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Upstate Announcements for February 12, 2020


Novel coronavirus fact sheet available to all Upstate staff

Action required for clinical staff 

Upstate staff providing direct patient care are asked to complete the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information for All Staff education by March 1 via Blackboard at https://bb.upstate.edu. Once logged in, search coronavirus. 

A novel coronavirus fact sheet is available to all Upstate staff here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/pdf/intra/corona_virus_factsheet.pdf

More information on novel coronavirus is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/trending/mers.php

Questions about recent travel from or upcoming travel to China should be directed to the Triage and Transfer Center at 315-464-8436. 



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.



Orders for roses and truffles due Feb. 13

Lori’s Gifts has a dozen roses and a dozen Harry and David truffles for $59.99, to be delivered on Valentine’s Day for free within Upstate University Hospital. Orders are due by Feb. 13. For more information, call Jonathan Adler with the Advocates for Upstate at 315-464-5610. 



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. 



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are Feb. 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. 14—Amirfarbod Yazdanyar, MD, Diabetic Retinopathy

Feb. 21—Theresa Waters, DO, What a Healthy Girl Wants At Any Age



East Tower conference room to close March 16

Conference rooms 11405 A and B will close permanently March 16. All meetings booked for this space will need to be relocated. 



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. 



Nursing Recruitment to host Walk-In Wednesdays Feb. 19, 26

Nursing Recruitment will host Walk-In Wednesdays Feb. 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.



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.



Black History Month celebration is Feb. 26

Upstate will celebrate Black History Month Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Hospital with a keynote address presented by Malika Carter, PhD, and a free soul food lunch with vegan options prepared by Miss Prissy’s Inc. 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 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. 



Spiritual Care Journal Club is March 4

A discussion on nurse-chaplain collaboration will be held March 4 at 12:45 p.m. 1321 Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome. For a copy of the journal article, visit the Center for Spiritual Care, 1224 Upstate University Hospital. 



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. 


Public Health offers course on lean management and leadership in health care March 17 to April 14

Public Health and Preventive Medicine will offer a one-credit course focusing on lean management and leadership in health care Tuesdays March 17 to April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in 318 Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. The course will be led by James Cody, MPA, former director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The course will award one graduate credit at standard SUNY Upstate graduate tuition rates. UUP members may be eligible for tuition benefits. Enrollment in the previous two modules (PHGE601 and PHGE602) is not required. For more information, visit https://www.upstate.edu/publichealth/education/general-education.phpor email Jennifer Brennan at brennanj@upstate.edu.



Advocates for Upstate offers incentive for March monthly challenge participants 

Advocates for Upstate will give a $5 coupon toward a purchase at Perk Up or Upstate Bistro to anyone with an Upstate ID badge who completes the Well NYS Every Day Challenge in March, presented by Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness. Using the honor system, participants must complete one healthy monthly challenge behavior for the first 20 days in March and track their progress on the online form or on the paper form available through Pathway to Wellness. Begin the challenge by registering at http://wellnys.goer.ny.gov. The coupon will be presented when you complete the March challenge and the online tracking form. Paper forms must be submitted to Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. In addition to the coupon, certificates will be awarded to those who complete the challenge. For more information or for copies of the paper tracking form, contact Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.eduor 315-464-4565. Perk Up (located in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital) and Upstate Bistro (located on the second floor of the Academic Building) offer Starbucks brand coffee, food, and other hot and cold beverage items.



Organizational Training and Development offers courses throughout March

Various Organizational Training and Development courses will be held throughout March. To register, use the link provided for each course. For more information, contact Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.eduor 315-464-2957.

Emotional Intelligence Multi-rater on March 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 116 East Lounge, Campus Activities Building https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=131156

DiSC Personal Profile Assessment on March 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in C1076 Upstate Cancer Center https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=18481

Conflict Dynamics Profile-Individual on March 9 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Hospital https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=148895

Authentic Leadership on March 11 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Hospital https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=143675

Essentials of Supervision: Gauging Your Supervisory Skills on March 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 116 East Lounge, Campus Activities Building https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=81320

Upstate Stars on March 18 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in ET8405A Upstate University Hospital’s East Tower https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=2478

Managing Change and Building Resiliency on March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at Community Hospital https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=147196

Conducting Great Meetings on March 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in C1076 Upstate Cancer Center https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=145655

Conflict Dynamics Profile 360 on March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Hospital https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=148896

Art of Journaling on March 31 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in C1076 Upstate Cancer Center https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php?topicid=143676



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. 



Healthcare Exploration Camp is April 8 to 10

Applications for the 2020 Healthcare Exploration Camp for ninth and 10thgraders are now being accepted online at: www.upstate.edu/volunteers/camp.php. Applications are due Feb. 28 by 4 p.m. Space is limited to 24 students and registration is $50 per camper. Application requirements include essays and recommendations from a guidance counselor. For more information, call Kristin Bruce at 315-492-5060. 



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. 



Transgender Health Conference is April 23 

Upstate’s Transgender Health Conference will be held April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall and Setnor Academic Building. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transgender-health-conference-tickets-93316846199. Medical, behavioral, community providers and anyone who works with gender diverse people are welcome. The conference will discuss hormone replacement therapy, supporting whole families during a child’s transition, transgender legal rights and protections, trauma informed care, and more. Information on CMEs and CEUs is forthcoming. For more information, call Nicky Jennings at 315-464-7539 or email TransHealthConference2020@gmail.com. 



Psychiatric mental health certification review course is May 11 and 12 

Registration for the psychiatric mental health certification review course is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php. Use keyword PSYCH. Registration is limited to 35 participants and they must have their manager's approval. For more information, email lacasseb@upstate.edu.



Applications sought for the CNYBAC Medical Device Innovation Challenge

Applications are sought for the CNY Biotech Accelerator’s Medical Device Innovation Challenge now through May 31. Early stage medical device innovators are welcome to apply to this mentor- and resource-intensive six-month program. Accepted participants receive expert mentorship, free work space and equipment at CNYBAC, access to an extensive ecosystem, coordinated resource matching, contracted student-led legal and commercialization services provided by Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University, new Manufacturing Workshop, 4th Annual Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp, and more. To apply, visit https://www.cnybac.com/medical-device-innovation-challenge-in-the-national-grid-creation-garage/



Recycle for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 

To raise funds for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, place used printer or ink jet cartridges in their original boxes, place in interoffice mail, and address to recycle. Do not use a UPS label.