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Project ASSERT marks milestone

Project ASSERT in April celebrated 15 years of helping patients who are struggling with alcohol and other substance abuse get the treatment they need. The program has screened nearly 46,000 people since its inception. Last year, Health Promotion Advocates (HPAs) in the emergency departments at both YNHH campuses referred 1,619 patients to community-based substance abuse services. Of the 45 percent who went directly to a treatment facility from the ED, 72 percent successfully enrolled in programs. Celebrating at Project ASSERT's 15th anniversary gathering were (l - r): Damaris Navarro, HPA; Caitlin Johnson, research associate, Yale School of Medicine; Gregory Johnson, HPA; Gail D'Onofrio, MD, chief of Emergency Medicine, YNHH; and Ralph Soldano, HPA. Missing from photo: Vanessa Brown, HPA.

SRC opens behavioral care area

Hospital staff were invited to a May 4 open house at the renovated behavioral care area in the Saint Raphael Campus Emergency Department. The area, for patients with psychiatric concerns, is an expansion of the previous space from two, double-bed rooms to five private rooms and a separate nurse's station. This new unit will include specially trained staff and standardize care to the level currently offered in the Crisis Intervention Unit on the York Street Campus. Among those at the open house were (l - r): Jeffrey Kovar, MD; Marc Shapiro, MD, medical director, ED; Suki Hood, ER technician; Lisa Pannella, RN; Rebecca Stanley, RN, patient service manager, Crisis Intervention Unit; Mark Sevilla, RN, director, Emergency Services; Craig Smith, social worker; and Matthew Goldenberg, MD, medical director, Psychiatric Emergency Services.

The ABCs of working at YNHH

Matthew Gregory, chief technologist, Diagnostic Radiology, was one of many hospital employees from clinical and non-clinical departments who participated in the 8th annual YNHH/Greater New Haven NAACP Health and Science Career Fair at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven May 7. Hundreds of area students got a firsthand look at healthcare job opportunities at the fair, which included information tables, hands-on activities and simulations of a day in the life of a patient in the Emergency Department, OR and inpatient areas.