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Upstate Announcements for November 4, 2021

Extension of annual vacation leave expiration date

The Governor’s Office of Employee relations has reached agreements with CSEA, PEF, UUP, NYSCOPBA, and PBANYS unions on the upcoming annual vacation leave expiration date, which has been extended to Dec. 31, 2022. The extension also applies to Management Confidential and SUNY Research Foundation employees. Unused vacation leave can now be carried through Dec. 31, 2022 for these groups. The maximum vacation lump sum pay out at the time of separation for most employees is still 30 days.

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RN Helper roles available; classes Nov. 5, 11, 16, 22

Inpatient adult, pediatric, and emergency departments are in need of assistance from RN Helpers, particularly on the evening and night shifts. RNs who are able to sign up for OT/ET or extra service shifts, or can volunteer free time to work as an RN Helper, visit the Labor Pool website to sign up: https://www.upstate.edu/ipage/intra/admins/labor-pool.php

For individuals who have been away from the bedside for a while and would like to freshen up skills, classes will be held Nov. 5, 11, 16 and 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 1328B Upstate University Hospital. Sign up for RN Bedside Skills Brush-Up Class here: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php

RN Helpers are not asked to take a patient care assignment and will not be asked to do tasks for which they do not feel prepared. Every little bit of assistance is helpful and greatly appreciated—providing personal hygiene, turning, positioning, assistance with ADLs.

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RF open enrollment office hours are Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26

The Research Foundation Benefits Department will host office hours to answer questions about open enrollment Fridays, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_research.php

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Burn Run is Nov. 7

The 15th annual Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 7 at the East Syracuse Fire Department. The event supports the Burn Foundation of CNY. For race details, visit: http://www.theburnrun.org. To register, visit Run Sign Up Burn Run. Questions? Call Paul Knierman at 315-374-1111.

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Schwartz Rounds is Nov. 9

Schwartz Rounds will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at noon via Zoom. The topic to be discussed is safety in the age of threatening behavior toward staff. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join ID: 590 776 0027; Password:1234. Schwartz Rounds gently addresses the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, their families, and staff. Rounds allows staff to share between disciplines, and assists in releasing stress by sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff are welcome. One hour of CME/CE will be given for attendance. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.

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Sign the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer banner through Nov. 12

Stop by the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center now through Nov. 12 to sign the banner for Shine a Light on Lung Cancer. Sign your name to honor someone who has battled or is battling lung cancer. The banner will be displayed at Lung Cancer Awareness Night at the Syracuse Crunch game on Saturday, Nov. 13.

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Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event is Nov. 13

Help us Shine a Light on Lung Cancer with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer aims to raise awareness for lung cancer. Giveaways, information tables, digital messages, in game announcements, and much more will be offered. There are a limited number of free tickets available. To reserve tickets, email Chris Benton at bentonch@upstate.edu.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia is Nov. 15

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia will be held Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3CUAQK4. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia is an education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association CNY. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, it is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about: the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources

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White Out Wednesday is Nov. 17

Wear white and meet up for a group photo for Lung Cancer Awareness Month Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. The photo will be posted on Upstate Cancer Center social media. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required.

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CNY Season of Giving Wellness event runs through Nov. 30

Join the CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event and support Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital with every activity you log. Using the app, individuals are able to raise money and earn points to the live leaderboard for completing wellness activities like running, walking, yoga, stretching, biking, meditation, volunteer hours, and 50+ other healthy options. Efforts will unlock up to $16,000 in matching donations thanks to our sponsor, the Pinnacle Family of Companies. The event runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit: Kilter Event: CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event (kilterrewards.com)

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Volunteers sought for meningitis clinical trial

Upstate seeks healthy volunteers between ages 15 and 25 for a clinical trial involving the efficacy of a new pentavalent meningococcal vaccine in healthy adolescents and adults, who have previously received one dose of quadrivalent vaccine. Upstate Medical University pediatric infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD, is the principal investigator of the study, to evaluate how a new combination vaccine against all 5 types compares to the two different vaccines being used in this age group already. Upstate is working with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in developing the new combination vaccine intended to protect against five of the most prevalent serogroups of the bacteria causing meningitis. To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study team at 315-706-5636 or anwarn@upstate.edu.

