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New Haven Building cafeteria opens

Hospital leaders joined Food and Nutrition staff to officially open the newly renovated New Haven Building cafeteria with a ribbon cutting April 7. The cafeteria features a new serving and seating area and coffee bar, with expanded food options and a warm, welcoming ambience.

In the Pharmacy, what goes around comes around

The Pharmacy Services Department recently installed four new automated carousels at the York Street Campus, replacing two old units and adding two new ones. The carousels assist with inventory control and help ensure patients get their medications on time. Previously, nearly half the medications at the YSC Pharmacy were stored on shelves; now all medications are in the carousels or a special controlled substance storage unit. Like similar carousels at the Saint Raphael Campus Pharmacy, those at the YSC make it easy for staff to identify, retrieve and deliver medications for inpatients. The carousel system identifies when a medication is added to or removed from a drawer. The system also interacts with the Pyxis medication dispensers on the nursing units and can alert the Pharmacy when Pyxis supplies are running low. Nicole Trischitti, pharmacy technician, uses a barcode scanner to track inventory in one of the new carousels.

YNHH marks Laboratory Professionals Week

Yale New Haven Hospital Laboratory Medicine staff usually work behind the scenes, but during National Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 - 24 they celebrated the crucial role they play in patient care with several events, including a talk on high reliability, awards for outstanding service, information tables in the cafeterias and other activities at Laboratory Medicine's off-site locations. Staffing a table were medical technologists Lisa Hansen (left) and Virginia Domercant.

Renovated psychiatric observation unit opens

Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital opened a newly renovated Psychiatric Observation Unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 15. The 18-bed unit on the lower level of the Fitkin Building is designed for patients in acute psychiatric crisis who require additional psychiatric observation and monitoring and can benefit from receiving care in less-restrictive settings as an alternative to hospitalization. Officially opening the unit were (l-r): Marna Borgstrom, YNHH chief executive officer; Stephen Carbery, vice president, Facilities Design, Construction and Real Estate Services; Stephen Merz, vice president and executive director, Behavioral Health; Merlyn LaPaix, RN, MSN, director of psychiatric nursing; John Krystal, MD, chief and chair of Psychiatry; Abe Lopman, senior vice president, Operations; William Sledge, MD, medical director, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital; and John Sward, RN, MSN, acting patient service manager, Psychiatric Observation Unit and patient service manager, Washington Square 3, YNHPH.