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Upstate Announcements for September 30, 2020

Upstate’s Employee/Student Resource Line and testing information

The Employee/Student Resource Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If an employee or student is symptomatic and needs a covid test, has traveled out of state, needs an emotional support professional, or has had an exposure to covid, they may call 315-464-8436. A nurse will complete a questionnaire by phone and provide instructions. If the employee or student needs to be tested, there are several options to register. They are as follows:

  1. Call 315-464-2778, press 0
  2. Send an email with name, date of birth and phone number to centschd@upstate.edu. Individuals will receive a phone call with an appointment time.
  3. Access the Employee Pre-Registration template in Self-Serve, under the My Information tab. Individuals will receive a phone call with an appointment time.
  4. Sign into an active My Chart account and self-schedule a test.
  5. If after hours or on a weekend, if the patient is a pediatric dependent of an employee, visit Upstate Golisano After Hours Care Clinic at Community Campus. If the Upstate employee or student is an adult, visit the nearest Upstate Emergency Department for testing. 



Upstate’s Public COVID Hotline extends hours 

Upstate’s Public COVID Hotline has extended its hours. The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8 am. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the public may call 315-464-3979 to reach the Public COVID Hotline. Share this number with friends and family. 



Upstate highlights services as nation sees greater mental health issues, suicidal ideation due to coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant mental challenges for communities and individuals. In a CDC report from June, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation. As a major healthcare institution in Central New York, Upstate plays a crucial role in preventing suicide. Upstate is proud to partner with New York state’s Suicide Prevention Office on its countywide Zero Suicide initiative. Our work in suicide prevention is a reflection of Upstate’s commitment to improving health beyond our system and into the communities we serve. 

If one has suicidal thoughts, please know that there is much help available. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. A free and confidential medical resident support hotline is available at 315-218-1962. The Student Counseling Center is open to all students at Upstate and can be reached at 315-464-3120, ext. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Upstate Employee Assistance Program is available for confidential consultation on issues relation to family, work stress, legal, financial, grief, change-related issues, marital/relationship, drug, alcohol or domestic violence. Contact EAP at 315-464-5760. Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry offers a Psychiatry High Risk Program that provides up to 12 months of intensive and comprehensive evidence-based treatment for youths and young adults (ages 16 to 40) who struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviors. For more information, call 315-464- 3117.

Psychiatry will step out to support Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention 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. For more information, email Siara Clos at closs@upstate.edu.



Global Health seeks participants for dengue fever clinical trial 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy volunteers for a dengue fever clinical trial. Dengue fever is common in more than 100 countries, approximately three billion people live in areas with a risk of dengue and 60 people die each day from extreme dengue fever. For information on the trial, email trials@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9869. 



CNY 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge begins Oct. 1 

The Upstate community is encouraged to participate in the CNY 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, which begins Thursday, Oct. 1. The 21-Day Challenge is a three-week, self-guided series of educational opportunities that focus on developing more effective social justice habits, particularly around the issues of race, power, privilege and leadership. The challenge is in line with the work of Upstate’s Diversity Task Force and the five working Tiger Teams to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at Upstate. Sign up for the challenge at www.cnyequity.org/signup and each day, a video, article or podcast will be sent to participants. The challenge culminates Oct. 21 with “A Community Conversation with Dr. Ibram X Kendi,” a free, virtual event presented by The Friends of the Central Library: https://www.foclsyracuse.org/ibram-kendi/. Read more about Upstate’s support of the challenge at www.upstate.edu/news/articles/2020/2020-09-24-challenge.php.  



Fast pass lane for screening Chatbot Users opens Oct. 2

Users of the upgraded and streamlined Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot will now be able to utilize a dedicated Fast Pass Lane for rapid access to the Downtown Campus. The Fast Pass Lane will be first rolled out at the 2nd floor bridge entrance at the Upstate Downtown hospital from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays. Starting Oct. 2, the bridge will serve as a dedicated entrance to the facility from 6 to 9 a.m. in order to accommodate the Fast Pass Lane. During this time frame, staff should exit the building through the main lobby. The lane on the left of the bridge will be solely for Fast Pass users in which everyone else will continue to use the right
lane. Employees are strongly encouraged to use the Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot to expedite the screening process for the benefit of themselves and others, including visitors and patients, who are dependent on our screeners to be interviewed and have their temperature taken.

The Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/trending/coronavirus/self-screen.php 



Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds are Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Up to 20 individuals will be permitted in Classroom A/B. Rounds will be available via WebEx. To attend virtually, evaluation forms are required to be returned by day’s end to sellersb@upstate.edu to receive credit. If attending in person, individuals must sign the sign-in sheet to receive credit. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Oct. 2—Zachary Shepherd, MD, FACP: Pre-Operative Evaluation

Oct. 9—Matthew Bowman, PT; Caitlin Farruggio, PT; Jason O’Neill, PTA: Exercise Testing and Prescription with Pulmonary Disease

Oct. 16—Joan Dolinak, MD, FACS: Injurie from the Outside Activities 

Oct. 23—Matthew Elkins, MD: Blood Bank Myth Busters

Oct. 30—Kevin Setter, MD—TBD



Destress for Success is Oct. 5, 12 and 19

Destress for Success will be held Oct. 5, 12 and 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. To connect, visit https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/5238104458#success. This program is offered by Syracuse University and brought to the Upstate community by Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program. The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 5—Connect During Corona

