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Upstate Announcements for March 9, 2021

Upstate Remembers to honor Upstate’s Covid patients and staff with a minute of silence and an online service

Upstate Remembers will take place for the entire Upstate community March 18 at 8 p.m. and March 19 at 11 a.m. Listen for the bell and pause for a minute to remember the Upstate Covid patients who have passed away and to honor our staff who have worked incredibly hard throughout this ongoing pandemic.

Electric votive candles to light during the minute of silence will be available for pick up in the main lobbies of Upstate’s downtown and community hospitals next week.

Upstate Remembers will include an online service with remarks from President Dewan, CEO Corona, Spiritual Care’s Rev. Terry Culbertson, and a performance of Amazing Grace sung by Chevelle Jones-Moore. A link to watch the service will be forthcoming. 

The words ‘Upstate Remembers’ will be illuminated on the exterior of Upstate University Hospital March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Upstate Strong ear loop masks available now at many Upstate entryways

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, recognizing the incredible journey of the past 12 months, wishes to provide a reminder that recognizes the organizational character that makes Upstate special—the strength and resilience of Upstate’s staff and students. In collaboration with President Dewan, Materials Management is pleased to offer Upstate Strong-branded face masks. 

The disposable ear loop masks will be provided to staff and visitors entering most Upstate buildings, until supplies are exhausted. The logo is dye-free and heat-pressed into the mask and does not impact the integrity of the mask. Working with official Upstate suppliers, these were obtained at no additional cost and are consistent with our current ear-loop masks (Lawson# 72043).

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Upstate cafeterias rollout new wellness initiative featuring healthy options

Morrison Heathcare’s new WellPower initiative will be featured in Upstate cafeterias at both campuses. Bold identifiers will highlight fit, vegetarian and vegan items. Better-for-you sides, entrees and snacks will be available for purchase. Morrison’s goal is to create an environment where guests have the power to make healthy choices in the Upstate cafeterias. The launch will begin March 17 at Upstate University Hospital and March 19 at Upstate Community Hospital.

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Anonymous Covid-19 vaccine survey seeks input; survey has been extended

Part two of an anonymous Covid-19 vaccine survey takes five minutes or less to complete. The survey focuses on thoughts and behaviors surrounding Covid-19 vaccination. Whether you received Covid-19 vaccine or not, we are interested in your opinion. The anonymous survey is available online at: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=3MWYCDR7P4. The survey link is also available on PCs throughout campus as a syringe icon on the desktop. To receive assistance with survey completion, email Dr. Jana Shaw at shawja@upstate.edu.

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Orthopedic Grand Rounds is March 10

James Buschbach, MD, will present Outpatient vs. Inpatient Hip and Knee Arthroplasty March 10 at 8 a.m. To receive CME credit, log into the Zoom using your name. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/126439151?pwd=c2tJRzJTcFZ2RWNlM0JMTXc3eGw1dz09 or go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 126 439 151 and password: Ortho. Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 126 439 151. Mute your microphones upon joining the meeting to help eliminate background noise.

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Upstate Vector Biocontainment Laboratory panel discussion is March 12

A virtual panel discussion focused on the new Upstate Vector Biocontainment Laboratory will be held Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The new lab, slated to open this month, is a state-of-the-art BSL-3 laboratory that will serve as a critical resource in the global fight against infectious diseases. The virtual panel will discuss the resources and capabilities of the lab and how they will support comprehensive research on infectious diseases—with special emphasis on Covid-19, tick and mosquito-borne diseases. To join the Zoom March 12, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/96501415035. 

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Dearing Writing Award entries due March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual writing award competition closes Friday, March 12. The competition is open to all Upstate residents, employees, faculty, and matriculated students. Works of fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir are welcome. The subject matter is open.

Two copies are required. The first copy should include: the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than five poems.

Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7.  Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the publication, visit www.TheHealingMuse.org. 

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Submit individual photos for Hospital Week by March 15

In preparation for Upstate’s National Hospital Week celebration May 9 to 15, submit individual staff photos (no groups) to be featured in our online gallery and printed materials. Photo guidelines are: no group shots, must be individual photos, selfies are acceptable, mask or no mask is okay, show your Upstate pride. Photos are due March 15. Email to Megan Chase at ChaseM@Upstate.edu with Hospital Week in the subject line. 

