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Upstate Announcements for January 29, 2020


Nursing Recruitment to host Walk-In Wednesdays Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26

Nursing Recruitment will host Walk-In Wednesdays Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from noon to 4 p.m. in 1414 Upstate University Hospital and in the Human Resources office on the first floor of Upstate Community Hospital. RN candidates will have an opportunity to interview with recruiters on the spot and learn about Upstate’s new RN salary package. RNs interested in open positions should bring an updated resume. Know of a great RN? Refer them to Upstate Nursing and receive a referral gift. For more information, email Rebecca Milczarski at milczarr@upstate.edu.



CNY Biotech Accelerator to host small business presentation Jan. 30

Jot Chahal, global director for digital health at Hillrom, will present Go to Market Strategy for Small Businesses Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-to-market-strategy-tickets-87232820715



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds is Jan. 31

Matthew Elkins, MD, will present Introduction to Apheresis at Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds Friday, Jan. 31 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.



Nominations for Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service due Feb. 1

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service are due Friday, Feb. 1. Nomination forms are available online at https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php and should be sent to Megan Chase by email at chasem@upstate.edu or by mail to: Megan Chase, Human Resources-OTD, 417 Jacobsen Hall. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service, created by The State University of New York, recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. 



Well NYS Everyday Challenge begins Feb. 1

The Well NYS Everyday Challenge is to get more sleep. Register online and track your progress at https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov/index.cfm.



Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Visiting Professor Lecture is Feb. 3

Andrew D Zelenetz, MD, PhD, medical director of Medical Informatics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will present an interactive seminar on Novel and Emerging Therapeutic Strategies in the Management of Select B-Cell Lymphomas Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the conference room at Upstate Cancer Center. The lecture is approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit CME. The event will be catered. To register or for more information, contact Joanne Salvagno at salvagnj@upstate.edu or 315-464-8286. 



Monday Mile and Meatless Mondays are Feb. 3

Monday Mile walks are held each Monday at noon beginning in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Meatless Mondays are held each Monday in the cafeterias at Downtown and Community hospitals. On the second Monday of each month, a meatless Taste and Try option will be featured from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in both hospital cafeterias. For more information, visit www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/programs.php.



Organizational Training and Development courses are Feb. 4, 6, 10, 18 and 21

Organizational Training and Development courses will be held Feb. 4, 6, 10, 18 and 21. To register, use the link provided for each course. For more information, contact Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.edu or 315-464-2957. 

Communication Skills Back to the Basics will be held Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 116 East Lounge, Campus Activities Building


Assertive Communication-Handling Difficult People and Situations will be held Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at Community 


Upstate Stars Recognition Program will be held Feb. 10 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room at Community


Time Management: Take Back Your Day will be held Feb. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. in 1076 Upstate Cancer Center


Team Building and Group Development will be held Feb. 21 from 8 to 11 a.m. in 1076 Upstate Cancer Center




Black History Month celebrations are Feb. 5 and 26

Upstate will celebrate Black History Month with events Feb. 5 (Downtown) and Feb. 26 (Community) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including a free soul food lunch with vegan options prepared by Miss Prissy’s Inc. 

Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, will give the keynote address Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Activities Building. Awards will be presented to 100 Black Men of Syracuse; David Lehmann, MD, PharmD; and Joy Clemons, NCS. Entertainment will include a short video and a musical performance. 

Malika Carter, PhD, will give the keynote address Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital. Yvette Mike, RN, will read poetry and Lauren Ligon, LMSW, will provide musical entertainment. Joy Clemons will be recognized. 

For more information, email Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@upstate.edu



Quitting and Cooking Café is Feb. 6

The Quitting and Cooking Cafe will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 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, volunteers, and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness



Therapy Thursday is Feb. 6

Therapy Thursday with dogs from Pet Partners will be held Feb. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upstate’s Health Science Library. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Feb. 7, 14, 21

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 7—Robert Carhart, MD, Neprilysin: What is it and why do we care? 

Feb. 14—Amirfarbod Yazdanyar, MD, Diabetic Retinopathy

Feb. 21—Lori Gordon, RN, Diabetes Management



Easy for You is Feb. 11 

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B, Upstate University Hospital. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at walczykc@upstate.edu or 315-464-3519. 



WW at Work session begins Feb. 11

A new WW at Work session will begin Feb. 11 at noon in 8405A East Tower, Upstate University Hospital. Participants must be present to enroll. Registration for the 12-week program is $132.60 and payment options are available. Join WW at work any time at the drop-in rate of $13 per week for the remainder of the session. For more information, contact Kim Hare at harek@upstate.edu or 315-464-4891. 



