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Upstate Announcements for December 5, 2019


NYSHIP option transfer period information and online resources available

The 2020 New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) option transfer period is open through Dec. 31. The new rates will be reflected in checks dated Dec. 24, 2019. Employees who participate with NYSHIP will receive a publication with rates and deadlines by mail to their home from Civil Service Employee Benefits. No action is required for employees who qualify for and plan to keep their current health insurance option. 

Rates for eligible state employees are available here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/health_opt_transfer_state.pdf

Rates and additional health insurance information, including bargaining unit or affiliation, are also available on Upstate’s Human Resources Benefits website here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php

PEF- and PBANYS-represented employees have a supplement to the choices showing benefit plan changes, available online here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/act_choices_supplement_2020_pef.pdf

The health insurance transaction form (PS-404) is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/state_health_benefits.pdf

Mail or fax the signed PS-404 form to: Upstate Downtown HR-Benefits Office, Jacobsen Hall (Fax: 315-464-4390); or Upstate Community HR Office (Fax: 315-492-5275). 



Upstate Toy Drive ends Dec. 6 

The Upstate Toy Drive will accept new toys for local children in need until Dec. 6 at collection boxes located throughout campus. Monetary donations are welcome; send to Linda Curry, College of Health Professions, 2221 Academic Building. Checks should be made payable to Salvation Army, note Christmas Bureau. For more information, call Linda Curry at 315-464-6903. The drive is a joint project among the United Way, the Salvation Army and many community partners. The Upstate drive is sponsored by the Colleges of Health Professions and Team Upstate. For collection box locations, visit www.upstate.edu/toydrive



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Dec. 6, 13 and 20

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.  The schedule is as follows: 

Dec. 6—Matthew Bowman, PT: Physical Therapy’s Role in Pulmonary Rehabilitation 

Dec. 13—Angana Mahapatra, DO: Taking Care of People Living with HIV for Clinicians 

Dec. 20—Matthew Elkins, MD: Transfusion 101



Holiday Happenings is Dec. 10

Holiday Happenings will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the cafeterias at Downtown and Community campuses. Breakfast will be served from 5 to 7 a.m. and ice cream will be served from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome.  



Presentation on Epic SlicerDicer is Dec. 10

Jennifer Curry, MA, principal trainer for Epic, will present Epic SlicerDicer Dec. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building. Pizza will be served. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 6 to watsonma@upstate.edu.  Epic SlicerDicer provides ready access to self-service reporting and data exploration. With the interactive tool, users are able to parse a large quantity of clinical data and use intuitive controls to refine and add multiple visualizations in a few clicks. The tool can be used to make new discoveries about populations and identify specific sets of patients who meet selected criteria.



Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is Dec. 11

Eric A. Pierce, MD, PhD, director of Inherited Retinal Disorders and William F. Chatlos Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical University, will present Genetic Causes of and Treatments for Inherited Retinal Degenerations Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. in 4709 Neuroscience Research Building. 



Bee Loved Gifts sale is Dec. 11 and 12

All items at Bee Loved Gifts at Upstate’s Community Campus will be 20 percent off (excluding flowers, food, coffee, and $5 jewelry) Dec. 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers who spend $25 or more will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. 



Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Dec. 13

Syd M. Johnons, PhD, will discuss how patient confidentiality rights impact a family member’s ability to receive familial genetic information Friday, Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. To receive a copy of the journal articles, email szczechk@upstate.edu.  



Schwartz Center Rounds is Dec. 17

Schwartz Center Rounds will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17 at noon in the conference room on the first floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Louise Prince, MD, will moderate a panel discussion on what staff members do outside of work to stay healthy. Participants will identify how creativity and activity can help manage stress, allowing staff to be an example of self-care for patients, families, and colleagues; recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines; recognize the stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff are welcome. CMEs are available. A light lunch will be served. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu  or call ext. 4-5596. 



Salvation Army Christmas Bureau is Dec. 18 

The Salvation Army Christmas Bureau will be held Dec. 18 at the OnCenter. Volunteers are sought to help with donation drop-off Dec. 13, set up Dec. 16 and 17, and distribution Dec. 18. Volunteers must register in advance at www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5277736/Christmas-Bureau-2019.  Due to space restrictions, last-minute volunteer requests will not be granted and spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4836.  