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Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds is March 16

Nancy Page MS, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate Nursing 2020 Year End Review: RN Satisfaction Survey Results, The Pandemic Journey and Pending Legislation on Tuesday, March 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. Rounds will be recorded for viewing via Blackboard course #3490. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Holly Briere at briereh@upstate.edu. 

To register, enter your full name and email address. Meeting information is as follows: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m480580be19553a98421cafef732ab600  Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021 1:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada); Meeting number: 160 714 0365 and Password: MygabpAD234. Join by video system dial 1607140365@upstate.webex.com or dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Access code: 160 714 0365.

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HealthLink featuring Dr. Stephen Waterford is March 16

HealthLink will feature Upstate’s Dr. Stephen Waterford in a live Zoom March 16 at 6 p.m. Up to 6 million Americans have the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Dr. Waterford’s presentation is geared to the lay public and will offer information about causes and treatment for A-fib, including the newest TT Maze procedure which can halt the rhythm and reduce the risk of stroke. This event is live. Register for a Zoom link here

https://www.upstate.edu/webcal/main.php?view=event&calendarid=healthlink&eventid=1614631582562 or call 315-464-8668.

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Session on ergonomics and productivity is March 17

Join Becky Ossevoort, Upstate’s ergonomic specialist, for a presentation on how ergonomics can improve productivity. Why Can’t I Get Anything Done will be held March 17 at noon via WebEx. Tips on how to make your office space healthier and more efficient will be discussed. Presentation is 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q and A. To join, visit https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. Follow Upstate Pathway to Wellness on Facebook for more. 

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HealthLink with Dr. Bernard Poiesz is March 25

Bernard Poiesz, MD, will discuss recent advances in the systemic treatment of prostate cancer March 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom. About 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Most prostate cancers are found in the prostate and nearby organs. Join Dr. Poiesz in this presentation geared to the lay public to learn about the recent advances in the treatment of prostate cancer. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/rsvp/index.php?eventid=1614698166917&emp=r%22%3EOnline.

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Donate Life Month begins April 1

April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month. To show your support, add the donor registration link to your email signature and encourage others to become a donor. To sign up to become an organ donor, visit: https://donatelife.ny.gov/ref/FLDRNUpstateMyChart.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Town Hall is April 7

Join Chief Diversity Officer Daryll Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, for a Town Hall April 7 to discuss Upstate’s action plan to address diversity, equity and inclusion and create a stronger sense of belonging on our campus. More information will be forthcoming.

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2020 Dependent Care and Health Care Spending reminders

Dependent Care Advantage Account: A grace period is now available for the 2020 plan year. The grace period provides eligible participants with an additional 2 1/2 months (January 1 to March 15) to incur dependent care expenses for reimbursement from the remaining balance of their 2020 DCAA. The last day to submit DCAA claims is March 31, 2021 for expenses incurred through March 15, 2021. The grace period will allow employees to utilize any unused amounts in their DCAA that would normally be forfeited at the end of a plan year. The grace period is applicable for the DCAA only, as long as the employee had a DCAA as of December 31, 2020.

Health Care Spending Account: A carryover is now available for the 2020 plan year. The carryover provides eligible employees to use up to $500 of monies remaining in their 2020 HCSA toward eligible expenses incurred during the 2021 calendar year. The carryover will allow employees to utilize unused amounts in their HCSA that would normally be forfeited at the end of a plan year. To check on a 2020 HCSA balance, visit participant.wageworks.com/nysfsa or call 1-800-358-7207.

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Upstate Employee Assistance Program is available for Upstate staff

Upstate offers a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is designed to offer confidential, professional help to New York state and Research Foundation staff and their family members. EAP offers help with everything from balancing work-life balance issues that may impact performance to personal difficulties. EAP services are confidential, voluntary, and offered at no cost to employees and their families. To learn more about EAP visit: https://www.upstate.edu/eap/.  Resources also available through the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at https://goer.ny.gov/employee-assistance-program/.

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HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts discussing a variety of topics

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air were: social worker Antonia Canuso-Reiner, Assistant Dean of Wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, otolaryngologist Brian Nicholas, MD, and associate professor of bioethics and humanities Deirdre Neilen, PhD. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio talk show produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications, available through podcast searches and broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org

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