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Upstate Announcements for August 10, 2023

Pet a Pooch seeks staff and/or retiree pet teams

Upstate’s wellness program offers Pet a Pooch animal support sessions each month to help staff de-stress. New pet teams are sought to participate. Mild mannered, trained dogs willing to provide comfort and emotional support to our Upstate employees (and their people) are welcome. For additional information, email Deb Emerson at [email protected]. To find out more about Pet A Pooch and/or becoming registered with Pet Partners of CNY, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/wellness/



Spiritual Care summer intern graduation is today

A graduation for Spiritual Care’s summer chaplain interns will be held today, Aug. 10 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome to celebrate the chaplain interns who served Upstate for the past 12 weeks on a variety of clinical floors/units. The interns provided supervised spiritual care to patients, families, and Upstate staff.



VOYA retirement representatives visit campus Aug. 10, 17, 31

Local VOYA representatives will host in-person meetings to assist with retirement investment options and planning Aug. 3, 10, 17, and 31 in 122 Campus Activities Building. To reserve a time online, visit: https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/#/. For more information, email Robert Laferriere at [email protected].


Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center Aug. 16

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, Aug. 16 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 [email protected] or Scott Neal [email protected].



HealthLink seminar on services for older adults is Aug. 16

JoAnne Spoto Decker will present Healthy Aging: Services for Older Adults You May Not Know About Aug. 16 at noon at HealthLink (6333 Carrier Parkway) or via Zoom. Decker will discuss a range of programs and services available to seniors and caregives through the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long-Term Care Services. Register: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApduCpqDstGdduruQ1JPN9eT2VBd2mU-rj



Financial Toxicity in Cancer Care is Aug. 18

Margaret Liang, MD, Cedars-Sinai Cancer Institute, will present Financial Toxicity in Cancer Care: an Old Problem that Needs Innovative Solutions Friday, Aug. 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in C1076 at Upstate Cancer Center. The presentation is part of the Sandi DiBianco Lectureship in Gynecologic Oncology. For more information, contact Allison Theberge at [email protected] or 315-470-7905.



Portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan RSVPs due by Aug. 18

The Upstate community is invited to a portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan Thursday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. Please R.S.V.P. by Aug. 18 to [email protected].



Joey’s Wish will host a Putt Putt weekend Aug. 19 and 20

Joey’s Wish will host a Putt Putt weekend Aug. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to midnight at Fairmount Glen’s putt putt golf course. All proceeds support research to fight addiction and 10 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Joey’s Wish Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. Tickets are $25 each and include two hours of putt putt and a free ice cream. Joey’s Wish supports research to aid in ending addiction. For more information about the event, email Ann Morrell at [email protected].



Monday Mile Walk is Aug. 21

The Monday Mile Walk at Community will be held Aug. 21 at noon, beginning at the main hospital entrance near the gift shop. The walk is rain or shine and will be led by Beth Sellers.



Breastfeeding expert presents Aug. 22

Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, of the Hazelbaker Lactation Institute, will present To Clip or Not To Clip: The Evidence for True Tongue-Tie Aug. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The presentation is made possible by the Cathy Patrick Breastfeeding Education Fund. To join, visit: https://echo.zoom.us/j/384599486 (Meeting ID: 384 599 486 Password: ECHO). Questions? Email [email protected].



We Care Wednesday at the Syracuse Mets is Aug. 23 

The Upstate Foundation has partnered with the Syracuse Mets for the We Care Wednesday Game vs. the Buffalo Bisons Aug. 23 at NBT Bank Stadium. The first pitch will be thrown at 1:05 p.m. and $4 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Upstate Foundation in support of child and adolescent mental health. The mental health of our children and adolescents has become so concerning that the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association recently declared a national emergency. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Upstate Foundation /Syracuse Mets Tickets or email Eric Stensland at [email protected]



Making Strides team captain meeting is Aug. 29

A meeting for anyone interested in becoming a team captain for this year’s Making Strides walk will be held Aug. 29 at noon in C1076 Upstate Cancer Center or via WebEx. Information and resources required to build a team will be provided. Lunch will be provided at Upstate Cancer Center. The walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 15. For more information and to register for the team captain meeting, email Chris at [email protected] by Aug. 25.



Deadline for Emerging Leaders United scholarship applications is Sep. 1

Upstate employees are welcome to apply for a scholarship for Upstate’s chapter of Emerging Leaders United, an affinity group with United Way of Central New York. Participants of the Emerging Leaders program will represent Upstate Medical University and have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs, volunteer events, and network with leaders from Syracuse businesses. Emerging Leaders are required to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2023 to September 2024. For an application, visit: www.upstate.edu/elu.  For questions or more information, email [email protected].



Celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life is Sept. 10

A celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marriott Syracuse (100 E. Onondaga St.). A receiving line will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and speeches will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome.



Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 12

The 23rd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lodge in Skaneateles. The event is sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and includes guest speakers, faculty speakers, an introduction to the incoming class, and a poster session along with a reception. For more information about the event, including deadlines for submissions, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/grad/about/retreat/index.php. Questions? Email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Convocation is Sept. 13

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php. For more information, email Patty Gooden at [email protected]



Easy for You is Sept. 19

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in C3068 Upstate Cancer Center. Everyone with an Upstate ID is 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 [email protected].



Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital PICU Fund is now available

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital PICU Fund (#49920) is now available. Applications are due by Oct. 2. To apply and learn more, visit: PICU Fund. For more information, email Shannen Eichler at [email protected].



Upstate wellness initiative seeks input

Upstate’s wellness initiative seeks input for a new program called GROSS: Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff. The program is endorsed by the American Medical Association and allows Upstate to qualify for the Joy in Medicine silver award. In the course of daily work, staff encountering a task, barrier or an outdated mandate that slows down work, are welcome to visit the iPage, go to the clinical launch pad, and click on the orange button named GROSS. The team will triage input and work to resolve issues with appropriate departments. Questions? Email Sarah Britton at [email protected].



Central New York Biotech Accelerator space available to rent

The Central New York Biotech Accelerator space is available to rent, along with cutting-edge A/V equipment and dedicated staff to assist with events. For more information, visit: https://cnybac.com/rentable-event-space/. Questions? Contact Stephanie Carbone at [email protected].



Lori’s Gift Shop sale

Lori’s Gift Shop, located in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital, will hold a summer black Friday sale through Aug. 13 with discounts on jewelry, fragrances, lotions, socks, and handbags.



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews about kidney and prostate cancer, mild cognitive impairment and trends in lung cancer.

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, including YouTube. 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 upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].