Newsbriefs

Blood drive at SRC Feb. 27

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Saint Raphael Campus, 7 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Cronin Auditorium. To make an appointment contact Anne Baker, anne.baker@ynhh.org, 203-789-4010.

High school student volunteer program applications available for summer

Employees with teenagers interested in volunteering at the hospital this summer should visit the Volunteer Services section of the hospital website. Students should download the application, which will be available on the website on or around March 1, and sign up for a group interview on the web page. Space is limited and fills very quickly for the eight-week program, which runs Monday, June 24 - Friday, Aug. 16. Applicants must be at least 15 years old and able to commit to a minimum of seven hours per week (one day/week) for the entire program. Student volunteers may help hospital patients, families and staff, learn about healthcare careers and satisfy community service hours.

Closer to Free launch March 7

Those interested in registering for the Sept. 7 Closer to Free Bike Ride are invited to a launch party, 5 - 8 pm Thursday, March 7, 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.

Flexible spending accounts deadlines: March 15, 31

March 15 is the deadline to incur a healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) expense and have it applied to any 2018 healthcare FSA balance you may still have. The filing deadline for all 2018 FSA claims (health care and dependent care) is March 31. Questions about any outstanding 2018 balances must be directed to WageWorks, Yale New Haven Health’s previous FSA claims administrator, at 1-877-924-3967. To request reimbursement, use the WageWorks FSA reimbursement form on www.wageworks.com, or visit HRConnect and search for “WageWorks 2018 FSA Claim Form.”

Social Work info tables March 19, 21

In honor of Social Work Month in March, YNHH’s Social Work department will host info tables, 11:30 am - 1 pm Tuesday, March 19, Saint Raphael Campus Allspice Café; and 11:30 am - 1 pm Thursday March 21, York Street Campus main cafeteria entrance. Social workers will be available to answer questions about the department and their roles as members of the care team.

YNHH again recognized for alternative transportation options

For the eighth consecutive year, YNHH has been designated a Best Workplace for Commuters (BWC) for providing employees alternative transportation options. This year, BWC recognized more than 300 organizations nationwide 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 options. The program helps address parking challenges; demonstrates environmental excellence by reducing gasoline demand, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; and exhibits corporate citizenship.