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Upstate Announcements for September 19, 2023

Registration now open for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Halloween parade volunteers

Volunteers are sought to hand out treats during the annual Halloween parade for pediatric patients Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Registration is required and volunteers must supply their own treats (candy, coloring books, small toys, etc.). Costumes are encouraged, but no scary costumes, weapons, or bloody gore. To volunteer, email Beth Kinsley at [email protected] by Oct. 20. Please note, volunteers will not be permitted to participate without advanced registration.



Hispanic Heritage Month events begin Sept. 20

As we marking the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), along with Upstate leadership, invites the campus community to take a moment and reflect on a community that has been instrumental to our Upstate community. 

The Latine community—a diverse and large population of people from Latine and Hispanic heritages with roots to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, Central America, South America or the Caribbean—comprise every facet of Upstate. Contributing as students, faculty and staff, they are instrumental in helping to make Upstate a place of care and healing and as one of the best places to work in central New York. 

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, ODEI, the Latino Medical Student Association and Campus Activities, offer the following programs to the Upstate community:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Bachata Night in the CAB, East Lounge.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Spanish HPI Workshop in 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Keynote Presentation by Saul Flores “The Walk of the Immigrants” offered on Zoom. Sign in attend: https://forms.gle/xBTnFpady8xmaaVj9
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Month: Fireside Chat with Robert Ruiz, associate dean of Student Admissions, in Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall.


Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center Sept. 20

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, Sept.  20 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].



Upstate Foundation Moves to Widewaters Sept. 20

The Upstate Foundation is moving to Widewaters, an office park in DeWitt. The move will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Foundation’s new location is 5784 Widewaters Parkway, Syracuse, N.Y. 13214. Offices are on the second floor with ample visitor parking. Cash donations for the Upstate Foundation accounts may be dropped off at the Bursar Office, 200 CAB, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For mail correspondence, the Foundation’s mailing address will remain the same: 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, 13210. Phone numbers will remain the same.



Retirement receptions for Rev. Joseph Smythe are Sept. 21 and 26

A retirement reception for Rev. Joseph Smythe, MDIV, MA, BCC, will be held Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. outside the Spiritual Care offices at Upstate Community Hospital (3101). Another will be held Sept. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. outside the Spiritual Care offices at Upstate University Hospital (1224). Rev. Smythe worked at both hospitals and retires after 14 years at Upstate.



Malnutrition Awareness Week runs through Sept. 22

Malnutrition Awareness Week runs through Sept. 22 and is designed to educate health professionals about early detection and treatment of malnutrition, educate patients, and increase awareness of nutrition’s role in patient recovery. To learn more about malnutrition, register for webinars here: https://www.nutritioncare.org/maw/. Questions? Email Ryan Knarr at [email protected].



Upstate Cancer Center at Verona is Sept. 26

An open house and ribbon cutting for the new Upstate Cancer Center at Verona will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. A brief program and ribbon cutting will precede the open house and tours, which last until 1 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center at Verona is located at 5584 East Main St, Verona, NY. Drive time from Upstate University Hospital is about 35 minutes via the New York State Thruway. For more information, email Chris at [email protected].  



Healthcare Simulation Week shirt sale is Sept. 27

In celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week, Upstate’s Simulation Center will hold a T-shirt sale Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. Shirts are $20 each and available in multiple sizes. Questions? Email [email protected]. View the T-shirt here: Healthcare Simulation Week 2023 - Imgur.



Clark Burn Center Trivia Night is Sept. 28

Clark Burn Center Trivia Night will be held Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Crazy Daisies Flowers and Garden Café, 4693 Kasson Road, Syracuse. Teams can sign-up as a group of 4 or 6. Individuals may sign up on their own and request to be added to a team of up to 6 or be part of a random team assignment. Tickets to participate in a 50/50 raffle, and various basket raffles will be available in person the night of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning trivia teams. All proceeds to benefit the Upstate University Clark Burn Center Fund to support: education and research, direct patient care needs, and raising community awareness. To register for the event, visit: Upstate FDN (givesmart.com) or text the word BurnCenter to 41444 for access to the registration page. Questions? Email Tamara Roberts at [email protected].



