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Upstate Announcements for June 25, 2020


Upstate Medical University Update Forum is tomorrow 

Upstate Medical University Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will be joined by other administrators to provide an update on campus and clinical issues Friday, June 26 at noon. Register for the forum/webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/902410280975124494



Screening of Angst open today and tomorrow

Due to the overwhelming interest in the screening earlier this month of Angst, a film-based education program about anxiety in children and adolescents, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is making the screening available again. The film is suitable for parents, educators, mental health professionals, or even students (ages 10 years and older). Log in to view the film today and tomorrow here: https://www.indieflix.com/ocs/Angst/UGCH/watch.html?fbclid=IwAR0WGt0eCU4KTMeANROUBUSGpIPZzoOk7X75hnet7qAgSBQVHupWq_77Bbk. Username: ugch@indieflix.com Password: ugch



Everbridge update

Beginning today, Everbridge will only be used for Incident Command activations or other time-critical emergencies such as weather-related closures, active shooter events, or other messages impacting safety at Upstate. Everbridge will no longer be used for shift coverage requests in the hospital. It is essential to update personal contact information. Be sure to indicate if a phone number is a cellular phone or landline. Individuals must check “yes” to the question of “receive text messages” in order to receive future emergency events. For instructions, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/pdf/everbridge_contact_info_update_2020.pdf. For more information on Everbridge, email dunhamch@upstate.edu



Self-Screening tool available online

Upstate staff and students are asked to use the new self-screening tool each day prior to arrival to reduce the burden on screeners and the labor pool. To self-screen, visit www.upstate.edu/selfscreen. The self-screen tool is also available on the iPage. 



Interim President Dewan issues Annual Internal Control Letter

In a June letter, Upstate Medical University Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, reminded everyone of the importance of strong internal controls and that all Upstate employees are required to comply with the Governmental Accountability, Audit and Internal Control Act enacted by New York State. The Act requires all state agencies, including Upstate, to institute a formal internal control program to ensure that controls are appropriate, effective, efficient and documented. Visit the Department of Internal Control intranet site notice for Dewan’s letter and information on internal controls at the university.



IMT issues advisory for working from remote location

IMT reminds individuals that while working from home, all are responsible for keeping Upstate Medical University information private from the public, visitors to your home and family members. Examples include personally identifiable and protected health information, human resource information, vendor information, and financial or sensitive organizational information. Documents printed from home need to be disposed of by shredding, either at home or when returning to the office. Also, sensitive information should be stored on Upstate network drives, not on personally-owned equipment. Questions? Email Dave Hanson, director of IMT Network Services and Information Security, at hansond@upstate.edu



SUNY voluntary savings plan providers available to connect online

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, new options are available to connect with SUNY approved voluntary savings plan providers (403b and 457b). For more information, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php and look for SUNY Approved Investment Provider’s Consultation Schedules and NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Webinars. 



Upstate Family Medicine accepting new families for primary care

Upstate Family Medicine is now accepting new families for primary care, at two convenient locations. For an appointment at Community call 315-492-3400 and for an appointment at UHCC call 315-464-4686.



Upstate Strong apparel now available; proceeds benefit COVID-19 employee fund

Upstate Strong shirts are available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will support the COVID-19 employee fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, with funds matched by the vendor Just the Right Stuff. To order, visit www.upstate.edu/apparel



Upstate Community Hospital gift shop reopens

Bee Loved Gifts, the gift shop at Upstate Community Hospital, is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No more than four people are permitted in the shop at any given time; masks must be worn and social distancing adhered to when in the store.



Application deadline for Nellie Hurley Scholarship is June 26

The Nellie Hurley Scholarship, named after a former nurse at Community General Hospital, provides undergraduate scholarships for tuition and related expenses. Any active Upstate employee or volunteer is invited to apply by June 26. More details on the scholarship are available here: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php



Psychiatry offers group wellness session June 29 

Upstate Psychiatry will offer its final group wellness session Monday, June 29 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. via Zoom. Group is limited to 12 participants. To R.S.V.P., email saletskr@upstate.edu



Upstate Donor Council T-shirt sale underway through June 30

The Upstate Donor Council is hosting an online shirt sale through June 30 to benefit the Upstate Donor Fund, which supports community education and outreach. V-Neck and Crew-neck styles are available. To purchase, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/donatelife-tshirts



SUNY presents a virtual discussion “At the Intersection of LBGTQI+ and #BLM Activism: Stonewall to SUNY” June 30; registration open

SUNY presents a virtual discussion “At the Intersection of LBGTQI+ and #BLM Activism: Stonewall to SUNY” June 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. In this pivotal moment of racial reckoning during LBGTQI+ Pride Month, SUNY honors and supports LGBTQI+ people of color who are doing tireless work with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Terry Miller, SUNY senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief diversity officer will moderate. Panelists are Phillip Burse, chief operating officer, In Our Own Voices, University at Albany Alumni; Lee Melvin, vice provost for enrollment management, University at Buffalo; Dr. Gwen Kay, member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, president of SUNY Faculty Senate and professor of history at SUNY Oswego; and Dr. Marion Terenzio, president of SUNY Cobleskill.

Participation is free. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stonewall-to-suny-a-virtual-discussion-tickets-110680255624



Library re-opens July 6

Upstate’s Health Sciences Library will re-open July 6. For more information about services, resources, and health and safety precautions, visit: 

https://guides.upstate.edu/c.php?g=1020304&p=7644878. For more information, email Cristina Pope at popec@upstate.edu.