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Upstate Announcements for September 10, 2019


Easy for You is Sept. 10

Easy for You—Upstate’s smoking cessation program—will be held today, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to get help quitting tobacco. The program includes free nicotine replacement therapy. For more information, call Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519. For more information on Pathway to Wellness offerings, visit http://www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/index.php.



HealthLink seminar on pelvic floor disorders is Sept. 10

Natasha Ginzburg, MD, associate professor of urology, and Rebecca Alexander, DPT, will present Options for Pelvic Floor Disorders today, Sept. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HealthLink, 6333 Rt 298, East Syracuse. Surgical and non-surgical approaches to pelvic health, treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and incontinence will be discussed. Attendees will learn how yoga and other forms of physical therapy may help as an alternative to surgery. 

The seminar is free but registration is required. To register, visit https://www.upstate.edu/rsvp/index.php?eventid=1565878905323&emp=r.  

For a listing of HealthLink seminars offered in September, visit http://www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/healthlink-calendar.php.  Questions? Contact Aldrine Ashong-Katai at ashongka@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6055. 



Fall Faculty Convocation is Sept. 11

Upstate’s annual Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. A reception will follow. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. 



Administrative Professions Forum is Sept. 11

Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will present the keynote address at the  Administrative Professions Forum to be held Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. The forum is designed as a resource for administrative assistants who support hospital and campus staff, such as clinical chairs, deans and administrators. It will offer information, tips, helpful resources, professional development and training, and opportunities to promote good health. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. R.S.V.P. by email to: adminpro@upstate.edu.



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Sept. 13

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Friday, Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1144 Academic Building. The club is open to all Upstate staff, students, and faculty. Led by Diedre Neilen, PhD, the conversation will focus on medical futility, looking at personal and professional beliefs about an ill person’s right to pursue life, and society's right to quantify the benefit of and refuse to pay for such a pursuit. To receive a copy of the two featured articles, email szczechk@upstate.edu.  Participants are welcome to bring own lunch. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Sept. 13, 20, 27

October schedule available

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available. Registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 13, Robert Lenox, MD: What We Can Do to Eliminate TB in Onondaga County

Sept. 20, Rev. Susan Huizenga: Why Should I Care About Palliative Care

Sept. 27, William Lavelle, MD: Low Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis 

Oct. 4, Tomas Mujo, MD: IVC Filter Management

Oct. 11, Flavia Soto, MD: Post-Operative Care After Bariatric Surgery

Oct. 18, Jesse Ryan, MD: Evaluation of Neck Masses in Adults

Oct. 25, Lee Livermore: The Facts and Myths Around E-Cigarette Use



Upstate celebrates National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week through Sept. 14

During this special week, take a moment to honor the dedicated professionals who maintain a healthy, clean, and safe environment and let them know they are appreciated for their services to Upstate, patients, families and the community.



Join Upstate’s ALS Center at walk for ALS Sept. 14

The Lowell Smith Circle of Courage Syracuse Walk for ALS will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. To join Upstate’s ALS Center at the event, register with the team at http://web.alsa.org/goto/sunyALS.  



Day of Service and Remembrance is Sept. 15

Upstate’s fourth annual Day of Service and Remembrance is Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day honors those who lost their lives and those who sacrificed on Sept. 11. Registrants will be part of a team that serves various sites in the community. Check-in is at 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. Busses will drop volunteers off at their community sites and will return to campus at 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register by Sept. 10 at http://bit.ly/2Kl82Sq.  For more information, email Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu.  



Nominations for Empire Star Public Service Award due Sept. 16

Nominations are now being accepted for round two of theEmpire Star Public Service Award,a $5,000 professional development award program for New York State employees. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their dedication to serve the public with a high level of performance, integrity, and pride. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be current New York state employees serving in the executive branch. Nominations may be made by colleagues and supervisors. Self-nominations are not accepted. To nominate an outstanding employee for the Empire Star Public Service Award, complete the online nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EmpireStarNomination  no later than Sept. 16. If you plan to nominate, email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.  