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Community Giving Campaign message from Dr. Chin

Please take 45 seconds to listen to Dr. Chin’s message about the Community Giving Campaign. ”It takes two minutes to donate. Pick the agencies you want to give to and you’re done. Your donation goes to people who really need it.” To watch, visit: https://youtu.be/-XUke680KmY.

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Clark Burn Center hosts annual Sock, Mitten, Glove and Hat Drive

New socks, mittens, gloves and hats may be donated in closed bags and placed in collection boxes located in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital, and in the lobbies of Upstate Community Hospital, Jacobsen Hall, Sarah Loguen, and the Galleries. All items will be donated to the Syracuse Rescue Mission with frostbite prevention education information. Approximately 1,300 people die annually due to cold exposure. One factor is extended exposure to cold temperatures with improper clothing. This directly affects homeless community members. The Upstate Clark Burn Center strives to prevent injuries to all members of our community. For more information, email Tamara Burns at RobertTa@Upstate.edu.

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Applications sought for 2022 Your Cause charity  

Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate community for a Central New York agency to be its featured Your Cause charity in 2022. The Your Cause program, offers Upstate employees an opportunity to nominate a charity that will be the focus of Upstate volunteer outreach through the year. This past year’s Your Cause agency was the Rescue Mission’s Emergency Youth Shelter for LGBTQ+ adolescents. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, individuals should complete and submit application form by Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. An online application is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/your-cause/index.php. Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott in the President’s Office at prottn@upstate.edu

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2022 Holiday Calendar now available online

The 2022 Holiday Calendar is now available for both New York state and SUNY Research Foundation employees here: http://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf

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Productivity Enhancement Program for state employees is open

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) has been announced by the NYS Department of Civil Service for New York state-eligible CSEA, PEF, UUP represented and MC affiliated employees. PEP allows eligible employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation and/or personal leave) in return for a credit to be applied toward their employee share NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis for 2022. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums. For more information, please visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/pep.php.

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Flex Spending Account Program open enrollment

The 2022 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program open enrollment period for New York state employees is now open and will run through Nov. 29. To be eligible to enroll in the Flexible Spending Account Program, state employees must be annual salaried, work at least half time, meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), and be expected to be employed for the entire 2022 calendar year. For more information go to https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php

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Live webinars on financial essentials available through HR

For a list of TIAA live webinars, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php. To register or watch past presentations, visit www.tiaa.org/webinars.

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Open enrollment for Research Foundation employees

The health, dental, vision care plans, and Flex Spending Account open enrollment period for Research Foundation employees is open now through Nov. 30. The Benefits Bulletin (October 2021 edition) was mailed to the homes of all eligible staff. Review the 2022 Health Care Plan Comparison and Biweekly Rates online here: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/rf_special_bulletin.pdf.

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NYSHIP health insurance option transfer period

The New York state 2022 Planning for Option Transfer flyer has been mailed to homes. The publication includes information about the upcoming Option Transfer Period, when you can make changes to your 2021 NYSHIP option for yourself and your enrolled dependents. Health insurance Choices for 2022, which contains a more detailed comparison of NYSHIP benefits, will be available online and from your HBA later this fall. Shortly after, be sure to check your mailbox for the 2022 rate information and Option Transfer deadlines.

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Red holiday designations

The New York State Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Unit designated Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1 as red holidays. Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule these days with staffing for essential services only. When a holiday falls on an employee’s regular scheduled day off (pass day), an employee (state and RF) who is entitled to time off with pay on days observed as holidays by the state, shall be granted compensatory time off. A compensatory day off in lieu of the holiday will be scheduled at times mutually convenient to the employee and Upstate. Eligible employees scheduled or directed to work on any such Saturday may receive additional compensation in lieu such compensatory time in accordance with state attendance rules. To review the calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf

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Volunteers sought for vaccine clinical trial

Health volunteers ages 18 to 60 are sought to participate in a vaccine clinical trial. For more information, contact Keely Terrillion from Global Health at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869. Parking and compensation are included.

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Ergonomic Open Hours is available to state employees

Ergonomic Open Hours will be held via Zoom Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. State employees can speak with an ergonomist to discuss how to better fit their work areas to their specific needs to avoid pains and strains whenever possible. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/new_staff/work_life/ergonomics/resources.php

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Radiology T-shirt sale is open

To purchase a long-sleeved T-shirt in blue tie-dye or black, email Kristyna Azzoto at AzzotoK@Upstate.edu. Shirts are $20 each and are unisex sizing. Shirts are on sale through Nov. 28.

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