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Upstate Announcements for September 16, 2020

Fall Faculty Convocation is today at 4; event will be available for viewing online

Due to the pandemic, attendance at today's Fall Faculty Convocation is limited to awardees and a guest. The event is available for viewing at 4 p.m. at this link: https://www.upstate.edu/president/communications.php  



Weiskotten Hall cafeteria has reopened

The cafeteria located on the ninth floor of Weiskotten Hall is now open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot and cold food items are available in a grab-and-go style. Regular offerings include sandwiches, salads, coffee, sodas and juice. Cash and credit are accepted at the register, and the dining room has been set up for physical distancing.



National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week

Upstate’s Environmental Services department serves 27 buildings and cleans 2.8 million square feet. On average, they perform 152 swaps, transfers and discharges per day. In 2019, they recycled 1.4 million pounds of material and in the last six months, the department has UV’d 5705 rooms. During this recognition week, be sure to thank the Environmental Services team members you see throughout campus. 


Flu vaccination clinics set for this fall; appointments available

Flu Clinics will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital on Monday, Sept. 21, Tuesday, Sept. 22, Friday, Oct. 2, Monday, Oct. 19. To schedule an appointment for a flu shot at Employee Student Health in Jacobsen Hall (Downtown) or Health Office (Community), visit the portal at: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/.

Upstate’s Flu Crew will bring flu carts through floors and units at both hospital campuses. Dates and times will be forthcoming. Individuals who receive a flu vaccine elsewhere, such as a personal medical provider’s office or local pharmacy, should submit documentation of vaccination to Employee Student Health via the portal https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or fax to 315-464-5471 to ensure accurate accounting for required reporting. 



Well New York State Every Day Challenge for September

The Well New York State Every Day Challenge for September is to boost your energy. Register to receive a tip each day to help you succeed at https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov



My First or Next 5K in 2020 web meeting is Sept. 16

To earn a 5K magnet for your first or next 5K, join Pathway to Wellness today, Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. via WebEx at https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5bfcdc351662048aae50fe73a552021d (Meeting Number: 172 971 7165 Password: p8GDx5t3cq). For more information, visit https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov/5k.cfm or email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu.



Bioethics and Humanities Virtual Journal Club is Sept. 17

Join Dr. Gregory Eastwood Sept. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. as he leads a discussion of two articles focusing on racial bias in medical school admissions. For a copy of the articles and a Zoom invitation, email Andrea at musolina@upstate.edu



Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution available Sept. 17

In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17, Upstate's Health Sciences Library will offer free copies of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For additional information, visit the Health Sciences Library website http://library.upstate.edu and Constitution Day subject guide http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution. Questions? Email Christine Kucharski at kucharsc@upstate.edu.



Reduce neck and back pain classes are Sept. 17 and 18

SUNY Perks will host 30-minute classes led by a physical therapist aimed at reducing neck and back pain Sept. 17 and 18 at noon. To join, use the following link:https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=med1eadb4492e9568ee94771fe5370f8c. (Meeting number: 172 285 0309 Password: Jyn3JcHB3J2). 



Cooking classes with Morrison are Sept. 17 and 24

Cooking class watch parties will be held Sept. 17 and 24 at noon with Morrison chef Bal. Sept. 17 will feature roasted vegetables and Sept. 24 will feature lentil soup. To watch the cooking classes, join here: 

https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=med37fc2f066b1358d24278cb05cfcf42 (Meeting number: 172 573 9505 Password: PRmVSvzA742). 



Destress for Success begins Sept. 21

Destress for Success, a five-week event focusing on healthy habits used to combat stress, will take place Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. To join the Zoom events, visit: https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/5238104458. The offering is made possible to the Upstate community by Pathway to Wellness. The schedule is as follows: 

Sept. 21—Managing Your Mindset

Sept. 28— Focus on Flo

Oct. 5—Connect During Corona

Oct. 12—Discover Your Strengths

Oct. 19—Build Healthy Habits 



Anatomic Pathology to relocate; expected completion date is Sept. 21

Anatomic Pathology offices are currently in the process of relocating. Anatomic Pathology attendings, department manager, clerical staff, and the front office will move from 6 south to 5 south. Anatomic Pathology specimen receiving, frozen section and gross room will move from 6 south to 3 south. The Cytology and Histology laboratories are not moving and will remain on 6 south. All phone numbers will remain the same, only locations are changing. The move should be completed by Monday, Sept. 21. 

The new locations for specimen delivery, pick up, and other deliveries are as follows:

Anatomic Specimen Receiving—new location is UH3730. Pneumatic Tube station #30 in UH 6706 will be shut down.

Gross Room and Frozen Section—new location is UH3818.

Anatomic Pathology Front Office—new location is UH5805.



