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Upstate Announcements for April 4, 2023

April is Donate Life Month

Upstate will host events throughout April in celebration of Donate Life Month. 

  • Now through April 14—Donations are sought for the Donate Life Silent Auction. To donate, contact Erin Shortslef at ShortslE@Upstate.edu or 315-464-9093.
  • April 13 and 27—Donate Life Month T-shirt sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital and in the cafeteria at Community. Shirts are $20.
  • April 14—Wear blue and green to support National Donate Life Month. Snap photos (masks on if more than one person) and email to Michelle Lonkey at LonkeyM@Upstate.edu or Tracey Wilcox at WilcoxT@Upstate.edu by April 20. 
  • April 17 to 21—Upstate’s annual Donate Life Silent Auction to support the Donor Fund will be held online here: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/silentauction
  • April 21—Donate Life T-shirt sale will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Performance Center of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 
  • April 21—Donate Life Month Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.



Message on Internal Controls

A message from Upstate President Mantosh Dewan on the importance of internal controls is available here: https://www.upstate.edu/internalcontrol/intra/pdf/ic-letter-from-president.pdf. 



Applicants sought for Upstate’s mentoring program

The Office of Professional Development and Learning seeks applications from interprofessional employees who would like to join Upstate’s mentoring program. The program is a 12-month commitment beginning July 1. To be considered as a mentee—someone wishing to be matched with a mentor—submit an application by April 30. Attending one orientation session is required. For more information and an application, visit: Request A Mentor. Questions? Email MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu. 



National Public Health Week celebration at Community is this week

In recognition of National Public Health Week, held the first week of April, informational tables will be featured this week 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 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, Upstate Triage, and Public Health Hotline.
  • April 6: Bee Campus information, volunteerism, opioid use disorder education, spiritual care and reiki.



Mentors sought for Mercy Works/Synergy interns 

Upstate staff are sought to serve as mentors to support high-achieving college students this summer through the Mercy Works/Synergy Summer Internship Program. 

Upstate provides real work experience and practical learning for local students who bring innovative ideas, up-to-date skills, and new perspectives as they pursue their career interests in the medical field. 

To apply to host an intern, visit: Request a Synergy Intern Here. For more information about the program and how it works, email Connie Gregory—Upstate’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—at GregoryC@Upstate.edu. 



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is April 4

Madelyn Reilly, FNP-BC, will present Recell: Changing the Face of Burn Care today, from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m7f9b9f3196c6c43cafab876b8ebec4ea. For more information, email Sarah Dickes at dickess@upstate.edu. CME credit will be available for participants.



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



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 at Upstate Golisano
  • April 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Collection drive for Your Cause 2023 charity ends April 7

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 until April 7. For a complete list of collection boxes, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/collection-drive.php. 

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. 



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



Schwartz Rounds is April 11

April is the Cruelest Month—Coping with Staff Suicides will be held April 11 at noon via Zoom. Schwartz Rounds is open to everyone at Upstate. Those willing to share a personal experience during this session are asked to email Brigid Dunn at DunnBrig@Upstate.edu. 

To add to your calendar, click: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/tJwvcuitrjgoE9JtA2lqO8Sa4aPMF0CYixhF/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCgrD4rH9SWshCBRow-AI_4d-_ziHZBj_p3iD63DzF8OjD3YuNyH5QvM-HZ. To join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/98251503296. 



HealthLink seminar on patient portal use is April 11

My Wellness Journey: Accessing Your Patient Portal and Reading Visit Notes to Enhance Care will be held April 11 at 6 p.m. at HealthLink/Oasis, 6333 Carrier Parkway, E. Syracuse. The seminar will also be available via Zoom. 

Learn how to make the most of your health care visits by being an engaged part of your health care team. The HealthLink session will include use of a new Upstate patient education tool, My Wellness Journal, to assist with healthcare, self-care and wellness. Attendees will receive a printed copy of My Wellness Journal to use. 

The seminar is open to the public. To register for in-person or Zoom, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkdeiurDksE9K_vMEXbI4iOn2iSV-ZAI1c. Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu. 



Upstate Cancer Center Spring Fling is April 13

Upstate Cancer Center will host Spring Fling, a mini-health fair April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by to learn more about financial counseling, nutrition counseling, spiritual care, survivorship, psychosocial oncology, We/She Matter(s), and more. For more information, email Christine Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu. 



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 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. Email questions to Marcy Guzik at guzikm@upstate.edu.

