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Upstate Announcements for October 1, 2019


Flu clinic schedule available online now 

Flu clinics begin Oct. 3 at Downtown Campus and Oct. 10 at Community Campus. The complete schedule is available online at http://www.upstate.edu/health/calendar.php. Employee/Student Health offers flu vaccine by appointment. To schedule an appointment, use the online portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu  or call 315-464-4260 (Downtown) or 315-492-5624 (Community). 



Community Giving Campaign is underway 

Upstate's 2019 Community Giving Campaign is underway. To keep track of the campaign's progress and for additional information on pledging, go to: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/.  To donate, visit self-serve via the iPage and click the e-pledge button on your home screen. 



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.  The event is open to the public. 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.  



Upstate RN hiring event is Oct. 3

Upstate Nursing will host a registered nurse hiring event Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse. New and experienced RNs will have an opportunity to meet with managers from inpatient units. The Upstate community is eligible for the referral program when referring a registered nurse to work at Upstate. For details about the hiring event and the referral program, contact Nursing Recruitment at nrecruit@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4810. For more on Nursing Recruitment efforts, visit http://www.upstate.edu/nursing/join/.  



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



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 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: 

Oct. 4—Tomas Mujo, MD, Filter Management

Oct. 11—Casey Hammerle, MS, RN, CBN, Post-Operative Care after Bariatric Surgery

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

Oct. 25—Lee Livermore, Facts and Myths Surrounding E-Cigarette Use



Virgin Pulse Wellness participants earn double points Oct. 6 to 12

Virgin Pulse Wellness Program offers Research Foundation participants an opportunity to earn double points Oct. 6 to 12 on emotional intelligence, mindfulness and/or yoga. To learn more about the program, call Lisa Schirtz at 315-464-9572.



Schwartz Center Rounds is Oct. 8

Schwartz Center Rounds will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at noon in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. The Complicated, Unacceptable, and Hard to Place Patient: Look at All the Lonely People will be presented by: Jeremy Joslin, MD; Christine Reichel, RN; Tanya Hicks, RN; and Lisa Crawford, RN. Participants will identify the way their behaviors might block communication with patients, families, and staff; recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines; and recognize stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff welcome. CME’s are available. A light lunch will be served. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu. For more information about Schwartz Rounds, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org/about-us/story-mission/.



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.



Downtown Campus Blood Drive is Oct. 10 and 11 

A blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Downtown Campus. To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Underwood at underwol@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6755, or Linda DeHority at dehoritl@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6699. Walk-ins are welcome. 



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Oct. 11

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1144 Academic Building. Led by K. Faber-Langendoen, MD, the discussion will surround a paper that critiques the norm that physicians ought not diagnose or treat family members based on the concern that the personal relationship physicians have with loved ones will get in the way of expert, dispassionate care. The Upstate community is welcome; bring your own lunch. To receive a copy of the articles, email szczechk@upstate.edu.  



College of Nursing 2019 Whitney Lecture is Oct. 11

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean and professor of Ohio State College of Nursing, will present Grounding and Balance: Self Care in Health Care Friday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. The College of Nursing 2019 Whitney Lecture is free to Upstate staff, students, and faculty. Registration for affiliates and preceptors is $50; $85 for community guests. Nurses will receive three contact hours for continuing education credit. For more information on the lecture and to register, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/whitney.  



Out of the Darkness walk is Oct. 12

Out of the Darkness, a walk to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.; registration begins at 9 a.m. To join the Upstate Medical University Psychiatry team, visit: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6046.  To make a donation, use the donate now button on the team page. For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities at the event, 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.



Fifth annual Turn 4 a Cure Breast Cancer Walk is Oct. 13

The fifth annual Turn 4 a Cure Breast Cancer Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. at Dickman Farms, 13 Archie St., Auburn. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research at Upstate Medical University. For more information and to register, visit http://support.upstatefoundation.org/T4C.  Questions? Email Terry Toscano Shenfeld, shenfels@upstate.edu.  



Nursing Grand Rounds is Oct. 15

Jeanna Marraffa, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, assistant clinical director of Upstate New York Poison Center and associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Upstate, will present Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury: What We Know, What We Are Learning, What We Don’t Know Tuesday, Oct. 15 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 Classrooms A/B at Community Campus and will be videotaped for post-presentation online viewing within the NGR blackboard course #3490: Nursing Grand Rounds. Open to all nursing and interprofessional staff who wish to increase their knowledge on vaping associated pulmonary injury and the approach to these patients. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu



Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Surgery Grand Rounds Lecture is Oct. 16

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, professor of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, will present Axillary Management in 2019: If You’re Not Confused, You’re Probably Not Paying Attention Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The lecture is supported by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Tammy Huntley at huntleyt@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6275. 



