Newsbriefs

Save the date – Black History Month celebration Feb. 21

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites employees to the Black History Month Celebration 2020, 7 am - 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21. The celebration will be in the Yale New Haven Hospital York Street Campus East Pavilion Special Events Area. It will include a continental breakfast reception, lunch program with presentations and special awards, plus an evening reception. The event will feature information on African-American leaders and prominent figures as well as special performances. All employees are invited; no registration is necessary.

Blood drive at SRC Feb. 26

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Saint Raphael Campus, 7 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 26, Cronin Auditorium. To make an appointment contact Anne Baker, anne.baker@ynhh.org, 203-789-4010.

IRS W-4 form redesigned

The IRS has redesigned Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) for 2020. You are required to submit a 2020 Form W-4 only if you: started working for a new employer after Dec. 31, 2019; claimed exemption from federal income tax withholding in 2019; or wish to make other changes to your W-4 for 2020, including changing the amount withheld from each paycheck for taxes. To determine if you’re having the right amount of tax withheld, use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator. If, based on the results, you want to change your federal W-4 Form:

  • Log into Infor
  • Go to the “Payroll Information” section and choose “View/Edit Payroll Information”
  • Answer the security question
  • Choose “W-4 Federal,” then “Add New” button

If you change your withholding election in 2020, you are required to complete the new 2020 version of the form. If you need help changing your tax withholdings or completing the new W-4 form, consult with your tax advisor. Visit this government website for more information about the W-4 Form.

Closer to Free launch March 5

Those interested in registering to ride or volunteering for the 10th annual Closer to Free Bike Ride Sept. 12 are invited to a launch party, 5 - 8 pm Thursday, March 5, at Stony Creek Brewery, 5 Indian Neck Ave., Branford. To RSVP for the party, visit rideclosertofree.org. Proceeds from the ride benefit patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

YNHH offers free income tax preparation

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 $54,000 in 2019. VITA tax preparers will see employees in the consultation room in the YNHH Fitness Center, 48 York St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 4 - April 9. Employees must call the Benefits Office, 203-688-8339, to make an appointment with a tax preparer, which takes 30 - 45 minutes. Employees must bring all W-2 and 1099 forms for the 2019 tax year; a copy of 2018’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 any IRS refund. More information about the VITA program – including other sites for VITA tax preparation in Greater New Haven – is available on Infor.

Auxiliary scholarship applications available

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering 10, $2,000 scholarships to area students planning to pursue health-related careers. The submission deadline is March 16. Scholarships are based on academic excellence, financial need, personal statement and community service, including school and community activities and/or employment. Applicants must be residents of Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven or Woodbridge. To request an application email auxiliary@ynhh.org or call 203-688-5717.

Nominations open for 2020 Smilow Luminary Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Smilow Luminary Awards of Excellence, which honor individuals and teams who consistently exceed performance expectations and deliver high-quality cancer care for patients, families and the health system throughout the year. Staff and volunteers may be recognized in the categories of community service, optimization/innovative solutions, patient experience, leadership and research initiatives. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 31 on the employee intranet (scroll through the news feed or search for “Luminary”). Send questions about award criteria to luminary@ynhh.org. A recognition ceremony will be held in October.

YNHH seeks patient and family advisors

The hospital is seeking current or former patients or family members to serve on one of six Patient and Family Advisor Councils: YNHH Adult, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Smilow, Behavioral Health, Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If you are, or know of, a patient or family member who would be willing to volunteer to serve on a council, contact Irma Dadic, Patient and Family Engagement coordinator, 203-688-7457 or ptfamcare@ynhh.org. Advisors bring their personal experiences to help the hospital improve and enhance its patient services and become more patient- and family-focused.