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Upstate Announcements for November 23, 2020

REMINDER: Staff should not gather in groups when eating in break rooms, conference rooms or the cafeteria. Celebrations that typically occur on units are not permitted this year, due to the rise in covid cases. Please be mindful of all capacity limits and space out. 



Order Thanksgiving take-home meals by Nov. 24 at noon

Thanksgiving take-home meals are available for purchase through Café 750. Orders must be placed Nov. 24 by noon. Meals are prepared to be reheated, with instructions included. Included in the meals are: roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The take home meals will be prepared for two people for $16 or four people for $32. Orders can be placed in person with any cashier at Café 750 or at the cafeteria at Community. To place an order by phone, call 315-464-4308. Meal pickup will take place Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meals must be paid for when order is placed.



Thanksgiving Day service is Nov. 26

A Thanksgiving Day service will be held Nov. 26 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital and on Spiritual Care channel 52. Join the chaplains and interns for a brief service to celebrate this day.



Spiritual Care invites posts of gratitude on Wall of Thanksgiving today through Nov. 29

Upstate’s Department of Spiritual Care invites everyone to post a word of gratitude on the Wall of Thanksgiving today through Nov. 29 outside the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. Research shows an attitude of gratitude is a powerful antidote when life is especially challenging, such as what we are experiencing now with Covid-19. In the words of Mesiter Eckhart, “If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.”



2021 Productivity Enhancement Program for New York state employees ends Nov. 30

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) has been announced by the NYS Department of Civil Service for NYS eligible CSEA, UUP represented and MC Affiliated employees. Please note that at this time, PEF represented employees are not eligible to participate in PEP. PEP allows eligible employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation and/or personal leave) in return for a credit to be applied toward their employee share NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis for 2021. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums.  For more information, please visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/pep.php.

The 2021 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program open enrollment period for NY State employees ends Nov. 30. Requirements: To be eligible to enroll in the Flexible Spending Account Program, 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 go to https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php



Journey to Magnet shirt sale ends Nov. 30

To order a Journey to Magnet T-shirt with delivery to a hospital unit or department, order using Venmo username Magnet2020. Shirts are available in women’s V-neck and long-sleeved unisex crew neck, sizes small to extra-large. Each shirt is $20. Note preferred style, size, campus building and specific location/unit. For delivery to a home address, order online at www.upstate.edu/apparel under the Upstate Strong link. For more information, email sylstraj@upstate.edu.



Holiday closures for November

The following offices will be closed Nov. 26 and 27: Human Resources, Employee/Student Health, Payroll, Record Storage. Ainsely Warehouse is closed Nov. 27.



NYS University Police No Shave November Fundraiser runs throughout November

The New York State University Police at Upstate Medical University third annual No Shave November fundraiser honors former Public Safety Officer Daryl Lohm who fought courageously against cancer, but passed away in July of 2018. No Shave November proceeds will support the Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, established at the Upstate Foundation, to assist Upstate Cancer Center patients and families during their time of need. Support the Upstate University Police No Shave November fundraiser by making a donation today at: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/NoShaveNovember. For more information, contact Lieutenant Michael Jorgensen at jorgensm@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4000.



Brain Injury Association of New York State hosts symposium Dec. 4

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) will host its annual medical symposium virtually Dec. 4. Upstate’s Brian Rieger will present and the symposium will focus on concussion management and therapies, including a team approach to concussion management. BIANYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions as a provider for continuing competencies in the following areas: social work, physical therapy and physical therapy assistants, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, continuing teacher and leader education, and occupational therapy and OT assistants. For more on the annual symposium and to register, visit: https://bianys.org/medical-symposium/.



New Covid-19 vaccine survey is open to all Upstate staff and students until Dec. 5

A team of vaccination and public health experts at Upstate developed a brief, five-minute survey to guide us in preparation for COVID-19 vaccination program roll out. The survey is anonymous and can be found here: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=4D8RDJXP9F. To receive a paper survey, email Dr. Jana Shaw at shawja@upstate.edu. The survey closes Friday, Dec. 5.



Schwartz Rounds is Dec. 8

Schwartz Rounds will be held Dec. 8 via WebEx. Rounds will address ways we can take mental, spiritual and creative care of ourselves. To join the rounds, use the following WebEx link and access codes: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m31dbb29da5bbb41f8402e129e9d370a5 WebEx Meeting number (access code): 172 650 6048 Meeting password: Schwartz2020. Schwartz Rounds gently addresses the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, families, and staff. Rounds helps explore ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines, and recognize the stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff welcome. CME’s are available. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



Easy for You is Dec. 8

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8 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



NYS 2020 Empire Plan Report is available online

The NYS Department of Civil Service has released the 2020 Empire Plan Report edition to NYSHIP Empire plan enrollees: https://www.cs.ny.gov/employee-benefits/nyship/shared/publications/empire-plan-report/2020/ny-actives-epr-oct-2020.pdf. The information is also available on the Human Resources-Benefits website at https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.  

This Empire Plan Report summarizes the changes to your benefits and coverage under the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) and The Empire Plan. This Report includes information about: 

  • COVID-19 Mental Health Services (page 2)
  • Medical Provider National Network Expansion (page 4) 
  • Telehealth Coverage (page 5) 
  • Disease Management Programs (page 9) 
  • Annual Option Transfer Period Changes (page 13)


Survey on staff burnout available online

Medical staff: how burnt out are you? Please take the following survey to help measure your degree of burn out and wellness as well as how these factors interact with the electronic medical record. Your participation is vitally important to all of us. The survey is available here: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://klasresearch.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZupX8RPbLAR5X__;!!GobTDDpD7A!ZS78Iv7D_rQu58_jtBs2K-Dhk1fITbaX958ycjQmdCWdvLuRk1_FJ0ATn2o_GNVN-w$



Volunteers sought to help with composting

Volunteers are being sought expand composting efforts at Upstate. Composting reduces landfill emissions and supplies compost to build healthy soil for farms and gardens in Onondaga county. If you are interested in helping to shepherd compost efforts for your department, email bellingz@upstate.edu to find out about becoming a department [com]postmaster.



Nominations sought for 2021 President’s and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

Nominations for the 2021 President’s and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards will be accepted now through Dec. 21, 2020. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations. These are prestigious awards for outstanding contributions in the categories outlined below. The nomination period for both levels of awards will be the same during the 2020/21 cycle, and nominations for either or both level are encouraged.

Award categories include the following:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (President’s Award)

Faculty research/scholarship (President’s Awards and a Chancellor’s Award)

Faculty teaching (President’s Awards and a Chancellor’s Award)

Faculty service (President’s Award and a Chancellor’s Award)

Professional service (President’s Award and a Chancellor’s Award)

Unique distinguished service (President’s Award)

Voluntary faculty (President’s Awards)

Nominations should be submitted online at https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php, where detailed eligibility guidelines, instructions on the nomination package, and previous award recipients can also be found. For more information, email Cheryl Alger at algerc@upstate.edu or Lynn Cleary at clearyl@upstate.edu for questions or additional guidance.



Friend in Deed funding applications sought

The Upstate Foundation is accepting applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital’s Community and Downtown campuses. Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospitals and is largely supported through donations from grateful patients and their families, as well as members of the Upstate family and the community. Guidelines and applications are available on the Upstate Foundation website at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed or by calling 315-464-4416. Applications require the approval of a department head. The deadline to submit applications to the Upstate Foundation office (CAB 326) is Friday, January 15, 2021.



Department of Physical Therapy Education and Nursing seeks study participants

The Starting Pregnancy with Robustness for Optimal Upward Trajectories (SPROUT) project seek low-risk pregnant women with a singleton pregnancy for an innovative mother and baby study being done at Upstate. Physical activity during pregnancy has substantial benefits for maternal and fetal health including reduced risk of excessive weight gain, developing pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus and gestational hypertension, pre-term birth, macrosomia, depressive symptoms, and developing childhood obesity; and, can improve maternal sleep; and neonatal neuromotor skills at 1-month of age. To further explore the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy, participants will be randomly assigned to one of three exercise conditions. All women will be enrolled during the first trimester (6-to-13-week gestation) and without absolute contraindications to moderate intensity exercise during pregnancy as defined by American College of Sports Medicine and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Compensation in appreciation of time will be provided. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Danielle Marino, PT, DPT, at marinod@upstate.edu or 315-481-6013.



HealthLink on Air features several Upstate experts

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air were: internist Jayne Charlamb, MD, and surgeon Ranjna Sharma, MD, in a joint presentation on breast cancer; dental surgeons Patrick Smith, DDS, and Jean Diflorio, DDS, in a joint presentation; and geriatrics chief Sharon Brangman, 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.