28th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update is Sept. 28 and 29

The 28th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update will be held Sept. 28 and 29. The events will take place in person with limited seats available at the Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge, N.Y. and virtually with unlimited attendance. For a detailed agenda and registration information, visit http://www.upstate.edu/cme/ and click on: Event Registration, CNY Psychopharmacology Update, and download the complete brochure. For more information contact Linette Thorp at [email protected] or 315-464-3104.   



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Oct. 3

Reeba Thankchan, NP, and Sharon Loerzel, PA, will present Introduction to Rental Transplant and Follow Up Oct. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5d8e39c3dacb057435bffbc9f2b70ad7. Questions? Email Tiffany Senke at [email protected] .CME credit will be available for participants.



Blood drives at Upstate are Oct. 5, 6, 18

Blood drives will be held at Upstate Oct. 5, 6, and 18. To make an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows.

  • Oct. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor
  • Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center, 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Oct. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Adapted Yoga classes are Oct. 6 and 20

Yoga for Everyone and Trauma Adapted Yoga classes for all staff and trainees will be held Oct. 6 at 4 p.m., Oct. 20 at 8:15 a.m., and then on the first Friday of every month at 8:15 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Classes are co-facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga. No experience necessary. For more information, email [email protected].



Upstate’s Your Cause charity seeks volunteers Oct. 11

Francis House, Upstate’s 2023 Your Cause charity, seeks volunteers for their annual fundraiser set for Oct. 11 at the EXPO Center at the New York State Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49ABAE2FA2FEC70-theres#/. Questions about the event? Email Kianna Ripich at [email protected].



Making Strides is Oct. 15

Join Team Upstate at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 15 in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Participants are welcome to start a team or join a team and help to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more information and registration, please visit www.upstate.edu/strides.



Upstate’s Mobile Mammography events are Oct. 16 and Nov. 10

The Upstate Mobile Mammography Van will offer a mammography screening event Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upstate’s Retail Pharmacy (5000 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). This event is open to the Upstate community and the public.

A second mammography screening event will be held Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Upstate Bone and Joint (6620 Fly Road, E. Syracuse). Currently, this event is open only to the Upstate community.

To schedule an annual screening mammogram, call 315-464-2588 or visit: https://www.upstate.edu/mobile-mammography/ and complete an appointment request form.



Easy for You is Oct. 17

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in suite C 3068 at 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 Caroly Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected]



Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Pizza and beverages will be served. Brian Zink, MD, senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development at University of Michigan Medical School and professor and senior associate chair for faculty development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, will present Anyone, Anything, Anytime: A History of U.S. Emergency Medicine. 



Administrative professionals event is Oct. 25

An administrative professionals event will be held Oct. 25 in 4414A, Academic Building. Doors open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.; speaker and networking is from noon to 1 p.m. There will be a Zoom option. To attend, CLICK HERE TO RSVP.



Global Health seeks participants 

Global Health is studying influenza illnesses and is looking for contributors to help make a difference in Central New York. If you or someone you know is 65 years or older and wants to aid in clinical research, contacts us to become part of the Global Health Community. Questions? Call 315-464-9869 or email [email protected].



Proposals sought for Health Justice Conference

Proposals are sought for the 2024 Health Justice Conference (HJC), scheduled to take place Jan. 15 in the Academic Building. Ideas, proposals and speakers are sought to lead sessions during the conference that align with health equity, education and advocacy. To submit an application, visit: https://forms.gle/yKaxEKwEPRSGdG756. For more information, email: [email protected][email protected], or [email protected]



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these Upstate specialists about treating prostate cancer, the road to a new antiviral to help drug and how toxins can affect children.

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]