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Cancer prevention information tables Feb. 22, 23

During Cancer Prevention Month in February, the Smilow Screening and Prevention Program will provide information about cancer prevention and screening: 11 am - 2 pm Thursday, Feb. 22, SRC cafeteria, and Friday, Feb. 23, YSC Atrium. For more information, call 203-200-3030.

Session on healthy meal planning and shopping March 2

Employees are invited to “Tips for Navigating the Grocery Store and Your Kitchen,” an education session on how to plan and shop for a healthy and balanced diet. Join registered dietitian nutritionists Amy Bragagnini and Cortney Malcher, noon - 1 pm Friday, March 2, in Seminar Room 202 at 55 Park St. Register online at ynhh.org/events, or call 1-888-700-6543.

Social Work information tables March 5, 7

The Department of Social Work will mark Social Work Month in March with information tables: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Monday, March 5, YSC East Pavilion cafeteria, and Wednesday, March 7, SRC cafeteria. Social workers will be available to answer questions about the department and their roles as members of the care team.

Wound Science Symposium March 16

YNHHS employees are invited to the 4th annual Wound Science Symposium, 7:30 am – 4 pm Friday, March 16 at Bridgeport Hospital. Keynote speaker Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD, will discuss “Palliative Wound Care: Pearls and Pitfalls.” Contact hours/CME credits will be available. The event is free to YNHHS employees; $50 for non-employees. To register, call 888-357-2396. The event is hosted by the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Bridgeport Hospital.

High school student volunteer program applications available for summer

Employees with teenagers interested in volunteering at the hospital this summer should visit the Volunteer Services section of the hospital website. Students should download the application and sign up for a group interview on the web page. Space is limited and fills quickly for the eight-week program, which runs Monday, June 25 - Friday, Aug. 17. Applicants must be at least 15 years old and able to commit to a minimum of eight hours per week for the entire program. Student volunteers may help hospital patients, families and staff, learn about healthcare careers and satisfy community service hours.

Scholarship applications accepted beginning March 1

Applications will be accepted March 1 - April 30 for The Frances Grindell Patient Care Associate, Clinical Technician and Emergency Department Technical Associate Scholarship for YNHH employees in these positions who are pursuing nursing degrees. To be eligible, YNHH employees must be in good employment standing and working at least 24 hours per week for at least one year as a PCA, CT, EDTA or ED tech. Scholarships of up to $750 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees will be awarded annually to qualified applicants who have been accepted by or are enrolled in a Connecticut registered nursing licensure program. Applications must be submitted online only. Applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a YNHH manager and complete an application questionnaire. Visit HRConnect for more information. The scholarship fund was established by the children of the late Frances Q. Grindell, RN, a YNHH nurse for 44 years, to honor her love for education and dedication to nursing.

HVC earns “gold seal” chest pain re-certification

YNHH’s Heart and Vascular Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain re-certification. The two-year certification was awarded after a site review that evaluated clinical programs across the continuum of care. The HVC was evaluated in three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement. YNHH is the first Connecticut hospital to earn this certification.

Upcoming health lectures and events

To register, visit www.ynhh.org/events or call the number listed.

  • Optimizing Your Chances for Healthy Aging: 10 - 11 am Wednesday, Feb. 21, Valley Shore YMCA, 201 Spencer Plain Road, Westbrook