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Upstate Announcements for March 21, 2023

National Poison Prevention Week information table is March 22

In celebration of National Poison Prevention Week, Upstate New York Poison Center will host a table March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. Poison center staff will provide information, treats, and free giveaways. Upstate New York Poison Center reminds everyone at Upstate to save the poison help number 1-800-222-1222 and call anytime for a poisoning emergency or for information.



Refugee population ECHO session is March 23

A special ECHO session on refugee population will be held March 23 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. One CME credit will be offered, AMA-PRA category 1. To join the session, visit: https://echo.zoom.us/j/735931981 (Meeting ID – 735 931 981 Password – ECHO).



HealthLink seminar on low back pain and the role of physical therapy is March 23

Steven Lounsbury, PT, DPT, CSCS, CAFS, will present on back pain and how physical therapy can help. Topics include when to see a doctor, what treatments are available, and how a physical therapist can assist with pain relief and recurrence. The seminar includes at-home exercise that can alleviate symptoms. The seminar is open to the public. To register visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdemprD0jH9ykCgj-7_wfBtx3offUKNDM. Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu.



Cardiology presentation by visiting professor is March 24

Katherine Wood, MD, surgical director of VAD program at University of Rochester Medical Center, will present Advanced Heart Failure Spectrum of Illness March 24 at 7:30 a.m. in 9405 A and B Upstate University Hospital, and via WebEx. To join the presentation via WebEx, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m25c1b8e6330f8c43ee039af900b3b31e. Questions? Email Lisa Carroll at SchirtzL@Upstate.edu.



Collection drive for Your Cause 2023 charity begins March 27

Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity recipient is Francis House, a hospice home to individuals with terminal illnesses. Upstate will hold a collection drive for key items from March 27 to April 7.

Products needed most are: unscented baby wipes, brownie mixes, Chapstick and lip balms, coffee, cookie mix, dry soup packets, fabric softener, Febreze air freshener spray linen and sky, grocery store gift cards, fruit, granola bars, juices (64 ounces) paper towels, protein bars, and surgical masks. 

Collection boxes will be located in the following areas:

  • Weiskotten Hall, main lobby
  • Upstate Cancer Center, main lobby
  • Community, west lobby/staff entrance
  • Upstate Child Care Center
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • EM-STAT, room 200E
  • UHCC, 2nd floor adult medicine kitchen
  • 550 Harrison, Suite 1
  • Upstate University Hospital, Nursing Business Affairs Room 1105 and 6K/6H

For more information, email Lisa Joyce at JoyceL@Upstate.edu. To learn more about Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, visit: https://francishouseny.org/.



Celebration of the Faculty is March 28

Upstate’s Celebration of the Faculty will be held March 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 4414 B/C of the Academic Building. New, promoted and emeritus faculty, in addition to Gold Standard Award winners, will be honored. To R.S.V.P., visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HQYXXN. Questions? Email Kelly Donovan at donovake@upstate.edu



Student Research Day is March 29

The Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Day will be held March 29 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The keynote address and oral presentations will be held in 9295 Weiskotten Hall and poster presentations will be held in 4414 A/B/C Academic Building. This annual event highlights student research from Upstate’s four colleges: Nursing, Medicine, Health Professions, Graduate Studies. For more information, email Shaunna Arnold at ArnoldSh@Upstate.edu.



Retirement reception for Kris Brindak is March 29

A retirement reception for Kris Brindak will be held March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1328B Upstate University Hospital. Brindak has worked as a clinical educator in Professional Development and Learning for 15 years, previously worked in the Clinical Research Unit, and has been a registered nurse at Upstate for more than 31 years. The Upstate community is welcome. Questions? Email Sara LaPointe at LaPointS@Upstate.edu.



Neuro Research Day is March 31

Neuro Research Day will be held Friday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The symposium will feature Upstate faculty, students, and residents covering basic and clinical neuroscience research. Invited speakers include Jayeeta Basu from New York University, Oliver Bracko from University of Miami, and Peng Jiang from Rutgers University. The event is presented by Neurosurgery and the Neuroscience Graduate Program. For more information on the event, visit: www.upstate.edu/neuroresearchday.



Undergraduate Medical Education presentation is March 31

Karen Lounsbury, PhD, professor of pharmacology at University of Vermont, will present Active Learning in Undergraduate Medical Education: What Is It and How You Can Do It March 31 at noon in 4414 B/C Academic Building. The event is open to anyone involved with or interested in undergraduate medical education. Lunch will be provided and RSVP is requested: RSVP HERE. Questions? Email Theresa Stowell at stowellt@upstate.edu.



