created by the National Center for Transit Research and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. YNHH's Transportation Demand Management program offers alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle use, with shuttle services, public transportation subsidies, car- and van-pooling and other alternatives. The program helps address parking challenges; demonstrates environmental excellence by reducing gasoline demand, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; and exhibits corporate citizenship.

YNHH offers free income tax preparation on both campuses

YNHH and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program are again offering free federal and state income tax preparation services to YNHH employees whose total household income was under $52,427 in 2015. At the York Street Campus, VITA tax preparers will see employees in the consultation room in the Fitness Center, 48 York St., Tuesdays and Fridays, Feb 2 through April 15. At the Saint Raphael Campus, VITA tax preparers will see employees in the Human Resources office, Selina Lewis building, third floor, Wednesdays, Feb. 3 through April 13. Employees must make an appointment, which takes 30-45 minutes, to see a tax preparer. YSC employees should call the Benefits Office, 203-688-8339; SRC employees should call HR Reception, 203-789-3324. Employees must bring all W-2 and 1099 forms for the 2015 tax year; a copy of 2014's tax return; a copy of a photo ID (driver's license, passport or YNHH employee ID badge); original Social Security cards or the individual taxpayer identification number of each person being claimed; and bank account information for direct deposit of refund by the IRS. More information about the VITA program – including other sites for VITA tax preparation in Greater New Haven – is available on the Employee Self Service dashboard.