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Upstate Announcements for October 4, 2022

Office of Institutional Equity updates reporting and investigation procedure  

Upstate’s Office of Institutional Equity has revised the reporting and investigation procedure regarding claims of protected class discrimination and harassment. The revised procedure now includes the option for informal resolution. A copy of the revised procedure and a flow chart is available at: https://www.upstate.edu/equity/complaints/index.php. For more information, contact Katie King at kingkath@upstate.edu or 315-464-9590.

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Brightspace will replace Blackboard

Upstate will move from Blackboard to Brightspace as its Learning Management System for both credit courses and employee training courses beginning Dec. 2. For details on using Brightspace to complete employee training, visit:

https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/intra/brightspace_announcement_for_staff.pdf.

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Diabetes study seeks participants

Upstate’s Endocrine Research Team seeks insulin-users age 65 or older for a research study using a continuous glucose monitor. Participants will receive devices, supplies, support from diabetes educators, and compensation for time and expenses. For more information, email bulgerj@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9008.

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New e-signature policy announced

A new Upstate policy for electronic signatures used to sign internal, external, and agency-to-agency agreements, documents, contracts, or requisitions has been established. The policy outlines appropriate use of e-signatures as an acceptable alternative to handwritten signatures for documents requiring signatures or acknowledgements in an electronic format. Electronic signatures must identify an individual and ensures the individual understands and intends to carry out whatever is stipulated in the document being signed. The purpose of utilizing an electronic signature is to allow individuals a more efficient and effective way to complete, sign, and submit the applicable documents for Upstate business purposes. The policy can be located in the MCN policy manual (UW E-16) and E-signature Business Analysis and Risk Assessment form (Forms manual ID# F95502). For more information, contact Shawn O’Reilly at 315-464-4093 or oreillys@upstate.edu.

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Well NYS Everyday webinar is Oct. 6 

Well NYS Everyday webinar is Oct. 6 from noon to 12:30 p.m. Lauren Story, MS, CWP, will present Know Your Numbers. Story will discuss preventive health screenings, body mass index, waist measurement, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and lifestyle choices. To register for this session, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=t4f12194e8b4f82660134c6ea6e6ac85a

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Blood Drive is Oct. 6 and 7 

A blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building, next to Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. Hurricane Ian has caused a blood shortage due to storms and blood drive cancellations in Florida. Donations will help keep our patients here and those in the nation safe. 

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Physician Assistant class of 2024 to host T-shirt sale Oct. 10

Upstate’s Physician Assistant class of 2024 will hold a T-shirt sale Oct. 10 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $15 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit A Tiny Home for Good, a charitable organization that helps to build houses for the homeless in Syracuse. For online sales, email Layalee Ashkar at AshkarLa@Upstate.edu.

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Schwartz Rounds is Oct. 11

Schwartz Rounds will be held Oct. 11 at noon via Zoom. The session will cover assaults at work from the pediatric provider’s perspective and the reticence of staff to use any force against aggressive patients. All staff welcome. 1 hour of CME/CE will be awarded for attendance. 

For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu. To join, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/tJMoce6trzgoHtEmh9b8OumrTR3EutBbPNqF/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCvqz0tH9WWsh2CRowEGY_oKO_zmHZBgrd4kRe8AXh8dw7kAtARF6drMtrg.

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Hospital at Home information session is Oct. 12

All inpatient and primary caregivers are invited to learn more about Upstate’s Hospital at Home program Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 12:15 p.m. via WebEx. Diane Nanno, RN, director of Transitional Care, will review patient criteria and services offered. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m4db685d95d604ad985ea0d6cf633ca4a.

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Pet visits for staff are Oct. 12 and 18 

Pet visits for staff will be held Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Community and Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the CUBE, Room 1101 at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email Vicki Casper at CasperV@Upstate.edu.

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HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety is Oct. 13

A virtual HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety in the fall and winter months will be held Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Tamara Roberts, MSN, RN, burn program manager at Upstate’s Clark Burn Center, will provide simple and effective methods to prevent fires and burns in and around the home. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcuCoqzoqGtOQNx371hicR_wqI1PaMOiw. The event is free and open to the public.

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Workshop on grief and film screening is Oct. 13 through 15

The Upstate Nursing Alumni Association Whitney Foundation Lectureship Endowment, College of Nursing, Consortium for Culture and Medicine, and Colgate University will host three days of artist/nurse-in-residence events. Covid nurse and dancer/choreographer devynn emory will lead a workshop, install a public grief altar, and offer a multidisciplinary panel discussion following a screening of the film of their dance performance that draws on their experiences with end-of-life care. All events are free and open to the Upstate community. Registration is open now online and is encouraged. Events are as follows:

—Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building: A movement and writing workshop centered on processing grief and healing for healthcare professionals and others, called collaborating with grief, moving toward connection, a space for healthcare professionals. 

—Oct. 13 from 3 p.m. through Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.: Visit the grief altar, called can anybody help me hold this body, at Onondaga Lake Park. 

—Oct. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building and online: A screening of the film, called deadbird, and post-film panel discussion 

For more information and to register for all events, visit www.deadbird.land/syracuse-hamilton. Upstate contact is Caitlin Nye at NyeC@Upstate.edu

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Order Starburst thank you candygram by Oct. 14

Send your co-worker(s) a Starburst thank you candygram to express your appreciation for all they do. Orders are due by Oct. 14. There is no cost to order. Cards, envelopes and Starbursts will be sent to you to fill out and send through interoffice mail. Submit your order no later than Oct. 14 at: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/order-candy-grams.php.

