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Dig into the connection between food and mood

It’s well known how food affects our physical health. But did you know it also affects mental health and brain function? Join the next livingwell CARES (LWC) Cooks session, noon Wednesday, May 11, when experts will dish on the connection between food and mood while preparing a nourishing, brain-supporting meal. Join Carly Smolick, LWC health coach and registered dietitian, via Zoom. Visit livingwellCARES on the intranet (in network only) for the shopping list, recipes and Zoom link.

YNHHS Wound Science symposium May 13

Healthcare professionals are invited to Yale New Haven Health’s Wound Science symposium, 9 am – noon Friday, May 13, via Zoom. Topics include chronic wound environment: best practices in diagnosis and management; grafting chronic wounds: operating room not required; behavioral health: an integral part of limb preservation; hyperbaric oxygen and radiation wounds; wound care in the time of COVID-19; and Care Signature: a pathway to basic wound care. Register online. For information, contact [email protected].

Mental health awareness and stress management webinar May 17

May is national mental health awareness month, and employees are invited to tune in to a Zoom webinar, noon Tuesday, May 17, to learn about resources available to them and their families to support mental health and stress management. Vivien Bergl, LCSW, from the Employee and Family Resources (EFR) program will discuss strategies for coping with stress, ways to promote good mental health and how to access EFR programs. Visit the intranet for details and Zoom link (in network only).

Stamp Out Stroke webinar May 25

May is Stroke Awareness Month and employees are invited to a webinar, Stamp Out Stroke: Stroke Awareness Town Hall, noon to 1 pm Wednesday, May 25. The event is presented by Yale New Haven Stroke Systems of Care and Yale School of Medicine. The event will include general information about strokes and stroke prevention, along with a message from a stroke survivor and a question-and-answer segment. Visit the intranet for registration and other information (in network only).

Registration open for Safety, Quality and Experience Conference

Register today for the 2022 Joseph A. Zaccagnino Safety, Quality and Experience Conference, 7:30 am -3:30 pm Thursday, June 2, at the Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford. The conference is free and open to employees, staff and faculty across Yale New Haven Health, Yale Medicine and Yale School of Medicine. Register online. This year’s theme of gratitude brings greater attention to the people who influence, execute, monitor and report how we collectively improve safety, quality and the patient experience. More than 100 abstracts, highlighting the work of teams across YNHHS, will be on display. 

Advances in ECMO Treatment symposium June 11 via Zoom

Yale New Haven Health’s Heart and Vascular Center and Yale School of Medicine will host the symposium “Advances in ECMO Treatment,” 8:15 am - 3 pm Saturday, June 11, via Zoom. The free symposium will provide an extensive overview of advances in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. Event moderators are Yale Medicine anesthesiologists Hossam Tantawy, MD, CTICU medical director and associate chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care division, YNHH; and Christopher Szabo, MD, medical director, Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship Education, YNHH.

YNHH named an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer  

Yale New Haven Hospital, along with Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals, have each been designated an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th edition of the Health Equality Index (HEI). The HEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices on the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. A record 906 healthcare facilities participated in the 2022 HEI survey; 251 earned the Top Performer designation. 

YNHH recognized for ventricular assist device treatment

Yale New Haven Hospital has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Certification. A VAD is used for patients with advanced heart failure. The certification is for left ventricular assist device, a treatment option used as a bridge to heart transplant or as a primary treatment for advanced heart failure patients not eligible for heart transplantation.