Morrison offers Superfood Thursday Oct. 17

Morrison will host Superfood Thursday Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Downtown Campus, featuring October’s superfood—pumpkin. 



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



Coffee with the CEO is Oct. 21 and 22

November dates available 

Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, will host Coffee with the CEO Oct. 21 and 22, and Nov. 8, 14 and 18 at both campuses. To confirm attendance, R.S.V.P. at www.upstate.edu/ceocoffee. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Community Room at Community Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center

Friday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon in the 5thfloor education room at Upstate Health Care Center

Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus

Monday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center



Halloween Parade volunteer deadline is Oct. 23

Parade is Oct. 31

Volunteers are sought to hand out treats during the annual Halloween Parade at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Thursday, Oct. 31 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required to participate by emailing Beth Kinsley at kinsleye@upstate.edu  no later than Oct. 23. No scary costumes, weapons, or bloody attire is permitted. Volunteers must supply their own treats and may include candy, coloring books, stickers, small toys. 



Cancer Center Grand Rounds is Oct. 23

David Raulet, PhD, professor of immunology and pathogenesis and Esther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Basic Cancer Biology at University of California Berkeley, will present Activation, Inhibition and Desensitization of NK Cells: Mobilization of NK Cells for Immunotherapy Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. For more information, call Jamie Mellone at 315-464-8235. 



Community Campus Blood Drive is Oct. 23 and 24 

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus. To schedule an appointment, email jean.pirozzi@gmail.com  or call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668.



OTD classes open to Upstate employees Oct. 23, 25 and Nov. 15 

Organizational Training and Development offers the following courses: 

—Team Building and Group Development will be held Oct. 23 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the East Lounge of Campus Activities Building. Learn the stages of group development and how adding team building activities can help groups grow through each stage. Participants will learn how to facilitate activities with their teams to re-energize, creatively teach lessons, and achieve high-performing teams. Recommended for those who provide supervision to employees at any level.

—Authentic Leadership will be held Oct. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus. Discover the four components of authentic leadership and the key competencies that tie to its overall success. Participants will assess their own qualities and explore activities for self-growth.

—Assertive Communication: Handling Difficult People and Situations with Confidence will be held Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at Community Campus. Participants will learn how to build assertiveness and confidence levels, especially when dealing with difficult situations and people. Techniques for dealing with manipulation and defensiveness, passiveness, aggression, and passive-aggressive behaviors will be discussed. This interactive session also includes non-verbal communication, quick and easy ways to give feedback, and how to have successful conversations.

Classes are offered by Organizational Training and Development. For more information, visit http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/index.php.  Questions? Contact MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4401. 



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



Regional Perinatal Symposium is Oct. 25

The 46thannual Regional Perinatal Symposium will be held Friday, Oct. 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Destiny USA. Designed for obstetrical and pediatric physicians, nurses, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and related health care professionals, the conference will focus on recognizing, caring for, and working with the high-risk mother, fetus/newborn, and family. The symposium is jointly sponsored by Upstate, Crouse and Neonatal Associates of CNY. To register, visit www.crouse.org/RPPsymposium  or email Pam Parker at parkerp@upstate.edu



Welloween begins Oct. 28

Welloween begins Monday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. with Monday Mile beginning at the Upstate Library. Share your walking photos with Pathway to Wellness on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UpstatePTW  or email junge@upstate.edu



Nursing station clerk promotional exam application deadline is Oct. 30

Exam is Dec. 14

The nursing station clerk trainee promotional exam will be held Dec. 14; application deadline is Oct. 30. The exam will qualify candidates for the nursing station clerk trainee title. For exam information including how to apply, visithttps://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/prom/00-485.cfm.



HealthLink seminar schedule for October is available online

For a listing of HealthLink seminars in October, visit http://www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/healthlink-calendar.php.  For more information about HealthLink, contact Aldrine Ashong-Katai at ashongka@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6055. 



October challenge announced; Morrison offers BOGO apples 

October’s Well New York State Monthly Challenge is to take two apples and share with someone. Morrison at Café 750 will offer buy-one, get-one apples in October to help with the challenge. 



