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Upstate Announcements for October 27, 2020


Interim President Dewan’s State of the University address is Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. 

Interim President Dewan will present the State of the University address Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. The event will be live streamed to members of the Upstate community. A link to join will be available the day of the event here: https://www.upstate.edu/president/communications.php.



Spiritual Care seeks input from the Upstate community 

Upstate’s Spiritual Care Program asks staff to take a brief survey: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=TJN8CD9MNP. The survey will help guide Upstate’s Spiritual Care department, provide improvement ideas, and foster collaboration. The survey will close Oct. 31. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu



Spiritual Care Week events are Oct. 27 to 30

Oct. 27—An intensive prayer circle service will be held at noon in the chapel at Upstate University Hospital

Oct. 28—Blessing of the Hands will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the pediatric chapel on the 12th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, the chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital, and the meditation room at Community

Oct. 29—Devotions will be held at 8 a.m. and an instrumental music meditation will be held at noon

Oct. 30—Virtually hug a chaplain day



Healing Muse celebration is Oct. 28

A celebration of the 20th year of The Healing Muse will be held Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, email musolina@upstate.edu.



World Stroke Day is Oct. 29

World Stroke Day will be recognized Oct. 29. For more on Upstate’s Level-1 Comprehensive Stroke Center, visit https://www.upstate.edu/stroke/ and follow the Upstate Stroke Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UpstateStrokeCenter/.



Virtual retirement reception for Maureen Miller is Oct. 29

A virtual retirement reception for Maureen Miller will be held Oct. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. Miller retires after 10 years at Upstate and 44 in health care. For more information, call Jon Roberts at 315-464-8086. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m4bd50216c806f2040c1b6334e0f116df



Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week runs through Oct. 30

This year’s theme is Heroes of Health Care Facilities. At Upstate, the Facilities team includes Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Engineering, Parking, Design and Construction, and University Health System Planning. This group employs nearly 250 professionals in six departments, and provides services for over five million square feet of property across the Upstate System. During COVID, every member has used their field of expertise to create and maintain a safe environment for all at Upstate. The Upstate team has demonstrated the highest level of commitment and dedication in ensuring a safe environment for all our patients, physicians, staff and visitors. This week, thank a college who works in one of these departments.



Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds are Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and 13

Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and 13 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Up to 20 individuals will be permitted in Classroom A/B at Community. Rounds will also be available via WebEx. To attend virtually, evaluation forms are required to be returned by day’s end to sellersb@upstate.eduto receive CME 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. 30—Kevin Setter, MD: Shoulder Pain

Nov. 6—Stephen Knohl, MD: Overview of Metabolic Evalutation and Management of Kidney Stone Disease 

Nov. 13—Flavia Soto, MD: Quality in Bariatric Surgery



Respiratory Care Week runs until Oct. 31

Upstate’s respiratory therapists work in inpatient and outpatient settings throughout campus. Respiratory therapists provide mechanical ventilation and oxygen therapy, obtain arterial blood samples for gas analysis, perform treatment modalities, teach incentive breathing exercises for patients with pulmonary disease, and perform pulmonary function testing used for diagnostics and to assess lung function. Thank a respiratory therapist this week. 



Sleep Tech Appreciation Week runs until Oct. 31

Sleep technicians at Upstate Sleep Center are health professionals who perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to a range of patients, including infants, toddlers, teens, adults and elderly. Sleep techs specialize in performing overnight and daytime polysomnograms in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and many other sleep disorders. Sleep technicians are responsible for the care, comfort and safety of patients. Sleep testing is done at Upstate Sleep Center in Camillus (5700 Medical Center West). When appropriate, some patients receive instructions on how to use a home sleep study in their own home. For more on Upstate Sleep Center, visit https://www.upstate.edu/sleep-center/.



2021 Flexible Spending Account Program open enrollment period for state employees begins Nov. 2

Open enrollment for the 2021 Flexible Spending Account Program for New York state employees will run from Nov. 2 to 30. To be eligible, state employees must be annual salaried, work at least half time, meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), and be expected to be employed for the entire 2021 calendar year. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php



24th annual Toxicology Teaching Day is Nov. 4

The 24th annual Toxicology Teaching Day will be presented as a virtual conference Nov. 4. The conference is designed is to provide extensive, quality, up-to date information required for the management of toxicologic problems. The program is intended for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care providers who routinely care for poisoned patients. Online registration is required by Nov. 2 at: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/UHTOX2020.



