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July 2010

Joanne Van Slyke

Joanne VanSlyke began her 35 year career at Upstate in 1975 as a Nurses Aide in Orthopedics. In 1978 she became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked on a variety of units, including Neurosurgery, Surgical/Tran/GU and Surgical/ENT/Gyn providing patient care before joining Ambulatory Procedures in 1999.

In her role as an LPN in Ambulatory Procedures, Joanne performs a variety of patient care duties in the three areas that encompass Ambulatory Procedures. In AP-1 and ODS (One Day Stay), Joanne admits patients and provides them with the necessary pre and post-procedural treatments, including patient care, starting IV’s, drawing blood and administering medications. She also works in the Pain Clinic servicing chronic pain patients with different types of pain blocks.

When asked what she enjoys the most about her position and Upstate, she replied, “I love the patient care and interacting with the families. I get to engage with a different group of patients everyday with different diagnoses. I also love the people I work with. I’m part of a very dynamic team that works together very well. I’m also an advocate of teaching about IVs, G-tubes and chest ports, and I enjoy this aspect very much.”

On her own time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, including her 7-month old granddaughter. She is an active volunteer Firefighter, Designated Officer and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Southwood Fire Department. She is also a Director with the Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman’s Association (OCVFA). She is the liaison between OCVFA and the Southern section for Onondaga County. When asked what she would want people to know about her, Joanne replied, “I’m going to be retiring in September and will miss Upstate and all the wonderful people that are part of this organization. I have had a great learning experience here and have seen many positive changes take place over the years. Upstate has afforded me many opportunities and I have enjoyed all my years here and will truly miss it.”

Joanne, you will be remembered for your many contributions, dedication to patient care, your positive energy and enthusiasm for all that you do. On behalf of the Upstate community, we wish you health and happiness as you embark on an exciting new journey and we thank you for 35 years of dedicated service to Upstate.