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Upstate Announcements for May 10, 2023

National Hospital Week celebration is this week

Upstate will celebrate National Hospital Week through May 12 with a variety of activities. For details, links, contest information, videos, and messages visit: www.upstate.edu/hospitalweek.



National Nurses Week celebrations are May 10, 11 and 12

May 10: Ice cream social from noon to 2 p.m. and 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in Community Room at Community.

May 10: Virtual Nursing Open Forum with Chief Nursing Officer Scott Jessie from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom https://upstate.zoom.us/j/93424515972?pwd=Q3I3TW0wUUR1WmpuYk9aejdzL2YxQT09 (Meeting ID: 934 2451 5972 Password: 941913).

May 11: Ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in 8405 A and B Upstate University Hospital.

May 11: Nursing Open Forum with Chief Nursing Officer Scott Jessie from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

May 11: Nacho bar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in small conference room at UHCC.

May 11: Catered lunch with Chicken Bandit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joslin.

May 12: Pet therapy with Debra and Brody from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 8405 A and B Upstate University Hospital.

May 12: Nacho Bar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Café at 550 Harrison.



HealthLink seminar on mental health care is May 11

Thomas Schwartz, MD, professor and chair of Psychiatry, and Joseph Biedrzycki, DO, assistant professor of Psychiatry, will present Types of Mental Health Care Available for Adults, Teens and Children May 11 at 6 p.m. at HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 Carrier Parkway, E. Syracuse. The seminar will also be offered online.

Drs. Schwartz and Biedrzycki will discuss the types of care available in Central New York, forms of care for various situations, and how to access that care more efficiently. The session is appropriate for anyone impacted by or interested in mental health care, including caregivers and professionals. The seminar is open to the public. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcuGoqDsuE9YSuSJaJ2tQ2woPKlp-CYrW. Questions? Email Amy Allen at AllenAm@Upstate.edu.



Nursing Grand Rounds is May 16

Jolene Kittle PhD, RN, will present Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement: What is the difference anyway? May 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. 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, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=mf86998c25c88a1093c2a00b6ee3e3772 and use meeting number 2310 150 5505 with password 34CpeFMj8xm. For details on other Nursing Grand Rounds, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nursing/prof-dev/comm_mtgs/grand-rounds/index.php.



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center May 17

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, May 17 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. at the Samaritan Center, 215 N. State St. The Samaritan Center mission is ‘No One Goes Hungry.’ To participate or for more information, email ELU@Upstate.edu or Scott Neal at NealS@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Trauma Services T-shirt sale is May 17

In recognition of May as Trauma Awareness Month, Upstate’s Trauma Services team will sell T-shirts May 17 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital.



CSEA appreciation days are May 18 and 19

CSEA Local 615 will host member appreciation days May 18 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Campus Activities Building and May 19 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in room CC 0124 at Community. For more information, email Ali Cottrell at CottrelA@Upstate.edu.



Upstate Cancer Center annual retreat is May 19

Upstate Cancer Center’s annual retreat will be held May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Upstate Cancer Center conference room C1076 A/B/C. Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, will present Reprograming Tumor Microenvironments to Sensitize Cold Tumors to Immunotherapy from 11 a.m. to noon. R.S.V.P. to Kelly Kilpeck at KilpeckK@Upstate.edu.



Clinical Research Assistant Recognition and Education Day is May 19

Clinical Research Assistant Recognition and Education Day will be held May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, 1159 Weiskotten Hall. All CRAs are welcome as Upstate recognizes the role CRAs play in its clinical research mission. The day will include presentations and food. R.S.V.P. is due May 12, here: CRA Recognition and Education Day.



Upstate’s Your Cause charity seeks volunteers May 20

Francis House, Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, seeks volunteers to clean and update landscaping Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse. Volunteers are welcome to join anytime in the morning. Francis House provides a home and extended family to persons with terminal illnesses. To volunteer, email Lisa Joyce at JoyceL@Upstate.edu.



Second annual Walk for Brain Cancer Research is May 21

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons Upstate Chapter and Colleges Against Cancer will host the second annual Walk for Brain Cancer Research May 21 at 9 a.m. beginning in Place Lot (formerly Quad 4 Lot) at Syracuse University. Registration is $5 and participants who raise $50 or more will receive a free T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Debbie’s Brain Cancer Research Fund held at the Upstate Foundation. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/WalkForBrainCancerResearch. Questions? Email Nneka Onwumere at OnwumerN@Upstate.edu.


Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day is May 23

The Upstate Foundation will partner with Dunkin’ franchise owners and the Joy in Childhood Foundation for Iced Coffee Day May 23. One dollar from the sale of every cup of iced coffee sold on this day will benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit any participating Dunkin’ location in Central New York or the Southern Tier and make a difference in the health and well-being of the region’s children and youth. For more information, contact Eric Stensland at stenslaE@upstate.edu.



