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Upstate Announcements for May 15, 2024

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].



Vocera Days are May 16, 23, 29, and June 5

The IMT Mobility and Integrations department will host Vocera Days May 16, 23, 29, and June 5. Vocera team members will be available to answer questions and help with Vocera issues. The Upstate Community is welcome to stop by, play a game, pick up a treat, and meet the team. The schedule is as follows:

  • May 16 from 4 to 11 a.m. in 12405B Upstate University Hospital
  • May 23 from 2 to 9 p.m. in 12405B Upstate University Hospital
  • May 29 from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room at Community
  • June 5 from 4 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Community

For more information, email Cathie Wiszniewski at [email protected].



Women’s foot health seminar is May 17

Ricardo Lundi, DPM, assistant professor of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, will present On the Right Foot: Navigating Women’s Foot Health May 17 from noon to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx. The session is offered by the Upstate Department of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mf7dfaeaf1e39fe6fd254aa0346aff1ab and use meeting number 2307 030 3884 and meeting password tJRVV6ANq53. Questions? Email Yolanda King at [email protected].



Enter contest to win free Calder Cup playoff tickets by May 17

Upstate has 25 pairs of free tickets available for the Calder Cup playoff game with the Syracuse Crunch hosting the Cleveland Monsters Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Upstate Medical University Arena. To enter a random drawing for a pair of tickets, email [email protected] and type ‘Crunch’ in the subject line. Include your name and mobile phone number in the email message. The entry deadline is Friday, May 17 at noon. Winners will be notified by email and will later receive a text message with a pair of digital tickets.



Virtual support line for Epic upgrade is May 18, 19, 20

IMT Training will offer an Epic virtual support line May 18 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 19, 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. The virtual support line will assist with the diagnosis and resolution of any issues that may arise during the Epic spring upgrade.

To access the virtual support line, users who are logged into Epic will find the Epic button in the top left corner of the display and select the menu option for virtual support PC or virtual support macOS. For macOS users, it's important to note Zoom permissions need to be enabled from the settings menu under privacy and security, specifically within the screen recording option, before connecting. For step-by-step instructions visit https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/documents/virtual_support_for_hyperdrive_super_users.pdf. Once connected, a moderator will link users with a trainer who can assist with screen sharing and troubleshooting. We encourage all users to take advantage of this support system to ensure a smooth and successful transition during the upgrade process.



Syracuse Workforce Run registration due May 20

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 p.m. on 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/. The 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.



Tranquility Tuesday is May 21

Tranquility Tuesday with Kaushal Nanavati, MD, will be held May 21 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Nappi Wellness Institute. There will also be a virtual option. Tranquility Tuesday is held every Tuesday. Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. To join via Zoom, use Meeting ID: 407 812 4814 and Password: wellness. For more information, email Dr. Nanavati at [email protected]



Well NYS Everyday webinar is May 22

Katie Costello, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss Move Your Way resources, including tools, videos, fact sheets, and tips to become more active. To register, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/r7f0ebeeb22c65308f2cfe787734c4bb3. For more information on this initiative and to sign-up to receive the Well NYS Daily To-Do Challenge by email every day, visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



On My Own Time exhibit open through May 24

On My Own Time exhibit is on display 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].



Yoga for All is May 24 and 31

Yoga for All will be held May 24 from 2:15 to 2:40 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community and May 31 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Performance Center at 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 is necessary, and all are welcome. All upcoming sessions are listed on the Upstate Wellness calendar.



Office of Volunteer Programs closed May 27, June 19, July 5

The Office of Volunteer Programs will be closed May 27, June 19, and July 5. Volunteers will not be available these days.



Feeding the Mind, Funding Recovery event is May 31

The Feeding the Mind, Funding Recovery cocktail reception fundraiser to benefit The Eating Disorder Clinic at Upstate will be held Friday, May 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Everson Museum of Art. The event will feature live music by Dabble, CNY Central’s Megan Coleman as emcee, full access to the museum, food, a dance performance, and a silent auction. To register for the event or to donate, visit: https://e.givesmart.com/events/Cdj/. The event is sponsored by Upstate Adolescent Medicine and the Upstate Foundation.



