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Upstate Announcements for September 28, 2023

FCC to conduct nationwide test

The FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Oct. 4, beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. The wireless test will be directed to all consumer cell phones and the EAS test will be send to radios and televisions.

The message set to appear on cell phones during the WEA test will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The message will be available in Spanish for those who have selected Spanish as their preferred language.

The message set to be broadcast on radios and televisions will read: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”

Questions on what this test means for Upstate? Email Chris Dunham at [email protected].



Flu Clinic schedule is now available online

Employee/Student Health will offer flu vaccine clinics beginning Oct. 3. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome and encouraged to get vaccinated. To make an appointment in advance, log on to the ESH portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. For the full flu clinic schedule, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/health/calendar.php. (Note: Information on Covid vaccines will be forthcoming.)



Participants sought for charity curling event

Participants are sought for a one-day charity curling event to be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at Utica Curling Club (8300 Clark Mills Rd., Whitesboro, N.Y.). Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Registration is $65 a person and includes day-of instruction and playing. The event is primarily focused on those who have never tried curling. Teams are typically four players, but teams will be built from singles and doubles. To learn more, contact Doug Rosenthal at [email protected] or 315-480-8338. Pre-registration is required to participate.



Prostate cancer HealthLink seminar is Sept. 28

Hanan Goldberg, MD, MSc, will present Prostate Cancer and Advances in Surgical Treatment today, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Goldberg will discuss risk factors for prostate cancer, current statistics and screening methods, and treatment and surgical options. The seminar is presented thanks to a partnership with Upstate’s Men to Men prostate cancer support group. Register for the Zoom link here: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU. Questions about HealthLink? Call Amy Allen at 315-518-9423.



Clark Burn Center Trivia Night is Sept. 28

Clark Burn Center Trivia Night will be held today, 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].



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.



Hispanic Heritage Month events continue Oct. 4 and 12

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, 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.



Spiritual Care event is Oct. 5

Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education training program will host a service of commission event for new chaplain interns Oct. 5 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. A celebration for the annual Spirit of Nancy Calhoun Award for exemplary service to the CPE program and students will also be held. This year’s award recipient is Mary Teelin, RN, from 5A. Incoming chaplain interns are: Jane Bronson, David Chachere, Jeremiah Deep, Rev. Shunjie Durham, Ceara Curry Kilpatric, Rev. Willie Mitchell, Ivan Ramos, Rev. Tom Zahradnik. All interns will train on various clinical units at Upstate through April 25.



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].



Hydrocephalus Hike/Coins for a Cure is Oct. 7

The Upstate Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons will host the first Hydrocephalus Hike/Coins for a Cure event Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Tinker Falls in Tully. Pre-registration is $5 and on-site registration is $10. Participants who raise $30 or more will receive a free gift bag. Those who are unable to attend in Tully will have the opportunity to walk or hike locally. Proceeds benefit the Hydrocephalus Research Fund held at the Upstate Foundation. To register and/or donate, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/f/4e4s/n?vid=10tj2y. Questions? Email Nneka Onwumere at [email protected].



Support the Baldwin Fund Oct. 7 and 8

Visiting the LaFayette Apple Festival? Raise money for breast cancer research through The Baldwin Fund by parking at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Home Saturday, Oct. 7 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 8 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for $5.



Upstate’s Your Cause charity, Francis House, 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].



Order Tootsie Roll candy grams to send to coworkers by Oct. 13

Send your co-workers a Tootsie Roll candy gram to thank them for the important “roll” they play. There is no cost to order. Cards, envelopes, and Tootsie Rolls will be mailed to you. For more information and to place an order, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/order-candy-grams.php. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 13. For more information, email Megan Chase. 


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.



Free information on estate planning available Oct. 16 and 20

As part of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, the Upstate Foundation will offer free information on getting your estate in order and making sure you have the right vital documents in place. A Foundation representative will be available to share information and answer questions Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital and Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the cafeteria at Community. For more information, email Carolyn Hendrickson [email protected].



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.



Distinguished Alumni Lecture is Oct. 17

Julie Siegenthaler, PhD, associate professor of pediatric developmental biology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (and Upstate Alumna, Class of '05) will present Stuck on You: Meninges Formation and Function in Brain Development Oct. 17 at noon in 103 Weiskotten Hall. A student lunch will follow the lecture. Registration is required for the student lunch by Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. To register visit: www.upstate.edu/alumnilecture. For more information, email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



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. 



Sock Out Cancer—Kansas Meets Boston is Oct. 21

Sock Out Cancer will host their annual benefit concert Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse. This year’s show will feature John Elefante, former vocalist from Kansas, and Fran Cosmo, former vocalist from Boston. Proceeds from this concert will support adult and pediatric cancer patients and their families at Upstate Cancer Center and will help pay for non-medical necessities such as food, transportation, and housing, so patients can focus their energy on fighting cancer. For more information on the concert, and to purchase tickets, please visit sockoutcancer.org. As a thank you for your support, use promo code “SOC23” for $10 off. Questions? Contact Eric Stensland at the Upstate Foundation at [email protected] or Toni Gary [email protected]



Respiratory Care Week is Oct. 22 to 28

Upstate’s respiratory therapists work in inpatient and outpatient settings and provide service to specialty areas, such as: PFT testing, smoking cessation, outpatient and inpatient bronchoscopy, and sleep study testing. Upstate employs 85 respiratory therapists and they are an integral part of patient care teams. Take the time to thank a respiratory therapist when you see one.



Dog Therapy 101 HealthLink is Oct. 23

HealthLink will host Dog Therapy 101 Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Oasis/HealthLink Learning Center, 6333 State Route 298, E. Syracuse (no virtual option). In collaboration with PAWS of CNY, learn how you and your pet may be able to offer pet-assisted wellness services throughout CNY. Learn about the factors that determine if a dog has the potential to become a therapy dog, how a dog and their handler are certified with PAWS, what to expect after being certified as a team member, and meet one of our active hospital therapy dogs. This seminar is supported by the JBoss Puppy Power Fund at the Upstate Foundation, in memory of Jeremy Bossert. Register here for this in-person only session: https://www.upstate.edu/rsvp/index.php?eventid=%201691512583261&emp=r. Questions? Call Amy Allen at 315-518-9423.



IMT pilots Hyperdrive with select users beginning Oct. 24

Beginning Oct. 24, select users of Epic will transition to using a web-based browser, referred to as Hyperdrive. With faster speeds, smoother operations, and an all-around improved experience, Hyperdrive aims to positively impact patient care and staff satisfaction. While the core functionality within Hyperspace will remain the same, launching Hyperspace from Hyperdrive offers greater performance and security. To learn more about Hyperdrive, including tip sheets, videos and the proposed timeline, visit https://www.upstate.edu/training/intra/epic/hyperdrive.php. Questions? Call Sara Dickey at 315-956-9170.



Administrative professionals event is now Oct. 26

An administrative professionals event will be held Oct. 26 (date changed from 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.



Sarcoidosis Support Group is Nov. 14

Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division will present Ways to Improve Physical Fitness at the next Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting, to be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].



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].



Mindful Meditation offered every Tuesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Tuesday from 11 to 11:15 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, lead coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will offer 15 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: 

https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. For more information, 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 specialists about a cancer that can affect male fertility; “stealth health” in the Upstate cafeteria; and sexual and public health, as portrayed in ads.

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]