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Upstate Announcements for March 3, 2022

Café Kubal has closed

Café Kubal, located on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, has closed. The process required to secure a new vendor for the location will begin soon and is expected to take a few months. Vending machines offering coffee and hot beverages, as well as sandwiches, will be available for purchase in this space until a new contract has been secured.



Nominations sought for the 2022 President's Employee Recognition Awards 

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 15. Information and nomination form is available online here: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/president_award/index.php. For more information, email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.


The six award categories are: 

  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year 
  • Community Service of the Year  
  • Team of the Year 
  • Leader of the Year 
  • Employee of the Year 
  • Provider of the Year 



Upstate conference on Bridging Cultures to Defeat Covid-19

Upstate is currently hosting a virtual health sciences education program, Bridging Cultures to Defeat Covid-19. The conference features speakers through March 13. The program is aimed at providing American, Middle Eastern, and North African clinical and scientific trainees a collaborative scientific and medical education, professional development, and cultural exchange opportunity. Registration is free and available here: https://registration.socio.events/e/bridgingculturesspring2022. Once registered, individuals will receive instructions for accessing the conference platform, schedule and activities. There is no cost to register.



Therapy dogs at Upstate Library March 3

Pet Partners of CNY will visit Upstate March 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the library in Weiskotten Hall.



Tips on distracted eating is March 3

Are you distracted while eating? The March monthly challenge is to eat without distractions. Linda Carignan-Everts, statewide EAP wellness coordinator, will share tips March 3 at noon via WebEx. To register, visit https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=t681c179b4496142dda0a39d36f360aff.



Wear blue March 4

Join Upstate Cancer Center in wearing blue March 4 to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. To be a part of a group photo, meet in the atrium of the cancer center at noon. The photo will be shared on social media.



We Matter information table March 7

Katie Krawczyk, MA, RDN, CNSC, and the We Matter team will host an information table March 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Information on colorectal cancer screening and risk reduction will be offered, as well as healthy snacks.



Connect with Others is March 7

Pathway to Wellness offers a water cooler chat via WebEx—talk and connect with coworkers March 7 at 4:30 p.m. for 20 minutes. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Schwartz Rounds is March 8

Who is responsible for my health: Helping the non-compliant and/or unvaccinated patient get past their resistance will be held March 8 at noon via Zoom. To join, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join and use meeting ID: 590 776 0027; Password: 1234. Schwartz Rounds provides a confidential, supportive atmosphere to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues faced when caring for patients and families. All staff are welcome. One hour of CME/CE will be awarded for attendance. For more information email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



Deliciously Present is March 8

A 10-minute mindfulness meditation to help individuals eat without distractions will be held March 8 at noon. Join Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program and Morrison Healthcare here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. To explore the topic on your own time, visit: https://www.weeatlivedowell.com/mindful-eating-exercises/.



World of Flavors begins March 9

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Morrisons will offer World of Flavors samplings and information from Upstate chefs and dietitians every Wednesday, beginning March 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital. Recipes from Ghana, Philippines, and the Caribbean will be featured and available to purchase in the cafeteria. 



World Kidney Day presentation is March 10

In celebration of World Kidney Day, Dr. Michael Lioudis—division chief of Nephrology at Upstate—will share information about the importance of kidney health and how to care for kidneys March 10 at 10 a.m. Take 10 minutes out of your day to join: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Warfighter Brain Health presentation is March 11

Emily Childs, regional education coordinator for Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence of the Defense Health Agency, will present Warfighter Brain Health Friday, March 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via WebEx. To join the presentation, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/scandalj. For more information, email Upstate contact Jennifer Fortin.



Dearing Writing Awards submissions due March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions are due by March 12. Submissions of quality fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir of any subject matter are welcome. Submit two copies—One copy should include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work. One entry per writer, a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7.  Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal The Healing Muse. For more information, visit: www.TheHealingMuse.org.



