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Upstate Announcements for February 4, 2020


Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Visiting Professor Lecture is Feb. 4

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 today, 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. 



Nursing Recruitment to host Walk-In Wednesdays 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.



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



Upstate’s Clark Burn Center marks Burn Awareness Week Feb. 6

Clark Burn Center will offer information on how to prevent scalds Thursday, Feb. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. The center will also sell T-shirts for $5. For more information, email Tamara Roberts at robertta@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. 



Go Red Day is Feb. 7

In recognition of American Heart Month, Upstate celebrates National Go Red Day Friday, Feb. 7. Wear red, snap a photo of your department, post on social media, and tag Upstate Medical University and the CNY American Heart Association. 

On Facebook, tag @UpstateMedicalUniversity and @AHANewYork or use the check-in feature when posting your photo. On Instagram, tag @UpstateMedical. On Twitter, tag @UpstateNews and @HeartCNY. Use hashtags #UpstateMedical #TeamUpstate #GoRedDay. 

To celebrate, Morrison will serve red Cajun potato chips in the cafeterias while supplies last. For more information about Go Red Day and the 2020 Heart Walk, visit www.upstate.edu/heartwalk.



2020 Heart Walk on-site registration is February 7, March 5, 11, 12 

Join Team Upstate at the 2020 Heart Walk Sunday, April 19 at SRC Arena on the OCC campus. On-site registration will be held February 7 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in the second-floor lobby, March 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth and fifth floors at the Galleries, March 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital, and March 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital. For more information on the Heart Walk and Team Upstate, visit: www.upstate.edu/heartwalk 



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



Strong Women Strong Hearts is Feb. 8

Strong Women Strong Hearts will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Amy Tucker, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of Ambulatory Services, and Theresa Waters, DO, FACC, clinical assistant professor of medicine, will present. Presentations will discuss new ways to bring exercise, good food, and stress management into your life. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended at www.upstate.edu/swsh. The schedule is as follows: 

9:30 a.m. Doors open

10 a.m. Tai Chi/Journaling

10:30 a.m. Lifestyle is Medicine

11 a.m. What a Healthy Girl Wants At Any Age

11:30 a.m. Drumming/Chair Yoga



12-step group begins Feb. 11

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, a weekly meeting open to the Upstate community—including patients—will begin Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in 11405B, East Tower at Upstate University Hospital. The meeting is open to anyone with addiction and/or dysfunction in their family. The meeting will be held at the same time and in the same location each week. For more information, call Brigid at 315-464-5596. 



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. 



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. 



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.



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Feb. 14

Thomas Curran, MD, will discuss two articles with differing opinions on the importance of integrating climate change into medical education Friday, Feb. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in 2509/2510 Setnor Academic Building. To receive a copy of the articles and for more information, email szczechk@upstate.edu or call Andrea Musolino at 315-464-8464. 



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



Nursing Grand Rounds is Feb. 18

Colleen Lupia MSN, RN-CCM; Allison Dodge CSPHA; and Rebecca Ossevoort MS, ATC, MS, ATC, will present Safe Patient Handling: Slide Through Work Without Getting Hurt Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be streamed live to Classroom A and B at Community and will be 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.



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



Student Admissions to host online information session Feb. 20

Student Admissions will host an online information session for prospective students about Upstate’s Respiratory Therapy Program Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the respiratory therapy career, the bachelor's degree program at SUNY Upstate and admissions information. Register online at: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/Resp-Feb2020. For more information, email Wendy Meyer at meyerw@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. 



Upstate band to perform Feb. 28

Upstate band, The Bronze Puppies, will perform at Rockin’ the Redhouse, a benefit concert, Feb. 28 at the Landmark Theater, 362 S. Salina St. Band members include Upstate’s Rachel Hopkins, MD, medicine, on vocals; Paul Klawitter, PhD, and Gary Johnson, MD, emergency medicine, on guitar; James Greenwald, MD, family medicine, on bass; and Lawrence Chin, MD, dean, College of Medicine, on drums. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door and are available at http://www.theredhouse.org/rockin-the-redhouse/. The benefit supports Redhouse education scholarships. 



Submissions for 33rd Dearing Writing Award competition due March 9

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 33rd Dearing Writing Award Competition. Awards will be presented in two categories: faculty/staff and student. The subject matter is open. For complete details go to www.upstate.edu/bioethics and click on Writing Awards. Submission are due March 9 and the awards ceremony will be held April 22. 



Nominations for President's Employee Recognition Awards due April 1

If you know someone at Upstate who goes above and beyond, nominations are welcome for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards. The deadline for submission is April 1. Information for the award and a downloadable pdf nomination form is available at: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form are being sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 17.

The six award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team) 
  • Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual) 
  • Team of the Year 
  • Leader of the Year 
  • Employee of the Year 
  • Provider of the Year 

Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond his/her job responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations. 



Concussion Symposium is April 20

The third annual Concussion Symposium will be held Monday, April 20 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Scholar Hotel Syracuse, 1060 E. Genesee St. The symposium will focus on the common co-occurrence of concussion and whiplash injury. Speakers will review the underlying pathophysiologies of head and neck trauma, and the broad overlap in symptom presentation of the two conditions, which can make it difficult to determine the basis for the patient's complaints. Strategies to differentiate underlying causes of shared symptoms will be discussed, and best -practice approaches to symptom management will be outlined. CEUs will be offered. Register online at www.upstate.edu/cme/. For more information, call Tanya Clos at 315-464-4026. 



Review policy on alcohol and controlled substances in the workplace 

Upstate's Alcohol and Controlled Substance in the Workplace annual notification is available at: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/intra/drug_memo.pdf



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. 



Advocates for Upstate accepting nominations for its Board of Directors

Do you know someone who may be interested in playing a key role in promoting healthcare and scholarship at Upstate through fundraising and service? Advocates for Upstate is accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominations from both Advocate and non-Advocate members are being accepted, however, membership is expected upon Board election. Employees of Upstate Medical University and vendors of the Advocates are not eligible for Board membership. Deadline for nominations is March 27. For more information, visit upstate.edu/advocates or contact Jonathan Adler at adlerj@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610.



HealthLink on Air features Upstate and Office of Mental Health experts 

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air are: Stephen Thomas, MD, Upstate chief of infectious disease; Upstate psychiatrist Seetha Ramanathan, MD; psychiatrist Jay Carruthers, MD, chief of suicide prevention at the state Office of Mental Health; Ranjna Sharma, MD, Upstate chief of breast surgery; and Upstate researcher William Kerr, PhD. 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.