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Upstate Announcements for December 21, 2023

Staff members sought to support Upstate’s career job shadow, career exploration program

Upstate seeks staff to allow interested students and community members to shadow them for a few hours for career exploration. To assist in inspiring the next generation of health care professionals, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZT3LSL. All are welcome. However, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are needed.



Spiritual Care will offer caroling Dec. 22

The Upstate community is invited to join in caroling or make referrals for caroling to specific patients or units Dec. 22 at 1 p.m., beginning in room 3101 at Community.



Pediatric Nurses Week T-shirts available for purchase now through Dec. 22

Pediatric Nurses Week T-shirts are available for purchase now through Dec. 22. To place an order, visit: https://upstatepediatrics.markproductstore.com.



Property Management warehouse closed Dec. 22

The Property Management Surplus Warehouse (1098 Erie Blvd E.) will be closed Dec. 22.



Retirement reception for Richard Beers is Dec. 27

A retirement reception for Richard Beers, MD, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the 5E break room, E5507 Upstate University Hospital. Dr. Beers will retire after 31 years of service as professor of the department of Anesthesiology. The Upstate community is welcome.



Duplicating and Printing closes Dec. 29

Duplicating and Printing will close at noon Friday, Dec. 29.



NYSHIP Health Insurance Option Transfer Period open now through Dec. 29

The New York State Option Transfer Period is open now through Dec. 29. The 2024 publications have been mailed to homes, including information about Planning for Option Transfer , 2024 NYSHIP Choices, and 2024 NYSHIP Rates . Employees may use the Health Insurance Transaction From PS404 to make changes to their benefits. All questions and forms can be submitted to [email protected].



Advocates for Upstate seeks donations through Dec. 31

Donations are welcome for the Advocates for Upstate’s 2023 Year-End Campaign to benefit its Grant Funding Program until Dec. 31. Last year alone, the Advocates provided more than $77,000 in grants to support patient care programs such as the purchase of Nebulizer Compressors and Kits for cystic fibrosis patients and burn prevention kits for older adults. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit: https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site. Support to the Advocates can make a positive difference in the lives of Upstate patients and staff. For more information, call 315-464-5610 or email [email protected]. The Advocates for Upstate is a 501(c)3 membership organization of volunteers who support healthcare and scholarship at Upstate through fundraising and service.



Retirement reception for Chaplain Brigid Dunn is Jan. 2

Spiritual Care will host a retirement reception for Chaplain Brigid Dunn Jan. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 1224 Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome to join.



New Microsoft Teams client to be released Jan. 3

IMT will begin the roll out of the new Microsoft Teams client Jan. 3. For details on how to enable and use the new client, visit: https://support.Microsoft.com/en-us/office/switch-to-the-new-Microsoft-teams-2d4a0c96-fa52-43f8-a006-4bfbc62cf6c5. Any issues with Teams following the launch, open a Help Desk ticket using the Online Web Portal or call 315-464-4115. The old Teams client will begin to be phased out, starting in mid to late February.



Easy for You is Jan. 9

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Suite C3068 on the third floor of 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 Jackson Tarr or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected].



Blood Drives are Jan. 10, 11 and 12

Blood Drives will be held at Upstate locations Jan. 10, 11 and 12. To register for an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at Upstate Community Hospital
  • Jan. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building
  • Jan. 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano



Cardiology Grand Rounds is Jan. 12

Theodore Abraham, MD, University of California, will present HCM and New Therapies during Cardiology Grand Rounds Friday, Jan. 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via WebEx. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m705cd8d9fb8c17dce4af19dbe92c52c7. (Meeting number: 2306 533 0817 Meeting password: Cardiology1). One AMA PRA credit is available to participants. Presentation is open to MDs, residents, fellows, PAs, NPs, RNs, and the public. Questions? Email Lisa Carroll at [email protected].



Upstate Health Justice Conference is Jan. 15; donations sought 

The Health Justice Conference at Upstate seeks to highlight the ways healthcare professionals can serve as community advocates for social health and wellbeing of marginalized communities. As part of the annual conference, which will be held Jan. 15, scholarships are awarded to local high school and college students who have demonstrated values aligned with the social justice and community advocacy aspects of the mission of the event. To support these scholarships, donations can be made here: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/HealthJustice. For more information, email Katie Farkouh at [email protected].



Upstate Innovation Day is Jan. 23

Upstate Innovation Day will be held Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator Theater, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse. The Pharmaceutical, Biologic and Medical Device Research and Commercialization—including Upstate’s CNY Biotech Accelerator Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC)—Pitch Event will offer a $5,000 pitch award. The program is free but registration is required, here: Eventbrite Registration. There are a limited number of exhibit tables available. If interested in, email Kathi Durdon at [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about children consuming marijuana products, the ethical dilemmas of AI and who qualifies for lung cancer screening.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced byUpstate 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 SmithAmb@ Upstate.edu.