Informatics fairs May 25, June 22

The Nursing Shared Governance Informatics Council will hold informatics fairs, 10 am - 2 pm Wednesday, May 25, Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria, and 10 am - 2 pm Wednesday, June 22, York Street Campus Atrium, second floor. The fairs will help nurses and other staff use their unit-based technology to its fullest and improve work flow. Attendees will also have an opportunity to explore MyChart and more.

Financial fair June 8 - 10

The hospital's annual financial fair will be June 8 - 10 in five locations. The fair helps employees learn more about financial programs the hospital offers. Representatives from Fidelity Investments, Mercer Voluntary Benefits, Bank of America, Healthcare Financial Federal Credit Union and other financial institutions, along with the Employee and Family Resources Program and YNHHS livingwell CARES program, will be available. Hospital benefits staff also will be available to answer questions about the annual Cash Account Pension Plan statement and the Fidelity Investments Retirement Update statement employees will receive at home before the fair. Fair dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 8, 10 am - noon, Medical Center South; and 1- 3 pm, Shoreline Medical Center, conference room 1412
  • Thursday, June 9, 8:30 - 10 am, Hawley Lane office, Trumbull, conference room 4; and 11 am - 3:30 pm, York Street Campus, West Pavilion, second floor
  • Friday, June 10, 11 am - 3:30 pm, Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria

Auxiliary project grant applications available

Hospital departments at both campuses may apply for up to $5,000 from the YNHH Auxiliary's Project Grants Program for fiscal year 2017. Requests must be submitted by Friday, July 1, for projects that directly benefit patients and their families and would not be covered by departmental funding. The application should include the cover sheet and supporting documentation and not exceed six pages. The application should be approved by the department's vice president and sent to the Auxiliary via email with the department name and request in the subject line. Also, please include contact information for the person who will be responsible for spending grant monies. For application forms or more information, call 203-688-5717 or email [email protected].

Resilience workshop June 9

Patients, guests and employees are invited to a free Smilow Wellness Workshop Series interactive workshop, "The Art of Resilience," 5:30 - 7 pm Thursday, June 9, 55 Park St. auditorium. Inspirational speaker and clinical psychologist Maria Sirois will explore how to unlock the doors of resilience by providing keys to strengths, creating moments of uplift and learning how to savor the good. Reservations are required; call 888-700-6543 or register online.

Neuro ICU wins prestigious national award

The Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit was recently awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence, sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes nursing units that use evidence-based practice to achieve excellent patient outcomes. Silver-level recipients also demonstrate continuous learning and effective systems for optimal patient care. The Neuro ICU is one of just three nursing units in Connecticut that currently hold this distinction. Another YNHH unit, SLA 2, a post-surgical and step down unit at the Saint Raphael Campus, earned a bronze-level Beacon Award in 2015. The designation is good for three years.

YNHHS honored for supply chain, sustainability

Vizient, Inc. the country's largest, member-owned healthcare company, recently presented Yale New Haven Health System with two Excellence Awards and the 2016 President's Award of Honor for achievements in Supply Chain savings and sustainability.

The Supply Chain Management Excellence Award recognizes significant improvement in supply chain management processes and excellence in sourcing and resource management processes. Vizient specifically recognized YNHHS' Total Joint initiative, a collaboration between Supply Chain, Finance, Center for Musculoskeletal Care leadership and physicians. YNHH also received an Excellence Award for its efforts leading the way to a more sustainable future. In addition, YNHHS received Vizient's President's Award, given to member healthcare systems that have received an excellence award in more than one category in a year. YNHHS was one of just two health systems to receive this award.

Upcoming health lectures

Register online or call the phone number listed for the event.

Fad vs. Facts: Vitamins, Supplements & Herbs: 6 - 7 pm Thursday, May 26, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus

Restoring Aging Skin: 6 - 7 pm Wednesday, June 1, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus

Low Back Pain: What Works and What Doesn't: 7 - 8 pm Wednesday, June 8, Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike

Getting the Most Out of Exercise: 6 - 7 pm Thursday, June 9, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus.