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Upstate Announcements for April 20, 2021

Donate Life Month silent auction online now through Friday

Upstate’s Donate Life silent online auction is open through Friday at www.upstate.edu/donorsilentauction. Winning bidders will be notified by April 30. Proceeds benefit staff education, patient outreach, community-based awareness programs, and organ donation registration events. Questions? Email Susan Rainbow at RainbowS@Upstate.edu.



Lori’s Gift Shop expands hours

Lori’s Gift Shop in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning April 19. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, all Upstate volunteers will be eligible for 30 percent discounts on their purchases the week of April 19.



Message on Internal Controls

A message from Upstate President Mantosh Dewan on the importance of internal controls is available to view here: https://www.upstate.edu/internalcontrol/intra/pdf/ic-letter-from-president.pdf.



Nursing Grand Rounds is today

Caring Through Certification Achievement is April 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. Nicole Harf, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, will present. The presentation will be recorded for viewing on Blackboard course # 251. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, email Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu or Amy Rottger at Rottgera@Upstate.edu. To join the meeting, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m491b16cdd58c1bfa0280a72aa97b9174



2021 Celebration of the Faculty is today

The 14th Annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held virtually today, April 20 at 5 p.m. New faculty members will be welcomed and faculty who have been promoted, tenured or emeritus will be celebrated. Recipients of the 2021 Gold Standard Awards will be honored. The award is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence, commitment, passion and integrity in their service to Upstate. To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6972934931040330767



Community Campus Blood Drive is April 21 

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, April 21 from 12 until 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus. To schedule an appointment, go to www.upstate.edu/blood. Donors up to age 24 will receive a $10 e-gift card and all donors will receive a free cookie coupon from DiBella’s Subs. 



Administrative Professionals Forum is April 21

The Administrative Professionals Forum will be held Wednesday, April 21 from 10 to 11 a.m via Zoom. An appointment link will be sent to administrative professionals on file. Darryl Dykes, MD, PhD, JD, will present We All Belong Here: An Update on Diversity and Inclusion. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365/admin_prof.php. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. 



Orthopedic Grand Rounds are April 21 and 28

Orthopedic Grand Rounds will be held via Zoom April 21 and 28 at 8 a.m. The schedule is as follows:

April 21: Dr. Matthew Sullivan—Getting Through the Night on Trauma Call Part 1

April 28: Dr. Emil Azer—Getting Through the Night on Trauma Call Part 2

To join, use the following Zoom link and use your name to receive CME credit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/126439151?pwd=c2tJRzJTcFZ2RWNlM0JMTXc3eGw1dz09. Or, go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 126 439 151 and password: Ortho. To join from dial-in phone line dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 and use Meeting ID: 126 439 151. Mute microphones upon joining the meeting to help eliminate background noise. For more information, email Kristen Hyer.  



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is April 22

Deirdre Neilen, PhD, will lead a discussion on how poetry could be an important part of the practice and teaching of medicine April 22 at noon via Zoom. For the article and to register, email Andrea Musolino at MusolinA@Upstate.edu.



Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22. At Upstate, we have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership through our sustainability practices that will improve patient outcomes, improve the workforce environment and reduce use of resources.

Reduce, reuse and recycle: Recycling is a great way to help the environment. It reduces disposal costs and reroutes items from the landfills. In 2020, Upstate recycled over 1,100 tons of material. You can do your part. Upstate has over 250 large recycling containers throughout both campuses. Recycle items like newspapers, magazines, cardboard, paper, juice and milk cartons, plastic bottles and jugs (empty with cap), cans and jars (rinsed),p lastic dairy tubs (rinsed, no lids). For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/green/recycling/recycle_this.php.



Medical Laboratory Professionals Week runs through April 23

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Celebrated by hospitals and clinical laboratories throughout the country, the purpose of this annual event is to recognize laboratory professionals and educate clinicians and the public about their role in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. This is especially important this year in light of the meaningful work our staff has done related to COVID-19. Upstate’s Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics labs have performed over 165,000 COVID-19 tests. Dedicated staff from Upstate laboratories helped to meet the high demand for COVID testing while maintaining timely and efficient operations for the rest of our lab sections. The 2021 Lab Week is a time to celebrate the tremendous work of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and their contributions to supporting the mission of Upstate Medical University.


National Hospital Week’s Thankful Thursday messages due April 23

As part of National Hospital Week Celebration, Upstate will celebrate Thankful Thursday May 13 with a gratitude board, to be displayed on the Hospital Week website. To submit a message of gratitude for a co-worker, colleague, department, unit or in general, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/submit-thankyou-form.php.

Submissions are due April 23. For more information, email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.



Vera House workshops are April 23 and 28

The Upstate community is invited to join Vera House April 23 and 28 for two virtual presentations on sexual assault and bystander intervention. The workshops are offered as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Workshop will be held Friday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom. The workshop will provide an overview of sexual assault, consent, power and control dynamics. The conversation will also include resources and information on what to do when facing sexual assault.  

The Bystander Intervention Workshop will be held Wednesday, April 28 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. The workshop will provide a dialogue on the knowledge and skills needed to act as an empowered bystander. Bystander behaviors, barriers to intervention, and support resources will be discussed.


Zoom links are as follows:

Sexual Assault Awareness—April 23 from noon to 1 p.m.:


Sexual Assault Awareness—April 23 from 5 to 6 p.m.:


Bystander Intervention—April 28 from noon to 1 p.m.:




The Robert V. P. Hutter, MD Endowed Lectureship/Pathology Grand Rounds is April 28

Benjamin L. Mazer, MD, surgical pathology assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital will present Can I convince you to do something about overdiagnosis? April 28 at noon. To join the presentation, visit:  https://upstate.zoom.us/j/92663672932?pwd=ejZlaDI5ZURIRnNCenMxQWprMTVWUT09  Or, go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 926 6367 2932 and password: 913033.  Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 926 6367 2932. Mute your microphones upon joining the presentation to help eliminate background noise.  



Project ECHO clinic focusing on organ transplant is May 3

Reza Saidi, MD, will present a Project ECHO session May 3. With a focus on primary and family medicine providers, the session will address transplant issues that can be managed in provider offices, including: tests to run, how to read/interpret certain lab results, medications that can be beneficial, management after transplant, living donations, transplant candidacy, and more. Project ECHO functions best as a case-based learning environment and participants are invited to bring questions or cases to the discussion. Join Zoom from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: 

https://echo.zoom.us/j/735931981?pwd=Tk5VYmNyMndOZmM2V1NIQkpSdFMxZz09. Meeting ID: 735 931 981 Password: ECHO



13th annual Cazenovia Hillbender is May 8

Volunteers sought

The 13th annual Cazenovia Hillbender will be held May 8 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cazenovia Ski Club near Chittenango Falls. The event, a 19- or 38-mile bike race benefits the Madeline Cote Fund. The fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, supports the Golisano Center for Special Needs’ inclusive fitness programs and adaptive design for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CazHillbender. Volunteers are needed to direct and stop traffic along the course route. For more information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284.



Easy for You is May 11

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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 



She Matters mini-health fair is May 20

The Upstate She Matters program will host a mini-health fair in collaboration with Molina Healthcare May 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at Syracuse Housing Authority, 1100 S. McBride Street. The event aims to celebrate Women’s Health Month, recognized in May, and will have display tables spaced six feet apart. Masks will be required.

Information about the following programs and centers will be available: She Matters, We Matter, Molina Healthcare, Upstate Cancer Center, Upstate Stroke Center, Upstate Healthy Neighbors Chronic Disease, National Black Leadership Commission on Health-Syracuse Chapter.

She Matters will offer mammography screening during the health fair for women who pre-register by calling 315-484-4237. Screenings will take place at 550 Harrison.


Upstate Foundation conducts annual The Power of Us employee giving program

During the first week of May, all Upstate employees will receive an email with information about making a contribution to the Upstate Foundation’s annual The Power of Us employee giving program. Support Upstate by donating to one or more of the Foundation’s 1000 funds that benefit patient care, education and research. If you are able, please consider contributing to a fund that is meaningful to you, it would be appreciated. Donations can be made through payroll deduction up until June 18, or by cash, check or credit card until June 30. You can participate online through Epledge by logging into Self-Serve and clicking on the Power of Us logo or by going to the https://www.upstatefoundation.org/EmployeeGiving  For more information, contact the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416.