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Upstate Announcements for December 16, 2019


Heart Walk team captains sought

Team Upstate seeks motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, to be held April 19 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 22 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain and to attend the Kickoff event Jan. 30, visit https://www.upstate.edu/heartkickoffrsvp.  For more information, email Becca at pescir@upstate.edu or Beth at sellersb@upstate.edu.  



Public Health offers a three-course series on lean management in healthcare 

Public Health and Preventive Medicine will offer a series of three one-credit course modules focusing on lean management in healthcare beginning in January. Courses will be led by James Cody, MPA, former director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each course will award one graduate credit at standard SUNY Upstate graduate tuition rates. The three one-credit courses are designed to be taken in sequence and will be offered nights and weekends to be accessible to working professionals. For more information on course content, registration, tuition and fees, visit https://www.upstate.edu/publichealth/education/general-education.php.  To register, email Jennifer Brennan at brennanj@upstate.edu.  



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). 

For a summary of 2020 benefits and coverage, a standardized comparison document required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.



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

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Dec. 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. Presenters are:

Dec. 13—Angana Mahapatra, DO, Primary Care of People Living with HIV

Dec. 20—Matthew Elkins, MD, Transfusion 101



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. 



Christmas caroling is Dec. 17, 22 and 24

Spiritual Care’s hospital choir will sing Christmas carols Dec. 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital. To phone in special requests for patients or units, call 315-464-4687 in advance or call Spiritual Care on Vocera for last-minute referrals. 

The choir will sing Dec. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Community Campus. To phone in special requests for patients or units, call 315-492-5740 or call Spiritual Care on Vocera for last-minute referrals. 



Robert Barlow Vision Research Seminar is Dec. 18

Tiffany M. Schmidt, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology and associate director of Neurobiology Master's Program at Northwestern University, will present Illuminating Visual Circuits Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in 4709 Neuroscience Research Building. For more information, call Carol Miller at 315-464-5241. 



Lori’s Gift Shop hosts sale Dec. 20

Lori’s Gift Shop will hold a sale Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Customers will receive 20 percent off storewide—food, drinks, other items may be excluded. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. 



Café Kubal to close overnight Dec. 20 and 21

Café Kubal will be closed overnight Dec. 20 and 21. Automated coffee service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at PerkUp Café in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital and at Upstate Bistro in the Academic Building. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610. 



Spiritual Care offers Christmas services Dec. 24 and 25

The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses are open to the Upstate community. The schedule is as follows: 

Dec. 24

Noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital 

2 p.m. in the Treehouse Chapel at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 

4 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital 

Dec. 25

11 a.m. in the meditation room at Community Campus

Noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital 



Holiday closures announced 

Health Sciences Library will close at Dec. 24 and 31 at 3 p.m. 

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. 

Contracts and Campus Purchasing will close Dec. 24 and 31 at noon. Time sensitive requests should be submitted via Self-Serve no later than Dec. 22 and 29 at 1 p.m. The department will open Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 at 8 a.m.



Spiritual Care Journal Club is Jan. 8

The Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Jan. 8 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1224 Upstate University Hospital. Facilitator Rev. Chuck Stewart, PhD, will lead a discussion on the article Hospitalized Young Adults’ Expectations of Pastoral Interventions. Pick up a copy of the article in the Center for Spiritual Care on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome to attend and bring a lunch. 



Student Admissions to host information sessions Jan. 10 and 15

Student Admissions will host an information session on medical imaging sciences and radiation therapy Jan. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall. Student Admissions will discuss medical imaging science and radiation therapy careers, degree programs, and admission requirements. To register online, visit https://engage.upstate.edu/register/mis-radiation.  

An information session on Upstate’s Respiratory Therapy Program will be held Jan. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Campus (425 Robinson Street). Student Admissions will discuss respiratory therapy as a career. Upstate’s bachelor’s degree program, and the distance learning respiratory therapy program. More information and registration is available at https://engage.upstate.edu/register/Binghamton.  

Questions? Email Wendy Meyer at meyerw@upstate.edu.  



Pre-retirement planning sessions for ERS members only is 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 Carol Travers in Upstate HR—Benefits Office at traversc@upstate.edu



Nursing certification review courses announced

The schedule for the 2020 nursing certification review courses is as follows: 

March 18 and 19—Med/Surg

April 23 and 24—CCRN

April 29 and 30—Nurse Exec Basic

May 11 and 12—Psych-Mental Health

All courses are held for two days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Campus. Qualification and registration information is forthcoming. For more information please contact Barbara LaCasse at lacasseb@upstate.edu.



Meatless Monday Taste and Try is Jan. 6, 20, 27

Meatless Monday Taste and Try will be held Jan. 6, 20 and 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus and in the cafeteria at Community Campus. 



Applications for Friend in Deed funding due Jan. 10

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. 



SUNY-authorized investment provider sessions are Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 28, and March 27

Ken Woods from Fidelity, a SUNY-authorized investment provider, will be on campus for financial planning consultation sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 28, and March 27. All sessions will take place in 8709 Upstate University Hospital. Those interested in reviewing retirement savings plans with Woods should register at https://nb.fidelity.com/public/nb/suny/fort  or 800-642-7131. 



Library provides enhanced access to full articles

Primo search results will offer links to PDFs and article contact in search results. In January, direct links will be available for Pubmed articles when clicking the Owned by Upstate option. Send feedback to Upstate’s Health Sciences Library via email at library@upstate.edu.