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Upstate Announcements for June 16, 2021

New, anonymous SwipeSense and hand hygiene survey takes less than five minutes

A team of infection prevention and public health experts at Upstate developed a brief, five-minute survey to help us understand hand hygiene practices at Upstate. We aim to understand thoughts and behaviors about the new SwipeSense monitoring system. We value your input, comments and concerns to improve our use of the system.

The survey is anonymous and available here: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=WRDAFYE4AR

The survey is also available on PCs throughout campus as an icon on the desktop. The survey closes July 9. For more information or to receive a paper copy of the survey, email Julie Briggs at briggsj@upstate.edu



Upstate’s Covid-19 testing site to relocate

Upstate’s Covid-19 testing site will relocate from the fairgrounds to 800 Water Street June 28. Individuals with a Covid test scheduled at the fairgrounds will be notified of the location change. Hours of operation will remain the same: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Upstate hosts collective drive for Rescue Mission Emergency Youth Shelter

Slated for fall 2021, the Rescue Mission Alliance will open an emergency youth shelter in Syracuse. The 10-bed shelter will serve runaway and homeless youth ages 12 to 17 in Syracuse and Onondaga County. There will be a focus on serving and affirming LGBTQ youth.

The emergency youth shelter is Upstate’s Your Cause charity. This collection drive will help the shelter get much needed supplies prior to opening.

To send a donation, use the Amazon wish list. For wish list please visit: www.upstate.edu/events. The drive closes June 25.



Trauma Awareness Day T-shirt sale is June 16

Trauma Awareness Day giveaways and a T-shirt sale will be held today, June 16 until 4 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. For sale are long sleeve, short sleeve, crew neck and v-neck choices. T-shirts are $20 each. Cash or check will be accepted. Proceeds support trauma injury prevention activities.



Join Project Hope and Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program for Coffee Chat June 17

Cheryl Gerstler, M.Ed., program engagement specialist for NY Project Hope and Sarah-Lee Ritchie, LMSW CEAP, Upstate Medical University Employee Assistance Program, will gather in the “living room” of a Webex meeting for coffee and to chat about the past year. What have you learned, how did you grow, how did you care for yourself, what new recipes did you try? Bring your favorite coffee mug, a recipe, a photo, a quote, your bullet journal, a photo of your best friend, and share your experience. To join the 45-minute chat and Q and A, visit: https://upstate.eduwebex.com/meet/brisks.



Upstate’s Mentoring Program seeks mentee applications by June 18

Upstate’s Mentoring Program is now accepting mentee applications. The program offers connection to a mentor who can offer insight, advice, opportunity, and help you navigate the next stage of your career. For more information on the program and an application, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring.php. Applications are due by June 18. Questions on the program may be directed to MaryAnn Stark at StarkM@Upstate.edu.



World Refugee Day is June 19

Upstate’s Dr. Andrea Shaw invites the Upstate community to World Refugee Day June 19. A flag raising ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at Syracuse City Hall and a parade to Salt City Market will begin at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to all.



2021 Calendar Update—Juneteenth is June 19

Juneteenth declared legal holiday

Juneteenth 2021 falls on Saturday, June 19 and all Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule on this day with staffing for essential services only.

The holiday cannot be earned until the Saturday for which it is designated by the state. Therefore, eligible staff who request and are approved to take Friday, June 18 off prior to the Juneteenth observation on June 19, must charge a different non-sick leave day.

When a holiday falls on an employee’s regular scheduled day off or pass day, state and research employees entitled to time off with pay on days observed as holidays by the state shall be granted compensatory time off. A compensatory day off in lieu of the holiday will be scheduled at times mutually convenient to the employee and Upstate. Eligible employees scheduled or directed to work on any such Saturday may receive additional compensation in lieu such compensatory time in accordance with State attendance rules.



HealthLink seminar on enlarged prostate issues and treatments is June 22

Scott Wiener, MD, will present Options for Men with Enlarged Prostates June 22 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The HealthLink seminar will address causes, medical treatments and surgical procedures, including Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP). The forum is open to anyone interested, whether the issue applies to you or a loved one. Register by June 21 to receive a Zoom link. Registration is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/rsvp/index.php?eventid=1622051559653&emp=r.



Cafeteria section to close June 22

Due to construction on the third floor of the West Wing of Upstate University Hospital, a small portion of the cafeteria will be closed June 22 to July 9. A protective barrier will be installed.



Reception to honor Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page is June 24

A reception to honor Nancy Page for nearly four decades of service to Upstate will be held Thursday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 4414 B/C of the Academic Building. Page will retire June 30. One of the key achievements in Page's recent career has been the honor of Magnet designation in recognition of the institution’s high quality nursing practice, among other interdisciplinary accomplishments.



SUNY Spectrum LGBTQI+ virtual conference begins June 28

SUNY Spectrum is the nation’s largest education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community. It provides cutting-edge training to enhance the knowledge and skills of attendees. Faculty, staff, law enforcement, medical professionals, and community service providers are trained on turning the dial on sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities, while also providing the trauma-informed and culturally-competent care when incidents do occur.

The conference is free for all SUNY attendees. To register, visit:




July 4 holiday will be observed July 5

New York state and Research Foundation employees entitled to time off with pay on days observed as holidays by the state, will observe Independence Day Monday, July 5. All Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule on this day with staffing for essential services only. To view the holiday calendar, visit: www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is July 13

Advanced Practice Grand Rounds will be held July 13 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Julie Briggs, RN, MSN, CPOHQ, director of Patient Safety and Quality, and Denise Letourneau, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, associate director of Magnet, Quality and Safety, will present Quality Scorecards: What’s It All About?

Use the following Zoom link https://upstate.zoom.us/j/95980115054 or go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 959 8011 5054. For more information, please see the Advanced Practice website at https://www.upstate.edu/aps/professional_development.php or contact Alexis Yackel at YackelAl@upstate.edu.



Watch the Upstate Cancer Center’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day video

Upstate Cancer Center’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day video made in partnership with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is available to watch here: https://www.upstate.edu/media/ncsd/. Upstate Cancer Center brings the zoo to you in this fun and entertaining 30-minute video starring our animal friends from the zoo, cancer survivors, and Upstate Cancer Center doctors and staff.