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Upstate Announcements for June 8, 2022

Employee Recognition Day is June 9

Upstate will celebrate its 38th annual Employee Recognition Day June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OnCenter. Masks are required, lunches will be offered to-go after the program. Invitations to honorees and their supervisors were mailed and the R.S.V.P. deadline has closed. A shuttle service will be available at both Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital to transport attendees. For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/erd. 



Movement is Medicine is June 9

Carol Sames, PhD, will present Movement is Medicine June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Sames will discuss how to include more activity into the day, which activities to choose, and how much activity is best. To watch, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 



Suicide prevention training sessions are June 9 and 14

Suicide prevention training will be held June 9 and 14. To register, visit the links below. 

—June 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/question-persuade-refer-qpr-training-for-gls-partners-6922-tickets-325890395947

—June 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/question-persuade-refer-qpr-training-for-gls-partners-61422-tickets-325900365767



Making Mammography Easy is June 10

Wendy Hunt, program manager for Upstate Mobile Mammography, will present Making Mammography Easy June 10 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. Hunt will discuss what to expect at a mammogram, current standards, statistics, and services at Upstate. A Q and A will follow Hunt’s presentation. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks



Sleep Teaching Day is June 10 

The fourth annual Upstate Sleep Teaching Day will be held virtually Friday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. To register for the event, visit www.upstate.edu/sleepday. The event is approved for 4 CMEs. 



Shutout Cancer Night at Syracuse Mets game is June 10

The Upstate Cancer Center will host Shutout Cancer Night with the Syracuse Mets Friday, June 10. Upstate Cancer Center, She Matters, and other area cancer support agencies will host tables at the stadium with information on cancer prevention, community outreach programs, and other available services. Fireworks to follow the game. For tickets, visit https://www.milb.com/syracuse/tickets/single-game-tickets.



Making Mammography Easy is June 10

Wendy Hunt, Upstate’s Mobile Mammography program manager, will discuss what happens during a mammography, who should get one, and more June 10 at 10 a.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 



Standing glutes and abs class is June 13

Join a standing glues and abs class June 13 at noon. Core strength is important for everyone, especially if you use your body for your work. Participants are welcome to use a light weight during this 10-minute class, like a water bottle.  To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 



Carol Baldwin honored with courtyard of pink June 13

The Weiskotten Hall courtyard will be lighted pink through June 13 in honor of Carol Baldwin, who died May 26. Baldwin of Camillus, was steadfast in her commitment to ensuring that the battle against breast cancer will be won as reflected in the work of the breast cancer fund that bears her name. The Baldwin Fund has raised more than $3.5 million to support breast cancer research for dozens of Upstate faculty members. The fund also established a lecture series at Upstate, bringing world-class breast cancer researchers to Upstate. In 2015, the Fund was awarded the Upstate’s President’s Award for Exemplary Support of Biomedical Research, and Baldwin was awarded an honorary doctorate from SUNY in 2004.



Chair yoga class is June 14

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program will host a chair yoga class June 14 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 



Celebrating Upstate employees is June 14

The Upstate Foundation invites all employees to have a free cup of coffee Tuesday, June 14 at Upstate University Hospital and Community in appreciation for all they do. Coffee will be served in each cafeteria while supplies last. The Foundation is grateful for its partnership with Distant Lands Coffee for their generous donation of coffee and to Morrison Healthcare for brewing and serving the coffee. The Foundation expresses its appreciation to everyone and the work being done at Upstate Medical University each and every day. Questions? Email Jennifer Janes at JanesJ@Upstate.edu. 



Staying Positive in a Crisis is June 16

Linda Carignan-Everts, New York state wellness coordinator, will present Staying Positive in a Crisis June 16 from noon to 12:40 p.m. Discussion will focus on the PERMA Model, the scientific theory of happiness. For more information, contact Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5296. To join, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=te91290efc0bec4caa0891b6286092261 and enter name/email address or registration ID. Password is Wellnys2022. To join by phone only, call 1-518-549-0500. Access code is 161 977 1638. 



Upstate Cancer Center distinguished speaker is June 17

David Porter, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System, will present CAR T Cells for B-cell Malignancies: When can we use the word cure? June 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room C1076 A/B/C or virtually at: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/94148039013?pwd=Y0JsaHpabGl4Z1pNaG9FTENSM2Jhdz09. For more information, e-mail Kelly Kilpeck at kilpeckk@upstate.edu



Memorial mass for founding dean of the College of Nursing Janice Nelson is June 18

A memorial mass for M. Janice Nelson, EdD, founding dean of the Upstate’s College of Nursing, will be held Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish at 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. The service will also be livestreamed at icfayetteville.org/funerals . Nelson was 93 when she died Jan 1 in Syracuse. To read the complete obituary, click here. At her request, contributions may be made to nursing scholarships at Upstate in her name. Simply designate the Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment when making a gift. Donations may also be made by phone at 315-464-4416 or by mail to the Upstate Foundation, Dean M. Janice Nelson Nursing Scholarship Endowment, 750 E. Adams St., CAB 326, Syracuse, NY 13210.



Blood drive at Fayetteville Towne Center is June 20 

Upstate is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive Monday, June 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at 540 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, to honor World Sickle Cell Day. 

To schedule an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter TCFVILLE. 

All donors will receive a health screening prior to donating, a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland, a $10 e-gift card and a voucher for Stewart’s ice cream. 



Upstate’s mobile mammography unit on-site June 24

Upstate’s mobile mammography unit will be parked at the Campus Activities Building on Elizabeth Blackwell Street June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Upstate community interested in scheduling an annual mammogram on this day may call 315-464-2588 or visit https://www.upstate.edu/mobile-mammography/ and complete an appointment request form.  



