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Upstate Announcements for January 11, 2024

Upstate Frame of Mind highlights schizophrenia recovery

The fourth episode of Upstate Frame of Mind features an interview with Sunny Aslam, MD, a triple board-certified psychiatrist focusing on access to high quality psychiatric care and addiction treatment in Syracuse. The conversation highlights schizophrenia, what recovery looks like, and what it takes to advocate for marginalized people. To listen, like, subscribe, visit: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4q1EKrId2hfDC6OjfaoKcG?si=QCo42t9JRFOs44USb369_Q&nd=1&dlsi=8e89991dfbe841b9. Questions about this podcast? Email Faiz Kidwai at [email protected].


Upstate Transplant Center to relocate

Upstate Transplant Center will relocate to Upstate Specialty Services at Harrison Center, Suite A, 550 Harrison Street. The location change is to better serve patients. The clinic will welcome patients to the new location beginning Jan. 30. All phone and fax numbers remain the same. For more information about the move, email Linda Curry at [email protected].



Hope Café opens new locations at Upstate

The Hope Café coffee shop is now open in the retail area of the Academic Building Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The café serves coffee, lattes, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items to go.

Hope Café is also open on the ninth floor of Weiskotten Hall Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This location offers homemade meals each day, including Peruvian style rice or quinoa, veggies, a variety of Peruvian and Latin-inspired meats, fried chicken, and more.

Questions about these locations? Email Eric Adams at [email protected].



Find a Doc profile updates for 2024

Faculty and providers may update their public-facing Find a Doc profile online, here: https://www.upstate.edu/search/?tab=people&ID=. Search name, click Faculty/Provider Profile, and select Update My Profile. Updates and changes can be made, including: 

  • Addition of 2023 publications
  • Ensure correct location is listed
  • Include new specialties, certifications, memberships

For help, contact your Find a Doc manager or submit a ticket here: https://www.upstate.edu/websupport



Professional Development and Learning assessment survey reminder

Professional Development and Learning seeks insight from staff into the current needs and trends surrounding workforce development at Upstate. The survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5PB3QTN. The deadline is Jan. 25. 

Learning needs assessment surveys ensure we offer courses, microcredential tracks, and other opportunities that assist with growth and advancement at Upstate. The 2020 learning needs assessment resulted in the creation of three popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, and Leading Others. For more information, email Haley Gravalis at [email protected]



Professional Development and Learning open enrollment

Professional Development and Learning offers open enrollment for courses January to June 2024. For a schedule of classes, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/pdl_open_enrollment_course__jan_to_june_2024.pdf.

To register for a class, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?category=61.

Consider enrolling in one of four popular microcredential tracks: Leading Self, Learning to Lead, Learning to Lead for Nurse Manager Succession (new), and Leading Others. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/microcredential/index.php. For more information, email Haley Gravalis at [email protected].



Blood Drives are Jan. 11 and 12

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

  • 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].



Yoga for Everyone is Jan. 12 and 19

Yoga for Everyone will be held Friday, Jan. 12 from 12:40 to 1 p.m. in room E8405A in the East Tower of Upstate University Hospital, and Friday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano. Yoga for Everyone is co-facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga. No experience necessary to join and all are welcome. Questions? Email [email protected].



Upstate honors Dr King by examining health advocacy at Health Justice Conference Jan. 15

Upstate will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with its annual student-led Health Justice Conference Monday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Academic Building, NAB 4414/BC. The theme for this year’s conference is Health Advocacy through Education: Illuminating Pathways to Progress. Roselyn Tso, who directs the federal Indian Health Service, leads a list of nearly 20 invited speakers who will address a broad range of health advocacy efforts. A complete list of speakers is here. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done here, but registration is also available at the door. The conference is free and open to the public and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.


Nursing Grand Rounds is Jan. 16

Upstate Chief Nursing Officer Scott Jessie, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate Nursing 2023 Year End Review: Recruitment and Retention—An Overview of the Healthcare Landscape and Magnet 2025 on Jan. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. To join visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5f578ba1367c81cb8883097f076e2ca8. For more information, contact Mandi Dixon at 315-492-5260 or [email protected]. Participants will earn 1.0 contact hours.



