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International Translation Day at YNHH

The YNHH Language Services department will host information tables in honor of International Translation Day (officially Sept. 30). Staff will provide information about the department and the interpreters and translators professions 9 am - 3 pm Thursday, Sept. 28, Saint Raphael Campus cafeteria; and 9 am - 3 pm Friday, Sept. 29, York Street Campus East Pavilion cafeteria.

Weight-loss program begins this month

YNHH is offering Live Well and Lose It, a group weight-management class for employees and their adult dependents covered under the Yale New Haven Health System benefits plan with no copay or deductible. This eight-session program, taught weekly by YNHH registered dietitians, includes a 30-minute lecture on topics such as best food choices, portions, dining out and staying motivated, and offers confidential weighins and goal-setting assistance. Class schedule: York Street Campus: 7:30 am and 12:15 pm Thursdays, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16; Saint Raphael Campus: 12:15 pm Mondays, Sept. 25 - Nov. 13; Medical Center South: 12:15 pm Tuesdays Sept. 26 - Nov. 14. Class space is limited; minimum group size is eight participants. For information or enrollment, contact [email protected]. The YNHH Nutrition Clinic also offers individual appointments with a dietitian; call 203-688-2422, (YSC) or 203-789-3266 (SRC).

Depression screenings in October

While most people can feel down, sad or upset at times, not every low mood can be called depression. During Depression Awareness Month in October, employees can take a confidential assessment at (click Depression Screening Questionnaire). This assessment takes just a few minutes and provides immediate feedback and information on next steps. The site also includes articles, audios and videos about depression and what to do about it. Employees may call Employee and Family Resources for immediate, confidential assistance at 877-275-6226 (24/7).

Medical marijuana discussion Oct. 12

Patients, guests and employees are invited to a medical marijuana panel discussion, part of the Smilow Wellness Workshop Series, 5:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 12, 55 Park St. auditorium. Medical marijuana can be used to treat cancer, glaucoma, psoriatic arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions, but the process is not as simple as getting a prescription from a licensed physician. In this workshop, a medical doctor, advanced practice registered nurse and pharmacist who manages a local marijuana dispensary will discuss what it takes to certify and register a patient for treatment. Register online at

Healthcare Quality Week Oct. 15 - 21

During national Healthcare Quality Week, employees are invited to learn more about YNHH’s quality improvement efforts at a series of events, including a kickoff at Morning Safety Report, 8 am Tuesday, Oct. 17, Cronin Auditorium, with live streaming to the 55 Park St. Auditorium and off sites. A digital display featuring posters on quality improvement projects will be shown 9 am - 3 pm Wednesday, Oct. 18, outside the YSC cafeteria and 9 am - 3 pm Thursday, Oct. 19, outside the SRC cafeteria. This year will feature a “virtual” event with a Quality Week tool kit available via the YNHH intranet. Sponsored by the Nursing Quality and Safety Council.

Pharmacy Technician Training Program available

YNHH offers an education and training program for employees and others interested in becoming a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist performing duties such as refilling medication dispensing machines, managing emergency medications, preparing sterile and non-sterile compounds and helping to manage medication inventory. YNHH’s 20-week program includes classroom instruction, hands-on training in a simulation lab and real-world training. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and adequate performance on a mathematics exam. Tuition is $3,350, but can be covered by the hospital’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. For additional requirements and information call 203-688-8456 or email: [email protected].

Upcoming health lectures and events

To register, visit
  • The Truth Behind Probiotics: 7 - 8 pm Wednesday, Sept. 27, Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike
  • New Advances in Colon Cancer Screening: 6 - 7 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 3, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus
  • Impact of Information Technology on Health Care: 6 - 7 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 11, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus
  • Skin Cancer - A Topical Discussion: 7 - 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 11, Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike. Online registration not available; call 888-700-6543
  • Treatment for Sleep Apnea - A Personalized Approach: 4 - 6 pm Thursday, Oct. 12, Yale West Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, #800, Orange. Call 203-785-4163