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August 19, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate’s State Fair exhibit features a free bike helmets, health screenings and a chat with a doc

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The “Doctor is In” and available to answer questions from fairgoers who visit Upstate Medical University’s exhibit at the New York State Fair, weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Located in the Science and Industry Building, Upstate’s exhibit is open Aug. 22 through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition to ‘Doctor is In,’ the exhibit also boasts an exciting line-up of interactive and informative activities, including a giveaway of 800 children’s bicycle helmets, free glaucoma testing and free blood pressure checks. Experts also will be available to discuss a variety of health topics, including sports concussions, poison prevention, cancer prevention, smoking cessation, how to treat wounds that won’t heal, to name a few.

“This year’s exhibit offers information and activities on an assortment of services for the public,” says Upstate’s Exhibit Coordinator Darcy DiBiase of the Marketing and University Communications Department. “We have ‘oldies but goodies’ like our free health screenings and have further expanded our popular free helmet giveaway to make it even bigger. We also look forward to introducing a few of Upstate’s newest initiatives, like the Women’s Health Network’s membership drive; GEM Care, the emergency department unit tailored for people 65 and older; and our new ‘Doctor is In’ segment that features a Q and A with our physicians.” DiBiase adds, “We will have tons of handouts regarding our health services and of course plenty of free giveaways.”

Below is a daily listing of departments, programs featured at Upstate’s exhibit.

Thursday, Aug. 22
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. Mark Polhemus, MD, will be available to discuss clinical trials.
• Upstate Urology. Physicians will be available to discuss urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, kidney stones and more.
• Upstate Concussion Center. Recognize and prevent concussion, learn about post-injury evaluation and management.
• Clinical Trials. Learn more about what a clinical trial is and how it can improve your health and the health of others.
• Center for Global Health and Transitional Medicine. Learn about diseases of the developing world and how they can affect us.

Friday, Aug. 23
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. Christine Stork, PharmD, and Lee Livermore will be available to discuss poison prevention.
• Upstate New York Poison Center. Learn about poison prevention with a Look-alike display, information on current drugs of abuse and new dosing guidelines for children’s medications.
• Upstate Orthopedics. Learn about the OrthoNOW! program that provides pediatric and adult immediate care for sprains, breaks, dislocations, and sports injuries.
• Advanced Practice Services. What’s an NP and PA? Learn why they are important to you. Information on the Affordable Care Act will also be available.

Saturday, Aug. 24
• Helmet Giveaway. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, children will be fitted for free bike helmets. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Bike helmet safety education will be provided by medical professionals from Upstate’s Trauma and Pediatric Neurosurgery departments. Child will sign a “contract” committing to safe biking behavior.
• Nursing Recruiting. Nursing jobs now available! Get all the information you need to start a rewarding career, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25
• Hyperbaric and Wound Center. Have a wound that won’t heal? Learn about new techniques to heal chronic non-healing wounds.
• Nurse Recruiting. Interested in becoming a nurse? Get all the information you need to start a rewarding career.
• Women’s Health Network membership drive. Take control of your health! Sign up and receive alerts to exclusive events, access to support groups and seminars, small group Q & A sessions with doctors and the first opportunity to attend free, special events throughout the year.

Monday, Aug. 26
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. Leslie Kohman, MD, will be available to discuss cancer prevention, early detection and treatment strategies, and provide an update on the Upstate Cancer Center construction.
• Upstate Cancer Center. Information on cancer prevention, early detection and treatment strategies. Update on the Upstate Cancer Center construction.
• Radiology. Imaging displays and Information on the unique services and specialties of Upstate Radiology.
• Smoking Cessation. Tips and tricks to help kick the smoking habit.
• Geriatrics. Information on outpatient services at University Geriatricians/Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of CNY, and on Alzheimer’s disease.
• Center for Vision Care, Department of Ophthalmology. Staff will offer glaucoma testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. Jamie Ciaccio, MD, will be available to discuss GEM Care, Upstate’s new Senior Emergency Department and providing emergency care to the geriatric population.
• Heart and Vascular Center. Blood pressure checks available all day.
• Upstate Orthopedics. See Aug. 23 listing.
• GEM Care. Learn about Upstate’s new Senior Emergency Department located on the Community Campus.

Wednesday, Aug. 28
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. Heather Shannon will be available to discuss Upstate’s Midwifery program.
• Bariatric Surgery Program. Learn about your options for weight loss surgery.
• Jim and DeDe Walsh Birth Center. Learn about your birthing options available at Upstate’s Community Campus.
• Midwifery. More than babies, stop in for real talk about women’s health issues.
• Strong Women Strong Hearts. Blood pressure checks available all day.
• Women’s Health Network membership drive. See Aug. 25 listing.

Thursday, Aug. 29
• The Doctor is In, 11 a.m. to noon. Jeremy Joslin, MD, will be available to discuss Emergency Medicine.
• Stroke Center. Act fast for stroke. Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911.
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Information on acute care and rehabilitation for in-hospital stay and progression to rehabilitation unit; equipment descriptions and use.
• University Pathology Laboratory. Find out where all the blood draw sites are in your area. And get the answers to some FAQ’s.

Friday, Aug. 30
• The Doctor is In. 11 a.m. to noon. David Sadowitz, MD, will be available to discuss the programs and services offered at Upstate Golisano After Hours Care.
• Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Stop in for a visit with Syracuse’s only children’s hospital.
• Upstate Golisano After Hours Care. Located at Upstate’s Community Campus, this first-ever after-hours-care-for-kids program offers a welcome alternative to the ER for kids from birth through age 21.
• Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center will describe the signs and symptoms of Autism and Asperger’s disorder. Kidspeak Puppet workshop.
• Safe Kids Upstate N.Y. Learn about child safety and injury prevention risk areas.
• Health Sciences Library and the Family Resource Center. Learn how to find reliable information about drugs, therapies, treatments and more on the internet and from community resources. Get information on the Affordable Care Act.

Saturday, Aug. 31
• NYS Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP). Anyone can get osteoporosis. Will you?
• Women’s Health Network membership drive. See Aug. 25 listing.
• Epic MyChart. Patients can now access their health records through a secure Web portal or smartphone app. Get access today.

Sunday, Sept. 1
• Women’s Health Network membership drive. See Aug. 25 listing.

Monday, Sept. 2
• Women’s Health Network membership drive. See Aug. 25 listing.

Caption: Upstate Medical University pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza (wearing helmet) draws a crowd at Upstate’s annual Bike Helmet giveaway at the New York State Fair. Upstate will once again give away free children’s bicycle helmets—800 in all— at this year’s fair on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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