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School supply and book drive under way

Yale New Haven Health System’s school supply and book drive, sponsored by the Mutual Respect Committee, runs now through Friday, Sept. 8. Employees are asked to donate all types of new or unused supplies, including notebooks, crayons, erasers, rulers, backpacks, pens and pencils. Employees are also asked to donate new or gently used reading books for grades K-12. Place donations in drop boxes throughout the hospital, or for pick up, call Laura Johnson-Dawson, 203-688-5604, or Lisa Sheehan, 203-789-3441.

Mindfulness classes start in August

Employee and Family Resources is offering two free mindfulness events in August. A Taste of Mindfulness will be held 3:30 - 4:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 2, lobby conference room, Saint Raphael Campus. This one-time class will introduce quick and easy self-care practices to increase awareness of the present moment and better cope with stress. No registration is necessary. A six-week Mindful Solutions course begins the following week. It will be held 3:30 - 4:30 pm Aug. 9 - Sept. 20. This course teaches formal and informal mindfulness practices and how to integrate them into your daily life. Registration is required; contact Bud Wassell, EFR coordinator, 203-688-2280 or [email protected].

Blood drive Aug. 8

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the York Street Campus, 7 am - 5 pm Tuesday, Aug. 8, East Pavilion Cafeteria special events area. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors. To make an appointment, visit and use YALENHHOSP as the sponsor code, or contact Melanie Champion at [email protected].

Active shooter/life-threatening event video reminder

Employees are invited to presentations of the active shooter/lifethreatening event video, followed by discussions. The video will be shown at the Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2 - 3 pm; Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon - 1 pm; and Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 - 8 am. Showings at the York Street Campus, 55 Park St. auditorium are: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 - 8 pm; Wednesday, Oct. 11, noon - 1 pm; Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4 - 5 pm; and Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9 - 10 am. Presentations will also be available on the intranet via Livestream.

Heart and Vascular Center honored for heart attack treatment

YNHH’s Heart and Vascular Center recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for treatment of severe heart attack. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) – the most deadly heart attack type. The Heart and Vascular Center was recognized for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients, by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to AHA measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive the award.