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Upstate Announcements for June 29, 2021

Upstate’s Covid-19 testing site relocates

Upstate’s Covid-19 testing site has relocated from the fairgrounds to 800 Water Street. 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. 



TeleTracking superuser training classes scheduled, open for registration

TeleTracking Superuser training classes are now available for sign up. These classes are for inpatient nursing, emergency room nursing, admitting, procedural area nursing, case management, psychiatry nursing, rehab nursing and family birth center nursing. Please ensure all three shifts are covered from each area/unit with multiple people. The nursing superusers can be nurses, NSCs, or the nurse manager for an area. 

The superusers will go back to their area and train the remaining staff members using a train the trainer model. It is essential that all areas listed above and from every nursing unit have superusers complete the required training. Direct questions to Kyle Choquette at ChoquetK@Upstate.edu. 

Registration is available online at: 


From the main training website, select TeleTracking from the dropdown menu here: 




Join registry for future respiratory virus research

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health is working with the NIH to develop a registry for future studies on influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. Visits will take place in the Global Health Research Unit at the Upstate Community Campus. Parking and compensation are included. For more information contact: 315-464-9869 or trials@upstate.edu.



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.



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.



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 until 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. The 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 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.



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.  



Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure Virtual 5k Walk/Run is July 1 to 31 

The virtual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5k Walk/Run takes place from July 1 to 31. Proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research at Upstate Medical University. The $20 registration includes one raffle entry for local business gift cards and a Teal There’s a Cure-branded mask. One additional raffle entry will be earned for every $10 donation. For more information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4284. To register, donate or fundraise, visit: https://runsignup.com/.../NY/Marcellus/TealTheresACure5K.



HealthLink On Air

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air, and their topics, were: author Janice Nimura, speaking about her biography of the first American female physician, Elizabeth Blackwell, and her sister Emily; pediatric rheumatologist Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, on virtual medical visits; ophthalmologist Amir Yazdanyar, MD, PhD, on retinal injuries; and neurologist Fadar Oliver Otite, MD, on cerebral venous thrombosis strokes. 

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