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Upstate Announcements for October 12, 2021

Assistance with transporters is needed

Staff who are interested in assisting with patient transports can sign up for extra service or overtime to assist during regular work hours with supervisor approval. Brief education is required prior to working first shift.

Complete Blackboard course #142, Safe Patient Handling. Click on all staff working in patient care role. Click on second tab to view the 15-minute PT/OT Safe Patient Handling PowerPoint video.

One of the following classes is required:

  • Oct. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 14 from 8 to 9 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

To sign up, email Dodgeal@upstate.edu.



Donate items for Upstate Golisano Halloween goody bags

In lieu of a parade, the Child Life Program will create goody bags for patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. To donate candy or small toys, email Beth Kinsley by Oct. 22 at KinsleyE@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Nursing seeks pet photos for contest and calendar

Upstate Nursing seeks photographs of pets who belong to Upstate staff. The top 12 fundraising employees will have their pet featured in a new Pets of Upstate calendar and receive a free calendar. To create your account, submit your photo, and vote, visit: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PET. There is an option to reserve a space on the calendar by making a $10 donation. Awards will be presented for: Most Exotic, Most Upstate Spirit, Funniest Pet, and Best Smile. Awardees will be given a free Pets of Upstate Calendar. All proceeds benefit the Nursing Recognition Fund. Questions? Email Nrecruit@upstate.edu.



Campus Activities subscribe list is open

The Office of Campus Activities offers discounted tickets to local theater, sporting, and special events in the Syracuse area. To join the mailing list for these email updates, please send an email to campact@upstate.edu with the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.



Healthy volunteers sought for influenza study

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health and Translational Science seeks healthy volunteers ages 65 to 85 for an influenza vaccine study. Participants will help to develop a universal influenza vaccine. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.



Application for Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship is now online

The application for the Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship is now online. This scholarship will sponsor a young medical provider on a medical mission trip to Honduras. Scholarship information, link to application, and Upstate Foundation fund information is available here:




Nappi Wellness Institute staff portal is available

The Nappi Wellness Institute, a multi-disciplinary ambulatory building project, is set to open in late winter/early spring of 2023. A staff portal is available with update information on the project at: www.upstate.edu/nappi. Click on the For Staff button for renderings, drone photos, operations updates, and more. This site is accessible only to Upstate employees logged into the network.



Live music to benefit Cool Head Project is Oct. 15

An event featuring live music, food and drinks will be held Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rail Line, 530 S. Clinton Street in Armory Square. Maureen Henesey of The Mere Mortals will be accompanied by Paul Becerra of The Tangled Roots on guitar. Proceeds benefit the Cool Head Project fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, to offset the cost of scalp cooling treatments and make this technology available to more patients. Scalp cooling can help reduce or prevent hair loss in patients receiving certain chemotherapy. For event information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at 315-464-4284 or shenfels@upstate.edu. To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/coolheadproject.



Community Blood Drive is Oct. 20

A blood drive will be held Oct. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. in Classroom A and B at Upstate Community Hospital. To schedule an appointment, visit www.Upstate.edu/Blood.



Groundbreaking for Upstate Cancer Center at Verona is Oct. 20

A groundbreaking event will be held Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. for the Upstate Cancer Center at Verona, located at 5548 State Route 31, Verona, N.Y. Drive time from Upstate University Hospital is about 35 minutes via the New York State Thruway. With an opening date slated early 2023, the 30,000-square-foot facility will bring cancer care closer to home for residents of Madison and Oneida counties.


Upstate Foundation’s third annual Call In for Cancer is Oct. 21 

Volunteers sought

The Upstate Foundation's third annual Call In for Cancer, in partnership with iHeartMedia, Inc., will broadcast live on 570WSYR, Y94, and CNY Central Thursday, Oct. 21 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., sharing stories of hope and encouragement, and how individuals can be a part of helping Upstate Cancer Center patients. To participate, call 315-464-5500. For more information and to donate: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CallInForCancer.

Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls to thank past donors. One-, two-, and three-hour shifts are available. The phone bank will be located in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room 1076 (A, B, C) and all Covid protocols for social distancing, mask wearing and cleaning of the phones will be adhered to. Those unable to volunteer for a shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer for a shift, click on the following link and signup. For more information, call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. All funds raised will support the needs of adults and children being treated for cancer at Upstate Cancer Center. To volunteer, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a44acab2aa5f58-call1



26th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update is Oct. 22

The 26th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update will be held Friday, Oct. 22 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via WebEx. The conference will focus on ADHD in adolescents and adults, psychedelic psychopharmacology and novel psychotropics. To register or view the conference brochure, visit http://www.upstate.edu/cme/. Click on the event registration, find the Psychopharmacology conference in the activity catalog and click on the registration or view brochure tabs. Pre-registration is required with a $50 registration fee; students and trainees are free. For information, contact Linette Thorp at 315-464-3104 or thorpl@upstate.edu.



Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference is Oct. 22

The first Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. via WebEx. The conference will focus on bipolar spectrum disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period, novel treatment directions in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, principles of prescribing psychotropic medications in the peripartum period, and the helping mothers who use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy. To register or view the conference brochure, visit http://www.upstate.edu/cme/. Click event registration, find Women’s Mental Health conference in the activity catalog and click on the registration or view brochure tabs. Pre-registration is required with a $50 registration fee; students and trainees are free.  For information, contact Linette Thorp at 315-464-3104 or thorpl@upstate.edu.



Election Day designated as floating holiday Nov. 2

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) has advised that Election Day, Nov. 2 has been designated as a floating holiday. All Upstate units and departments will be open and operative. Eligible New York state and Research Foundation employees who work Nov. 2, will earn a compensatory day to be used at a mutually convenient date, based on operational needs. Holiday compensatory days off must be used within one year (by Nov. 1, 2022) of accrual or forfeited. Election Day will continue to be a dark green holiday for eligible UUP represented, Agency Police Services represented and unclassified Management Confidential (M/C) employees as indicated on the 2021 Holiday Calendar available on-line: 

https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf. For more information, call Payroll Services at 315-464-4840.



15th annual Burn Run is Nov. 7

The 15th annual Burn Run will be held Nov. 7 beginning at 9 and 10 a.m. at the East Syracuse Fire Department Station 2. There will be a 5K and 10K. To register, visit: www.runsignup.com. More information will be forthcoming.



IMT Training offers webinars on Microsoft Teams

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft Teams to staff, faculty and departments who may benefit from its features. The application includes instant messaging and group chat, file collaboration and sharing, virtual meeting options and more. To sign up for a webinar visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 and register with your employee ID. To ask an IMT training question or request a custom date for a demo for your team, visit https://forms.office.com/r/SYGFEA1B26



Advanced Practice Virtual Symposium is now open

The Advanced Practice Virtual Symposium is now open for participation. The symposium is self-led and open to: NPs, Pas, CNSs, MDs, Dos, nurses, residents, fellows and students. The symposium will explore topics presented by members of the Upstate team, including: sepsis, pain and addiction, neurology, care of the LGBTQ population, PrEP and PEP, enhancing patience experience, palliative care and wellness. Registration is open now through Nov. 5. Registration fee is $65; 8 CME credits will be awarded upon successful completion. To register, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/cme/online-register.php. Questions? Email: APPSymposium@upstate.edu.



Café Kubal is open

Café Kubal, offering a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages, fresh-baked goods, lunch entrees and Gannon’s ice cream, is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 11th floor in Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Orders can be placed for pickup through the Café Kubal mobile app available from the Apple Store. Proceeds from sales benefit Advocates for Upstate and healthcare and scholarship at Upstate.



HealthLink on Air

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air were these Upstate specialists: Katja Reuter, PhD, research assistant professor in public health and preventive medicine, on groups of patients using social media; physician, historian and medical writer Mike Magee, MD, a 1973 graduate of Upstate's College of Medicine, on medical trailblazers and “frenemies” Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth BlackwellKaushal Nanavati, MD, the assistant dean of wellness and medical director of integrative therapy, on wellness fundamentals for people with cancer; andKristopher Paolino, MD, assistant professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, on work toward a new test for Lyme disease.

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