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Upstate Announcements for September 15, 2022

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital seeks volunteers for annual Halloween parade

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital annual Halloween parade will be held Monday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. The parade will be held on the 11th and 12th floors. Registration is required in advance.

To ensure social distancing, each individual volunteer will have a treat stop; no groups are permitted. Volunteers must supply their own treats—candy, coloring books, small toys, etc. Costumes are encouraged but should not be scary and should not include weapons, blood, or gore.

To volunteer, email Beth Kinsley at kinsleye@upstate.edu by Oct. 20. The event may change in accordance with Covid precautions and policies. 



Nominations sought for Medical Staff Member Recognition Award

Nominations are sought for the Medical Staff Member Recognition Award, recognizing exemplary patient care practitioners who improve Upstate culture, quality and safety. To nominate a member of the medical staff at Upstate, visit: Medical Staff Award. Log-in is required to access the form. Nominations are due Oct. 1.



Upstate Human Resources message on CSEA exams

Civil Service exam applications are due Sept. 21 and exams are scheduled for Nov. 5. A personal NY.gov ID is required to apply for Department of Civil Service examinations. To obtain a personal NY.gov ID, create an account at https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount/. For more information on working for NYS through Civil Service, visit: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/. Questions? Contact Civil Service at 518-457-9375 or examinfo@cs.ny.gov

Current employees in one of the following titles and in a provisional status, are required to sign up and take the Civil Service exam:

  • Office Assistant 2
  • Office Assistant 2 (Calculations)
  • Office Assistant 2 (Stores/Mail)
  • Office Assistant 2 (Keyboarding)
  • Administrative Assistant Trainee 1

For a full list of promotional examinations, visit: https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/prom/.

Questions? Call Upstate Human Resources at 315-464-4830.



Healthcare Simulation Week

This week marks Healthcare Simulation Week, celebrating the professionals who use simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery. To learn more about Upstate’s Simulation Center, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/sim-center/news.php.



EAP Awareness event is Sept. 15

Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will share creative ideas on how to de-stress at the EAP Awareness event today, Sept. 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in E8405 A/B at Upstate University Hospital. For more information on Upstate’s EAP or this event, email CristinA@upstate.edu. 



Grand Rounds on physician suicide is Sept. 15

Upstate University Hospital will host Physician Suicide: Reconceptualizing Do No Harm today, Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The Healthcare Transformation Grand Rounds will include a showing of the film Do No Harm, followed by a panel discussion. CME credits are being offered. Advance registration is required. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsf--vrDIoHdajVtbv9ZdjwJD0Y54qmxjq. Participants will be asked to submit questions for the panelists at the time of registration. After registering, a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting will be sent.



T-shirt sale is Sept. 16

T-shirt sale to benefit Upstate’s Clinical Laboratory Medical Technology Scholarship Fund will be held Sept. 16 from 7 to 8:30 a.m., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital. The sale at Community will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shirts are $20; cash or check made payable to Upstate Foundation will be accepted. 



Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week ends Sept. 17

International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week (Sept. 11 to 17) is a week dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working environmental services technicians and linen services staff. During the global pandemic, we have seen these unsung heroes on the front lines working to keep Upstate facilities clean and safe for patients, visitors, students and staff. Celebrate the week by recognizing Upstate’s Environmental Services and Linen Services staff. 



Upstate Library recognizes Constitution Day Sept. 17

Upstate’s Health Sciences Library will offer free copies of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America now through Sept. 19, in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrated Sept. 17. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For more information visit http://library.upstate.edu or http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution. Questions? Email Rebecca Kindon at KindonR@Upstate.edu. 



Advanced Practice Symposium begins Sept. 19

The third annual Advanced Practice Symposium will be held virtually, on-demand, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 30. Topics for this self-led symposium include Covid-19 updates, wound care, holistic and integrative medicine, multiple myeloma, infectious disease, addiction medicine, pain management, genetics, and pediatric mental illness. Registration is now open and 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credits will be available. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/aps/symposium/. 



Student Flu clinics are Sept. 19, Oct. 17

Employee/Student Health will host Student Flu Clinics Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 in the Academic Building and the library in Weiskotten Hall. Staff who work in academic buildings are also welcome. Hospital-based clinic announcements will be forthcoming. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Oct. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Weiskotten Hall Library

Schedule an appointment at the Employee/Student Health portal: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Walk-ins will be accepted, but priority will be given to those with appointments.

All Upstate students are required to receive an annual influenza vaccination and must have documentation of such on record in their student health file by Nov. 1, 2022. Students who receive the vaccine elsewhere, upload the documentation via the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Questions? Email ESHealth@Upstate.edu. 



Malnutrition Awareness Week is Sept. 19 to 23

Now in its 10th year, Malnutrition Awareness Week is an annual, multi-organizational campaign created by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) to spotlight nutrition’s vital role in health and recovery and to educate the public on the importance of discussing their nutrition status with their healthcare professionals, especially when they are hospitalized. For more information, visit www.nutritioncare.org/MAW. Questions? Email Ryan Knarr at KnarrR@Upstate.edu.



Apheresis Awareness Day is Sept. 20

Apheresis Awareness Day is Sept. 20. Upstate’s Apheresis Unit is located on the 8th floor of Upstate University Hospital. The unit serves both adult and pediatric patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. The team includes five registered nurses who are specially trained to perform: therapeutic plasma exchanges, red blood cell exchanges, white blood cell and platelet depletions, stem cell collections, photopheresis, and therapeutic phlebotomy. To receive more information about Upstate’s Apheresis Unit, call 315-464-9024. 



