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Upstate Announcements for September 22, 2022

How to report privacy concerns, HIPAA reports, and suspected breaches

Privacy concerns, HIPAA reports, suspected breaches and all related matters, will be handled through the Office of Institutional Compliance, Privacy and Ethics and should be reported directly to Loretta Harris, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and acting Privacy Officer. The privacy mailbox is available as a reporting mechanism, along with the hotline number, at 315-464-6444 or directly at 315-464-4343. Reports or concerns of any nature, may be emailed to compliance@upstate.edu or submitted via web at https://www.upstate.edu/compliance/



New research-focused newsletter launches

To highlight the work being done by researchers at Upstate, the Office of Industry Research has launched a new quarterly newsletter. Innovate Upstate will highlight advancements in technology, innovative products, and events to help Upstate researchers and students better connect with industry to bring their ideas to market.

The first edition features a startup seeking to revolutionize the treatment of corneal injuries, how Upstate is working to improve diversity in clinical trials, efforts of Upstate students looking to learn more about combining medicine and industry, and new technology created by Upstate researchers that is now available for licensing.

To read the fall edition, visit: https://innovateupstate.org/about/innovate-upstate-quarterly/fall-2022/.



Volunteers sought for health care careers coaching at Syracuse City School District 

Stuart Trust, MD, pediatric professor emeritus, seeks volunteers for health care careers coaching in Syracuse schools. Volunteers would sit with students in small groups and discuss various opportunities in the health care fields. Opportunities are available each week from 8 to 9 a.m. for about 30 minutes. To volunteer or for more information, email Dr. Trust at TrustS@Upstate.edu



Volunteers sought for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Halloween parade; registration is required 

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.

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 ensure social distancing, each individual volunteer will have a treat stop; no groups are permitted.

To volunteer, email Beth Kinsley at kinsleye@upstate.edu by Oct. 20. Volunteers will not be permitted to participate without prior registration. The event may change in accordance with Covid precautions and policies. 



Community Giving Campaign 

Upstate’s 2022 Community Giving Campaign is underway. Daily $100 winners will be drawn now through Sept. 30. To hear inspirational stories from some of the agencies employees can donate to please visit: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/reps-resources/agency-videos.php. To donate please visit self-serve and click the e-pledge button on your home screen. Questions? Email Becca Pesci at PesciR@Upstate.edu.



Pets of Upstate seeks photo submissions

Upstate Nursing’s second annual Pets of Upstate photo contest and calendar fundraiser seeks submissions and voters now through Oct. 15. The entire Upstate community is welcome to submit photographs of their pets for the contest, including Upstate staff, students and volunteers.

Those who submit their pet photographs are encouraged to receive votes along with donations: $1 donation equals 1 vote. Participants with the highest donation will be featured in the 2023 12-month calendar and receive a complimentary calendar. Awards for most exotic, most Upstate spirit, funniest, best smile, will be awarded a complimentary 2023 calendar.

All proceeds benefit the Nursing Recognition Fund. Upload photos to: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/PET. Questions? Email NRecruit@Upstate.edu.



Advanced Practice Provider Week is Sept. 26 to 30

National Advanced Practice Provider Week runs from Sept. 26 to 30 and acknowledges the work of certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, certified nurse specialists, and physician assistants. For more information about Upstate’s Advanced Practice department, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/aps/ or contact Melissa Wheeler at WheelerM@Upstate.edu.



Pet visits for staff and students are Sept. 27 and 28

Pet Partners will host pet visits for Upstate staff and students. Patients and visitors are not permitted at these visits. Tango will visit Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the CUBE (room 1101) at Upstate University Hospital. Kirby will visit Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Community. Questions? Email Vicki Casper at CasperV@Upstate.edu.



Prostate cancer seminar is Sept. 29 

HealthLink will offer a seminar on prostate cancer and advances in surgical treatments Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Prostate cancer risk factors, current statistics, screening methods, and treatment options with a focus on surgical interventions will be discussed. This virtual HealthLink seminar is live, free, and open to the public. The session is geared toward the general public and is held in partnership with the Upstate Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf-6oqT0sHtfcPpVA-viz3fEeSUuHFumP. (The link is for all of the monthly prostate support group meetings for 2022; unregister any time.) Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu



Spiritual Care celebration is Sept. 29

Spiritual Care will host a special celebration Sept. 29 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. Nancy Page, Upstate’s former chief nursing officer, will join in the dedication of the refurbished chapel doors and entrance. Donna Stoner, former director of Volunteer Services, will receive the 2022 Spirit of Nancy Calhoun Award. New chaplain interns, a chaplain fellow and Jesuit novice will be commissioned. Questions? Contact Rev. Culbertson at 315-464-4236 or CulbertT@Upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness offerings for September

The following Pathway to Wellness offerings are open to everyone at Upstate. To connect, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

Arm tone up is Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Take a 3- or 4-minute break to move and tone your arms.

