Thanks for the post.. I live in the next town over, although I hadn't heard of the change. If does seem highly coincidental that the chosen color happens to be the Yale blue, but like the employees in the article said, it really doesn't matter; and from a patients point of view, it makes a lot of sense to have a standardized uniforms.
The last paragraph is pretty sad though..
"On another bench, a black nurse, who declined to give his name, said the color of his uniform doesn't fix a bigger problem. He said in his six years at the hospital, patients often mistake him for a transport worker or an aide because of the color of his skin. One patient asked him for identification when he entered the room to give care, he said. "it doesn't matter what color you're wearing," he said, "all they see is brown."
I'm a little surprised, given that New Haven has such diverse range of ethnic groups. I would guess that these comments come from patients who are brought in from outside the area, but who knows..