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Upstate Announcements for August 28, 2020

Upstate experts write white paper on back-to-school guidance

Upstate experts published a white paper for students, parents and guardians, school staff and administrators on how to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document includes a list of recommendations to help lower the risk of spreading Covid-19 among students, teachers and school staff, and includes answers to some commonly-asked questions. Upstate experts in areas of infectious diseases, infection prevention, public health, global health, pediatrics, and laboratory sciences contributed to the document. A direct link to the document is here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/pdf/White-Paper-on-In-person-Learning.pdf. The paper is also available on the Emergency Management page dedicated to covid under the information and tools section on the left side. Select “White Paper: In-Person Learning.” 


Employee COVID-19 resource line reminders 

Upstate staff or students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, had an exposure, traveled to a designated state, have concerns regarding an immunocompromised individual living in the same household or need to talk with an emotional support professional, should call 315-464-8436. This resource line is available 24 hours a day for staff/students with covid-related questions on testing or general guidance. A registered nurse will help staff/students through their questions and Employee Student Health will follow up with individuals as needed. This resources line is for Upstate staff/students only. The public covid hotline is 315-464-3979. 



COVID-19 visitor restriction revisions available within policy COV V-08

Policy COV V-08 Visitor Restriction During Prevalence of COVID-19 has been revised and now refers to AMION for clinical officer/director on call for visitation exceptions at Upstate Community Hospital, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Adult Inpatient services at Upstate University Hospital. This change effects only the visitation exceptions beyond the continued routine visitation referred to in the policy from 2 to 6 p.m. for non-covid patients in the inpatient setting. Visitor processes for EDs, ORs/peri-op, procedural areas, acute rehab, Upstate Cancer Center, family birth and ambulatory services remains as previous with approval for visitors through those divisions and leadership on those units.



IMT announces plans to switch to Microsoft Outlook

Upstate Medical University faculty and staff will migrate from GroupWise to Microsoft Outlook by the end of the year. A migration schedule is under development, with the intent to migrate entire departments in waves. Information Management and Technology (IMT) will notify department leaders of their migration date. Faculty and staff will receive several emails starting two weeks before their scheduled transition. To prepare for the migration, follow the instructions at https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/pdf/New_prep_migration.pdf. Also visit https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365, which contains training opportunities, online webinars and resource guides. For questions regarding the project, contact IMT Program Manager Kim Gailor at GailorK@upstate.edu



Vocera system upgrade information is available online

The Mobility and Integration department upgraded the Vocera system. The upgrade did not change the functionality of Vocera. However, there are new features and enhancements that each user should be aware of. To see what’s new, review Blackboard #222 Vocera Upgrade. Questions? Visit www.upstate.edu/ipage/intra/vocera.



Community Giving Campaign is underway

Upstate's 2020 Community Giving Campaign is underway. To keep track of the campaign's progress and for additional information on pledging, go to: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/giving/pledge.php. To hear inspirational stories from some of the agencies employees can donate to please visit: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/reps-resources/agency-videos.php. To donate please visit self-serve and click the e-pledge button on your home screen.



Emerging Leaders United application deadline is Sept. 1

Applications for Emerging Leaders United will be accepted through Sept. 1. As an Emerging Leader and representative of Upstate Medical University, participants will have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs, volunteer events, and network with other leaders from companies in the greater Syracuse area. If you are selected as an Upstate Emerging Leader, you are encouraged to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2020 to September 2021. Upstate will cover the $250 fee for the first year of membership. Limited scholarships are available. This opportunity is open to all Upstate employees and faculty. To apply, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/leaders/emerging-leaders.php.



United Way Kickoff Cookoff runs through Sept. 8

The Kickoff Cookoff (KOCO) is an annual event to kick off the start of United Way of Central New York's campaign season. This year, the United Way is partnering with over 20 local restaurants for 20 days of food, fundraising and fun. KOCO will run through Sept. 8 at participating restaurants in Central New York. Proceeds will benefit 87 local programs through the United Way of Central New York Community Program fund. For more information on how to participate through dine-in, takeout, or ordering from select restaurants on their designated United Way Day, visit https://www.eatunitedcny.com/2020.



Easy for You is Sept. 8

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B at 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 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu



Community Primary Care Grand Rounds are Sept. 11, 18 and 25

Community Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Friday, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Upstate Community Hospital. Rounds will be a hybrid of in-person and WebEx. Up to 20 people are physically permitted in Classroom A/B to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Those attending virtually are required to return evaluations by end of day to receive credit for attending the rounds. If in person, sign the sign-in sheet for credit. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Sept. 11—Travis Hobart, MD, MPH: Lead Toxicity Prevention and Management

Sept. 18—Zachary Vredenburgh, MD: Non-Operative Treatment of Common Sports Injuries

Sept. 25—Daryll Dykes, MD: TBD



Fall Faculty Convocation is Sept. 16; will be live streamed

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4 pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event is not open to the Upstate community. The event will be limited to the award recipients who are allowed to bring one guest, the stage participants, and Upstate Council members. The event will be live streamed and a link will be forthcoming. 



Upstate PAW is Oct. 2

Upstate partners with the Association for American Indian Physicians for the third annual all-day Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) for native students Friday, Oct. 2. PAW provides students with the information to succeed in the admission process for health care studies and medical school. The deadline to apply for the virtual event is Sept. 15. For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/paw