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Upstate Announcements for May 10, 2021

Employee Covid-19 testing update

Due to high ED volumes and fewer employees becoming symptomatic for Covid-19 while at work, the 2W/4W employee testing process has closed. 

Employees who need a Covid test should call 315-464-8436 to be directed to an appropriate testing site. 

  • Employees who are symptomatic and in need of emergent medical care should call their doctor or go to the ED.
  • Suite 1K is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone who would like to be tested. No appointment is required.
  • Employees can make a same-day appointment at the Fairgrounds, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Asymptomatic employees can participate in pooled testing. Staffed and self-administered pooled testing stations can be found on the righthand side of this testing webpage: https://www.upstate.edu/coronavirus/intra/pooled-testing.php



Upstate will use TeleTracking process to assist with patient flow

To help with patient throughput, Upstate has partnered with TeleTracking—a process designed to assist with patient flow. 

This process will help with the prioritization and placement of patients based on care needs and bed availability throughout the Upstate system, allow for smoother patient handoffs between departments, and help staff with discharges. 

In the coming weeks, more information about how TeleTracking will be used at Upstate will become available. Education is expected to be available beginning in May.



An update on hours of access to Upstate University Hospital second-floor hospital doors from the parking garage bridge

Monday, May 10 entry doors into the downtown University Hospital off of the pedestrian parking garage bridge on the second floor will be open for access from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., as was the process prior to Covid-19 restrictions. Screeners are present Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Staff using this access point when screeners are not present must use the URL scanner after completing the Chatbot, take new mask from dispenser and continue entry. Staff not using the Chatbot when screeners are not present must proceed down the steps to first floor to be screened and obtain a new mask. The online screening tool can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/coronavirus/self-screen.php. 



Hospital Week celebrations begin May 10

Upstate will celebrate National Hospital Week May 10 with a celebration each day. The schedule is as follows:


—Magnet Monday and gift distribution

Celebrate the kickoff of Hospital Week with a gift giveaway. Gift distribution will be held for May 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the main entrances of Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. Off-site locations will receive deliveries. (Note: Distribution was also held this morning for day shift.)


—T-Shirt Tuesday

Show off your Upstate pride by wearing your favorite Upstate t-shirt. Take a picture and place on social media with the #UpstateStrong and #UpstateMedical.


—Wolf Wednesday

Spot Hero the Wolf. Hero will visit departments with a trivia question or two. Get a question right, and you will win a small gift.


—Thankful Thursday and Snack Distribution

Thank a co-worker or group that supports our Upstate Mission. 

Snack Carts will visit units at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital May 13 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and May 14 at 5 a.m. 

Snack Carts will visit the atrium of Setnor Academic Building May 14 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Morrison will deliver snacks to off-site locations this week.


—Fabulous Friday

Get a free ice cream sandwich the cafeterias at both hospital locations. To receive a treat, bring a valid Upstate ID and a voucher to either cafeteria. Vouchers may be printed from the Hospital Week website. 

For more details on Upstate’s Hospital Week visit www.upstate.edu/hospitalweek



Schwartz Center Rounds is May 11

Showing up and adapting to the new normal is the topic of Schwartz Grand Rounds for May 11 at noon. To join rounds, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027?pwd=SEJXc0dBb0c1anVoUzZXbIBROEpQUT09 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join meeting ID: 590 776 0027; Password: Libby02   

Schwartz Rounds gently addresses the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, their families, and staff; and recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines. Rounds also allows us to release stress by sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff welcome. For more information email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



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 



NY Project Hope presentation is May 13

NY Project Hope is designed to help New Yorkers understand their reaction and emotions related to the Covid pandemic, and provides resources to help individuals care for themselves. To learn about the program, coping tips, and relaxation exercises, join a webinar May 13 at noon via WebEx at: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. For more about NY Project Hope, visit www.nyprojecthope.com. This is a Pathway to Wellness offering.



Pathway to Wellness offers Race Across the U.S. 12-week challenge beginning May 17

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program encourages the Upstate community to participate in the Healthy Monday Race Across the U.S., a free 12-week challenge designed to help participants create and hold on to healthy habits. Friendly competition while improving health through movement, healthy eating, and stress management is the goal. To join in, visit: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/join-the-healthy-Monday-race-across-the-us/ or https://diem.life/sulernercenter/healthy-Monday-race-across-the-us/953/63978. For more information on Pathway to Wellness, email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu. 



Presentation on walking and hiking is May 18

Carol Sames, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy, will present Walking and Hiking in CNY May 18 at noon via WebEx. Learn about local trails, how to get to the trails, what to pack, and ideas on what you might see on local hikes. Join the webinar at: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Upstate Tableau Day interest survey due May 18

Do you love Data? The Upstate Data Professionals group, in partnership with Tableau, is planning to host an Upstate Tableau Day. Those interested in attending, presenting or learning about data analytics, visualization or data-driven decision making are asked to complete the following survey by May 18: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEpxwMcxfDTFBUnTLIb2YvNdWn1AgxXkF0kd3fi9Sd0OJKGw/viewform. For more information, email Greg Colella. 



Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition program starts May 19

The Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition is a six-session, peer-led health education program for people or caregivers with any type of ongoing health condition. The program complements the healthcare that the person may already be receiving. The purpose of the workshop series is to enhance one’s skills and ability to manage his or her health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Each participant receives a free book, “Living a Healthy Lifestyle with Chronic Conditions” as well as audio for “Relaxation for the Mind and Body.” 

Frees Classes will take place via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: May 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23. 

Registration is open to everyone by phone at 315-464-8668 or online at www.upstate.edu/livinghealthy.



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. 



College of Health Professions retirement reception is June 2

A retirement reception will be held Wednesday, June 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building for: Carol Recker-Hughes, PT, PhD retiring after 25 years of service; Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA retiring after 18 years of service; and Claire Aloan, RT, MS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, retiring after eight years of service. 

Due to COVID protocols, contact tracing, face masks, social distancing and R.S.V.P. will be required. For more information email Linda Curry at curryl@upstate.edu.



National Cancer Survivors Day event is June 6

In celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day, Upstate Cancer Center is excited to bring the zoo to you with a special virtual event Sunday, June 6at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for a video premiere starring our animal friends from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, cancer survivors, and Upstate Cancer Center doctors and staff. To watch, visit https://www.upstate.edu/ncsd.



Link to watch Peter Sagal’s wellness event

To watch the Multi-Institutional Well-Being Grand Rounds given April 19 with Peter Sagal from NPR, visit: https://bassett.rec.vc/play?id=MVCk5pCgZHtwgGw683qu4Q1JkeYl8qAI6EGULnOz5ekPam6ywa%2BvUoUi4GL2pQOgap%2BGIYOqYdGXWtpHCWBVDl20WKL7dPy7nMmUSjUC

Wait, Wait, Please Ask Me! A lighthearted conversation about stress, depression, anxiety, stigma and asking for help was presented April 19 with Peter Sagal from ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me,’ NPR’s weekly news quiz. The event was moderated by Caroline Gomez -Di Cesare, MD. 



Review policy on alcohol and controlled substances in the workplace

Upstate’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance in the Workplace annual notification is available for review here:  https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/intra/drug_memo.pdf



HealthLink on Air features Drs. Thomas, Sullivan and Nanavati

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air were: Stephen Thomas, MD,chief of infectious diseases; Ross Sullivan, MD, director of medical toxicology, and Kaushal Nanavati, MD, assistant dean of wellness. HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio talk show produced by Upstate 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