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Upstate Announcements for March 28, 2024

Spiritual Care Holy Week events this week

Upstate Spiritual Care will host the following events for Holy Week in the Chapel on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. All are welcome.

  • March 28 at 4 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass
  • March 29 at noon The Passion of Christ Service
  • March 29 at 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross
  • March 30 at 4 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass
  • March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Ecumenical Christian Easter Service
  • March 31 at noon Easter Mass



Donate Life Month events in April

  • A Donate Life flag raising ceremony will be held April 1 from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. in the Healing Garden. Organ, eye, tissue, and living donors from 2023 will be honored for gifting life-saving transplants to people in need. The Upstate community is welcome.
  • A Donate Life T-shirt sale will be held April 11 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital and in the cafeteria at Community. Shirts are $20 each. Sales support the Upstate Donor Fund which provides community education and outreach on organ donation.
  • Wear blue and green Friday, April 12 to support Donate Life Month, take a photo, and send to Michelle Lonkey at [email protected] by April 18. Photo contest prizes are available for first, second and third place.
  • Donations for the Donate Life virtual silent auction are due by April 15. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most lucrative, and best theme. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help promote organ donation and register new organ donors. To make arrangements to have your submission picked up, email Liz Keesler at [email protected] or Erin Shortslef at [email protected]
  • A Donate Life Month celebration will be held Friday, April 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome. Donate Life t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.



Cardiology Grand Rounds is March 29

Jennifer Liu, MD, FACC, chief of cardiology at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, will present Cardio-Oncology: Navigating Challenges, Charting New Frontiers March 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via WebEx. One AMA PRA credit is available to participants. The presentation is open to all. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m5ab6581cf5eb4be2bbbd173166215d6a. (Meeting number:  2304 013 1218 Meeting password: Cardiology1. Questions, email Lisa Carroll at [email protected].



Yoga for All is March 29

Yoga for All sessions will be held March 29 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in 9405 A/B Upstate University Hospital and virtually. Sessions are facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Questions? Email [email protected].



Flex Spending Account deadline is March 31 

Those enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA-Health and Dependent Care) in 2023, have until March 31, 2024 to submit any expenses incurred in 2023 for reimbursement: https://goer.ny.gov/program-information. Participants will be able to use up to $610 of monies remaining in the 2023 Health Care Spending Account toward eligible expenses incurred during the 2024 calendar year, as long as the account has been open as of Dec. 31, 2023. In addition, participants will now be able to use the remaining balance in the 2023 Dependent Care Advantage Account toward eligible expenses between Jan. 1 to March 15, 2024. Claims must be submitted by the March 31 deadline.



Join Upstate in celebrating Earth Month beginning April 1

In celebration of Earth Month, join Upstate’s team for the One Healthcare EcoChallenge competition. Register as an individual on the Upstate team and commit to taking small actions in April to protect the environment and your health. Checking in and completing tasks increases Upstate’s score and allows us to compete against other health systems across the country. For more information, email Paul Corsi at [email protected]. To register, visit: https://onehealthcare.ecochallenge.org/users/join



Nominations for the President's Employee Recognition Awards due April 1

President's Employee Recognition Award nominations are sought through April 1. Information and nomination form available at: www.upstate.edu/pera. Questions? Email Megan Chase at [email protected].

The six award categories are:

  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year
  • Community Service of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Leader of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Provider of the Year



Public Health Week at Community runs April 1 to 5

Stop by the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital for information on Public Health Week April 1 to 5. For more information, email Beth Sellers at [email protected].



Narcan training is April 2

Narcan (naloxone) training will be held for everyone with an Upstate ID Tuesday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in the Upstate Library on the first floor of Weiskotten Hall. Participants who complete the training will receive a dose of Narcan to carry in the event of an emergency. The training is a service of the Onondaga County Health Department. Registration is required, here: https://libcal.upstate.edu/event/12270519. Questions? Email Laura Benjamin at [email protected].



