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Upstate Announcements for May 1, 2024

Memorial Service set for Stephanie Lessun May 1

A memorial service will be held for Stephanie Lessun today, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 4414 of the Academic Building. Lessun, a member of the Upstate Social Work team since 2018, died March 13. Upstate Spiritual Care is hosting the event.



beneath the surFACE art show is May 1

Upstate Cancer Center, the Syracuse City School District, and Nottingham High School will host the “beneath the surFACE” art show today, May 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at May Memorial Church, 3800 E. Genesee St. Student artists received education in health class from beneath the surFACE educators on cancer prevention strategies, including the HPV vaccine. Students then completed an art project by repurposing radiation masks from head and neck cancer patients. The art show is free and open to the public. The masks will be on display throughout May. For more information, email Martha Ryan at [email protected].



Register for Upstate’s Paige’s Butterfly Run team by May 1 for a shirt

The 28th Paige’s Butterfly Run event will take place June 8 in Downtown Syracuse. Upstate participants who register by today, May 1 will receive a shirt from the Upstate Foundation. Registration is $40 and the event includes a 5K, 3K, a relay option, virtual option, and a kids caterpillar crawl. Funds support pediatric cancer care and research at Upstate’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders. To register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Syracuse/PaigesButterflyRun5K2. Upstate team captains: Email a list of participants and shirt sizes by May 6 to Beth Kinsley at [email protected].



ProfTech update is May 1

Office supply vendor ProfTech updates to S&B Computer and Office Products today, May 1. A link will be sent to all current ProfTech users to reset passwords. Usernames will remain the same. For more information, email Rebecca Kowaleski at [email protected] or Daniel Gorman at [email protected].



Employee/Student Health at Community closed May 3

Employee/Student Health at Upstate Community Hospital will be closed Friday, May 3 and will re-open Monday, May 6 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Golisano After Hours space. This temporary relocation will allow for office renovations. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.



Walk for Brain Cancer Research is May 4

The Walk for Brain Cancer Research will be held May 4 at 10 a.m. beginning at College Place Lot at Syracuse University and ending at Upstate Cancer Center. Funds will support Debbie’s Brain Cancer Research Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. To register or donate, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/fz50XQ?vid=14yixt. Registration is $5. For more information, email Nneka Onwumere at [email protected].


Deadline to win tickets to Upstate Night at Mets game is May 6

Upstate Medical University Night at NBT Bank Stadium will be held Friday, May 17, as the Syracuse Mets host the Iowa Cubs. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Fireworks will take place following the game. To enter a random drawing to win one of 25 four-packs of tickets, email [email protected], write “Mets tickets” in the subject line, and provide your name and campus address. Deadline to enter is Monday, May 6, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by email.



Holocaust Remembrance Day presentation is May 7

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yoni Litwok, MD, critical care pulmonologist at Valley Hospital in Paramus, NJ, will present Remembering the Holocaust: The Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor Reflects on How the Holocaust Informs His Practice of Medicine Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. All are welcome. For more information, email Sarah Reckess at [email protected].



Research Technology Core REDCap trainings are May 7 and June 11

The Research Technology Core will hold monthly REDCap training webinars on the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. The sessions will alternate between basic and intermediate. The next basic session will be held May 7 and the next advanced will be held June 11. For a list of all sessions and registration links, visit: REDCap support page.



Wellness Speaks is May 8

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, medical director of Integrative Therapy and assistant dean of Wellness, will present for 10 minutes on the importance of physical wellness May 8 at 10 a.m. during Wellness Speaks. To register, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/r8f02d22b0f5e4b145d53d026e4479e46. For more information on Wellness Speaks, part of the Pathway to Wellness program, email Christine Podolak at [email protected]. For more Pathway to Wellness events, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/wellness/.



Wellness Walk with Pet A Pooch is May 8

Wellness Walk is May 8 at 11:45 a.m. at Community. The walk is sponsored by Pathway to Wellness and Pet A Pooch. To sign up for this Wellness Walk, visit: https://forms.office.com/r/87AqqDZjvm. For more information on Wellness Walk and other Pathway to Wellness events, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Nurses Week flower and cookie sales are May 8 and 9

Flowers and cookies will be available for purchase in celebration of Nurses Week May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. (locations below). Flowers are available for $2 each or $5 a bundle. Cookies are $4 each. Locations are as follows:

  • May 8 outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital
  • May 9 in the cafeteria at Community

Complimentary notes for messages will be available. Questions? Email Jennifer Flynn at [email protected].



Joey’s Wish annual walk/run 5K registration deadline is May 10

The second annual Joey’s Wish 5K will be held June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marcellus Park, 2443 Platt Rd., Marcellus. To receive a T-shirt, register by May 10. Registration is $25 and a portion of proceeds benefit the Joey’s Wish fund, with a goal of helping to end the addiction crisis. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joeys-wish-incs-2nd-annual-5k-run1-mile-walk-tickets-805745505497. Questions? Email Ann Morrell at [email protected].



