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YNHHS COVID-19 collection sites closing

After more than three years and nearly three million tests, Yale New Haven Health is closing its six dedicated COVID-19 collection sites. These sites were created as part of the Public Health Emergency to allow for high-volume, drive-through COVID-19 specimen collections. Since COVID-19 numbers have declined and YNHHS no longer requires pre-procedure testing, YNHHS is moving all COVID-19 specimen collections to existing blood draw locations. As we reach the end of the public health emergency, regulatory changes require the health system to change how testing for COVID-19 is ordered and scheduled. Community members need an order from their medical provider for testing, or YNHHS’ call center can clinically assess people for testing. Find a blood draw location.

Virtual walk to raise funds for trauma survivors

Join the Yale New Haven Health team for the Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) “Race to Rebuild,” a virtual event to support trauma survivors. Race to Rebuild is a run/walk/cycle/roll event (distance of your choice) that benefits the TSN, an American Trauma Society program that provides support and services for patients and their families during their recovery from serious injury. Complete your race anywhere and anytime between May 1 and 31. Registration is $40 and includes a t-shirt, race bib and other race-day materials. There is also a $25 “cheerleader” option for those who want to support the cause from the comfort of their couches. Trauma survivors receive 50 percent off registration by using the code SURVIVOR2023 at checkout. To join or donate to the Yale New Haven team, contact Kim Rivera, team leader, at [email protected] or 203-688-3261. When registering, sign up to “join a trauma center team” and search for “Yale New Haven Health.”

Heart Walk May 6 at Savin Rock

Teams are gearing up for the American Heart Association’s 36th annual Greater New Haven Heart Walk Saturday, May 6 at Savin Rock, West Haven. Check-in time is 9 am; the walk begins at 10 am. Route length is 3.1 miles. Yale New Haven Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center (HVC), Yale University, Yale School of Medicine and Northeast Medical Group have set a collective $75,000 fundraising goal. Funds raised help support scientific research and advances related to heart disease and stroke. Yale New Haven employees and physicians, as well as community members who are on an existing team or want to participate in the fundraiser can visit or contact Todd Boe of the American Heart Association, 203-295-2941 or [email protected]. Click “About” on the website for event Frequently Asked Questions.

May 8 webinar to address employee questions about bariatric surgery

Are you or a family member considering bariatric surgery? Learn more about the bariatric surgery process during a webinar, 6 pm Monday, May 8, featuring John Morton, MD, medical director, Bariatric Surgery, YNHHS, and vice chair, Surgical Quality, YNHHS and Yale School of Medicine. The webinar is open to Cigna-insured employees and their family members. Registration is required; visit the intranet for the Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar.