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Upstate Announcements for October 18, 2022

NYSHIP health insurance option transfer period

The New York State planning-for-option-transfer-2023.pdf (ny.gov) flyer has been mailed to homes. The publication includes information about the upcoming option transfer period that allows participants to make changes to the NYSHIP option. Health insurance choices for 2023 will be available online and through health benefits administrators. Rate information and option transfer deadlines for 2023 will be forthcoming. For more information, call Upstate Benefits at 315-464-4923.



Upstate’s breast health services expand

Jayne Charlamb, MD, will see patients at the Breast Care Center at Upstate Community Hospital—along with Kathleen Tindall, NP, and Michele Dwyer, lactation consultant. The office is located in POB South, Suite 1D, 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse. Call 315-464-8224 with questions.



Hats, Socks and Gloves Drive is accepting donations

Clark Burn Center’s annual drive to collect hats, socks and gloves is now accepting donations. Only new items are being accepted. Collection boxes are located at 550 Harrison, the main lobby at Community, and the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. All donations are sent to the Syracuse Rescue Mission. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu.



Community Giving Campaign mid-campaign report

Mid-campaign thank you poster will published in November. All donors are listed on this thank you poster (unless anonymous). Pledge by Oct. 31 to be included. E-pledge link is: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/.



Memorial service for Sonny Fantacone is Oct. 19

A memorial service for Sonny Fantacone, web technology programmer for Educational Communications-IMT, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in the landing space of the Simulation Center in the basement of Weiskotten Hall. Light refreshments will follow. All are welcome.



Blood Drive is Oct. 19 

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Community Hospital cafeteria and conference room at Community. To schedule an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. Hurricane Ian has caused a blood shortage due to storms and blood drive cancellations in Florida. Donations will help keep our patients here and those in the nation safe. 



Estate Planning Awareness is Oct. 19 and 20

Estate Planning Awareness Week runs now through Oct. 22. The Upstate Foundation will offer information tables Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital and Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the cafeteria at Community. Free literature on the following topics will be available: estate planning, the importance of wills and trusts, health care proxy, power of attorney, and contact information for local planning professionals. For more information, contact Carolyn Hendrickson at hendricC@upstate.edu or 315-464-6490.



T-shirt sale to benefit Clark Burn Center is Oct. 19 and 21

A T-shirt sale to benefit Clark Burn Center will be held Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Community and Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside the cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20 each or $35 for two. Cash, check, Venmo will be accepted. Sizes run from small to 4XL. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu.



Welloween events are Oct. 19, 20, 21

Welloween events will be held this week in the Upstate Library in Weiskotten Hall or via WebEx. Tables will be set up throughout the week in the library with games, giveaways and information on how to be well. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaping information table
  • Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Tackling test anxiety in 222C library or WebEx
  • Oct. 19 from noon to 12:20 p.m. Wellness resources online https://upstate.webex.com/brisks
  • Oct. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. Avoiding professional burnout via WebEx
  • Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EAP information table
  • Oct. 20 from noon to 12:10 p.m. What is the WellBeing Index? https://upstate.webex.com/brisks
  • Oct. 21 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Exercise as medicine https://upstate.webex.com/brisks

An online Welloween schedule is available here: https://library.upstate.edu/news/news-articles/20221006-welloween2022.php. For more information on Welloween, email Sarah Lawler at lawlersa@upstate.edu



Sock Out Cancer benefit concerts are Oct. 20 and 21

Sock Out Cancer, a nonprofit that aids financially distressed cancer patients and their families, is hosting The Music of Journey and Boston Benefit Concert Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and Friday, Oct. 21 at The Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. The concert features Fran Cosmo, former lead vocalist of Boston, and Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey. Concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund and the Sock Out Cancer Fund for Southern Tier Pediatric Patients and Families, both held at the Upstate Foundation, to address unmet needs of oncology patients and their families. 

Tickets are $35 each for the general public and are available through Ticketmaster and at the venue box offices. Upstate employees and their guests receive $10 off each ticket. To receive the discount, click on the “Unlock” box and Enter Offer Passcode: SOC22. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets for either concert, visit https://www.sockoutcancer.org/concerts.



Information table on reducing the stigma of mental health is Oct. 24 and 26

Information on mental and behavioral health will be available Monday, Oct. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the cafeteria at Community and Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. outside the cafeteria at Upstate University Hospital. For more information, email Annemarie Cristino at ChristinA@Upstate.edu.



Flu Clinics are Oct. 24 and Nov. 4

Employee/Student Health offers influenza vaccine to everyone with a valid Upstate ID. The schedule is as follows.

  • Monday, Oct. 24 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 
  • Friday, Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital 

Walk-ins will be accepted but priority will be given to appointments. To make an appointment, visit the Employee/Student Health Portal at: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Questions? Email Employee/Student Health at ESHealth@Upstate.edu



Baldwin Fund Endowed General Surgery Grand Rounds is Oct. 26

The Baldwin Fund Endowed General Surgery Grand Rounds will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 8 to 9 a.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. There will be a virtual option. Lorena Gonzalez, MD, City of Hope National Medical Center, will present Genetic Risk Assessment for Breast Cancer: Past, Present, and Future. The lecture honors Donna Garofalo and Therese Garofalo. For more information, contact Rebecca Reed at reedre@upstate.edu or 315-464-6295.



T-shirt sale for Pathway to Wellness is Oct. 26 

A Pathway to Wellness T-shirt sale will be held Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Funds support wellness programs at Upstate. For information about pre-purchasing a shirt, email one of the following individuals:

BriskS@Upstate.eduSellersB@Upstate.eduButterJo@Upstate.edu, or SamesC@Upstate.edu


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

The 27th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update and the second 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. 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. Brochures and online registration are available at http://www.upstate.edu/cme. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness announcements

All Pathway to Wellness (PTW) events are accessible via https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks unless otherwise noted.



Addiction Psychiatry Conference is Nov. 4

The fourth annual Addiction Psychiatry Conference will be held Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Hutchings Psychiatric Center. The conference will focus on opioids—illicit use and prescription use, maintenance treatments with opioids, difficult patient interactions in the hospital setting, and social determinants of health. A complete brochure and online registration is available at http://www.upstate.edu/cme. For more information, contact Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu.



Limb Preservation in 2022 is Nov. 5

Limb Preservation in 2022: Innovations and Advancements will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Experts from Vasculary Surgery, Endovascular Service, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Wound Care will provide information on limb preservation, including: arterial and venous pathology, neuropathy, foot problems associated with diabetes, and advanced wound care. Pre-registration is required, here: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/17845. Questions? Email Rosemarie More at MoreR@Upstate.edu.



Burn Run is Nov. 6

The 16th annual Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at the East Syracuse Fire Department fire station #2, 148 Sauders Creek Parkway. The kids fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m.; 5K at 9 a.m.; 10K at 10 a.m. Register online at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/EastSyracuse/TheBurnRun. Packet pickup and in-person registration will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at Fleet Feet Dewitt and on race day.



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

The Upstate community is welcome to attend the annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture 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 Donna Vavala and Carla Corona. For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu or 315-464-4517. Go to https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 946 4170 9398 and password: 574139. Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 646 931 3860 https://upstate.zoom.us/u/adGSYs3jE Meeting ID: 946 4170 9398 Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting. 



Easy for You is Nov. 8

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8 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



HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety is Nov. 14

A virtual HealthLink seminar on fire and burn safety in the fall and winter months will be held Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Tamara Roberts, MSN, RN, burn program manager at Upstate’s Clark Burn Center, and Paul Knierman, president of the East Syracuse Fire Department and fire fighter/EMT for over 28 years, will provide simple and effective methods to prevent fires and burns in and around the home. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcuCoqzoqGtOQNx371hicR_wqI1PaMOiw. The event is free and open to the public. 



Mindful Meditation is every Tuesday 

Mindful Meditation will be held every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will offer 15 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA.



The Informed Patient: medical marijuana, its promise and reality

A recent topic explored on The Informed Patient podcast was medical marijuana—benefits, difficulties and how its use played out among cancer patients in palliative care who were prescribed medical marijuana.

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.