HealthLink seminar on vertigo is Sept. 23

A HealthLink session on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) will be held Sept. 23 at noon via Zoom. Annina Dougherty, PT, DPT, Rehabilitative Therapies at Upstate, will discuss the most common form of vertigo along with diagnosis and treatments. Q and A will follow the presentation.

This virtual HealthLink seminar is live, free, and open to the public. The session will be geared toward the general community. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvcuqurDwjGdwuyCLu_LaCYeyLqq13YLbo.



Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 24

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. The event includes a leisurely two-mile canoe or kayak paddle on the Moose River beginning at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y. No kayaks or canoes will be available for rental. Proceeds benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which assists pancreatic cancer patients with expenses and unmet needs related to their care and pancreatic cancer research. For more information call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/paddle to download a registration form.



Presentation on recycling with OCRRA is Sept. 29

All you want to know about recycling with OCRRA will be held Sept. 29 at noon on the fourth floor of the Academic Building or via Zoom. What happens to the items in the recycling bin? Can pizza boxes be recycled? Ice cream containers? Join Lisa Piering for the answers. To join by Zoom, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84260192523?pwd=d3MxT1l2ejA2VHBjVldNdEdKbVVBUT09

Meeting ID: 842 6019 2523 Passcode: 376762 One tap mobile: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York). Questions? Email Cristina Pope, popec@upstate.edu.



Upcoming Pathway to Wellness events in September

To join the following Pathway to Wellness events, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 

Arm tone-up is Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. and Sept. 20 and 22 at 2 p.m. — Take a 3-minute break to move and tone your arms.

Ten minutes of humor is Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. — Start your week with a laugh. 

Yoga 2 is Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Bed Yoga is Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. — For Chair Yoga 1 and 2, have a sturdy chair, no wheels, comfortable clothes/shoes. For Bed Yoga have a mat/towel and floor space. 

Weigh-in Wednesday is Sept. 21 — Weigh-in Wednesday begins Sept. 21 and will run for 10 weeks (through Nov. 16). To join, email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu by Sept. 14. Each week, participants will receive an email and a recording to help stay on track with healthy weight-management habits. 



36th annual Nursing Excellence Celebration is Oct. 5

The 36th annual Nursing Excellence Celebration will be held Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Oncenter. The Upstate community is welcome.

The first Nancy Page Nursing Leadership Award will be presented to the inaugural recipient, Ann Markle, deputy director of Adult Inpatient at Upstate University Hospital. Award recipients from 2020, 2021, and 2022 will also be recognized.

Upstate’s Magnet Designation, received in 2021, and the extraordinary ways in which Upstate Nursing cares for patients and their families will be celebrated.

Dinner tickets are $50 per person and available here: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/NursingCelebration



Upstate Mental Health REACH is Oct. 6

Upstate Mental Health REACH intensive workshop will be held Oct. 6 via Zoom. The workshop will provide an update on diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders frequently seen by primary care providers. For a list of presenters, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/psych/education/reach.php. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu-gpjgvEtDzugPFhdDcGwOARm_Af3vB. 



Out of the Darkness Walk is Oct. 8

Out of the Darkness Walk to support the CNY chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be held Oct. 8. To join the Upstate team or to donate, visit: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=8318. Team name is SUNY Upstate Warriors. For more information, contact Becky Hogle at HogleB@Upstate.edu or 315-464-4242.



HeARTS for the Homeless fundraiser is Oct. 13

HeARTS for the Homeless will be held Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Lucy’s, 421 Gifford Street, Syracuse. The event features an auction of paintings, photography, pottery, and jewelry created and donated by local and national artists. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Housecalls for the Homeless street medicine program, serving individuals experiencing homelessness in Onondaga County. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at 315-464-4284 or shenfels@upstate.edu. For tickets ($40/person) or to sponsor, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/Hearts. 



Transplant Symposium is Oct. 14

Upstate Transplant will host the second annual Transplant Symposium Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. For details and to register, visit: www.upstate.edu/transplantsymposium. 



Estate Planning Week is Oct. 17 to 22

In recognition of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, held Oct. 17 through 22, the Upstate Foundation will host information tables. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the cafeteria on the second floor at Upstate University Hospital
  • Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from the cafeteria at Community

A representative from the Upstate Foundation will provide literature about estate planning, the importance of wills and trusts, health care proxy, power of attorney, as well as contact information for local planning professionals. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at hendricC@upstate.edu or 315-464-6490.


27th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update and 2nd annual Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference are Oct. 28

The 27th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update and the 2nd annual Women’s Mental Health Psychopharmacology Conference will be held Oct. 28. There will be live lectures and a remote option.

The psychopharmacology update will include standards-of-care and cutting-edge concepts on prescribing medications and the women’s conference will provide an update on the impact gender has on mental health, the importance of sex hormone fluctuations on mood, intimate partner violence, and the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perimenopause. 

A full schedule and registration information will be forthcoming. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Nov. 7

The annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture will be held Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten Hall.

The lecture will include a keynote address by Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. Honors will be given to Jeanette Danielle McGinness, Stacy Daniele Huvane and Bernadette Salvatore.

All members of the Upstate community are welcome. For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu or 315-464-4517.



The Informed Patient: buying a hearing aid, hospital stays, pandemic lessons

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include at-home breathing test devices for ALS patients and a spike in children ingesting marijuana edibles. Guests include:

Audiologist Erin Bagley, AuD, on what to consider before buying a hearing aid over the counter.

Karen Wentworth and Tina Passett, both from Upstate University Hospital’s Office of the Patient Experience, on what to expect during a hospital stay.

Public health and preventive medicine Chair Christopher Morley, PhD, on what the pandemic taught public health experts.

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.