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Upstate Announcements for May 8, 2024

On My Own Time exhibit now open

On My Own Time exhibit is on display today through May 24 in the Scholars Den on the second floor of the Upstate Library. All are welcome. For more information about On My Own Time, email Laura Benjamin at [email protected].



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 today, 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 today, 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].



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 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. The assessment will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Many existing programs have been implemented from prior input. Results will be shared. 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.



Yoga for All is May 10, 24, 31


The Yoga for All schedule is as follows:

  • May 10 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • May 24 from 2:15 to 2:40 p.m. at Community (room information forthcoming)
  • May 31 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Yoga for All is facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience necessary and all are welcome. For more information, email [email protected]. All sessions are also listed on the Upstate Wellness calendar.



Suicide prevention training is May 10 and 20

Suicide prevention training will be held Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in 2507/2508 Setnor. Pre-registration is required. To register for a session, email Debra Emerson at [email protected]. Sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis and there is limited seating. Nayla Khoury, MD, Upstate psychiatrist, and Debra Emerson, BS, Upstate Wellness, train staff to recognize when someone is in crisis and learn how to ask if someone is in danger of self-harm. The Upstate community is welcome to register. Those who have previously trained and would find a refresher helpful are also welcome.



National Cancer Survivors Day reservation deadline is May 12

National Cancer Survivors Day will be held June 1 at the Syracuse Mets game. Cancer survivors of all ages are invited for an evening of baseball, treats, and entertainment. The event is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Post-game fireworks will follow. R.S.V.P. by May 12 at www.upstate.edu/ncsd. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Email Christine Benton at [email protected].



National Hospital Week celebration begins May 13

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].



Advocates raffle tickets available now through May 14

The Advocates for Upstate ‘Spring into Summer’ raffle tickets are available for purchase now through May 14 at 10 a.m. Tickers are 3 for $10 and all proceeds support Upstate through the Advocates’ grants and scholarships. Prizes include New York State wine, food items, gift cards for local businesses, and more. Winners will be informed May 14. To purchase a ticket, visit: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/3dd33d50-ec55-4abe-937a-06312b396d58. Questions? Email Jonathan Adler at [email protected].



Tranquility Tuesday is May 14

Tranquility Tuesday will be held May 14 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the second-floor stadium seating area of the Nappi Wellness Institute. There is also a Zoom option. Each session with Kaushal Nanavati, MD, offers a unique experience including meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation. To join via Zoom, use meeting ID 407 812 4814 and password ‘wellness.’ Tranquility Tuesday is held every Tuesday. For more information, email Dr. Nanavati at [email protected].



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center May 15

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United at the Samaritan Center (215 N. State St.), as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, May 15 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email [email protected] or Scott Neal [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 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 Team Upstate is May 20. Questions? Email Rebecca Pesci at [email protected].



Interstitial Lung Disease support group is May 20

The first Interstitial Lung Disease support group meeting will be held May 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Kristie Garcia at [email protected] or Shania Edwards-King at 315-464-4189.



Upstate mentoring program seeks staff and nurses to become mentees by May 31

Upstate’s mentoring program seeks staff and nurses interested in becoming mentees and being paired with a mentor. The program is a year-long commitment where mentees will complete development plans and meet on a monthly basis with their assigned mentor to achieve their goals. Mentee applications can be found at https://solutions.upstate.edu/TDClient/650/HRPortal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=10723 and are due May 31. Questions? Email MaryAnn Stark in Professional Development and Learning at [email protected].



Save the date: Upstate Mammography Van to host screening day for Upstate community July 19

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.



Save the date: Upstate Foundation’s annual Upstate Open is Aug. 8

The 37th annual Upstate Open golf tournament will take place Aug. 8 at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The event will offer an elite golf experience at two of New York’s most beautiful golf courses. Proceeds support pediatric and adult cancer care at Upstate Cancer Center and cancer research at Upstate Medical University. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/UpstateOpen. For additional information, contact Eric Stensland at [email protected] or 315-464-5747.



Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff (GROSS) available online

The Upstate community is welcome to submit tasks, barriers, outdated mandates that seem pointless to Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff (GROSS), found on the iPage under the Clinical Launch Pad menu or submit directly here: GROSS. The team will triage your input and work to resolve with the appropriate department. As of May 2024, the GROSS team has cleared more than 80 items and 50 percent were fixes. Questions? Email Deborah Bradshaw at [email protected].



MIND Online seeks participants

The Motivational Interviewing for Nicotine Dependence (MIND Online) support group seeks participants. MIND is designed to help participants cut back or quit smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco. The program is 100 percent online, intensive, and evidence- and manual-based. Participants follow an individualized plan for nicotine-free living. Participants attend eight 30-minute sessions over four weeks Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The next session begins June 4. Medical students serve as recovery coaches and are supervised by Susan Sperry, PhD, and Zsuzsa Meszaros, MD, PhD. Participants can earn $20 for attending the first session and have a chance to win a $200 gift card. To sign up, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/psych/healthcare/adult-psych/faculty-practice/mind-program/mind-program-participate.php. Questions? Email Dr. Meszaros at [email protected].



Pathology hosts fundraiser to support student scholarships

Upstate Pathology is hosting a fundraiser to support scholarships for Upstate’s medical technology students. Proceeds are directed to fund #47693, held at the Upstate Foundation. Items can be ordered online at the Pathology pop-up store, here: https://ipromo.commonsku.com/shop/6ac714fa-32a0-4272-8ada-2ddb58ac3a96.

To see items in person, a display will be available May 13 and 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital and May 14 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community. Items available for purchase include Stanley and Simple Modern tumblers, and all are available branded or unbranded at the same cost. Questions about the fundraiser? Email Sophia Lustrinelli at [email protected].



Upstate Foundation annual “Power of Us” employee giving program open now through June 30 on Self-Serve 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.



The Informed Patient Podcast highlights hypertension and Alzheimer’s

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about a surgical procedure to lower blood pressure and a drug for patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.

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].