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Advancing Care - January 2022

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New year, new start on weight-loss goals

If you're looking to press the restart button on your health, you're not alone. Each year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to get healthy and lose weight. The fact that losing weight is among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it can be.

There are many contributing factors that can lead to being overweight such as genetics, heredity, environment, metabolic factors and eating disorders. Obesity can cause a variety of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain and certain cancers. It can also prevent people from being eligible for certain necessary surgeries such as knee or hip replacements. 

Weight-loss surgery can be an effective treatment for obesity and accompanying health conditions. The procedure – along with the required lifestyle changes – can result in significant weight loss and better health. At Yale New Haven Hospital, the bariatric surgery team works with patients to achieve the lifestyle and emotional changes needed to sustain weight-loss.

How do you know if you’re eligible for weight-loss surgery? Our weight-loss surgery program serves those with a body mass index (BMI), or a ratio of weight to height, of 40+, or 35 with accompanying health problems. Discover your BMI by using this BMI calculator from the National Institutes of Health.

Visit us online for more information about our bariatric surgery options, eligibility and support services

Cervical cancer: Are you at risk? 

Thanks to cervical cancer screenings, abnormal cells are being detected early, before they develop into cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer – resulting in more than 4,000 deaths. Prevention is key, through regular Pap tests, follow-up care, and a vaccine that can help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV). 

Early cervical cancer and precancerous conditions of the cervix have no symptoms. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer tends to develop in midlife. Most women are diagnosed with cervical cancer before the age of 50; about 15 percent are older than 65. 

Several risk factors can increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. It’s important for women with these factors to have regular screening tests to find cervical cancer early. These risk factors include:

  • Having HPV, a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex
  • Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems
  • Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years)
  • Having given birth to three or more children
  • Having several sexual partners
  • A family history of cervical cancer
  • Smoking 
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables

To learn more about visit cervical cancer screening or, contact the Smilow Cancer Screening and Prevention Program at 203-200-3030 or email [email protected].

Call 203-200-4176 or learn more about the Gynecologic Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital, where the best medical minds come together to determine the optimum course of treatment for gynecologic cancers.

What you should know about COVID-19 testing

With the rise of the new Omicron variant, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for COVID-19 testing. Please note that hospital Emergency Departments do not provide COVID screening tests. Appointments are required before arriving at one of our COVID-19 testing locations. If you need a COVID-19 test, you should do the following: take an at-home antigen test, call your physician or schedule a PCR test when available. 

Learn more about COVID-19 testing.

When to skip the Emergency Department;

Need care right away? We can help with everything from allergies and sprains to emergency symptoms for heart attack and stroke. Avoid long wait times at the emergency department and get the care you need at one of our walk-in or urgent care centers. For minor medical concerns, you can receive care online using Video Care OnDemand. Not sure where to go? Explore your care options.

Changes to Children’s Hospital entrance

The Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital driveway, leading up to the main entrance at 1 Park Street, is temporarily closed for a construction project. Patients and visitors should use the Smilow Cancer Hospital entrance, 35 Park Street. This entrance is a short walk around the corner from the Children’s Hospital (West Pavilion) entrance. 

Patients and visitors should check in at the Registration Desk at the Smilow Hospital entrance. Staff will direct them to their appointment or location. Patients who are in labor should go directly to the front of the line for assistance. 

Patients and visitors are encouraged to use Air Rights Garage, 60 York St., New Haven, to avoid valet parking delays. Short-term parking spaces are on floors 4, 6 and 8. 

The hospital also offers valet parking at the Yale New Haven Hospital entrance at 20 York St. and at the Smilow Cancer Hospital entrance at 35 Park St., 5 am - 9 pm weekdays and 9 am - 9 pm weekends. Upon arrival, follow the signs for valet parking.

The construction does not affect access to the Pediatric Emergency Department.

Visit our patients and visitors section for more information. 

Urgent need for blood across Connecticut

Connecticut and the rest of the nation are experiencing severe blood shortages. All blood types, particularly type O as well as platelets, are needed. One donation can save up to three lives. 

The American Red Cross encourages all who are eligible to donate blood. To find a blood drive location near you, visit the Red Cross or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome for hospital-based blood drives. 

MyChart: Access your medical information in one place

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There, you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, request or renew prescriptions, pay your bill, and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor’s office. Sign up by using the activation code on the after-visit summary from your doctor, request a MyChart Activation Code at your next appointment or visit mychart.ynhhs.org and select “New User?”

Find a Doc at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our website’s 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.  

Help us take our website to the next level

Share your thoughts about how we can improve our website to provide you with better service. Take this survey and let us know what you think. The survey is 25 questions and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital 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.