Oct. 12—Discover Your Strengths

Oct. 19—Build Healthy Habits



Seventh annual Transitions in Care Symposium is Oct. 6

The seventh annual Transitions in Care Symposium will be held Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon via WebEx. To view the schedule and register, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/pages/events-r/dept-events---transitionsincare. For more information, email Karin McMullen at mcmullek@upstate.edu



Staying Positive During a Crisis is Oct. 6

Linda Carignan-Everts, New York State Employee Assistance Program wellness coordinator, will present Staying Positive During a Crisis Oct. 6 at noon. The 30-minute presentation will include information about the PERMA model, the scientific theory of happiness, and will guide participants to finding happiness through difficult times. The session number is 161 000 7359, password WellNYS2020. To join, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=t253e4280cccd4998db259c776ddbaaf9



Children’s Environmental Health Day is Oct. 8

Upstate’s Central New York Children’s Environmental Health Center will celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day Oct. 8. The event will include a pediatric grand rounds, a panel, information on legislative action in New York, a Twitter chat and an Instagram live event. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3j0V6Ab.



Blood Drive is Oct. 8 and 9

A blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 9 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building, next to Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. Precautions will be used to protect our donors during the blood drive. To schedule an appointment, visit www.upstate.edu/events. There are a limited number of appointments. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please contact Kristin Bruce at brucek@upstate.edu or 315 492-5060 to cancel. 



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.



Easy for You is Oct 13

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in 7335B, the west wing 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 walczykc@upstate.edu or 315-464-3519.



25th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update is Oct. 16

Upstate Psychiatry will host the 25th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx. To view the schedule and to register, visit https://www.upstate.edu/cme/online-register.php. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Making Strides is Oct. 18

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be held as a drive through event Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Destiny USA. The event will feature a survivor tent, merchandise booths, raffles, and a car decorating contest. Upstate Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor. To join an Upstate team or start your own, visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?company_id=248192&fr_id=97705&pagename=strides_company&fr_id=97705. For more information, email Casaundra Hildreth at hildretc@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



Community Blood Drive is Oct. 21 and 22

The Community blood drive will be held Oct. 21 from 12 until 6 p.m. and Oct. 22 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community. Precautions will be used to protect our donors during the blood drive. To schedule an appointment, visitwww.upstate.edu/events. There are a limited number of appointments. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please contact Kristin Bruce at brucek@upstate.edu or 315 492-5060 to cancel.



Call in for Cancer seeks phone bank volunteers for Oct. 22 event 

The Upstate Foundation’s second annual Call in for Cancer benefiting Upstate Cancer Center will be broadcast live from iHeartMedia stations News Radio 570 WSYR and Y94 Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls to thank past donors. One-, two-, and three-hour shifts are available. The phone bank will be located in conference room 1076 at Upstate Cancer Center and all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, including physical distancing, mask requirements, and cleaning. Those unable to volunteer for a shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer for a shift, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a44acab2aa5f58-call. Questions? Call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. All funds raised support adults and children being treated for cancer at Upstate Cancer Center. 



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.



Child Life Program seeks donations for Halloween by Oct. 26

Due to Covid-19, the annual Halloween parade at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will not take place. In lieu of the parade, Child Life Program will provide each patient a Halloween bag of goodies. To donate candy or other items, email Beth Kinsley at kinsleye@upstate.edu by Oct. 26. 



State of the University address will be live streamed Oct. 28

Interim President Dewan will present the State of the University address Oct. 28. The event will be live streamed to members of the Upstate community. A link to join will be forthcoming. 



Clinician Peer Support Program of CNY to host training Oct. 29

The Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (formerly MIPS-CNY) and the P2P Peer Support Program, offered through the Medical Society of the State of New York, will host a training session Oct. 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, developed and will facilitate the training geared toward physicians, nurses, physician assistants, residents and fellows who are good, kind and empathetic listeners and interested in helping their colleagues. Attendance is limited. To register, send your name, role, institution, and email to thomas.hohensee@bassett.org. Once registered, participants will receive a calendar invitation and a Zoom link.



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.



Upstate Strong masks available online

Upstate Strong masks are available for purchase online. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to Upstate’s Caring for the Caregiver Fund. To place an order, visit www.upstate.edu/apparel.



Admissions to host information sessions on RN-BS in nursing program

Upstate Admissions will host information sessions on the RN-BS in nursing program. The sessions are for registered nurses holding an associate’s degree in nursing or current nursing students interested in completing their bachelor’s degree. Details on the application process, transfer credits and program of study will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to ask specific questions. Choose one of the 30-minute sessions and register online here: https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/virtual-events.



Special online bachelor’s program application exclusive for Upstate Nurses 

Upstate nurses are invited to apply for the Online Bachelor’s Program using a simplified and free admission application requiring only one standardized reference from their manager. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20. Completed applications will lead to an invitation to attend the Instant Decision Day where applicants will receive a decision in person, receive course advisement directly from the program director and speak with the tuition assistance and professional development coordinator. To apply, visit https://www.upstate.edu/con/programs/bs/hta-bs.php. For more information, email admiss@upstate.edu, attention Gabriela. 



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



Upstate University Medicine at Township 5 is accepting new patients

Upstate University Medicine at Township 5 is accepting new patients. Most insurances are accepted, including the Empire Plan. Upstate University Medicine is located in Township 5, near Movie Tavern and Costco. Free parking is available. To schedule an appointment, call 315-551-6000. 



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.