Employee Assistance Program overview is March 16

Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, SAP, Upstate’s new Employee Assistance Program coordinator, will discuss her background, what the EAP can do for individuals, and the activities she plans to implement. To join the session March 16 at noon, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

The Employee Assistance Program at Upstate provides confidential information, assessment and referral services to staff, their family members, and retirees who are experiencing personal, family or work-related issues. For more information about EAP at Upstate, visit https://www.upstate.edu/eap/ or contact the new EAP coordinator Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, SAP, CTTS, at CristinA@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5296.



Retirement reception for Mark Buttiglieri is March 17

A retirement reception for Mark Buttiglieri, director of Social Work at Upstate, will be held March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conference rooms A/B/C at Upstate Cancer Center. For more information, email Karin McMullen at McMulleK@Upstate.edu.



Understanding Brain Injury presentation is March 18

Jessica Morley, a certified brain injury specialist with the Brain Injury Association of New York State, will present Understanding Brain Injury: A Community Perspective Friday, March 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via WebEx. To join the presentation, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/scandalj. For more information, email Upstate contact Jennifer Fortin.



World Sleep Day presentation is March 18

In celebration of World Sleep Day, Dr. Antonio Culebras and Dr. Manta will present on insomnia, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder, napping and shift work sleep March 18 at 1:30 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Flex Spending Account deadline is March 31

Individuals enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account in 2021 have until March 31, 2022 to submit 2021 expenses for reimbursement. For more information on Flex Spending, visit: https://goer.ny.gov/program-information. Participants can use up to $550 from the 2021 Health Care Spending Account toward eligible expenses incurred in 2022, if the account was active/open as of Dec. 31, 2021. Participants are now able to use the remaining balance in a 2021 Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) toward eligible expenses incurred during the 2022 calendar year.



Peer supporter training is April 4

Peer supporter training will be held Monday, April 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The program is open to all who are interested in becoming a peer supporter. Those who are trained peer supporters are welcome to join this session for a refresher. To sign up, email Theresa Chung at theresa.chung@bassett.org. Following registration, participants will receive a Zoom link and pre-training materials. For more information, Email Dr. Leslie Kohman at kohmanl@upstate.edu.



Upstate Cancer Center at Community ribbon cutting is April 5

Note: This is a new date

A ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Upstate Cancer Center at Community will be held April 5 at 10 a.m. at Community. Following the ribbon cutting, staff will lead tours through the facility and answer questions about the offerings. To R.S.V.P., email Chris Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu by Friday, April 1. Registered and paid parkers Downtown will have access the open parking lots at Community. Garage parkers Downtown will have access to the Community garage at no charge with an Upstate ID.



Student Research Day is April 6

Student Research Day will be held April 6 via WebEx. Keynote address will feature Prachee Avasthi, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Student talks from the colleges of Medicine, Health Professions and Graduate Studies will begin at 1 p.m., keynote begins at 3 p.m., poster session runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For event details, information on presentations and the virtual poster session, visit https://www.upstate.edu/grad/students/srd/intra/event-details.php or email Natalie Andrianos at andriann@upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness meditations in March

Pathway to Wellness suggests 1 to 10-minute meditations from Headspace, all at your desk and in less than 10 minutes. Questions? Email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu.



EPIC input sought

Medical staff, residents and fellows are welcome to share insights and candid opinions about EPIC at

SUNY Upstate 2022 EHR Experience Survey (qualtrics.com).



Wellness tools open to all at Upstate

WellBeing Index is available to all at Upstate here: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/. Use “Upstate” as invitation code. Measure your level of wellness, learn more about burnout, and gain access to a variety of wellness tools. This free service is entirely confidential and anonymous.



The Informed Patient features Upstate experts

Among recent guests on The Informed Patient podcast were these specialists, and their topics:

The Informed Patient podcast and the HealthLInk on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through podcast searches, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Both the podcast interviews and the hourlong radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.