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Upstate Announcements for June 24, 2021

Reception to honor Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page is today

A reception to honor Nancy Page for nearly 4 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 announced that she would 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.



Self-screening required for staff and students

Staff are required to self-screen. This does not need to be done before entry. 

Only one of the following is required:

—Scan the barcode on Upstate badge when entering. By scanning, employee is attesting to no symptoms, travel or exposures. 


—Complete the online self-screening tool. This can be done on any device—personal phone, tablet, computer, or any work computer after settling in at their work location. This is found on the Upstate iPage.



Nellie Hurley Scholarship application deadline extended; applications sought

Advocates for Upstate seeks applications for the 2021-22 Nellie Hurley Scholarships. The extended deadline for application submissions is July 1 at noon. Active employees or volunteers who will have worked for Upstate for at least six months prior to the application deadline are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2021 semester only and must be for undergraduate study at an accredited institution in any health-related field. Click here for more information on eligibility criteria and for an application form or email Jonathan Adler at advocates@upstate.edu.



IMT Training Resources redesigned webpage to offer improved usability 

Epic Resources on the iPage will launch a new landing page for the IMT Training Center of Excellence (IMT TCOE) this week. Epic and other IMT Training resources are available on the refreshed landing page and related topic pages, which include improved navigation, streamlined menus and more. Staff, students and faculty can utilize these resources to facilitate training in support of their use of technology at Upstate. A new form https://forms.office.com/r/SYGFEA1B26, titled Ask a Training Question, will help to expedite training selection. 

The IMT TCOE develops and deploys onsite, virtual and one-to-one sessions that deliver technology training in a variety of programs, including Epic Systems, Microsoft, Imprivata and more. Visit the updated webpage https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra and watch the introductory video to learn more.  



Upstate hosts collective drive for Rescue Mission Emergency Youth Shelter; last day to donate is June 25

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.



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 monthly wellness challenge

The July monthly challenge is to connect to nature in New York. To register, visit Well New York State Every Day at https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov.



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, as noted in the 2021 Holiday Calendar: https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf.

All Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule on this day with staffing for essential services only. 



Retirement open house for John Connor is July 7

A retirement open house for John Connor will be held July 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 1374 at Upstate Community Hospital. Connor retires after nearly 40 years of service to Upstate. For more information about the reception, email Maureen Capoto, Health Information Management, at CapotoM@Upstate.edu. The Upstate community is welcome.



Cafeteria section closed until July 9 

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.



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.



10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease program is July 21

A one-hour program on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease will be held July 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. To receive meeting information, please register in advance.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others. This free one-hour program explores typical age-related changes, describes common signs of Alzheimer's and dementia, and explains the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis. Attendees will learn tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns and we'll review helpful Alzheimer's Association resources.



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’s Covid and Vaccine Information Hotline changes hours

The Upstate Covid and Vaccine Information Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outgoing calls are made Saturdays and Sundays for covid test results. To reach the hotline, call 315-464-8436.