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Upstate Announcements for February 2, 2023

Covid updates from Employee Student Health

Questions about these two resources should be directed to Employee Student Health at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Nominations sought for the 2023 President's Employee Recognition Awards 

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 1. For more information and a nomination form, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/president_award/index.php.

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 

Questions? Email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.



The Strategic Plan of Upstate Medical University | 2023 - 2028

Upstate President Dr. Dewan is pleased to share with you the new Upstate Strategic plan, which will guide our growth and direction for the next five years. The plan focuses on two goals: Excellence and Access. To view the Upstate Strategic plan and a video message from Dr. Dewan about the plan, visit www.upstate.edu/strategicplan



Upstate WebEx service interruption

Upstate WebEx will be unavailable Wednesday, Feb. 8 beginning at 8 p.m. so a system update can be made. The outage is expected to last up to one hour.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Feb. 7

Elizabeth Lodge, MD, will discuss eating disorders during Advanced Practice Grand Rounds Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mb2daf57f242f901b8b9a6fb3611d90a2. For more information, email Sarah Dickes at dickess@upstate.edu. CME credit will be available for participants.



Primary Care Task Force education session is Feb. 8

Robert Carhart, MD, will present Keeping Heart Failure Patients Out of the ED Feb. 8 at 12:15 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mdc00c2970fe5beaa8db514ee57dc9009. Upcoming Primary Care Task Force education sessions include April 12 on cirrhosis with Dr. Savio John and May 10 on skin cancers with Dr. Daniel Thomas.



Coffee with the CMO is Feb. 10

Coffee with the CMO will be held Friday, Feb. 10 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the conference rooms of Upstate Cancer Center (C1076 A/B/C). All Upstate physicians, APPs, and clinical staff are invited to gather with colleagues for an update from Chief Medical Officer Amy Tucker, MD. The event includes coffee, breakfast snacks, and an open Q and A. To R.S.V.P., email Darcy DiBiase at dibiased@upstate.edu.



Upstate Foundation iHeart Radiothon is Feb. 14 and 15

The Upstate Foundation iHeart Radiothon will be held Feb. 14 and 15 in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital. To volunteer for a shift, visit: Radiothon. This year, volunteers will make outgoing calls to past donors. For more information, call Danielle Bright at latourda@upstate.edu or Cynthia Rotella at rotellac@upstate.edu.



Harvard physician speaks on caring for patients with disability Feb. 17

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will present Physicians’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Caring for Patients with Disability Feb. 17 at noon via Zoom.

Dr. Iezzoni is a member of the National Academy of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and is the 2022/23 Sally Starling Seaver Fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. She has published widely on health care experiences of persons with disabilities. To join the event, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/93345013818?pwd=NzRJNlZzekJaNmZqY1kycm1BdVY5QT09 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 933 4501 3818 and password: 422467. For more information, contact Patty Gooden at GoodenPa@upstate.edu



Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds is Feb. 21

Examining the Impact of Implicit Bias on Nurses’ Experiences and Patient Outcomes will be presented by Caitlin Nye MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHSE and Florence Mandebvu DNP, RN, GCNS-BC 

Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m4b986dc5ac699625d4c3372145625332 Meeting number: 2311 917 7377 Password: XJde8rRU5g8.  

The presentation will be recorded for viewing via Brightspace Nursing Grand Rounds (NGR) Course. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, email Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu or visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nursing/prof-dev/comm_mtgs/grand-rounds/index.php.



Pathway to Wellness events

  • Laughter Yoga is Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. for 15 minutes.
  • Commensality is Feb. 6 from noon to 12:20 p.m.
  • CEO Corona speaks Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. about what he does for wellness
  • Standing ABS is Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. for 10 minutes
  • Blood pressure tracking and education—Email BriskS@Upstate.edu for materials.

To join the above events, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

To participate in Mindful Tuesdays each week at 11 a.m., visit https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA.