The Future of Healthcare presentation is April 3

Upstate CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, and Upstate CMO Amy Tucker, MD, will present The Future of Healthcare Wednesday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Oasis, 6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse. Registration is required, here: https://upstate.oasiseverywhere.org/?s=future+of+healthcare&post_type=product. Questions? Email Jennifer Michella at [email protected].

Drs. Corona and Tucker will discuss the healthcare delivery system. Healthcare delivery needs a disruptive overhaul, especially in the area of healthcare finance which presently is not meeting the needs of our population. Healthcare will also be significantly impacted by new technologies, including: artificial intelligence, digital technologies in computing and communication, molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, prevention and patient participatory technologies, wearable sensors, and other more peripheral technologies like robotics and drones. Participants will learn what healthcare 3.0 means for all of us as we navigate into the future.



Well NYS Everyday webinar on finances is April 3 

The April Well NYS Everyday challenge is to organize finances. A webinar will be offered April 3 at noon via WebEx. The webinar will provide a one-page financial report card and offer a variety of information on financial topics. To register, visit: https://meetny.webex.com/weblink/register/rc158f020864bb0e830e8463cb12e8159. For more information on this initiative and to sign-up to receive the Well NYS Daily To-Do Challenge by email every day, please visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday. For more information, email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Blood drives are April 4, 5, 9

The schedule for April blood drives at Upstate is as follows:

  • April 4 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor
  • April 5 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • April 9 from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community

To register for an Upstate blood drive, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood.



Neuro Research Day is April 5

Neuro Research Day will be held April 5 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Speakers include:

  • 10:45 a.m. William Zeiger, MD, PhD, assistant professor at University of California-Los Angeles, will present "Mechanisms of circuit plasticity in the healthy and injured somatosensory cortex”
  • 11:55 a.m. Bradley Lega, MD, associate professor at University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, will present “Multimodal characterization of human episodic memory circuits”
  • 3 p.m. Monica Vetter, PhD, professor and chair of Neurobiology at University of Utah, will present “Pathways for generation and elimination of retinal neurons”

For the full schedule, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/neurosurgery/research/research-day.php. Questions? Email Lisa Grace at [email protected].



Physical therapy education information sessions are April 5 and 10

Student Admissions will offer two information sessions for those interested in a career in physical therapy. An in-person session will be held April 5 at 3 p.m. and will include a tour of the facilities and information on Upstate’s DPT program. To register, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/PTSpring. A virtual session will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. To register, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/PTVirtual. Questions? Email Student Admissions at [email protected]



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is April 9

Elizabeth Wood, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, and Cassandra Senif, FNP-C, will present Peds GOLD Team and BERT Team April 9 from noon to 1 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m7f4862d3b35b7d9ea0020fe4876d0f2b. For more information, email Tiffany Senke at [email protected]. CME credit will be available for participants.



Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is April 10

Dara Kass, MD, founder of FemINEM, will present FemEM: Updates in Reproductive Healthcare and Emergency Medicine April 10 at noon in 103 Weiskotten Hall. Questions? Email Kara Welch at [email protected].



Wellness Speaks on mindful eating is April 10

Christine Podolak, RD, will discuss mindful eating April 10 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes during Wellness Speaks, a virtual platform for experts to share wellness information with the Upstate community. To register, visit:  https://upstate.webex.com/weblink/register/r7ee948f274acfc48ba948593ec908801. Questions? Email [email protected].

To view the March 18 Wellness Speaks discussion on seasonal depression with Nayla Khoury, MD, visit: https://upstate.video.yuja.com/V/PlayList?node=43446329&a=1572742952.



Media and Medicine talk is April 11

Jon Frankel, television news correspondent, will present during Making Connections in Media and Medicine April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Syracuse University National Veterans Resource Center. The event kicks off the 2024 Leadership Series and is coordinated by Upstate’s Medical Executive Committee and Continuing Medical Education. One AMA PRA category 1 credit available for participants. Registration is required, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LV8F2G7.