Weigh-In Wednesday begins Sept. 23

Weigh-In Wednesday, an eight-week accountability program, will begin Sept. 23. Participants will receive a weekly email, a weigh-in accountability sheet, a weekly recording, and handouts. The group will close after week two. For more information and to sign up, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu



Administrative Professionals Forum is Wednesday, September 23

The Administrative Professionals Forum will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. An appointment link will be sent to administrative professionals on file. Kim Gailor and Kim Branagan will present Organize, Manage and Share with Outlook. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. Register for a real time session at: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=154675. Watch a recorded webinar at: https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/1_3e0hfao3. For more information and to register for these professional webinars, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365/admin_prof.php



Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds will be held Sept. 29

Denise Letourneau, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate’s Magnet Journey: Are You Ready for the Survey Visit Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The rounds will be recorded for viewing via Blackboard course #3490. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu. To register, enter your full name and email address. Meeting information is as follows: Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 1:30 pm | 1 hour. Meeting number: 172 080 4733 Password: 75ymTBYFxR5 Link: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=me89f110385ae04a4a1bae4e2152547f0. To join by video system, dial 1720804733@upstate.webex.com. You may also dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 with U.S. toll access code: 172 080 4733. 



Race and Medicine lecture available online until Oct. 9

Now through October 9, anyone at Upstate can stream a lecture entitled To Promote Equity, We Must Get Race Right by Dr. Brooke Cunningham, University of Minnesota. The presentation examines how racism impacts patient health and how those in health care can respond. To watch, visit: https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_9iau73j4/167241081. Email musolina@upstate.edu for more information.  



Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention is Oct. 10

Out of the Darkness, a walk for suicide prevention, will be held Oct. 10. The walk will be held primarily virtually, but top fundraisers will be invited to complete the walk in person and attend a short ceremony Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. at Long Branch Park. To join or contribute to the Upstate team, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=261876 Questions? Email Siara Clos at closs@upstate.edu.



Mystery, Malt and Merlot online auction is Oct. 19 to 24


Due to gathering restrictions as a result of COVID-19, Mystery, Malt & Merlot, will not be held Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The event will be held as an online auction beginning at noon, Monday, Oct. 19, running through 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct 24. More information will be forthcoming.



2020 Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Oct. 20

The annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture featuring Suzanne Fuqua, PhD, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Fuqua will present Intrinsic Resistance or ESR1 Mutations in Metastatic Breast Cancer. The Upstate community is welcome. To R.S.V.P., email Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu



47th annual Regional Perinatal Symposium is Oct. 23

The CNY Perinatal Program will host the 47th annual Regional Perinatal Symposium Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. To view the schedule and to register, visit https://www.upstate.edu/obgyn/pdf/cmatch/symposium/perinatal-symposium-2020.pdf.



Election Day designated as floating holiday Nov. 3

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) has advised that Election Day, Nov. 3 has been designated as a floating holiday. All Upstate Medical University units and departments will be open and operative. Eligible New York state and Research Foundation employees who work Nov. 3, will earn a compensatory day to be used at a mutually convenient date, based on operating needs. Holiday compensatory days off must be used within one year (by Nov. 1, 2021) of accrual or forfeited. Election Day will continue to be a dark green holiday for eligible UUP represented, Agency Police Services represented and unclassified Management Confidential (M/C) employees as indicated on the 2020 Holiday Calendar available on-line: 

https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf. For more information, call Payroll Services at 315-464-4840.



Wellbeing Index is a resource open to the Upstate community

The Upstate community has access to the confidential and anonymous Wellbeing Index, developed by Mayo Clinic. The Wellbeing Index includes a survey designed to help individuals assess and reflect on their current level of distress and provides lists and links to helpful resources, including some specific to the covid pandemic. To access to the Wellbeing Index, visit https://app.mywellbeingindex.org/login. Invitation code: Upstate. 



Employee Recognition Day 2020 held online this year

In addition to more than 1,200 Upstate employees being honored for five years of service, four employees will be honored for more than 50 years of service to Upstate: Charlene Hubbell, Clinical Pathology-Histocompatability; Christine Lighthipe, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation-Rehab Therapies; Kathleen Messina, Pediatric Surgery Clinic; and Jeanne Nolan, Joslin Diabetes Center. For a complete list of names and to offer a congratulatory message to a coworker, visit: www.upstate.edu/erd



Use Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot for clearance to enter campus buildings

The upgrade and streamlined Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot now contains an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms, as well as questions about possible exposure to COVID-19 and travel history. Individuals are no longer required to enter their birthdate as part of the screening protocol. If using the chat bot and taking your temperature prior to entrance, you do not need to have temperature taken by screener. Since initiated in June, the chat bot has been used by many individuals to fulfill the requirement that all Upstate Medical University employees and students complete a health screening before entering any campus facility. Please continue to use the chat bot as a means of gaining clearance to campus. The Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/trending/coronavirus/self-screen.php  



SAVE THE DATE: Upstate PAW is Jan. 22

Upstate partners with the Association for American Indian Physicians for the third annual all-day Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) for native students Jan. 22. PAW provides students with the information to succeed in the admission process for health care studies and medical school. For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/paw.