The Gift of Saying Goodbye
One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has prevented hospitalized patients from having visitors, leaving patients to die alone and depriving families of a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. But the nurses and clinical staff on EP9-5, the infectious disease unit at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), have made it possible for many patients and families to actually have that final goodbye.
Art therapy: helping families cope with cancer
A new art therapy program at Yale Medicine Cancer Center is designed to help patients and their loved ones bond as well as to cope with fear and grief. Using a variety of tools and media, including pencils, pastels, markers, acrylic paint, collage and clay, the art therapist, Elizabeth Ferguson, helps patients and their families express strong feelings.Source: Yale Medicine
Staff Spotlight: Tina Tolomeo focuses on efficiency
This year Concettina Tolomeo, APRN, led an efficient new effort to bring 19 new pediatric physicians on board. She said, “Our goal was to have each new faculty member ready to see patients in the clinic and the hospital within two weeks of arriving.”
New gynecology division will expand primary care for women
Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences has created a new division devoted specifically to gynecology. By expanding access to gynecological services for women in New Haven, the division’s doctors feel they are casting a wider net for primary care.
A new director in Fair Haven
When Katrina Clark, M.P.H. ’71, took the helm of Fair Haven Community Health Center 40 years ago, it was a walk-in clinic open two evenings a week in a local elementary school that provided 500 visits during its first year. When she retired in June, Clark was the executive director of a federally qualified health center housed in three buildings that provides 65,000 visits a year.
From back pains to bee stings, Yale docs keep tennis pros and fans healthy
When promoter Jim Westhall brought pro tennis to New Haven in 1990, the wooden spectator stands on the Yale campus filled with as many as 5,000 fans. “All the big names were here,” recalled Peter Jokl, M.D., chief of sports medicine and vice chair and professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.
As kids’ sports intensify, doctors see more injuries
Morgan O’Regan was skiing with her family when she fell and hurt her right knee. “It was a bit swollen, so we thought she’d twisted it,” says her mother, Kathy. But when it failed to improve with ice and elevation, she took Morgan for an MRI. The images showed what is properly known as a tibial eminence fracture, the childhood equivalent of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the knee injury seen all-too-commonly in the adolescent athletes