Employee Assistance Program hosts events Jan. 16 and 22

Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program will host Hug Your Mug Jan. 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the warehouse complex on Ainsley Drive in Syracuse. This event is for warehouse and annex staff. Stop by for a cup of cocoa and meet an EAP representative. Hug Your Mug will also be held Jan. 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano. This event is for East Tower staff.



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at Samaritan Center Jan. 17

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United at the Samaritan Center (215 N. State St.), as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email [email protected] or Scott Neal [email protected].



Women’s Health Services to close Jan. 19

Women’s Health Services will close Friday, Jan. 19 to accommodate a location change to the third floor of Upstate Health Care Center, across from the Perinatal Center. The move will consolidate OB/GYN services to the third floor and double to Women’s Health Services clinical space to accommodate expanding volume. The clinic will reopen Jan. 22 in suite 3073. All phone and fax numbers remain the same.



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].



NYS pension presentation is Jan. 25

New York State Deferred Comp and New York State Local Retirement System will host an educational presentation on the basics of pensions and how pensions help provide for the future Thursday, Jan. 25 from noon to 1:15 p.m. via WebEx. There will be Q and A sessions throughout the webinar. Registration is required. To register, visit: https://nationwidega.webex.com/weblink/register/r365c639dd6f1cab86bdd6e0d69c42c06



Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service due Feb. 1

Nominations are sought for the 2023-2024 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. Nominations are due Feb. 1, and should be emailed to Megan Chase, Human Resources, at [email protected]. For additional information and nomination form visit:https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php



World Cancer Day is Feb. 5

Join Upstate Cancer Center, She Matters and the Mammovan Monday, Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a World Cancer Day information and screening event at Salt City Market. World Cancer Day is an international initiative to raise awareness of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Information and valuable resources about cancer prevention, screenings, and treatment will be offered. The Upstate Mammovan will be onsite offering breast cancer screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule a mammogram, call 315-464-2588 or visit www.upstate.edu/noexcuses.



Upstate Foundation Valentine Ball for All is Feb. 7

The Upstate Foundation and Salt City Road Warriors will host the Valentine Ball for All Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. The inclusive format replaces the Father Daughter Valentine Ball, and is open to any child or children age 3 and up and their parent(s), guardian or caregiver. The event will offer entertainment, special guests, face painting, photo booths, a craft project, gifts and more. Proceeds will benefit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. Attendance is limited, so register soon at Valentine Ball (upstatefoundation.org). For more information, email Danielle Bright at [email protected].



Author of the Doctors Blackwell to speak at Elizabeth Blackwell Day Feb. 7.

Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell, will celebrate Elizabeth Blackwell Day at Upstate Medical University Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event is open to the public.

Nimura will discuss her book, The Doctors Blackwell, which tells of the tenacity and vision of sisters, Elizabeth and Emily, who became pioneering physicians. Elizabeth Blackwell earned her medical degree in 1849 from what is now Upstate Medical University becoming the first woman physician in the United States; Emily received her medical degree in 1854 from what is now Case Western Reserve University. The Doctors Blackwell was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in biography. This year, 2024, marks the 175 anniversary of Elizabeth Blackwell receiving her MD from what is now Upstate. Cosponsors of the Nimura’s visit are the student chapter of the American Women Medical Association and AMWA President Sabrina Sun and the Office of the President



Easy for You is Feb. 13

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room C3069 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 Jackson Tarr or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected].


Burger King campaign benefits Upstate Golisano now through Feb. 14

Visit a Burger King location in Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown, Utica/Rome and receive $6 worth of coupons for $1 now through Feb. 14. Coupons may be redeemed between Feb. 14 and March 31.



Save the Date: Peer training for chronic disease self-management is April 15 to 18

Volunteers are sought to become certified peer leaders for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). Upstate Oasis will offer peer leader training for the CDSMP April 15 to 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Upstate Oasis, 6333 Route 298, E. Syracuse. Attendance all four days is required for certification.

CDSMP is a peer-led health program designed for adults 18 and over who have any ongoing health issue. Participants gain the qualifications and certification to lead interactive community-based workshops that help people improve their self-management skills to help control their ongoing health conditions.  To register or for more information e-mail [email protected] or call (315) 447-3434.

For more on CDSMP, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hospital/health/healthlink/living-healthy.php. The program is coordinated with the Self-Management Resource Center. For more on this center, visit: https://selfmanagementresource.com.