College of Nursing seeks Daisy Award nominations

Upstate College of Nursing proudly recognizes and honors our exceptional nursing faculty, clinical preceptors, and students through partnership with the nationwide DAISY Award program. The DAISY Award rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. In addition to recognition, DAISY Honorees also have access to many special benefits available through the national foundation. Nominations are regularly accepted from faculty, students, clinical affiliate sites, partners, and others who have been impacted. For more information, or to submit a nomination, contact CONDEAN@Upstate.edu or visit The Daisy Awards webpage.



Open invitation to tour Upstate’s CAB Rec Center and become a member

The Office of Campus Activities would like to invite you to become a CAB Member. The CAB Rec Center offers a variety of athletic options including group fitness classes, Cybex equipment, cardio equipment, indoor pool, sauna, racquetball court, free weight room, gymnasium, locker rooms, tennis courts, and outdoor running track. An individual membership is $130 a year and a family membership is $165 a year. For more information on how to tour or try out the facilities, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/campus-activities/cab/cab_membership.php or email Della LaVeck at LaveckD@Upstate.edu.



Subscribe to This Week In Campus Activities

To receive information on CAB facilities, CAGB Comedy Hour events, discounts for SU men’s basketball, Syracuse Stage, Regal Cinemas, Syracuse Crunch, and Broadway in Syracuse, email CampAct@Upstate.edu with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.



OneDrive for Business to replace personal Novell U drive

IMT continues to transition users from Novell U drive for personal storage to OneDrive for Business, a cloud-based storage system for documents and files. With OneDrive for Business, students, faculty, and staff will have access to files from a computer, mobile device or an Internet browser through office.com. IMT will notify recipients via email of the planned transition date for their account. Students, faculty and staff may find current training resources including the transition timeline, accessing OneDrive, and sharing files on the OneDrive FAQ page: https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365/faqs.php. For more information on the transition, contact the IMT Help Desk at 315-464-4115 or helpdesk@update.edu. This change will not affect any other shares, email, EPIC and/or any other clinical applications.



IMT Offers Virtual and Recorded OneDrive Training

IMT offers students, faculty and staff virtual training for OneDrive, a cloud-based storage system for documents and files, through March 2022. Interested attendees may register at the following page: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 or watch a recording at https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_8numzt8a. Course offerings are made available each month so check back often. Questions? Email Sara Dickey at DickeySa@Upstate.edu.



Multi-Factor Authentication App to begin using Verification Code

Starting Feb. 27th, users of the Microsoft Authentication app, the app on your mobile device that allows you to authenticate using two-step verification, will send a verification code as your security method instead of requiring users to tap “Approve.”  IMT will reach out in advance to users to inform them of the change. For more information about the authenticator app, visit https://bit.ly/umuauth. Users who do not use the mobile app can expect to continue to use two-step verification as usual. Registering a device with the Microsoft Authenticator App gives your device access to Upstate’s services and doesn't allow Upstate access to your device. Questions? Email Sara Dickey at DickeySa@Upstate.edu.


Claire B. Wightman Volunteer Enrichment Endowment Fund

The Upstate Foundation and the Wightman family have created the Claire B. Wightman Volunteer Enrichment Endowment fund to honor Claire’s exceptional legacy of volunteer service.  Prior to her passing last fall, Claire volunteered at Upstate Community Hospital for 46 years and logged 23,245 hours, making her one of Upstate’s longest serving volunteers.  The fund will support volunteer recruitment, training and recognition, ensuring generations of volunteers will be inspired by Claire’s example of care and compassion. To make a gift, please call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/WightmanFund.



Advocates Grant Funding Program seeks applicants 

The Advocates Grant Funding Program for 2023-2024 is accepting applications for funding now through Feb. 27 at noon. Awards will be announced in April. Funds for grants awarded will be disbursed between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024. All proposals should align with Advocates for Upstate’s mission to improve patient care and satisfaction, support medical education, and enhance community health. Applications for grants are accepted from departments across the Upstate Medical University campuses and must be for items and/or services NOT funded through department budgets. Please read the guidelines before submitting proposals. For more information, contact Administrative Coordinator Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610 or advocates@upstate.edu



Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient features interviews on how hospitals prepare for disasters, how neuromodulation relieves chronic pain and why the well-being of medical caregivers matters.

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.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic, email Amber Smith at SmithAmb@Upstate.edu.