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Upstate Announcements for November 17, 2021

Upstate Pharmacy to host Covid vaccination clinics Nov. 18 and 19

Upstate Pharmacy will hold Covid vaccination clinics for staff and students with a valid Upstate ID. Appointments are not required but insurance cards are needed. The vaccines are free. The schedule is as follows:

Location: Performance Center, 11th floor Upstate Golisano

Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon—for staff/students who need first dose

Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m.—for staff/students who need first doses or boosters

Location: Upstate’s Outpatient Pharmacy (5000 W. Seneca Turnpike)

Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon—for staff/students who need first doses only



Kinney Drugs to host Covid vaccination clinics Nov. 22, 29

Kinney Drugs will host Covid vaccination clinics Nov. 22 and 29. All clinics will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. First- and second-dose appointments will be prioritized. First- and second-dose walk-ins will be accepted. Healthcare workers are eligible for the vaccine, regardless of immune status. 

Booster doses are available by appointment only. 

The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 22 in Community Room at Community (Moderna only)


Nov. 29 in Performance Center at Upstate Golisano (Moderna only) 


Covid vaccines are also available at most pharmacies. Individuals who receive vaccination at a location other than Upstate should upload documentation to the Employee/Student Health online portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or via email at ESHealth@Upstate.edu

Questions? Email Employee/Student Health at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Food trucks will be on campus in November—schedule updated

Food trucks will offer lunch for purchase in three Upstate locations in November. All Upstate employees are invited to pre-order meals through the StreetFoodFinder app, here: https://streetfoodfinder.com/apps. For an online calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nutrition/food-trucks.php. The updated schedule is as follows.

Upstate University Hospital traffic circle

Nov. 18 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Nov. 19 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 24 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 29 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


550 Harrison Street

Nov. 22 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 30 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Upstate Community Hospital

Nov. 19 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



New York State University Police kicks off No Shave November fundraiser

The New York State University Police at Upstate Medical University launched its fourth annual No Shave November fundraiser honoring former Public Safety Officer Daryl Lohm who fought courageously against cancer but passed in July 2018. No Shave November proceeds will benefit the Daryl M. Lohm Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, established at the Upstate Foundation, to assist Upstate Cancer Center patients and families during their time of need. To support the Upstate University Police No Shave November fundraiser with a donation, visit https://www.UpstateFoundation.org/NoShaveNovember. For more information, contact Lieutenant Michael Jorgensen at jorgensm@upstate.edu or 315-464-4000.



RF open enrollment office hours are Nov. 19 and 26

The Research Foundation Benefits Department will host office hours to answer questions about open enrollment Fridays, Nov. 19 and 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_research.php



RN Helper roles available; classes Nov. 22

Inpatient adult, pediatric, and emergency departments are in need of assistance from RN Helpers, particularly on the evening and night shifts. RNs who are able to sign up for OT/ET or extra service shifts, or can volunteer free time to work as an RN Helper, visit the Labor Pool website to sign up: https://www.upstate.edu/ipage/intra/admins/labor-pool.php. For individuals who have been away from the bedside for a while and would like to freshen up skills, classes will be held Nov. 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 1328B Upstate University Hospital. Sign up for RN Bedside Skills Brush-Up Class here: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php. RN Helpers are not asked to take a patient care assignment and will not be asked to do tasks for which they do not feel prepared. Every little bit of assistance is helpful and greatly appreciated—providing personal hygiene, turning, positioning, assistance with ADLs.



Clinician Peer Support Program training is Nov. 29

The Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York is offering a virtual peer support training program Monday, Nov. 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The training is open to physicians, nurses, residents, behavioral health specialists, respiratory therapists or hospital chaplains at Upstate, and members of the ANA-NY. Clinicians already trained may participate as a refresher. Clinicians who plan to attend, email ClinicianPeerToPeer@Bassett.org and include role at Upstate. Copy Upstate Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Leslie Kohman at KohmanL@Upstate.edu. More information about the Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (CPSP-CNY) is available here: https://www.bassett.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Clinician_Peer_Support_Program_of_Central_NY_CPSP-CNY.pdf. For more information, contact the Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (CPSP-CNY) at clinicianpeertopeer@bassett.org or 607-547-3244.



CNY Season of Giving Wellness event runs through Nov. 30

Join the CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event and support Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital with every activity you log. Using the app, individuals are able to raise money and earn points to the live leaderboard for completing wellness activities like running, walking, yoga, stretching, biking, meditation, volunteer hours, and 50+ other healthy options. Efforts will unlock up to $16,000 in matching donations thanks to our sponsor, the Pinnacle Family of Companies. The event runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit: Kilter Event: CNY Season of Giving Wellness Event (kilterrewards.com)



Quitting Café is Dec. 2

The Quitting Café will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco, and light refreshments will be available to Upstate employees, students, volunteers, and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.



Easy for You is Dec. 14

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B (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.



Tableau Day is Dec. 14

To learn more about Tableau, register for an online webinar Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. via WebEx at https://www.tableau.com/learn/webinars/suny-upstate-tableau-day-2021-12-14. Participants will learn about Tableau's new features, best practices, and how Tableau is being utilized across the Upstate campus. Steve Wexler, founder of Data Revelations and author of The Big Picture, will discuss how to inspire organizational change with data visualizations and storytelling. The webinar is designed for those creating Tableau dashboards as well as those consuming data to make decisions. All users are welcome.



Volunteers sought for Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau Dec. 15

Upstate seeks volunteers for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau Dec. 15 at the OnCenter. To volunteer, complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXBRBJG. Due to space restrictions, the Salvation Army cannot accept any last-minute volunteer requests. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants volunteering at the Christmas Bureau must be fully vaccinated or have a negative test within 72 hours of the event. Every volunteer must wear a mask and temperature checks will be taken upon entry. For more information, email Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu.