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




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



Silent auction donation items due April 14

A Donate Life virtual silent auction will be held from April 17 through 21. Donations are sought for the auction and submissions are due 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. Tickets are $20 and 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



Nursing Grand Rounds is April 18

Sharon Brangman, MD, and Kelly Dolan, MSN, RN, NE-BC, will present Frailty in Hospitalized Older Adults: Impact and Outcomes April 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The presentation will be recorded for later viewing via Brightspace. Registration is not required. One contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, email Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu. To join the meeting, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m23e58bbb980683d295e86d6a5fad7ac2. (Meeting number: 2308 748 1328 Password: GujwaReU384). For more information on Nursing Grand Rounds, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nursing/prof-dev/comm_mtgs/grand-rounds/. 



Easy for You is April 18

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held April 18 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, or vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information contact Theresa or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu.



Painting volunteers sought for April 22

Francis House, Upstate’s Your Cause charity for 2023, seeks painting volunteers Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. To volunteer, email Lisa Joyce at JoyceL@Upstate.edu. 



Upstate Cancer Center FRC Open House is April 27

Sarah Lawler, clinical outreach librarian, will host an open house April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Family Resource Center on the first floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Lawler will share information about the services she provides patients and their families. Attendees will receive a special book. The Family Resource Center houses pre-printed materials, brochures, books, and computers for patient use. For more information, email Christine Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu. 



Pathway to Wellness announcements for April 

To join the following events, use this link unless otherwise noted: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 

  • Create and Stick to a Budget is April 5 at noon. The 30-minute session will discuss a monthly budget that assigns every dollar to a budget category, including: bills, debt, savings, giving, allowance. Tips will be offered on how to stick to a budget once it’s created. To register, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/rf8d130897facbbbcbed112e38410aabf.
  • Orientation to Wellness at Upstate is April 7 at noon. Suzanne Brisk will discuss wellness options, including: SUNY PERKS, Well NYS Every Day, self-care ideas, CAB gym facilities. 
  • Managing Stress without Smoking/Vaping is April 10 at 10 a.m. Theresa Hankin, RRT, NCTTS, will discuss managing stress instead of using nicotine products. 
  • Humor for 10 minutes is April 11 at 2 p.m. Laughter is the best medicine and April is stress month. 
  • What is Upstate KAREs? Is April 25 at noon. Joey Angelina will discuss Upstate KAREs, a new wellness hotline established for anyone with an Upstate ID. Angelina will explain the hotline, the services it provides, and what happens when someone calls 315-464-KARE. 
  • Mindful Leader—Micro Meditation on Sound is April 27 at 2 p.m. Take five minutes to practice focusing on sound, a gentle practice to help with focus and mindfulness. 
  • Get into the Zone with Emotional Intelligence is April 28 at noon. Mickey Lebowitz, MD, will discuss emotional intelligence, EI, and the zone. He will provide tips to help get someone back into the zone. 



Advocates for Upstate annual meeting and luncheon is May 2

The Upstate community is invited to the Advocates for Upstate annual meeting and luncheon May 2 at the Collegian Hotel and Suites, 1060 E. Genesee St. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; luncheon and program begins at noon. Registration is $15 and R.S.V.P. is required by April 26. To purchase tickets, visit: https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site/. 

President Dewan will serve as guest speaker. The event includes a presentation of awards and recognitions. New and retiring board members will be honored. Donations of items for patient activity carts are encouraged: travel-sized toiletries, small boxes of colored pencils, and bibles. 

Advocates for Upstate supports healthcare and scholarship through fundraising and service including through departmental grants and scholarships for Upstate staff and volunteers.



Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed nationally in April each year. The mission of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual assault and to educate and empower individuals to take action to prevent it from happening in our community. Sexual violence affects everyone. Whether you are a student, educator, administrator, coworker, parent, or friend, we all can make a difference by recognizing the warning signs of sexual violence.

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) has gathered information to assist in awareness efforts. For more information on how we can work together to prevent sexual harassment and assault, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/equity/sexual-assault-awareness-month.php. To report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault, call University Police at 315-464-4000 and then OIE at 315-464-9590.



SUNY Campus Climate Survey to take place in April 

SUNY Upstate maintains a deep commitment to addressing and preventing sexual and interpersonal violence on campus, and understanding the climate is an important step in this process. We will conduct the biennial SUNY Campus Climate Survey from April 10 to 30 to better understand Upstate Community members’ experiences with sexual and interpersonal violence, and their awareness of policies, reporting options, and support services available on and off campus. Hearing the experiences and perspectives from as many folks as possible is critical in our effort.

Campus community members will receive the link to the survey in an email from Survey@suny.edu. To demonstrate legitimacy and guard against spam or false emails, the Climate Survey email will include the first name of the recipient and be sent to the e-mail address they maintain on file with their campus. For more information about the Campus Climate Survey, email Title IX Coordinator and Institutional Equity Officer Katie King at kingkath@upstate.edu



The Informed Patient podcast  

The Informed Patient podcast features Margaret Formica, PhD, who discusses firearm-related violence. 

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