Child Life seeks volunteers in December

Child Life seeks volunteers to prepare and organize donations for the holiday season. Volunteer are sought for two-hour shifts throughout December. For more information, email Rachel Hannon at hannonr@upstate.edu.



Holiday closures and alternate holiday hours announced 

  ‑Human Resources and Employee Student Health will close Dec. 24 at 3 p.m.

  ‑Employee Student Health will close Dec. 26, 27 and 31 at 4 p.m.

  ‑Hospital Purchasing will close Dec. 24 and 31 at noon; closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1. 



OTD courses offered Jan. 21, 23 and 31

Assertive Communication: Handling Difficult Situations and People with Confidence will be held Jan. 21. Build your assertiveness and confidence levels especially when dealing with difficult situations and people. Learn techniques for dealing with manipulation and defensiveness, passiveness, aggression, and passive-aggressive behaviors. This interactive session also includes non-verbal communication, quick and easy ways to give feedback, and how to have successful conversations. Participants will leave knowing how to implement assertive techniques, methods to improve their self-confidence, and create an action plan for continued growth and exploration.

Conducting Great Meetings will be held Jan. 23. The session will explore the nuts and bolts of meeting management, including: understanding the basic needs of people in groups, handling common problems, setting expectations, and how to organize your agenda with the most critical items The session will include what to do before, during, and after the meeting and skills for meeting facilitation that will boost engagement, morale, and task accomplishment.

Authentic Leadership will be held Jan. 31. 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

For more information and to register go to www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training  or contact MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu.  



Pre-retirement planning sessions for ERS members only are Jan. 22

Information sessions on pre-retirement planning for members of the New York State and Local Employee Retirement System who are within five years of retirement will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the ninth floor auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. Participants must register online for one session by Jan. 15 at https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php  with keywords MEMBERS ONLY. The interactive session will include information on members’ New York state pension, social security, health insurance and Medicare benefits. For more information, email Teresa Rogers in Upstate HR—Benefits Office at rogerst@upstate.edu



Submissions sought for 33rd  annual Dearing Writing Award Competition

Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 33rd  annual Dearing Writing Award Competition. Awards will be presented in two categories: faculty/staff and student. The subject matter is open. For complete details visit www.upstate.edu/bioethics  and click on Writing Awards. The submission deadline is March 9 and the awards ceremony will be held April 22. 



Applications sought for Friend in Deed funding

The Upstate Foundation is accepting applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital’s Community and Downtown campuses. Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospitals and is largely supported through donations from grateful patients and their families, as well as members of the Upstate family and the community. Guidelines and applications are available on the Upstate Foundation website at www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed  or by calling 315-464-4416. Applications require the approval of a department head. The deadline to submit applications to the Upstate Foundation office (CAB 326) is Friday, Jan. 10. 



Applications sought for Upstate Foundation grant

The Upstate Foundation invites faculty members to submit proposals for consideration for funding for basic or clinical research projects and research equipment relevant to pediatric cancer, for up to two grants of $25,000 each, or one grant for $50,000 for one year.  Funds are available from May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked for scientific merit by the Pediatric Research Advisory Committee. The committee is chaired by Leonard Weiner, MD, vice chair for Academic Affairs. The application deadline is Feb. 1 and award announcements will be made April 1. For more information and a copy of the pediatric oncology research funding application, contact Pam Ward at wardp@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4275. 



Support the Upstate Foundation through AmazonSmile

Shopping through AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the Upstate Foundation, at no cost to you. Simply select The Upstate Foundation, Inc. as your AmazonSmile charitable organization on https://smile.amazon.com/.  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. Products on AmazonSmile that are eligible for donations are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. For more information, email Mary Knepper at knepperm@upstate.edu



Recycle for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 

To raise funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, place used printer and/or ink jet cartridges in the original box (do not put UPS label on the box), address to Recycle and place in interoffice mail. 



HealthLink on Air

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air are: Jarrod Bagatell, MD, director of employee and student health; and Walt Stein, from the local nonprofit organization Hope for Bereaved. HealthLink on Air, a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, is available through podcast searches 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.