Child Life Program seeks holiday volunteers

Child Life seeks volunteers with a current, valid Upstate ID for a patient and family holiday event in December. For more information and to sign up, email Rachel Stinson at hannonr@upstate.edu.



Clark Burn Center hosts annual Sock, Mitten, Glove and Hat Drive

New socks, mittens, gloves and hats may be donated in closed bags and placed in collection boxes located in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital, and in the lobbies of Upstate Community Hospital, Jacobsen Hall, Sarah Loguen, and the Galleries. All items will be donated to the Syracuse Rescue Mission with frostbite prevention education information. Approximately 1,300 people die annually due to cold exposure. One factor is extended exposure to cold temperatures with improper clothing. This directly affects homeless community members. The Upstate Clark Burn Center strives to prevent injuries to all members of our community. For more information, email Tamara Burns at RobertTa@Upstate.edu



Empire Plan enrollees to receive new benefit card(s)

To comply with new federal law, Empire Plan benefit cards are being reissued beginning in mid-November 2021 through the end of December for the 2022 plan year. Individuals may begin using the new cards as soon as they arrive and no action is needed to activate cards. Please be sure to securely destroy old card(s). Benefits are not changing; the cards include required information about annual out-of-pocket costs for 2022 as well as the group number and bin# to aid with claims payment. Contact a health benefits administrator with any questions.



Stroke Team T-shirts available for purchase

Stroke Team T-shirts are available for $15 each. Sizes and quantities are limited. For more information and to purchase, email Raisa Zhovklaya at Zhovklar@Upstate.edu.



Clark Burn Center T-shirt sale is now open

Clark Burn Center scald prevention and awareness T-shirts are available for purchase. Long- and short-sleeved, crew and V-neck styles are available. To order, visit: https://qnet.e-quantum2k.com/~justright/Custom/1544R/RETAIL/cgi-bin/qnet-your-catalog2.cgi. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu.



Applications sought for 2022 Your Cause charity 

Team Upstate seeks applications from the Upstate community for a Central New York agency to be its featured Your Cause charity in 2022. The Your Cause program, offers Upstate employees an opportunity to nominate a charity that will be the focus of Upstate volunteer outreach through the year. This past year’s Your Cause agency was the Rescue Mission’s Emergency Youth Shelter for LGBTQ+ adolescents. To nominate an agency for the Your Cause sponsorship, individuals should complete and submit application form by Nov. 30. Team Upstate committee will review applications and announce the winning organization in December. An online application is here: https://www.upstate.edu/teamupstate/your-cause/index.php. Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott in the President’s Office at prottn@upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for meningitis clinical trial 

Upstate seeks healthy volunteers between ages 15 and 25 for a clinical trial involving the efficacy of a new pentavalent meningococcal vaccine in healthy adolescents and adults, who have previously received one dose of quadrivalent vaccine. Upstate Medical University pediatric infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD, is the principal investigator of the study, to evaluate how a new combination vaccine against all 5 types compares to the two different vaccines being used in this age group already. Upstate is working with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in developing the new combination vaccine intended to protect against five of the most prevalent serogroups of the bacteria causing meningitis. To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study team at 315-706-5636 or anwarn@upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for vaccine clinical trial 

Health volunteers ages 18 to 60 are sought to participate in a vaccine clinical trial. For more information, contact Keely Terrillion from Global Health at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869. Parking and compensation are included.



2022 Holiday Calendar now available online

The 2022 Holiday Calendar is now available for both New York state and SUNY Research Foundation employees here: http://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf



Productivity Enhancement Program for state employees is open

The Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) has been announced by the NYS Department of Civil Service for New York state-eligible CSEA, PEF, UUP represented and MC affiliated employees. PEP allows eligible employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave (vacation and/or personal leave) in return for a credit to be applied toward their employee share NYSHIP premiums on a biweekly basis for 2022. In no case can the credit available under the program be applied to the employer share of NYSHIP premiums. For more information, please visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/pep.php.



Flex Spending Account Program open enrollment

The 2022 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program open enrollment period for New York state employees is now open and will run through Nov. 29. To be eligible to enroll in the Flexible Spending Account Program, state employees must be annual salaried, work at least half time, meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), and be expected to be employed for the entire 2022 calendar year. For more information go to https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/changing_options_state.php



Live webinars on financial essentials available through HR

For a list of TIAA live webinars, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php. To register or watch past presentations, visit www.tiaa.org/webinars



Open enrollment for Research Foundation employees 

The health, dental, vision care plans, and Flex Spending Account open enrollment period for Research Foundation employees is open now through Nov. 30. The Benefits Bulletin (October 2021 edition) was mailed to the homes of all eligible staff. Review the 2022 Health Care Plan Comparison and Biweekly Rates online here: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/rf_special_bulletin.pdf.



NYSHIP health insurance option transfer period

The New York state 2022 Planning for Option Transfer flyer has been mailed to homes. The publication includes information about the upcoming Option Transfer Period, when you can make changes to your 2021 NYSHIP option for yourself and your enrolled dependents. Health insurance Choices for 2022, which contains a more detailed comparison of NYSHIP benefits, will be available online and from your HBA later this fall. Shortly after, be sure to check your mailbox for the 2022 rate information and Option Transfer deadlines.



Red holiday designations

The New York State Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Unit designated Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1 as red holidays. Upstate units and departments will operate on a red holiday schedule these days with staffing for essential services only. When a holiday falls on an employee’s regular scheduled day off (pass day), an employee (state and RF) who is 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. To review the calendar, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/payroll/pdf/calendar/general/upstate_annual_calendar.pdf