Upstate Stars training is Sept. 16; Oct. 11; Nov. 4 and 13

Upstate Stars: The Value of Recognition and Appreciation training will be held on both campuses. The schedule is as follows. 

Sept. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus

Oct. 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in 10405A in the East Tower at Downtown Campus

Nov. 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in 12405B in the East Tower at Downtown Campus

Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus



Nursing Grand Rounds is Sept. 17

Connie Randolph, RN, MS, SNS, CCC; Natasha Zmitrowitz, RN; and Dee Scogins, RN, BS, will present It Takes a Village: Interdisciplinary Approach to Heart Failure Patient Centered Care Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The rounds will be streamed live to Classroom A and B at Community Campus and videotaped for post-presentation online viewing within the NGR blackboard course #3490: Nursing Grand Rounds. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu.  



Living Donor Transplant Program sells shirts Sept. 17

Upstate’s Living Donor Transplant Program will hold a T-shirt sale Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Shirts are designed to increase awareness of the importance of living kidney donations. For more information, email Tania Lyons at lyonst@upstate.edu.  



Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution available Sept. 17

In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17, Upstate's Health Sciences Library will offer free copies of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For additional information, visit the Health Sciences Library website http://library.upstate.edu  and Constitution Day subject guide http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution.  Questions? Call Christine Kucharski at kucharsc@upstate.edu.


Open house at Upstate’s new Simulation Center is Sept. 17 and 18

Upstate’s new Simulation Center will host an open house Sept. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the new center. The Simulation Center main entrance is located within the Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email upstatesimulation@upstate.edu.  



Expert on physician-patient communication speaks Sept. 18 

Alpha Omega Alpha visiting professor and Elizabeth Blackwell speaker Wendy Levinson, MD, University of Toronto, will present Choosing Wisely: From an Idea to an International Movement Sept. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. Levinson is an international expert in the field of physician-patient communication, including the disclosure of medical errors to patients and informed decision making. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. The lecture is sponsored by Upstate's chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Medical Women's Association. For more information, email Patty Gooden at goodenpa@upstate.edu.   



T-shirt sales to benefit inpatient behavioral health units are Sept. 18 and 19, Oct. 2, 3, 4

Inpatient behavioral health units at both campuses will sell T-shirts Sept. 18 and 19, and Oct. 2, 3 and 4. Funds raised will support staff education and community outreach efforts. For more information, email Kathryn Stuenzi at stuenzik@upstate.edu  or Laurel Bennett at bennetla@upstate.edu.  The schedule is as follows. 

Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., second floor lobby at Downtown Campus

Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., cafeteria at Community Campus

Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m., second floor lobby at Downtown Campus

Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Galleries

Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upstate Health Care Center



Advanced Practice Symposium is Sept. 19

The Advanced Practice Symposium will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The symposium is open to current nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing in the Syracuse area. Registration is due Sept. 12, online at https://www.upstate.edu/cme/online-register.php.  



Public Health Grand Rounds is Sept. 19

Travis Rieder, PhD, director of the master of bioethics degree program and research scholar at John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, will present The Role of Bioethics in Tackling America’s Opioid Crisis Thursday, Sept. 19 at 12:15 p.m. in 4507 Setnor Academic Building. For more information, email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 21

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y. Funds raised benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/paddle  or call Janice Todeschini at 315-464-6114 or 315-415-3157. 



Clinical pastoral education chaplain intern commissioning service is Sept. 26

The Upstate community is welcome to a commissioning service for new clinical pastoral education chaplain interns Thursday, Sept. 26 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For more information, email Rev. Terry Culbertson at culbertt@upstate.edu.  



