Arthritis lecture Nov. 9

All are invited to a free lecture, “Arthritis in Daily Living,” 10 - 11 am Friday, Nov. 9, Valley Shore YMCA, 201 Spencer Plain Road, Westbrook. YNHH occupational therapist Sara Cave will demonstrate and discuss simple life changes to help reduce pain and avoid further joint issues. Register online at, or call 888-700-6543.

Celebrations for employee veterans Nov. 12

To mark National Veterans Awareness Week, YNHH is holding appreciation celebrations Monday, Nov. 12. All YNHH employees who are past or current active, reserve or guard service members are invited. A breakfast will be held 7 - 9 am in the Max Taffel conference room, York Street Campus, and a lunch, noon - 2 pm in the Selina Lewis Multipurpose Room, Saint Raphael Campus. Veterans and active service members are asked to send a photo of their time in service to [email protected], or [email protected].

Pharmacy technician training program starts in December

Sessions begin Dec. 3 for YNHH’s 20-week education and training program for employees and others interested in becoming a pharmacy technician. Program 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 more information and an application, visit this site, or contact [email protected] or 203-680-6392.

YNHCH Wish Book now available

The ninth annual Wish Book, a gift list for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital patients, is available now. The book includes items suggested by hospital staff to comfort children and their families. Many Wish Book gifts are items families are unable to purchase themselves; other items include equipment that may be in short supply. The items in the 2019 book are designed for gift-giving throughout the year, not just the holidays. Please help fulfill some of these wishes and make a difference in the lives of our pediatric patients and their families. To view this year’s Wish Book and make an online donation, visit

Smilow launches Luminary Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the new Smilow Luminary Awards of Excellence, which honor people who consistently exceed performance expectations and deliver high-quality cancer care for patients, families and the health system throughout the year. Anyone may nominate or be nominated. Award categories are: Community service; optimization/innovative solutions; patient experience; leadership; and research. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2019; awards will be presented next October. Access nomination forms via the employee intranet. For information, email [email protected].

Infection Prevention information available online

Infection Prevention recently launched an intranet site that includes reference materials, FAQs, videos, guidelines, protocols, policies and tools for Yale New Haven Health employees. The site also contains information about the Infection Prevention Department and updates on system-wide surveillance prevention efforts for hospital-acquired infections such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, C-difficile infections and surgical site infections. Visit Infection Prevention on the intranet.

Blood drive at SRC Nov. 12

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Saint Raphael Campus, 7 am - 12:30 pm Monday, Nov. 12, in the cafeteria. To make an appointment contact Anne Baker, [email protected], 203-789-4010.

Upcoming health lectures and events

To register, visit

  • Hospice and Palliative Care: 6 - 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 8, Cronin Auditorium, Saint Raphael Campus
  • Make Peace with Food: Mindfulness: 7 - 8 pm Thursday, Nov. 8, Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike
  • Neuromuscular Resource Day: 8:30 am - 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 10, 201 Washington Ave. North Haven