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Upstate Announcements for February 8, 2023

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging award nominations sought

Upstate’s Black History Month Committee seeks nominations to recognize individuals, groups, and community organizations that have worked to advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Upstate and in our community. To nominate, visit: https://forms.office.com/r/XDi9JMwN35 or email diversity@upstate.edu. Nominations are due by Feb. 15 and award recipients will be announced the week of Feb. 20. Questions? Email diversity@upstate.edu.



Black History Month Gala tickets available for purchase

The Renaissance Gala ‘Celebrating Black Excellence’ will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Sky Armory. Student tickets are $35 each; all others are $50 each. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 22 at the CAB Information Center or by calling 315-464-8860. To purchase a table or make a donation to the SNMA in support of the gala, call 315-464-8860. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/diversityinclusion/celebrating-cultural-heritage/2023/renaissance-gala.php.



Wellness resource hotline launched 

A wellness resource hotline has been established for Upstate employees, staff and students. The wellness hotline is available 24/7 and is designed to help improve the wellness of the Upstate community by providing callers with resources to support medical, physical, emotional, professional, safety, and spiritual wellbeing. The hotline is confidential and is staffed by Upstate Triage Center nurses under the medical direction of Deborah Mann, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. Everyone with a valid Upstate ID is welcome to take advantage of this resource.

No identifying information is collected and calls are completely confidential. To reach the hotline, call 315-464-5273 or 315-464-KARE.



Team Upstate seeks shavees for St. Baldrick's fundraiser 

Team Upstate seeks shavees to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund pediatric oncology research. The event will be held March 19 at the Spinning Wheel. 7384 Thompson Rd, North Syracuse, NY. To join the team or donate visit: https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/TeamUpstate.

Individuals who join before Feb. 28 will receive a Team Upstate shirt. Instructions on where to meet will be emailed to registered participants a week prior. For more information email Abigail Venskus at VenskusA@Upstate.edu



Nominations sought for the 2023 President's Employee Recognition Awards 

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 1. Information and nomination form available at: 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 

For more information, email Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu.



Reminder: The Strategic Plan of Upstate Medical University is available online

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



Pathway to Wellness events

  • 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.



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.



Upstate WebEx service interruption scheduled for Feb. 8

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.



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.



Flower sale is Feb. 14

Upstate’s Nursing Recognition Fund will host a flower sale Feb. 14 beginning at 7 a.m. outside Café 750. Carnations will be sold for $2.50 a stem until sold out. All proceeds benefit the fund. Questions? Email Morgan Gaffney at GaffneyM@Upstate.edu.



National Donor Day is Feb. 14

Upstate’s Transplant Program will host informational tables Feb. 14 in honor of National Donor Day—a day dedicated to organ donation education. Tables will be staffed from 9 to 11 a.m. outside the cafeteria at Community, and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital. Stop by for information about kidney transplants and living donations. Questions? Email Linda Curry at CurryL@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. This presentation is sponsored by students in the Upstate chapter of AOA, the national medical honor society.



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=m4b986dc5ac699625d4c3372145625332Meeting 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.



Installation of evening chaplain is Feb. 21

Join Upstate’s Spiritual Care for an installation ceremony for Rev. Alisa Unell, new evening chaplain, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. Fellowship and food will follow the installation ceremony. R.S.V.P. to Nic MacLane at 315-464-4687.



Drag Gala to benefit Upstate Golisano is Feb. 25

The second annual Drag Gala to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Auburn, N.Y. For more information, visit: 2nd Annual Benefiting Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Gala | Facebook or email Danielle LaTour Bright at LaTourDa@Upstate.edu.



Information sought from physicians, APPs, nurses, residents and fellows

Feedback is sought from Upstate physicians, APPs, nurses, residents, and fellows on the Peer Supporter program. Let the team know how they are doing and if they are on the right track with honest feedback that will allow for meaningful changes to assist with combating burnout while improving the care of patients.

The assessment will take less than 15 minutes to complete and is completely confidential. Responses will be analyzed and presented in aggregate to Upstate leadership. No identifying information will be included. 

For PRACTITIONERS (Physicians and APPs)








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 https://www.upstate.edu/con/programs/special-events-educational-opportunies/.



CNY Biotech Accelerator offers meeting and event space for rent

CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) event facilities are available for the 2023 season. The third-floor event space includes a 250+ seat high-tech TED Theater with a video wall, cameras with audio/visual recording capabilities, and livestream services. 

Space fills quickly. To tour the property, request a fee schedule, and/or reserve your space today, contact Stephanie Carbone at carbonst@upstate.edu or 315-464-9288. For more information, visit: https://cnybac.com/rentable-event-space/. To fill out a request rental form, visit: https://cnybac.com/rentable-event-space/event-space-use-request-form/



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 dealing with measles; creating an age-friendly hospital; and how cystic fibrosis relates to heart trouble.

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.