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Making Strides is Oct. 16

Join Team Upstate for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 16in Clinton Square. A Team Upstate photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Making Strides supports the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, patient support and advocacy programs. For more information and registration, visit  https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?company_id=253216&fr_id=103004&pagename=strides_company&fr_id=103004 or email Chris Benton at bentonch@upstate.edu.

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Nursing Grand Rounds is Oct. 18

Laura McBreairty, RN, BSN, CAP5, will present Cardiac Testing: Improving Nursing Staff Education for Better Patient Care and Outcomes Oct. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The presentation will be recorded for viewing via blackboard course #251. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE for the live presentation only. To join the meeting, use Meeting number: 2309 892 5375 and Password: BZtMNJvY348 and the following link: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m8dba99bb65f56e037c4f5dfecc094fea. For more information, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu.

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Blood Drive is Oct. 19

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Community Hospital cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. Hurricane Ian has caused a blood shortage due to storms and blood drive cancellations in Florida. Donations will help keep our patients here and those in the nation safe. 

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Sock Out Cancer benefit concerts are Oct. 20 and 21

Sock Out Cancer, a nonprofit that aids financially distressed cancer patients and their families, will host The Music of Journey and Boston benefit concert  Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and Friday, Oct. 21 at The Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. The concert features Fran Cosmo, former lead vocalist of Boston, and Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey. Concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund and the Sock Out Cancer Fund for Southern Tier Pediatric Patients and Families, both held at the Upstate Foundation, to address unmet needs of oncology patients and their families. 

Tickets are $35 each for the general public via Ticketmaster and at the venue box offices. Upstate employees and their guests receive $10 off each ticket. To receive the discount, click on the “Unlock” box and Enter Offer Passcode: SOC22. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets for either concert, visit https://www.sockoutcancer.org/concerts.

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T-shirt sale for Clark Burn Center is Oct. 21

A T-shirt sale to support Clark Burn Center will be held Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20 each or two for $35. Cash, check and Venmo will be accepted for payment. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu

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Pathway to Wellness T-shirt sale is Oct. 26 

A Pathway to Wellness T-shirt sale will be held Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Funds support wellness programs at Upstate. Questions? Email: BriskS@Upstate.eduSellersB@Upstate.eduButterJo@Upstate.edu, or SamesC@Upstate.edu

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Psychological First Aid training is Oct. 27

Psychological First Aid training will be held online Oct. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Psychological First Aid is an early intervention tool that can be used to support anyone who is stressed or distressed, including patients, clients, and colleagues. The training will present a toolkit of supportive elements that can be used to help others, regardless of the setting or source of the stress, in order to remove barriers to natural resilience. To register, visit: Psychological First Aid. For more information about the training, visit: Program details. Questions? Email prepedap@health.ny.gov or call 518-474-2893.

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Presentation on James Webb Space Telescope is Oct. 28

Randy Kimble, PhD, integration and test project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, will discuss the James Webb Space Telescope Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. This event will be held in-person only. To learn more about Randy Kimble, visit: https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/meetTheTeam/people/kimble.html. For questions on the presentation, email Adam Waickman at WaickmaA@Upstate.edu.

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Addiction Psychiatry Conference is Nov. 4

Save the date for the 4th annual Addiction Psychiatry Conference, to be held Nov. 4. Location details, full schedule, and registration information will be forthcoming. The event will focus on opioid use, opioid use disorder, and social determinants of health as related to opioid use. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.

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Limb Preservation in 2022 is Nov. 5

Limb Preservation in 2022: Innovations and Advancements will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Experts from Vasculary Surgery, Endovascular Service, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Wound Care will provide information on limb preservation, including: arterial and venous pathology, neuropathy, foot problems associated with diabetes, and advanced wound care. Pre-registration is required, here: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/17845. Questions? Email Rosemarie More at MoreR@Upstate.edu.

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Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Nov. 7

The annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture will be held Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. The lecture will include a keynote address by Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. Honors will be given to Jeanette Danielle McGinness, Stacy Daniele Huvane and Bernadette Salvatore. All members of the Upstate community are welcome. For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu or 315-464-4517.

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Community Giving Campaign open through Dec. 15 

Upstate’s 2022 Community Giving Campaign runs until Dec. 15. To donate please visit self-serve and click the e-pledge button on your home screen. To hear inspirational stories from some of the agencies employees can donate to please visit: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/reps-resources/agency-videos.php.

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Mindful Meditation is each Tuesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will offer 15 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA.

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Sales at Lori’s Gift Shop at Upstate

Lori’s Gift Shop in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness month in October by donating 20 percent of the sales of all Breast Cancer Awareness products to Susan G. Komen. Questions? Email Jonathan Adler.

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The Informed Patient: ADHD in adults, polio update, infant nutrition guidelines

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include how ADHD affects adults, why polio has re-emerged, and important nutrients for infants. Guests include:

Psychologist and researcher Stephen Faraone, PhD, on diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults.

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Leonard Weiner, MD, on polio, its recent reappearances and its prevention

Pediatric gastroenterologist Aamer Imdad, MD, on the importance of vitamin A and iron for babies.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.

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