Upstate’s 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 monthly with their assigned mentor to achieve their goals. Mentee applications are due May 31 and are available here: https://solutions.upstate.edu/TDClient/650/HRPortal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=10723. For more information, email MaryAnn Stark, Professional Development and Learning, at [email protected].



HealthLink on bone health and osteoporosis is June 3

Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, RN, MS, GCS, CDCES, FADCES, will discuss how exercise can benefit those with or at risk for osteoporosis Monday, June 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at HealthLink (6333 State Route 298, E. Syracuse) and via Zoom. Kemmis will discuss exercises that can help improve bone density, posture, and balance, along with how to adjust popular exercise programs to improve safety. To register to attend in person or virtually, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkdeyuqTwuHtIzQfWnEv69KaII1FCP11pk.



Employee Recognition Day is June 6

Upstate’s 40th annual Employee Recognition Day will be held Thursday, June 6 at the OnCenter. The event is invitation only and RSVPs are required by May 17. The program begins at 11 a.m. Shuttle service to the OnCenter will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will depart from Upstate University Hospital and Community. Invitations were sent to honorees and their supervisors. For more information, including a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/erd/index.php.



Upstate Foundation’s estate planning lunch and learn is June 7

The Upstate Foundation will host an estate planning lunch-and-learn session Friday, June 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m., in room C1076 at Upstate Cancer Center. All are welcome to bring a lunch to the event. The session will also be available via Zoom. Carolyn Hendrickson from the Upstate Foundation and John M. Murphy, Jr. Esq., of Safe Harbor Wills & Trusts, will discuss vital estate planning documents, how to ensure families are protected, and how to direct assets. To register, visit: https://igfn.us/f/4kzk/n. Virtual participants will be sent the Zoom link once registered. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at [email protected]



Wellness Speaks is June 10

Anna Maria Hinman will speak about Upstate’s community garden during Wellness Speaks June 10 at 10 a.m. via WebEx. Hinman will also provide gardening tips. To register for the virtual session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/rd7aaffe2aa28cf5320be54e20144ad5c. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Good Neighbor Day at Syracuse Mets benefits mental health June 20

The second annual Northland Communications Good Neighbor Day will be held at the Syracuse Mets Game Thursday, June 20.  The Syracuse Mets will donate $5 from every ticket sold to the Upstate Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. To purchase tickets, visit: https://fevo-enterprise.com/event/Upstatefoundation6. Questions? Email Eric Stensland at [email protected] or 315-464-5747.



Final opportunity to provide input for practitioner wellbeing

Upstate's medical staff, including physicians and APPs, are encouraged to complete this anonymous assessment of current wellbeing at Upstate. The assessment 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 six responses will be suppressed to preserve anonymity. To take the assessment, visit: https://amawellbeingsurvey.org/take-survey/2506389217453.



Moderna Covid-19 trial seeks pediatric patients

Lenord Weiner, MD, and his team seek pediatric patients six months of age to under six years of age who have or have not been previously vaccinated with a Covid vaccine. All participants will receive the Moderna mRNA 1273.815 vaccine. There is no placebo being used in this trial. To participate or inquire for more information, email Kristen Fluno at [email protected]



Professional Development and Learning open enrollment courses 

Professional Development and Learning’s open enrollment courses for July to December 2024 are now open for registration. For our schedule, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/pdl_courses_july__dec_2024.pdf. To register for a course, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?category=61.

Consider enrolling in one of four popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, Learning to Lead for Nurse Manager Succession, and Leading Others. To learn more, visit: https://solutions.upstate.edu/TDClient/650/HRPortal/KB/?CategoryID=2371. For more information, email Haley Gravalis 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 Corrina Wilcox at [email protected]



Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit registration open now

Early registration closes July 31

Healthcare practitioners are invited to attend the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit Sept. 19 and 20 at the Upstate Biotech Accelerator. The summit is hosted by the Upstate Global Health Institute and the Central New York Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. The goal of the event is to increase awareness and competence of medical providers about Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Early bird registration ends July 31. CME available. For event information and registration, visit: https://cnylymealliance.org/2024-lyme-summit/. For more information, email [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast discusses ticks, heart health, and head/neck surgery recovery

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about ticks and Upstate’s Tick Testing Laboratory, a cell biologist looking into mitochondrial connections to heart health, and a study of a factor in surgical recovery.

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].