New director for Children’s Hospital named

Cynthia Sparer was appointed March 10 as the executive director of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and as the insitution’s vice president for women’s and children’s services. According to a press release, Sparer held executive positions at hospitals such as the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the University Hospitals of Cleveland before coming to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital as the interim executive director in May 2010. Sparer succeeds Michael Apkon SOM ’02, who was on the Yale School of Medicine faculty before serving as executive director of the YNHCH. Apkon is now the Chief Medical Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

YNHH: a top company for women executives

The National Association for Female Executives has listed Yale-New Haven Hospital as one of their top 60 companies and non-profits for executive women.

”Yale-New Haven Hospital is committed to gender equality in the workplace,” Marna Borgstrom, president and chief executive officer of Yale-New Haven Hospital, said in a statement. “It is just one of the ways Yale-New Haven distinguishes itself as an employer of choice.”

The association’s top 10 companies included Bank of America, IBM and Procter & Gamble. The companies will be honored at a dedicated luncheon in New York on March 30.

iPads at the Bedside

The Children Hospital’s chief cardiologist Alan Friedman is leading a pilot program at the hospital that involves using iPads to bring medical information to patients, the hospital announced March 4. Friedman told NBC Connecticut on March 17 that this technology allows the doctors to directly involve the patients and their parents in the diagnosis by being able to pull up all of the patients’ records and tests up on the tablet for viewing. The iPads also allow the staff to access new information about a patient more quickly, he said.