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Advanced Practice Providers career ladder info sessions scheduled

Physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives and their managers are invited to learn more about Yale New Haven Health System’s new Advanced Practice Provider Career Ladder Program. Information sessions will be held 3 - 4 pm Wednesday, Feb. 23 for APP managers and 4 - 5 pm Wednesday, March 2 for APPs. Sessions will be virtual; a link will be distributed via email and posted on the APP intranet site. Sessions will be recorded and posted. Applications will be accepted for the new career ladder program in the spring; watch for future communications on how to apply.

Join the Clinician Wellness Colloquium Lunch Break Program

The YNHH Clinician Wellness Council invites employees and medical staff to a free lunch break webinar at noon Thursday, Feb. 24: “Nutrition, Performance and Well-being.” The event will feature Maryam S. Makowski, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; associate director of Scholarship and Health Promotion of the Stanford Medicine WellMD and WellPhD Center; and a nutrition and physician well-being coach at Stanford University. To join the webinar, log into Zoom using meeting ID: 956 2733 0770.

Wear blue to support colorectal cancer awareness March 4

Mark your calendars for Friday, March. 4, as Yale New Haven Health’s Digestive Health service line marks Wear Blue Day (employee dress code applies). The day helps bring greater awareness of the fight against colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The good news is that colon cancer screenings can save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people begin regular screenings starting at age 45. Colonoscopy has more benefits than other types of screening, but yearly fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) is also effective. Speak to your provider to determine the best test for you.

livingwellCARES asthma management webinar series

Do you or a family member have asthma? Join livingwellCARES for an educational webinar series on asthma self-care and management. The series of six sessions will cover topics such as asthma signs and symptoms, trigger management, lifestyle and eating habits to support optimal asthma control, medication management, inhaler use, and development of an asthma action plan. The first session will be noon - 12:45 pm Tuesday, March 8. Visit livingwellCARES on the intranet for details and Zoom links.  

YNHH Auxiliary scholarships available

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary is offering 10 scholarships for $2,000 apiece to area students planning to pursue health-related careers. Submission deadline is March 18. 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 one of these 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 downloaded from the Auxiliary, or requested via email: [email protected], or by phone: 203-688-5717. 

Calling all YNHH employee and volunteer artists

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary invites YNHH employees and volunteers to create and donate an original, 8"x 8" piece of artwork (in any medium that can be hung) to help raise money for the Auxiliary’s Project Grants program. The artwork should show what the word “bestir” (definition: “To rouse to action; get going”) means to the artist. Participants should have their submissions delivered by March 31 to the Volunteer Services Department, Main Building, room #138, Saint Raphael Campus. Artwork will be displayed in May and June in the SRC Arts Corridor. YNHH will hold a virtual silent auction in the spring to raise money for the Project Grants program. Auction attendees will also vote for their favorite artwork; the 12 pieces with the most votes will be featured on a 2023 calendar. For more information, email [email protected]

IFE calendar, new classes available

YNHHS’ Institute for Excellence’s 2022 class calendar is now available on the IFE site on the employee intranet. Virtual, instructor-led courses are open for registration through June. The calendar is for viewing purposes only and does not guarantee a class has availability. Employees should register for classes via the Infor  Learning Management System (in network only). The IFE has expanded online class capacity and added sessions to accommodate demand. New classes include: 

  • Operational Excellence highlights performance improvement concepts including Lean, Process Mapping and Brainstorming (open to all staff). 
  • Development Planning helps managers create a development plan and empower staff with development activities (managers and above only).
  • Meeting Facilitation Skills is designed for anyone who facilitates meetings (open to all staff).
  • Crucial Conversations: More sessions added (managers and above)

Visit the IFE site for more information on these and other classes.

DE&I education calendar now available

YNHHS’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2022 class calendar is now available. Live, instructor-led virtual courses and on-demand e-learning opportunities are open for registration. Continuing education credits are available. Visit the YNHHS DE&I intranet site (choose “D” under “Departments and Communities”) for a list of classes. The calendar is for viewing purposes only and does not guarantee a class has availability. Employees should register for classes via the Infor Learning Management System (in network only). Contact Kwame Davenport, [email protected], for more information, including department training requests. 

Digestive Health 2022 Trust Your Gut CME series announced 

Yale New Haven Health and Yale Medicine are continuing their free, monthly Digestive Health CME series, Trust Your Gut. The series will be held virtually, at 5 pm on the third Thursday of each month throughout 2022. The series provides evidence-based education diagnosing and managing gastrointestinal and liver diseases, along with professional development and networking opportunities for physicians and advanced practice providers. Register on the Yale School of Medicine CME portal, For more information, contact [email protected].

Joint Commission recertifies Stroke Center programs 

Yale New Haven Hospital has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Stroke Center certification, a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe, quality patient care. The York Street Campus was recertified as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, and the Saint Raphael Campus was recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. During unannounced, onsite reviews at each campus in 2021, Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke standards in several areas. These included emergency stroke evaluation and treatment, patient and family education and transitions of care practices. The reviewers recognized YNHH stroke programs’ process and outcomes data and the collaborative relationships among different staff in caring for patients and families recovering from stroke.

Nominate an employee for PEACE recognition

The past several months have been a busy, stressful and exhausting time as the entire health system leapt into action to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, many employees went above and beyond to perform acts of caring and compassion for patients and families. The Patient Experience Award for Caring and Excellence (PEACE) is an opportunity to recognize and honor employees for their efforts during COVID and beyond. 

All employees are eligible for PEACE recognition. To nominate a fellow employee, send an email to [email protected]. Nominations should include the nominee's name, along with a specific story or example of how the employee exemplified Yale New Haven Health’s vision, mission and values in creating an exceptional experience for our patients and their families.