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Upstate Announcements for March 31, 2022

Upstate Foundation adds additional agency—Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation—to giving program in support of people of Ukraine 

The Upstate Foundation thanks all who have contributed to organizations supporting the people of Ukraine. The Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation (TAMRF) has been added to the list of organizations that will be supported by your donations through the Upstate Foundation. TAMRF was created with the goal to reach out to the disenfranchised and facilitate improvement in healthcare through education, prevention and availability of resources. The superhero school is a conglomerate of programs (stationed in Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities) offering educational, social and psychological support for those developing minds committed to these institutions for prolonged periods of time. They receive care for their conditions while receiving this additional support to promote a healthy mind and body. More information on TMRF is here.

Contributions to this organization and others should be directed to the Upstate Foundation at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Ukraine


SAVE THE DATE: President Dewan to deliver State of the University Address April 13 at 4 p.m.

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will deliver his State of the University Address Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in room 4414 of the Academic Building. The event also will be streamed live; link to be sent prior to the address. In addition to the address, the event will feature the presentation of the inaugural Upstate Council Awards for Exemplary Service. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.



Donations sought for silent auction 

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council seeks donations for its annual silent auction, to be held virtually April 18 to 22. All proceeds benefit the Donor Fund and are used to promote organ donation and new donor registration. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative, most lucrative and best theme auction item. To arrange for donations to be picked up, call 315-464-9227 or email Dahline@upstsate.edu. Donations are required by April 13.



Norton College of Medicine seeks input

Upstate’s Norton College of Medicine seeks individuals to help with the planning and implementation of the 2023 curriculum. To volunteer assistance, visit: https://forms.gle/ULYBE39eFqsmrf1S7. Questions? Email Katie Stuenzi at StuenziK@Upstate.edu.



Multi-Organizational Wellbeing session on reducing burnout is March 31

Leadership Use of Human Factors/Ergonomics Science to Reduce Burnout and Error in Healthcare will be held March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To join, visit: https://bassett.zoom.us/j/94729929553?pwd=UjBoK2dnTGY4Mm53cTI0TkZpaW8zUT09.



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. The 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



Advance Practice Grand Rounds is April 5

Ali Wazir will present Oncological Emergencies April 5 at noon during Advance Practice Grand Rounds. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m19473a6430fcf6c12a3a6057b749c274. For more information, email Ryan McCarty at McCartyR@Upstate.edu. CME credit will be available for participants.



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.



Upstate Cancer Center FRC open house is April 6

The Family Resource Center at Upstate Cancer Center will host an open house April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the FRC on the first floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Sarah Lawler, clinical outreach librarian, will share information about the services the FRC provides to patients and families. The FRC offers books, brochures and computers for patient/family use. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required.



Student Research Day is April 6 

Student Research Day will be held April 6 via WebEx (poster session to be held in person). 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. The poster session will be held in person from 4 to 6 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Masks are required. 

For more information on presentations and the virtual poster session, visit https://www.upstate.edu/grad/students/srd/intra/event-details.php or email Jennifer Brennan at BrennanJ@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



How to plan a vacation is April 7

Linda Carignan-Everts, EAP wellness coordinator for NYS Work-Life Services, will present How to Plan a Vacation April 7 from noon to 12:30 p.m. via WebEx. To be discussed: types of vacations, creative things to do on vacation, one-tank getaway, going on vacation with family or friends, travel bucket lists, NYS vacations and many other ways to finally travel.

To register for this presentation, visit: https://meetny-broadcast-pilot.webex.com/meetny-broadcast-pilot/k2/j.php?MTID=td9cedb64c357c30295b19d12430d4fe8. A confirmation email will follow registration.



Blood Drive is April 7 and 8 

A 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



Volunteers sought for painting at Sarah’s Guest House April 8

Upstate employees are invited to help Sarah’s Guest House, Upstate’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with painting at the house April 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. If interested in volunteering, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Wear an Upstate or Team Upstate shirt, if possible.

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. They are the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 



Laughter for 10 minutes is April 11

Join Suzanne Brisk, Pathway to Wellness coordinator, for 10 minutes of laughter at 10 a.m. April 11 via WebEx. Brisk will share humor, cartoons and laughter. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Schwartz Rounds is April 12

Schwartz Rounds will be held April 12 at noon via Zoom. Rounds will focus on The Raging Opioid Epidemic—Who’s Getting Lost During Covid-19? To join, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027. Schwartz Rounds allows all Upstate staff a confidential and supportive atmosphere to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues that come into play when caring for patients and families. All staff are welcome. One hour of CME/CE will be given for attendance. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



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



Nominations for the 2022 President's Employee Recognition Awards due April 15

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 15. For a nomination form, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/president_award/index.php. Questions? 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 



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. For more information, email Volunteer@Upstate.edu. To order a shirt, visit: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=L9A7EAC3TCEJE99W



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



Stress Management presentation is April 21

Annemarie Cristino, MSW, CEAP, coordinator for Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will present Stress Management: Stress and Healthy Wellbeing April 21 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. via WebEx. Cristino will discuss stress, how stress impacts our lives, and how to manage stress in a healthy way. The Upstate community is welcome to attend.

To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5fb33604d5137218796b5d1ca8e83330 (meeting number 2316 998 1726; password M2AdZdVAc63). To join by phone, call +1-415-655-0001.

For more information on the Employee Assistance Program, visit https://www.upstate.edu/eap/ or email Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu.



Kick Butts Earth Day event is April 22

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. beginning in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Join the team to clean up cigarette butts on the Upstate campus and clear the air at Upstate, as tobacco use is not permitted anywhere on campus. Clean-up will happen rain or shine, and grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Theresa Hankin at hankint@upstate.edu.



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: https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/HeartWalk/FDA-FoundersAffiliate?fr_id=6419&pg=entry. Participants who register and donate $35 will receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt. 



Spring into Wellness is April 25

A mini-health fair will be held April 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Information will be available on a variety of programs, including: financial counseling, nutrition counseling, spiritual care, survivorship, smoking cessation, We Matter, She Matters, and more. The Upstate community is welcome. Masks are required.



Retirement reception for Linda McAleer is April 29

A retirement reception for Linda McAleer, deputy nursing director of pediatrics at Upstate, will be held April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, email Mary Melice at melicem@upstate.edu.



Strikes Against Stroke is May 6

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



IMT Training offers OneDrive instructor-led demos in April

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft OneDrive, the secure file storing and sharing platform, to staff, faculty and departments who may benefit from its features. The demo includes accessing OneDrive for the first time, editing files on all devices and sharing documents or photos in Office.



Pediatrics clinical trial seeks volunteers for Moderna study

Leonard Weiner, MD, and his study team seek healthy children six months to two years of age and kids 12 to 17 who have not yet received a Covid vaccine for a Moderna study. For more information, email FlunoK@Upstate.edu.



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



Healthy volunteers sought 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy volunteers ages 18 to 59 to participate in a vaccine clinical trial. For more information, contact Keely Terrillion at Trials@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9869. Parking and compensation are included.