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Advancing Care - 2023 Issue 6

father's day


A Father’s Day Gift for Dad: Talk About His Health

What can you get for the #1 dad in your life? Get him to open up about his health. Men tend to be more reluctant to talk about their health than women. Surveys show that more than half of all men don’t keep up with regular health screenings. Father’s Day could be an opportune time to show you care with a heartfelt chat and reminder that many diseases which disproportionately impact men — like heart disease and cancer — are preventable through routine check-ups and healthy lifestyle choices. 

Start at the beginning. If dad doesn’t have a healthcare provider, help him find one. Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours, locations and accepted insurance plans.

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We Want You – To Volunteer at YNHH!   

Yale New Haven Hospital’s Volunteer Services Department welcomes and needs energetic volunteers of all ages and skills on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses as well as satellite locations. We want you — and your dog, too!

The hospital has numerous volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or behind the scenes and impact nearly every area of the hospital:

  • Behind the Scenes: Volunteers assist staff with clerical duties, deliveries and light computer work.
  • Customer Service: Volunteers assist patients and visitors in navigating throughout the hospital or providing service to customers in the hospital’s gift shops.
  • Integrative Wellness Programs: Reiki, pet therapy and music/arts are a few examples of volunteer programs that enhance the experience of patients, families, staff and the community. Certification and expertise may be required. Currently, there is a particular need for the following:
    • Pet Therapy: Offers patients staying on inpatient floors the opportunity to bond with certified, fully trained therapy dogs. Every therapy dog is accompanied by his or her owner/trainer at all times throughout the visit. Dogs and handlers must hold Pet Partners (previously Delta Society) or Therapy Dogs International certificate for acceptance to the program. For details, call 203-688-2297.
    • Oasis for Healing volunteers provide relaxation sessions at the patient’s bedside. Volunteers are trained in the Reiki modality (must hold a minimum of Reiki 1 certification), guided imagery and light/healing touch. Volunteers talk to patients prior to their visit about their level of pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and nausea after which a 10–15-minute relaxation session is conducted.
  • Patient Support: Volunteers assist patients and staff in clinics as well as inpatient areas. Assignments may vary between moderate or intense patient support.

Learn more about volunteering at YNHH or fill out the application.

Previous applicants: If you applied during COVID and are still interested, please email [email protected] to confirm that your application is still on file.

Mobile Mammography Unit Adds Stop in Old Saybrook

Yale New Haven Hospital’s Mobile Mammography unit now visits Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, from 8:45 am -2:15 pm every other Monday. The mobile unit is equipped with both 3D mammography and screening ultrasound and staffed by a mammography technologist, mammography ultrasound technologist and a mammography assistant. Mammogram and breast ultrasound images taken in the mobile unit are electronically sent to YNHH radiologists for reading. For appointments, call 1-833-772-0003.

Free Concerts Celebrate Summer

The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor “Notes at Noon,” a free summer music concert series, the following Thursdays from 12 - 1 pm:

  • July 13: Caribbean Vibe Steel Band
  • July 20: Solo Dos (Latin music)
  • July 24: Haptic Sense (acoustic duo/guitar and percussion)
  • Aug. 3: The Greg Sherrod Duo (blues, soul and rock ‘n' roll)

The concerts will be held in Hunter Courtyard, at the corner of York and Cedar streets in New Haven (weather permitting). For details, contact the YNHH Auxiliary at 203-688-5717 or [email protected].

Take a Walk and Chat with YNHH Doctors

Take a walk and chat with local doctors as part of Yale New Haven Health’s Get Healthy Walk ‘N Talk with a Doc. Walks are each Saturday through September from 9 - 10:30 am along the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail in New Haven. Walks begin at the entrance on the corner of Shelton Avenue and Starr Street and last approximately one hour. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr St., New Haven. Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.

Find a Provider at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Many of our physician practices offer telehealth video visits for your convenience.

Billing Questions? 

Yale New Haven Health offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 855-547-4584.