Deadline for Flex Spending claim submissions is March 31

Employees who contributed to a Flex Spending Account in 2022 must submit all unpaid claims no later than March 31, 2023 for all qualifying expenses incurred from Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022. Any remaining funds up to the IRS limit from the previous year will then carry over into the current plan year’s account balance with our new administrator after the runout period end date. The IRS carryover limit is $570 for 2022. To download claim forms or other documents, please go to Program Materials | Office of Employee Relations (ny.gov)  



National Public Health Week celebration at Community is April 3 to 6

In recognition of National Public Health Week, held the first week of April, informational tables will be featured April 3 to 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital. The schedule for topics, displays and education is as follows.

  • April 3: burn safety, public health system, safe kids, employee assistance, CPR, and VR for wellness
  • April 4: parenting, child abuse, tobacco use solutions, staff wellbeing, herbs and spices, healthy eating, CPR/AED education, trauma response
  • April 5: advanced directives, Oasis and HealthLink, healthy relationships and sexual assault, kidney health, poison prevention.
  • April 6: Bee Campus information, volunteerism, opioid use disorder education, spiritual care and reiki



Pet a Pooch seeks session supervisors beginning April 5

Upstate’s Wellness Program has scheduled Pet a Pooch animal support sessions each month to help staff de-stress. Session supervisors are sought to escort the dog volunteers and their humans to designated locations and stay with them during the sessions. Pet a Pooch sessions are held at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. For more information or to volunteer, email Deb Emerson at EmersonD@Upstate.edu. To find out more about Pet a Pooch, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/wellness/

Upcoming sessions in need of supervisors are as follows: 

  • April 5 from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. in 5523 Upstate University Hospital
  • April 20 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 3241 Community
  • April 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in 0124 Community
  • April 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 1328 Upstate University Hospital
  • May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Performance Center, 11th floor Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital



Workshop on substance use disorder and recovery is April 5

The Interprofessional Education Leadership Team will host Substance Use Disorder and Recovery April 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The discussion will be facilitated by Caitlin M. Nye, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CHSE. Expert panelists include: Gita Ramamurthy, MD; Tom Ringwood, NP; Theresa Baxter, NP; Moira Strouse, BA. To register and receive a Zoom link, send your name and email address to Sue Davie at upstatesimulation@upstate.edu



Child Life 101 Workshop is April 6

Upstate’s Child Life Program will host the Child Life 101 Workshop April 6. The virtual workshop is free and open to high school juniors and seniors, and college students interested in learning about the role of a child life specialist in a hospital setting. Registration is due by March 31. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/gch/patients-families/child-life/student-opps.php.



TEDx SUNY Upstate event is April 6

TEDx SUNY Upstate will present Unspoken Voices April 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator Theater. Listen to speakers bring out the full chorus of harmony and dissonance in our discourse that we need in order to celebrate our differences through our perspective and identities rather than letting it pull us apart. To register, visit: https://www.tedxsunyupstate.org



Blood drives are April 6, 7 and 11

Upstate will host blood drives April 6, 7 and 11. To register, visit www.upstate.edu/blooddrive. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Hall
  • April 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano
  • April 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Property Management Surplus Warehouse is now closed, will relocate April 7

The Property Management Surplus Warehouse, formerly located at 160 Ainsley Dr., will relocate and open April 7 at a new location: 1001 East Water St. Warehouse hours will be Fridays from 8 to 11 a.m. and parking will be located on the Erie Blvd. side of the building. The Ainsley Drive location is now closed. For more information, email Sean Barkley at BarkleyS@Upstate.edu.



Final OneDrive training session is April 7

The final OneDrive training session offered by Upstate IMT will be held April 7. To attend, register at: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 or watch a recording at https://upstate.video.yuja.com/V/Watch?v=8135177&node=34684505&a=1377133658. Additional resources include self-paced learning at https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/training/modules/m365-onedrive-collaboration-use/introduction



REACH mental health workshop is April 13

Upstate’s mental health initiative REACH will hold a workshop April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. REACH, funded by the Patrick Lee Foundation from Buffalo, NY, aims to increase the capacity of primary and family medicine providers of all profiles (MD, DO, NP, PA) in Central New York to systematically screen, identify, treat, and refer patients suffering from mental health disorders. 