Discussion on happiness in organizations is Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. The Business Case for Happiness: Evidence Happiness is Good for Organizations, People, Communities. The article by Tracie Brower is a six-minute read. What do studies tell us about happy people? Stay on for five minutes longer to share thoughts on the article.

Bed Yoga is Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. for 10 minutes. A mat or towel and floor space will be needed.

Pain management with Dr. Sharma is Sept. 27 from 2:30 to 2:50 p.m. Vandana Sharma, MD, FASA, director of Pain Medicine Services, will discuss chronic pain, quality of life, lifestyle changes that can help with pain, and additional resources. Talk is 15 minutes followed by a Q and A.

T-shirt sale is Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Community. Funds support wellness programs at Upstate. Questions? Email: BriskS@Upstate.edu, SellersB@Upstate.edu or ButterJo@Upstate.edu.

10-minute Standing Stretch is Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Comfortable clothes and a bit of space is all that is needed for these standing stretches.

Gutes and Abs is Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. Core strength is important for everyone, especially if pushing, lifting or pulling is required in work situations.



Blood Drive is Oct. 6 and 7 

A blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 7 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.


Workshop on grief and healing is Oct. 13 to 15

The Upstate Nursing Alumni Association Whitney Foundation Lectureship Endowment, College of Nursing, Consortium for Culture and Medicine, and Colgate University will host three days of artist/nurse-in-residence events. Covid nurse and dancer/choreographer devynn emory will lead a workshop, install a public grief altar, and offer a multidisciplinary panel discussion on grief and mourning following a screening of the film of their dance performance that draws on their experiences with end-of-life care. All events are free and open to the Upstate community. Events are as follows. 

  • Oct. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building: A movement and writing workshop centered on processing grief and healing for healthcare professionals and others. 
  • Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. till Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.: Visit a grief altar at Onondaga Lake Park. 
  • Oct. 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building and online: A film screening and post-film panel discussion

For more information and to register for all events, visit www.deadbird.land/syracuse-hamilton. Upstate contact is Caitlin Nye at NyeC@Upstate.edu.



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. 



Making Strides walk is Oct. 16

Join Team Upstate for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Sunday, Oct. 16 in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Start a team or join a team and help to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more information and registration, please visit www.upstate.edu/strides.



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.



Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive is Oct. 19 

The Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, visit www.upstate.edu/blood.



Volunteers sought for Call in for Cancer Oct. 20

The Upstate Foundation's fourth annual Call in for Cancer, held in partnership with iHeartMedia, Inc., will broadcast live on 570WSYR, Y94, and CNY Central Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stories of hope and encouragement will be shared, along with information on how individuals can be a part of helping Upstate Cancer Center patients. 

Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges and make thank-you calls to past donors. One-, two-, and three-hour shifts are available. The phone bank will be located in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room 1076 (A, B, C) and all Covid protocols on that day will be followed. Those unable to volunteer for a shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A44ACAB2AA5F58-call1. For more information on volunteering, call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. 



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. 

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.



Global Health seeks healthy participants

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants with flexible schedules between the ages of 18 and 55 for a dengue fever clinical trial. Reimbursements for time and expenses are available. For more information, email Trials@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-9869.



The Informed Patient pocast features interviews on vitamin A and eyesight, affordable medicines, and polio and its aftermath

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include a look at how dietary deficiencies can affect vision, a program to provide prescription drugs to the uninsured, and what it’s like to have polio or post-polio syndrome. Guests include:

Ophthalmologist Mark Breazzano, MD, on how a lack of vitamin A can affect vision.

Pharmacists Eric Balotin and Meaghan Murphy on a program to help the uninsured pay for prescription medicines.

Neurologist Jenny Meyer, MD, on polio and post-polio syndrome and their treatments.

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.