Upstate Cancer Center hosts On My Own Time gallery party Sept. 26

A gallery closing party featuring On My Own Time artwork will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Guest Art Gallery at Upstate Cancer Center. The gallery is located in the second floor hallway between Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Cancer Center. Upstate employees whose works are featured in the exhibit will be on hand to discuss their pieces. Light refreshments will be served and a tour of Upstate Cancer Center’s permanent art collection will be offered immediately following the reception. R.S.V.P. to Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu.  



Ending the Stigma of Substance Use Disorder panel discussion is Sept. 30

Theresa Baxter, MS, FNP-C, and Ross Sullivan, MD, will lead Ending the Stigma of Substance Use Disorder, a panel discussion with patients, Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. The panel discussion will be available by video in CC0256 A/B at Community Campus. The event is presented by the Department of Medicine and lunch will be provided. For more information, email Samantha Goodrick at goodrisa@upstate.edu.  



Upstate Emergency Management offers tips for September’s National Preparedness Month

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Upstate’s Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to have an emergency supply kit prepared at home. Families are encouraged to make children part of the disaster planning process by reviewing emergency plans together so children are equipped should a disaster strike, and know what to do if parents are not home. FEMA recommends one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, medications and eyeglasses. 

For a complete listing of supplies and help developing and practicing an emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov/plan.  

To print a checklist, visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf.

For information on preparedness activities at Upstate, visit http://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/  and see policy DIS M 37—Employee Preparedness Guidelines. 

For more information on preparedness at work and home, email Chris Dunham at dunhamch@upstate.edu.



Upstate Foundation seeks volunteers for Call In for Cancer Oct. 1

The Upstate Foundation will host Call In for Cancer Oct. 1 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The inaugural event—benefiting Upstate Cancer Center and celebrating the center’s fifth anniversary—will broadcast live from IHeartMedia station B104.7, and will be promoted on y94 and WSYR News Radio 570. Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls thanking past donors. Two-hour shifts are available. Those unable to volunteer for a two-hour shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer, call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. For more information, visit  https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CallInForCancer. All funds raised will support the needs of patients being treated for cancer at Upstate Cancer Center. 



VIPink: Breast Care Forum is Oct. 2

VIPink: Breast Care Forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 8:15 p.m. at HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, E. Syracuse. Presented by the Upstate Cancer Center Breast Cancer Program, the event will include the latest information on breast health, including: how to preserve your health, understand contributing risk factors, and the impact balance has on overall health and wellness. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required at 315-464-8668 or www.upstate.edu/VIPink.  For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu.  



Spiritual Care Journal Club is Oct. 2

The Upstate community is welcome to attend the Spiritual Care Journal Club Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1317 at Downtown Campus. To receive a copy of the discussion article on spiritual suffering in health care settings, visit Spiritual Care in 1224 at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For more information, email Rev. Terry Culbertson at culbertt@upstate.edu.  



Quitting and Cooking Café is Oct. 3

The Quitting and Cooking Café will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco, healthy food samples, recipes, and light refreshments will be available to Upstate employees, students, volunteers, and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness



Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp is Oct. 3 and 4

The third annual Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. Peter Boatwright, PhD, program director and master of integrated innovation for products and services at Carnegie Mellon University, will present the keynote address. The program will offer information on business model canvas, intellectual property, university models of successful commercialization, manufacturing, startup company product development, business development, sales channels and funding lifecycle for startup companies. Registration is $10. For more information, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CNYBiotech.  



Symposium on opioid countermeasures is Oct. 7

Global Health and Translational Science will host Ethical and Regulatory Issues Involved in the Clinical Development of Substance Abuse Countermeasures Monday, Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. The symposium will feature local political, medical, and scientific leadership—in addition to presentations from top opioid vaccine developers—to provide a state-of-the-art review of the science behind opioid countermeasure development. Experts will discuss moral and ethical issues associated with opioid vaccine development, and pathways to licensure for opioid vaccines. Local organizations providing care and treatment for people with substance abuse disorders will be asked to provide personal perspectives on the issue. Registration is required and more information is available at: https://substanceabusecountermeasures.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email Tina Lupone at luponec@upstate.edu.