Team Upstate 20th anniversary ice cream social is May 31

Team Upstate will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with an ice cream social May 31 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. The event is hosted by the President’s Office. Dr. Dewan will acknowledge Team Upstate with a brief program at 2 p.m. R.S.V.P. is required by May 24, here: www.upstate.edu/tucelebrates.

Community service is a longstanding tradition at Upstate. For 20 years, Team Upstate has encouraged our employees and students to give their time and talents to support causes where they work and live. Thank you for your dedication to our community and beyond, and please join us May 31.



Nappi Wellness Institute open house is June 2

The Upstate community is welcome to an open house for the Nappi Wellness Institute June 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at 725 E. Adams St. The new 210,000 square-foot building will showcase innovative designs, expanded clinical space, and local artwork in the first WELL certified health care facility in New York state.

Staff will be available to answer questions about the new models of care. The event offers a unique opportunity to experience the space prior to start of clinical operations June 13.



Drag Brunch to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is June 3

The fifth annual Drag Brunch to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Road, Auburn. This year’s show will feature Mrs. Kasha Davis from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. For more information, visit: https://facebook.com/events/s/5th-annual-drag-brunch-benefit/161166653405423/ or email Danielle (LaTour) Bright at LaTourDa@Upstate.edu.



Easy for You is June 13

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Multidisciplinary Suite (C3068) on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu 



Syracuse Workforce Run is June 20

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held Tuesday, June 20 at 6:45 p.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Registration is $39. To join Team Upstate, review race details, and read eligibility requirements, visit https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/syrrun.php. Registration deadline for Team Upstate is May 26. Questions? Email Rebecca Pesci at PesciR@Upstate.edu.



MIND Online smoking/vaping cessation program seeks participants

The Motivational Interviewing for Nicotine Dependence (MIND) Online program seeks participants for sessions beginning in June. Participants should be 18 or older, live in New York state, and currently smoke, vape or chew tobacco. Participants do not need to be ready to quit. Participants will be seen twice a week for 30 minutes on WebEx or Zoom for a total of 8 sessions, one hour each week. Medical students will be the primary therapists, under real-time supervision by Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD, DFAPA, professor of Psychiatry at Upstate. To refer a patient to Dr. Meszaros, email MeszaroZ@Upstate.edu.



Global Health seeks adolescent participants for Lyme vaccine trial 

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy participants between the ages of 12 and 17 to participate in a Pfizer Lyme vaccine clinical trial. Participants may be compensated for time and travel. For more information contact us at: 315-464-9869 or Trials@upstate.edu.



Pathway to Wellness announcements for May

To join the following Pathway to Wellness events, use the following link (unless otherwise noted): https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

  • Childhood obesity discussion is May 10 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. Srdan Lukic, founder of Fight for Hearts, will share information on the connection between heart disease and childhood obesity. Lukic will share resources to make healthy changes.
  • Sleep Challenges for Women is May 11 at noon for 25 minutes. Antonio Culebras, MD, will provide information on and solutions for the various issues that create sleep challenges for women.
  • Standing sports workouts May 15 through 19 at 2 p.m. for about 10 minutes. Join Pathway to Wellness for standing exercises all week.
  • Mindful Leader: Cultivating Compassion is May 25 at noon for 10 minutes. Join Suzanne Brisk for a meditation practice designed to cultivate compassion.
  • 10 Minutes of Humor is May 22 at 10 a.m. One hundred laughs are worth 15 minutes on an elliptical machine. 
  • Clear the Air is the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. beginning in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center. Help pick up cigarette butts, beautify the Upstate campus, and tell everyone about nicotine replacement comfort kits. For more information, email Jackson Tarr at TarrJ@Upstate.edu.



Nellie Hurley scholarship applications sought

Advocates for Upstate welcomes eligible Upstate employees and volunteers to apply for Nellie Hurley scholarships for fall semester 2023 to be used towards undergraduate degrees in health-related fields. Applications will be accepted through June 30. To learn more about the Nellie Hurley scholarships and eligibility criteria and for the application form, please go to https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php. Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-July. Questions? Email Jonathan Adler at AdlerJ@Upstate.edu.



IMT webpage offers Epic users information about upcoming improvements

As IMT implements improvements in preparation for Epic's transition to a web-based browser, users will notice some changes to the activities they use day to day. These changes include a refreshed look and feel, quicker loading times, and improved security. Users may preview updates by visiting the Hyperdrive webpage at https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/hyperdrive.php.



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews on a way to help meet the need for optometrists in Upstate New York; a way to fix aortic aneurysms; and how hours of sleep relate to the risk of a heart attack.

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.