Upstate Nursing to host annual Spring Hiring Event Feb. 13

Upstate Nursing will host its annual Spring Hiring Event Feb. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse. Managers will be on hand to meet with new and experienced RNs and recruiters will be available to discuss Upstate’s new RN salary package. For more information, contact Rebecca Milczarski at milczarr@upstate.edu.



Upstate students invited to Destress for Success Feb. 17 and 24, March 2, 9, 16

Upstate students are welcome to Destress for Success with SU Lerner Center Mondays beginning Feb. 17 through March 16 from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at the Upstate Bistro in the Academic Building. The five-week program offers coffee, tea, and presentations on a variety of health-related topics. For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Feb. 17—Cultivate Resistance

Feb. 24—Increase Mindfulness and Engagement 

March 2—Identify and Use Your Strengths (will need phone or computer)

March 9—Strengthen Communication Skills

March 16—Create Healthy Habits and Goals



Weigh-In Wednesday begins Feb. 19

Join Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness for Weigh-In Wednesday from Feb. 19 to April 8. Participants will receive a weekly video, emails, and handouts. To register and for more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu



Volunteers sought to paint at Upstate’s 2020 Your Cause organization Feb. 22

Upstate’s 2020 Your Cause organization is the Rescue Mission’s new Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelter. The first volunteer opportunity, painting 10 bedrooms, will be held Saturday, Feb. 22. All materials will be provided. Shift one will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and shift two runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Lunch break is from noon to 12:30 p.m. For more information and to volunteer, email Patty Mondore at mondorep@upstate.edu.



Upstate Foundation’s 17th annual Radiothon for Kids is Feb. 27 and 28

The Upstate Foundation’s 17th annual Radiothon for Kids will be held Feb. 27 and 28 from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Upstate University Hospital. The event will be broadcast live on Y94, 570 WSYR, and CNY Central. Volunteers are sought in two-hour shifts to answer phones, take pledges, and call on friends to make donations. If you would like to participate but can’t work a two-hour shift, social media ambassadors are sought for Facebook, Twitter, and email. To volunteer, call Robin Grabowski at 315-464-5748. All money raised stays here to help sick and injured children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and affiliated pediatric clinics. 



Advocates grant funding applications due Feb. 28

The Advocates for Upstate will accept applications for grant funding Feb. 1 to 28. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate Medical University on all campuses are eligible to apply for funding, to be used between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. The Advocates for Upstate mission is to improve patient care and satisfaction, support medical education and enhance community health. Items or services that can be funded through department budgets are not eligible for Advocates grant funding. Details and applications are available at: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/grant_funding.php. For more information, contact Jonathan Adler at adlerj@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610.



Patient Experience catch phrase submissions due March 1

The Office of Patient Experience seeks submissions to establish a catch phrase that best describes what the patient experience means to Upstate. The phrase should acknowledge Upstate's priority to be united in expertise, compassion and hope, and align with our mission, vision and values. All Upstate employees are welcome to submit suggestions now through March 1 to Tina Passett at passett@upstate.edu. The final selection will be made via Survey Monkey from the top three submissions. The winner will receive a personalized Patient Experience jacket. 



CCRN certification exam review course registration due March 2

The CCRN certification exam review course will be held April 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Community. Registration is limited to 35 participants and manager’s approval is required. Registration is due March 2 via https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php with keyword CCRN. Eligibility requirements must be met and an agreement to sit for the certification exam within six months of taking the course (Oct. 31) is required. For more information about the Nursing Department Certification Program, see policy NDM B-29. 



Employ and mentor high school students through Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks staff and faculty members who would like to provide meaningful employment, mentorship and support for a limited number of high school juniors and seniors in the Syracuse City School District as part of the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection was established in 1987 to help students at risk of dropping out to stay in school and achieve academic success. 

Upstate has partnered with Hillside to provide real work experience and practical learning for the selected students since 2012. For more information, visit https://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/internship.php. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection students graduate high school at twice the rate of their peers and between 70 and 80 percent of these graduates attend college. To sign up or speak with someone about the program, call Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234, or contact Connie Gregory at gregoryc@upstate.edu or 315-464-5231. 



HealthLink on Air radio show available online

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air are: gynecologic oncologist Mary Cunningham, MD; toxicologist Christine Stork, PharmD; vascular surgeon Anthony Feghali, MD; Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO; and Syracuse University head football coach Dino Babers. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, 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.



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 (zero 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. For more information and to participate, email Erin Wentz at wentze@upstate.edu.