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Upstate Announcements for March 16, 2022

Garage West traffic alert

Due to construction on the Nappi Wellness Institute, the Garage West exit onto Sarah Loguen Street will be closed through Dec. 31. All traffic must exit Garage West onto Harrison Street during this time. Entrances to Garage West remain open.



Covid testing for family and friends of Upstate

Quadrant continues to offer grab-and-go Covid tests for family and friends of the Upstate community Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Institute of Human Performance. Quadrant will no longer staff a table at this site. Pick up a test kit, test at home, and drop off at IHP for processing.



Employee Assistance Program overview is today at noon

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 today 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



Volunteers needed for painting at Sarah’s Guest House March 22

Upstate employees are invited to help Sarah’s Guest House—Upstate’s 2022 Your Cause partner—with painting hallways at the house March 22 from noon to 3 p.m. Wear a Team Upstate shirt, if possible. Volunteers interested in painting should email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu.

Sarah’s Guest House is a local 501C3 charity whose mission is to provide lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families receiving medical care in Central New York. Sarah’s is the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York.



Stroke Nursing Night with the Crunch is March 26

Stroke Nursing Night with the Crunch will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ticketmaster.com/syracuse-crunch-vs-rochester-americans-syracuse-new-york-03-26-2022/event/00005AFACB733362.



National Doctors’ Day is March 30

The Upstate Foundation, as part of its Grateful Patient and Family Program, will celebrate its 11th National Doctors’ Day March 30 by distributing tributes that Upstate patients sent to their doctors for their dedication to providing quality and compassionate health care to our community. Doctors’ Day was established to recognize physicians, their hard work, and their contributions to society. For more information on Doctors’ Day at Upstate, email Jennifer Janes at JanesJ@Upstate.edu.



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.



Retirement reception for Abbie Sousie is April 1

A retirement reception for Abbie Sousie will be held April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sousie retires from pediatrics after 40 years of service.



Neuro Research Day is April 1

Upstate’s Department of Neurosurgery, in collaboration with the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will sponsor a symposium presented by various Upstate faculty and residents on basic and clinical neuroscience research at Neuro Research Day 2022, Friday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall and via Zoom. Invited speakers and their presentations include:

  • 10 a.m.: Sameer Sheth, MD/PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss deep brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders.
  • 11:10 a.m. Anusha Mishra, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, medicine and anesthesiology at Oregon Health and Science University will discuss the role of astrocytes in neurovascular coupling in health and disease.
  • 2:30 p.m. Susan Ackerman, PhD, professor of biology at University of California San Diego, will discuss mRNA translation and neurons-when things go awry.

Full schedule and Zoom registration can be found at:  https://www.upstate.edu/neurosurgery/research/research-day.php



Digital Commensality is April 4

Eat, talk and connect with colleagues April 4 at noon via WebEx. To join this digital lunch break, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



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



Easy for You is April 5

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B 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.



Upstate Cancer Center at Community ribbon cutting is April 5

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.



Reducing Financial Stress presentation is April 6

A 30-minute presentation by Rethinking Debt will be held April 6 at noon. Reducing Financial Stress will review a plan to stay organized, get a budgeting system together, and become debt free. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Campus Blood Drive is April 7 and 8

A campus blood drive will be held Thursday, April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 8 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building (next to Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave.). To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood.



Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive is April 13

The Upstate Community Hospital blood drive will be held Wednesday, April 13 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, go to www.upstate.edu/blood



National Volunteer Week begins April 17; T-shirts for sale

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by purchasing a T-shirt to support Upstate volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Office of Volunteer Programs through the Volunteer Enrichment Fund and support recruitment, training, development, and recognition. To order a shirt, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/volunteers/pdf/final-flyer.pdf. Questions? Email Volunteer@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Poison Center presentation is April 19

Upstate Poison Center is celebrating 65 years of helping the community. Join Lee Livermore, public education coordinator, to learn more about Upstate New York Poison Center, its purpose, mission and services April 19 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Heart Walk is April 24

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk will be held April 24 at 10 a.m. Join Upstate’s Stroke Team here: http://www2.heart.org/goto/upstatestrokecenter. Participants who register and donate $35 will receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt.



Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services offers free yoga classes

Upstate’s Inclusive Health Services will host free virtual queer yoga with HK Goldstein every Tuesday during April at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. To register online, visit: https://bit.ly/3s8lO0E. Classes are rooted in personal physical autonomy and authority. The group will move through a series of postures and breath work to connect with inner physical ecosystems. No previous experience is needed and cameras can be on or off. For more information, email Nicky at RuszkowN@Upstate.edu.



Walk-in Covid boosters available Thursdays; no appointment needed 

Beginning Thursday, March 10, walk-ins for Covid boosters will be available every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the retail pharmacy on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. No appointment is needed. Individuals who have received a booster are required to upload a picture of their vaccine card(s) with proof of booster to the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or by email at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



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 



Professional Development and Learning seeks mentors

Professional Development and Learning seeks mentors. Mentors will receive orientation and training, and will be assigned one mentee to meet with over a 12-month period. To learn more about the program and submit an application, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/become_mentor.php. Questions? Email MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu.



EPIC input sought

Survey closing soon: 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.



Save the Date: Strikes Against Stroke is May 6

Upstate’s Strikes Against Stroke will be held May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/strikes. For more information about the event, email Raisa Zhovklaya at ZhovklaR@Upstate.edu.



Reminder: 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.



The Informed Patient podcast features experts

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

—Pediatricians Alicia Pekarsky, MD and Erin Hanley, MD, on safe sleep environments for babies.

—Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Claudine Ward, MD, on problems stemming from long COVID.

—Infectious disease specialist Kristopher Paolino, MD, on a clinical trial for a yellow-fever vaccine.

—Rina Flatau and Maria Podbelski, doctors of physical therapy, on treating dizziness and balance disorders with vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

—Cardiovascular perfusionist Hani Aiash, MD, PhD, on the medical lessons that can be learned from ancient Egyptian mummies.

—Pediatric nurse practitioner Davia Moss and breast care specialist Jayne Charlamb, MD, on the challenges of breast cancer during pregnancy.

—Rehabilitation psychologist Debbie Spinks, PhD, on common symptoms, treatment and prevention for concussion.

—Assistant Dean of Wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, on what wellness means to someone with a chronic disease.

—Pediatric infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD, on vaccinating children younger than 12 against COVID-19.

—Interim Radiology Chair Michele Lisi, MD, on an overview of medical imaging.


The Informed Patient podcast and 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, as both an audio recording and a written transcript.