Easy for You is Oct. 8

Easy for You, Upstate’s smoking cessation program, will be held Oct. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information, call Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.



American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk is Oct. 12

Out of the Darkness, a community walk to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Registration begins at 9 a.m. To join the Upstate team, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6046.  For more information, email Becky Hogle at hogleb@upstate.edu  or Katie Stuenzi at stuenzik@upstate.edu.  



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Oct. 13

Join Upstate Cancer Center at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Saturday, Oct. 13 at SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Team Upstate registrants who raise $35 ($25 for students) will receive a limited edition sport hat. To join an Upstate team, visit www.upstate.edu/strides.  For more information, email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu.


Epic system upgrade is Oct. 19

A scheduled Epic system upgrade will take place Saturday, Oct. 19. IMT-Training is offering Epic demonstration sessions on several campuses for both inpatient and ambulatory staff. For more information, visit http://www.upstate.edu/epicupgr.



20th annual Critical Care Nursing Symposium is Oct. 24

The 20th annual Critical Care Nursing Symposium will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Breakfast, lunch and 5.75 contact hours will be provided. Topics include: Lessons from Gumby: Stress, Burnout and Resiliency; The Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease; New York State Troopers K-9 Search and Rescue; National Ski Patrol: Pre-hospital Care on the Slopes and Trails; Military Nursing Overseas; Addressing Stigma and Overdose Prevention; REBOA: The Latest in Hemorrhage Control and Critical Care Nursing during a Hurricane in the Caribbean. Register online at www.upstatefoundation.org/criticalcare



College of Health Professions is on Facebook 

Like Upstate Medical University College of Health Professions on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UpstateCHP/.

The College of Health Professions invites you to explore the Facebook page and the diverse programs we offer. The Facebook page will include news, stories, events, opportunities, and information about the wide array of programs we offer. It is a place for faculty, staff, alumni, prospective and current students, and the community to connect.

If you are an alumnus of one of our CHP programs, check out our Facebook group made just for alumni at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481334376025486/

If you have a story that you would like to feature on the CHP Facebook page, email CHP@upstate.edu.



HealthLink on Air features urology experts

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are: Upstate urologist JC Trussell, MD, who spoke about vasectomies, and Daniel Marchalik, MD, a urologist at Georgetown University School of Medicine and medical director of physician well-being at MedStar Health, who discussed physician burnout. HealthLink on Air, a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications, is available through podcast searches and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.



Global Health seeks study participants

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks volunteers who are 18 years of age or older for a simple blood draw. To learn more, email trials@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9869. 




Upstate’s Annual Memorial Service is Nov. 3

Spiritual Care seeks musicians, singers and volunteers for Upstate’s Annual Memorial Service to be held Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Families of deceased patients will be invited. Volunteers are needed to read, sing, play an instrument, greet, or host the refreshment table. Call Rev. Terry Culbertson at 315-464-4236 for more information.


Third annual Upstate Curling Tournament is Nov. 9

Participants are sought for the third annual Upstate Curling Tournament to be held Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Utica Curling Club in Whitesboro. Proceeds will benefit Upstate Joslin Diabetes Center. Registration is $60 per person and includes an introduction to curling, coaching for the day, practice time, lunch, an event T-shirt, and more. Teams include four players; individuals will be matched with a team. For more information and to register, contact Doug Rosenthal at 315-464-8881 or rosenthd@upstate.edu.  


Entry-level civil service exams are Nov. 9

Entry-level civil service exams will qualify candidates for titles such as office assistant 1, office assistant 1 (stores/mail), and office assistant 1 (keyboarding). Application deadline is Sept. 25. For exam information, including how to apply, visit the following links. 

26-711 Beginning Office Assistant https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc/26-711.cfm

26-697 Office Assistant 1 (Keyboarding) https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc/26-697.cfm