The educational program comprises of a one-day intense workshop followed by optional biweekly electronic education (one hour) using the Project ECHO platform where providers can join and discuss cases from their practice with our faculty.

The program is free for all participants and the intensive workshop is awarded 6.00 AMA PRA category 1 credits. The number of participants for the intensive workshop is limited and we are encouraging early registration. For more information about REACH, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/psych/education/reach.php

To register to participate in the April 13 workshop, visit:


Questions? Email Marcy Guzik at guzikm@upstate.edu.



Bioethics and Humanities Reiss Family Lectureship events are April 13 and 14

Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities will host the inaugural Reiss Family Lectureship in Ethics and Equity April 13 and 14 in person and online. This inaugural event will feature Stephanie Tillman, CNM, a nationally-recognized expert on trauma-informed care and reproductive justice. Tillman will present three talks. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 13 from 8 to 9 a.m. in 103 Weiskotten Hall and online. CME credits will be available. Topic: Trauma-Informed Intimate Exams: (re)Considering Consent
  • April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Salt City Market. Topic: Trauma-Informed Abortion Care: Community Partnerships
  • April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 2244 Academic Building and online. CE credit will be available. Topic: Trauma-Informed Care Scripting: A Case Study of Chaperones for Intimate Examinations

To register for the presentations, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/bioethics/education/reiss-lectureship.php. Questions? Email Andrea at ChiaraAn@Upstate.edu.



Organ Donor Council seeks donations for silent auction by April 14

Upstate’s Organ Donor Council will host a virtual silent auction from April 17 through 21. Donations are sought by April 14. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative, most lucrative, and best theme auction item. To arrange to have a donation picked up, call 315-464-9093 or email Shortsle@upstate.edu. Proceeds from the auction will be used to promote organ donation, educate the public on the donation process, and register new donors.



Joey’s Wish Spring Fling is April 15

Joey’s Wish Spring Fling will be held April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the VFW in Mattydale. The event will feature a DJ, food trucks, vendors, raffles, a Karaoke contest, and more. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Upstate Foundation. All are welcome.



Concussion Symposium to be held April 17

Upstate’s fourth annual Concussion Symposium will be held April 17 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance. Concussion Through the Continuum: Current Concepts in Managing Acute Injury to Complex Recovery will offer CME credits to participants. Registration is $50; $10 for students. To register, visit: www.upstate.edu/cme.



Upstate seeks volunteers for CMV infection study

Upstate seeks volunteers for a clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a new Moderna mRNA CMV vaccine in healthy adolescents and adult females 16 to 40 years of age. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes asymptomatic infection and mononucleosis-like illness in healthy adults. Congenital CMV occurs in 30-35 percent of mothers who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. Maternal infection in the first half of pregnancy is associated with the highest risk for severe manifestations of congenital CMV in the infant. Currently, no vaccine is available to prevent CMV infection.

All visits take place at the Physicians Office Building and include 14 in-person visits over a 30-month period with safety phone contacts between visits. Direct exposure to a child 5 and under for at least 8 hours per week is required. Visits include vaccinations, blood draws, urine pregnancy tests. Participants are required to keep an e-Diary on a smartphone app to track any adverse effects throughout the study; Devices are provided to those who do not have one.Participants will be compensated for scheduled and unscheduled completed visits. 

To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study coordinator at 315-802-1105 or anwarn@upstate.edu.



User guide for multi-factor authentication offered by IMT

To prevent unauthorized access, multi-factor authentication is required when accessing certain web apps when off-campus. Users may choose to receive a phone call on their mobile device or a verification code from the Microsoft Authenticator App. To learn more visit https://www.upstate.edu/imt/pdf/multifactor-setup-guide-new.pdf.



Office365 updates from IMT

As Upstate IMT works to stay up-to-date with IT solutions, staff and students will experience automatic updates for Office applications. This includes common desktop applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and more. To learn more about version differences, visit https://upstate0.sharepoint.com/sites/LearnM365 and select Getting Started with Office365 or for extensive self-help resources visit Microsoft 365 Training at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/training.



Input sought from Epic users

Input is sought from Epic users on how Epic impacts wellbeing and suggested changes are welcome. To submit feedback, visit: SUNY Upstate 2023 EHR Experience Survey (qualtrics.com).



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews on how to reverse certain drug overdoses, the needs of hospitalized teens, and how empathy can be lost during dementia.

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