14th annual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5k Walk/Run is July 4 

The 14th annual Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure 5k Walk/Run will be held Monday, July 4 at Marcellus Park beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research, education and awareness including research at Upstate Medical University, and the Maureen T. O’Hara Teal There’s a Cure Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which provides ovarian cancer patient assistance. For information on this year’s in-person and virtual options and to register, visit the event link at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/events or https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Marcellus/TealTheresACure5K



Easy For You is July 12

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. in 7335B 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. 



Save the date: Suicide prevention conference is Aug. 26 and 27

Recovery-Based Suicide Prevention: An introduction to life-transforming dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy conference is Aug. 26 and 27 in the auditorium of Hutchings, 545 Cedar St. The workshop will introduce participants to the theory, research and practice of dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy (DDP). Through the use of lectures, video-recordings and role play, participants will learn how to motivate suicidal clients, to establish a safe and trusting treatment environment, and to apply the three core techniques of DDP to save and transform lives. During the second day, participants will be taught to recognize four common states that their clients can enter into that can rupture the therapeutic alliance, and how to deconstruct those states so as to restore the alliance and reduce suicide risk. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Community Building at Upstate, new program for physicians 

Community Building at Upstate is a new program designed to improve wellbeing and build a stronger sense of community among physicians at Upstate. 

  • Are you a physician who joined Upstate in the past two years? 
  • Would you be interested in meeting in a small group with colleagues to discuss issues at Upstate? 
  • Are you interested in meeting with colleagues at Upstate University Hospital or Community? 
  • Do you prefer breakfast, lunch or dinner meet times? 

Groups of six to eight physicians, along with a facilitator from the Wellbeing Council or Medical Executive Committee, will come together over a meal in an informal environment for mutual support and enhanced self-awareness. 

Goals are to cultivate a stronger sense of community among Upstate medical staff, to increase professional and social connections, to enhance a sense of purpose for the participants, and to promote personal fulfillment in the practice of medicine. The focus is on promoting professional satisfaction and making Upstate a place where physicians can experience the joy of practicing medicine and find a long-term professional home. 

Participants must be able to attend at least four monthly sessions over six months; groups may then decide to continue or disband.

Send responses to the above questions to Deb Emerson at EmersonD@Upstate.edu. 



Robot delivery operating system is now active at the downtown Upstate campus

Upstate’s newest automated mobile service robot, a TUG, is now active at the downtown Upstate campus. The TUG is a smart robot designed to transport and deliver medications, lab specimens, food, linens, and more. IMT-Autonomous Machines developed detailed maps using navigation software to enable the TUG to traverse specific, multi-floor routes, avoid obstacles, and constantly track its location. Additional TUGs will be put in service within the next few months.

Volunteers, students, staff, and faculty are advised to step aside and allow the TUG to pass and read the protocol outlined in this informational guide: 


If the TUG appears disabled, please call the TUG help desk at 1-888-201-9522. For questions and concerns about Upstate’s automated mobile service robot initiative, contact IMT-Autonomous Machines at TUGRobot@upstate.edu.



Nappi Wellness Institute website is now live 

The Nappi Wellness Institute website is now live. For updated information on Upstate’s newest ambulatory wellness center—including architect renderings, drone photos, medical practices in the new space, and other important information—visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nappi-wellness-institute/ 

In addition to the public-facing website, there is an intranet-only staff section providing a greater level of detail on floor plans, technology innovations, a contact page for questions, and more. Login is required. 

The Nappi Wellness Institute is on schedule to open to patients in early 2023 and updates to the site will be made regularly. Use the contact page for staff questions here: https://www.upstate.edu/nappi-wellness-institute/intra/contact.php or email Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu



Upstate Global Health seeks study participants for Dengue clinical trial 

Upstate Global Health seeks healthy participants 18 to 55 years of age for a dengue prevention trial. Dengue mosquitoes are found throughout the world including warmer parts of the US and dengue makes over 100 million people sick around the world every year. Dengue is a risk to our U.S. service members when they deploy overseas and Upstate works closely with partners to develop a method to protect people from dengue fever. For more information on how to help, call 315-464-9869 or email Trials@Upstate.edu. 



Upstate Open Notes input sought 

The Upstate Open Notes project team invites providers, nursing, health care team members to provide feedback on use of Open Notes—clinical notes being shared with patients online in Epic MyChart Patient Portal during clinical care. Complete this anonymous survey to give feedback. For more information, email: narcavac@upstate.edu. 



Nellie Hurley Scholarship applications now being accepted

Advocates for Upstate is now taking applications for the 2022 Nellie Hurley Scholarships. Scholarships up to $3,000 will be awarded for fall semester 2022. Those eligible include Upstate employees or volunteers who will have been active at Upstate for six months or more prior to the June 24, 2022 application deadline and who meet all other criteria. Award decisions will be made in July. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php. The scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies only, directed toward any health profession at an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact the Advocates office at advocates@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610.



The Informed Patient podcast 

Among recent guests on The Informed Patient podcast were these Upstate specialists:

—Electrophysiologist Kiran Devaraj, MD, on what to expect at an electrophysiology appointment.

—Ophthalmologist and researcher Mark Breazzano, MD, on research about the presence of coronavirus and other pathogens on medical instruments. Breazzano graduated from Upstate’s College of Medicine and will be starting work at Upstate this summer.

—Speech-language pathologist Lauren Westby on aphasia and its treatment.

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 various podcast platforms, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.