Healthy Monday activities at SU open to Upstate community 

The Upstate community is welcome to attend Healthy Monday programs, offered to the Upstate community through Syracuse University’s Lerner Center. With a valid Upstate ID, staff and students are welcome to Monday meditation from noon to 1 p.m. in Hendrick’s Small Chapel; yoga from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the meditation room at Barnes Center, all faith traditions and skill levels welcome; and Monday Mile with a Mission from noon to 12:30 p.m. outside Barnes Center Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2. For more information on Upstate’s partnership with SU’s Lerner Center, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.  



Weigh-in Wednesdays offered by Pathway to Wellness 

Pathway to Wellness offers Weigh-in Wednesdays. The schedule is as follows: 

8:30 a.m. in lobby of Campus Activities Building

9 a.m. in lobby of Jacobsen Hall

9:30 a.m. first floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus 

2:30 p.m. in Environmental Services, basement of Downtown Campus



Election Day is Nov. 5

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations has designated Nov. 5 as a floating holiday. All Upstate units and departments will be open and operative. Eligible state and Research Foundation employees who work Nov. 5 will earn a compensatory day to be used at a mutually convenient date based on operating needs. Holiday compensatory days off must be used within one year of accrual or they are forfeited. Election Day will continue to be a dark green holiday for eligible UUP-represented, Agency Police Services-represented and unclassified Management Confidential (M/C) employees as indicated on the 2019 Holiday Calendar, available online at: http://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf. Subject to departmental procedures for requesting time off, an eligible employee may use his/her floating holiday beginning Nov. 5, 2019 and ending Nov. 2, 2020. For more information on Election Day or holiday comp time, call Payroll Services at 315-464-4840.



Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Nov. 6

Mina J. Bissell, PhD, distinguished scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present Why Don’t We Get More Cancer: The Critical Role of Extracellular Matrix and Microenvironment in Malignancy and Dormancy Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu or 315-464-4517. 



Autism Spectrum Disorders conference is Nov. 7 and 8

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Detection—Bridging Research and Practice will be held Nov. 7 and 8 at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Rd., Syracuse. Amy M. Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP, distinguished research professor of clinical services and director of the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. For registration information, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/UpstateCON2.



Upstate Addiction Psychiatry Conference is Nov. 8

The Upstate Addiction Psychiatry Conference will be held Friday, Nov. 8 in the auditorium of Hutchings Psychiatric Center. For more information on the conference and to receive a brochure, contact Linette at thorpl@upstate.eduor 315-464-3104. To register, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/.  



HealthLink on Air features Geriatrics Chair Sharon Brangman, MD

Geriatrics Chair Sharon Brangman, MD, and emergency management coordinator Bradley Marmon are featured in recent HealthLink on Air interviews, available via podcast and 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.



Tummy Time Dosage Study at Upstate seeks participants

Determining optimal dosage of prone positioning to facilitate motor development and body composition in early infancy aims to discover how much tummy time parents need to do with their young babies in order to promote the best possible motor development and body composition. Participating infants are randomized into one of three daily dosage groups (0 to 30 minutes; 31 to 60 minutes and more than 61 minutes). Families try to accumulate their prescribed tummy time minutes over the course of the day and keep a daily log of minutes performed until the time at which their baby independently transitions in and out of sitting. Participants are visited in their homes one time per month for 12 months in order to measure their height, weight and motor development, and then again at 15 and 18 months of age. The monthly visit lasts about 30 minutes.  Infants with typical development (not born more than three weeks early) that are zero to eight weeks of age are being recruited. The results of this study will allow infant practitioners to provide families with specific tummy time recommendations.  Interested families please contact Erin Wentz, PT, PhD, PCS, at wentze@upstate.edu



Emotional Intelligence and DiSC assessment course information available online 

TalentSmart’s Mastering Emotional Intelligence (EQ) class is available through Organizational Training and Development. The course teaches participants what EQ is, strategies to handle stress and deal skillfully with others, and offers an EQ score. For more information, email Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.edu.  

Self-Assessment class information and registration: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=129475

Multi-Rater class information and registration: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=131156

DiSC Personal Profile Assessment is a valid and reliable behavioral profile assessment designed to enhance interpersonal relationships, productivity, teamwork and communication by better understanding yourself and others. For more information on the DiSC assessment, email Renae Rokicki at rokickir@upstate.edu

DiSC Personal Profile Assessment http://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=18481.