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Yale New Haven employees and volunteers recently sorted donated medical supplies and packed more than 80 boxes that were sent to help the people of Ukraine. The donations, made through the REMEDY program, are one of a number of efforts Yale New Haven is involved in to help people impacted by the crisis.  

Far away, but close to our hearts

As they have so many times, Yale New Haven Health System and its employees, volunteers and partners have come together to help people in need. 

The health system recently donated $1 million in medical supplies through the U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs to help Ukrainians fleeing the attacks on their country. 

In addition, the office of YNHHS’ chief clinical officer, Thomas Balcezak, MD, helped coordinate donations from the medical staffs at each of the YNHHS hospitals to an agency focused on humanitarian efforts related to the crisis in Ukraine. 

Other healthcare organizations are also supporting the people of Ukraine. The American Hospital Association (AHA) is donating to the U.S. Ukraine Foundation to support its critical humanitarian and refugee assistance. To learn more about the foundation or other charitable organizations, visit 

Myla Tsapar, program coordinator, Yale New Haven Hospital Volunteer Services department, is from Ukraine. She and other YNHH employees and volunteers recently helped sort and package supplies for the Ukrainian people that were donated to the Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World (REMEDY) program. The program was started over 30 years ago by Yale anesthesiologist William Rosenblatt, MD.

Tsapar said the local Ukrainian community has come together to support Ukraine and its people in any way they can. Many people here have friends and family in Ukraine and they are grateful for the donations and assistance from the local community, she said.

“It’s important to raise awareness, and to alleviate the suffering and kindle hope among the Ukrainian people.,” Tsapar said. “This essential donation of medical supplies means everything to the Ukrainian people – the weak, injured, dying and those brave women bringing new life to this world in deadly conditions. Thank you for thinking of them and helping them survive.”