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Upstate Announcements for April 19, 2023

Donate Life Silent Auction is live

Upstate’s Donate Life Silent Auction is now live online. The virtual auction supports the Donor Fund with proceeds used to educate the public on the importance of organ donation. To bid on items now through April 21, visit: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/silentauction/auction-items.



Donate Life Month celebration is this Friday

A Donate Life Month celebration will be held Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in the Performance Center of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome.



Strikes Against Stroke registration closes today

Join the Upstate Stroke Team for the 12th annual Strikes Against Stroke bowling event May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool. Proceeds support patient and family education, patient needs, and initiatives that raise our community’s awareness of stroke. Event registration includes a T-shirt, two games, and shoe rentals. Registration is due by April 19. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Strikes.



National Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week is National Appreciation Week. Upstate volunteers give 25,000 hours of time to support Upstate every year. Thank a volunteer for all they do this week. And, stop by the Volunteer Offices to pick up a ‘We Love Our Volunteers’ stickers for yourself and your colleagues. To have stickers delivered while supplies last, email Volunteer@Upstate.edu.



Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry presentation is April 20

Awais Aftab, MD, Case Western University, will present Psychiatry in the 21stCentury: Critical and Philosophical Perspectives April 20 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, email MillerMi@Upstate.edu. To join the Zoom, visit:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86402854875?pwd=a2xFT205Y1BGaVZJblN6aEJKdVJkZz09&from=addon (Meeting ID: 864 0285 4875 Passcode: 612985).



Chaplain intern graduation is April 20

Spiritual Care will host a graduation celebration for the five chaplain interns in Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education training program April 20 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel, first floor of Upstate University Hospital. The celebration will be followed by a light lunch and the graduation will be broadcast on channel 52. Graduates include: Father Immanuel Agbulu (8F/G), Father Paschal Anionye (Community), Jeremiah Deep (7A), Rev. Brian Fellows (8E) and Linda Mulrooney (MICU). 



Kick Butts Earth Day is April 21

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Community. Help beautify our outdoor spaces by cleaning up cigarette butts and other litter. Clean-up will happen rain or shine, and grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Theresa Hankin at hankint@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



Medical Laboratory Professionals Week begins April 23

Upstate Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrates laboratory professionals and the role they play in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Upstate’s 300 lab professionals perform more than 8.5 million tests per year and provide exceptional quality and service, striving to exceed the expectations of patients and clinicians. Thank a lab professional for their contributions in supporting the mission of Upstate.



Pathway to Wellness events are April 25, 27, 28 

To join the following Pathway to Wellness events, use this link: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks

  • 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. 



Sarcoidosis Support Group of CNY meeting is April 26

Upstate will host the Sarcoidosis Support Group of CNY meeting April 26 at 4 p.m. at Oasis/HealthLink. To register to attend the support group meeting, email Shania Edwards-King at EdwarSha@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



HealthLink seminar on pain management is April 28

Vandana Sharma, MD, director of Pain Medicine Services, will present Pain Management Options Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Sharma will discuss options including medical management, spine injectors, neuromodulators, and surgery as possible ways to control debilitating pain. The seminar is open to the public. All registrants will receive a recording of the seminar. To register and receive a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkc-mvrjsiHNNSwPry-LuB1zYorqs_nQHO. Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu.



T-shirt sale is April 28

In recognition of April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, T-shirts will be sold April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second-floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital. The sale is hosted by Upstate Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep division. 



Applications sought for Upstate Mentoring Program by April 30

Upstate’s Office of Professional Development and Learning seeks applications from interprofessional employees wishing to join the Mentoring Program, a 12-month program beginning July 1. To be considered as a mentee in the program (someone wishing to be matched with a mentor), submit an application before April 30 and attend one required orientation session. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/request_mentor.php. Questions about the program? Email MaryAnn Stark at StarkM@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Advocates fundraiser Spring Fling Raffle open now through May 2

Advocates for Upstate will hold an online Spring Fling Raffle. Purchase raffle tickets by May 2 at noon. Tickets are $10 each and offer three chances to win. A package, worth more than $300 includes gift cards from Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Delaney Farms Nursery along with pots, lopper shears, gladiolus bulbs, hose, and gloves. Proceeds benefit Advocates’ scholarship and grant programs benefiting the Upstate community. For more information, call Jonathan Adler at 315-464-5610.



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.



On My Own Time submissions due May 12

Upstate staff are invited to submit up to three pieces of their original visual art, created in the last 3 years, to the On My Own Time exhibit to be held at the Health Sciences Library. Several pieces from this exhibit will be selected to be part of a month-long finale exhibit at Everson Museum of Art this fall. To register, email Laura Benjamin at nemitzl@upstate.edu. Registration deadline is May 12.  



Mercy Works/Synergy internship program begins May 30; mentors sought

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 in Upstate’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at GregoryC@Upstate.edu



Upstate IMT to offer video visits

As Upstate IMT works to stay up to date with telehealth solutions, providing options to reduce travel, improve availability and reduce exposure to environments, healthcare providers across several locations will pilot a new video solution for telemedicine appointments. Integrated with Epic, the new video solution will require providers to start an appointment from Epic with a video-enabled device. Patients participating in a telemedicine appointment may join directly from a mobile device without installing an app by using MyChart, or by joining directly from a text message or email link. To learn more about the Epic integrated video solution, email Margaret Greenfield in IMT at greenfma@upstate.edu.



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews on sinus problems, hospitalists, and artificial sweeteners.

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