Schwartz Rounds is Nov. 10

Schwartz Rounds will be held Nov. 10 at noon via WebEx. Nakeia Chambers, Lyndzie John, and Rev. Rayne Dabney will present When Staff Suffer Prejudice Based on Age, Religion, Race, Education Level, Gender or Ability: We All Want to Change the World. Schwartz Rounds gently addresses the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, families, and staff; recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines; recognize stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff welcome. CME’s are available. No lunch this time.  For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu. To join, visit https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m76aca3fa04f374a0747a62d66520003f.



Easy for You is Nov. 10

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in 7335B of 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 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu



Order M&M candy grams to send to co-workers by Nov. 10

To send your coworkers a M&M candy gram expressing your “much and many” thanks for all they do, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/staff_resources/upstate_stars/order-candy-grams.php by Nov. 10. There is no cost to order. Cards, envelopes and M&Ms will be mailed to the person who orders. Individuals will send directly to recipients. Questions? Email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.



Great American Smoke or Vape Out is Nov. 19

The Great American Smoke or Vape Out will be held Nov. 19. Receiving help through counseling and medications doubles or triples an individual’s chance of quitting successfully. To talk with a tobacco treatment specialist and to receive free nicotine replacement items, contact Theresa Hankin at hankint@upstate.edu or call 315-464-3519. 



Vote for your favorite Upstate mask-cot

Upstate Medical University does not have a mascot. Please join us in a vote for a "mask-cot" which will be used in outreach messaging on mask safety. The winner, which will be unveiled in November, will also become the official Upstate mascot. To vote, visit www.upstate.edu/vote



The Baldwin Fund Lemon-Aid Stand 

For information on how to host a virtual Baldwin Fund Lemon-Aid Stand, visit https://baldwinlemonaid.org. Participants will find simple ingredients to set up a stand, and information on how to join a Team Upstate stand or donate to help the cause. The Lemon-Aid Stand project is designed to help increase public awareness for the prevention, detection, treatment and advocacy for breast cancer patients and families. For over a decade, The Baldwin Fund has supported the Upstate Medical University through breast cancer research grants totaling over $3 million, with 100 percent of their Central New York fundraising donated back to Upstate. For more information contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu.



Upstate’s Virtual ER is open seven days a week from 1 to 9 p.m.

Upstate’s Virtual ER is open seven days a week from 1 to 9 p.m. Board-certified emergency medicine physicians will see patients of all ages from the privacy of their home vis smartphone or computer. All insurance carriers are accepted, as well as self-pay if the patient prefers. For more information on the service and to make an appointment, visit https://www.upstate.edu/emergency/healthcare/telehealth.php.



Student Admissions hosts virtual information sessions for prospective students 

Student Admissions is hosting a series of Virtual Information Sessions for prospective students. Topics include physician assistant, physical therapy, medical school, clinical perfusion, radiation therapy, medical imaging sciences and more. For details and registration information, visit:  https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/virtual-events. For more information, email Wendy Meyer at admiss@upstate.edu.



Input on EPIC sought from medical staff

Medical staff are welcome to provide suggestions to improve the EPIC experience. To provide feedback, visit: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://klasresearch.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZupX8RPbLAR5X__;!!GobTDDpD7A!ZS78Iv7D_rQu58_jtBs2K-Dhk1fITbaX958ycjQmdCWdvLuRk1_FJ0ATn2o_GNVN-w$



HealthLink on Air features Upstate experts 

Recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air include: associate professor of nursing Karen Klingman, PhD, and professor of physical therapy George Fulk, PhD; professor of medicine Oleh Pankewycz, MD; and assistant professor of pediatrics Travis Hobart, MD; and assistant professor of surgery Stephen Waterford, MD. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, available through podcast searches and broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.