Input is requested for practitioner well-being by May 10

Upstate's medical staff, including physicians and APPs, are encouraged to complete this anonymous assessment of current well-being at Upstate, which will take approximately 10 minutes. Many existing programs have been implemented from your prior input.  Results will be shared and reporting for questions with fewer than 6 responses will be suppressed to preserve anonymity. To take the assessment, visit: https://amawellbeingsurvey.org/take-survey/2506389217453.



National Hospital Week celebration is May 13 to 17

Upstate will celebrate National Hospital Week May 13 to 17. For details, links, contests, video, and messages, visit: www.upstate.edu/hospitalweek.



Upstate Trauma shirt sale is May 14

Upstate Trauma celebrates its 10th anniversary as a verified trauma center with a T-shirt sale Tuesday, May 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. No pre-orders. Shirts available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Schwartz Rounds is May 14

Schwartz Rounds will be held Tuesday, May 14 at noon in C1076 A/B/C Upstate Cancer Center. Panelists will discuss “When there is no playbook: Baptized by fire,” sharing their personal experiences with facing challenges or emergencies for which there is no established protocol or guidelines to follow. Sudden workplace loss and grief being one of the unanticipated challenges. Schwartz Rounds is open to all departments at Upstate and supports staff by offering a compassionate listening environment. 1 CE hour is available for participants. Questions? Email Zeynab Mancini at [email protected].



TraumaFest is May 15

Upstate TraumaFest will be held Wednesday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Elizabeth Blackwell Street, near Jacobsen Hall. Syracuse Fire, AMR, LifeNet, Mercy Flight, University Police, Toss and Fire, and PB&J Lunchbox will be on site. The event is open to the Upstate community. For more information on TraumaFest, email Upstate Trauma at [email protected].



Upstate Foundation annual “Power of Us” employee giving program opens May 15 with 2X match

Put some spring in your step during the month of May by helping to solve a crisis in the CNY community. Employees will receive email information on how to help through the Upstate Foundation’s Power of Us program. This year’s featured fund supports the campaign for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The Foundation is close to reaching its goal to provide funding for training, staff, and services to help meet the needs of CNY children and teens who are struggling with long wait times to get the help they need. Power of Us is the Foundation’s spring employee giving program, and it’s the most convenient for Upstate employees to do through payroll deduction. There are no administrative fees, so 100 percent of each gift goes to the cause of the donor’s choice.

Help this critically important campaign meet its goal by clicking the link in the email coming soon to your Upstate inbox or visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/EmployeeGiving now. Power of Us also offers the option for employees to donate to any of the 1200 funds held at the Upstate Foundation supporting all areas of the Upstate mission of patient care, education, and research. For more information, contact the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416. New this year: The Upstate Foundation is providing $5,000 in matching gift funds to Power of Us donors. For first-time donors, your entire gift can be matched up to $1,000. For renewing donors, any increase over year’s gift can be matched.



Upstate departments join CSEA event May 16 and 17

Upstate’s Human Resources, Benefits, Employee Assistance Program, Social Work, and more will be available to answer questions at CSEA Member Appreciation Day May 16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Campus Activities Building and May 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room at Community. Questions? Email Ali Cottrell at [email protected].



Syracuse Workforce Run registration deadline is May 20

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 p.m. at Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Registration is $43. To join Team Upstate, review race details, and read eligibility requirements, visit https://calendar.upstate.edu/event/syrrun/ Registration deadline for TeamTeam Upstate is May 20. Questions? Email Rebecca Pesci at [email protected].



Pre-Admission Testing has moved

Pre-Admission Testing for Upstate University Hospital and Community are relocating to Suite 1009 at Upstate Health Care Center. The phone number will be 314-464-9658. Questions? Email Tonya Seckner at [email protected].



Upstate Mammography Van to host screening day for Upstate community

The Upstate Mammography Van will host a screening event Friday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Upstate staff, students, volunteers, and family members of Upstate ID holders. Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, visit www.upstate.edu/noexcuses or call 315-464-2588.



Donate Life shirts available for purchase

Donate Life T-shirts are available for $20. Cash, check, Venmo accepted. To order a shirt, email Michelle Lonkey at [email protected].



Transitional Care T-shirt and sweatshirt sale supports patients in need

Upstate Transitional Care has T-shirts and sweatshirts available for purchase. Funds raised help to keep a variety of essential clothing on hand for patient discharges. To purchase a shirt or sweatshirt, visit: https://upstatesunfund.markproductstore.com/



The Informed Patient podcast features interviews on varicose veins, diabetes, and safety-net hospitals

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about problem veins, ways to deliver insulin and the quest for more equitable health care.

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, including YouTube. 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 upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].