Frankel is a three-time Emmy-award winning correspondent as a member of HBO’s Real sports with Bryant Gumbel. His career spans more than 30 years including local sports journalism and network news with NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, World News, Nightline, and CBS’ Early show. Many of Frankel’s stories intersect sports and public health, such as his reporting on the gun industry, CTE and traumatic brain injuries in football, and the trials of skiing the World Cup’s daunting Hahnenkamm course. Jon was a correspondent on the acclaimed 2016 Real Sports expose on the International Olympic Committee that captured a duPont-Columbia University broadcast journalism award and the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism. Questions about the event? Email Candace Yackel at [email protected].



Upstate Transplant and Nephrology Symposium is April 13

Upstate Transplant Center will host the third annual Transplant and Nephrology Symposium Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. Registration is required by April 5. To register and for more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/transplant/symposium.php



Upstate Concussion Center symposium is April 15 

The fifth annual Upstate Concussion Center symposium will be held Monday, April 15 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance. Updated Guidelines for Managing Students and Athletes Following Concussion will teach best practices for assessing and managing students and athletes following injury using the most up-to-date consensus statement recommendations. For more information, visit: https://calendar.upstate.edu/event/updated-guidelines-for-managing-students-and-athletes-following-concussion/. Questions? Email Stephanie Virginia at [email protected].



T-shirt sale is April 18

A T-shirt sale will be held Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. The sale is hosted by Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division, and the Sarcoidosis Support Group. Questions about the sale? Email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].



Reiss Family Visiting Lecturer in Ethics and Equality events are April 18 and 19

Center for Bioethics and Humanities welcomes Ricardo Nuila, MD, associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, as the 2024 Reiss Family Visiting Lecturer in Ethics and Equality for two events April 18 and 19. The event schedule and registration links are as follows:

An internist and a writer, Dr. Nuila’s first book—The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine—was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, was a semi-finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and an Amazon Best Nonfiction Books of 2023.

For more information about these events, email Andrea Chiaravalloti at [email protected].



Kick Butts Day is April 19

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main lobby of Community. Help beautify Upstate’s outdoor spaces by cleaning up cigarette butts and other litter. Clean-up will happen rain or shine; grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Jackson Tarr at [email protected].



College of Health Professions open house is April 19

A spring open house for College of Health Professions bachelor’s degree programs will be held Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at Upstate and will include a campus tour, faculty introductions, and degree information. Information on the following programs will be offered:

  • medical imaging/radiography (x-ray)
  • BPS-CT
  • ultrasound
  • medical biotechnology
  • medical technology
  • radiation therapy
  • respiratory therapy

To register, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/CHPOHSpring2024. Questions? Email Student Admissions at [email protected]



5K to support Upstate’s Your Cause charity is April 20

A 5K run/walk will be held April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Long Branch Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The event will benefit Empower Parkinson, Upstate’s 2024 Your Cause charity, and is organized by Upstate’s DPT class of 2025 service chairs.

Empower Parkinson Inc. provides support, hope, and a network for those living with Parkinson's disease in our community. The organization hosts exercise classes, support groups, and educational groups. For more information about the organization, visit: https://empowerparkinson.org.

To register for the 5K and/or to make a donation, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/NY/Liverpool/Empowered5KRunWalk. Questions about this event? Email Julie Lombardi at [email protected].



National Volunteer Appreciation Week begins April 22; shirts for sale

Upstate’s Office of Volunteer Programs has crew neck and v-neck T-shirts in various sizes available for $15 each. To purchase a shirt, visit https://www.upstate.edu/volunteers/ and click on the T-shirt sale button. Questions? Email Laura Waltar at [email protected]. Join Upstate in celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week by wearing the shirts April 22 to 26.



Upstate Cancer Center Research Retreat is April 26

The Upstate Cancer Center Research Retreat will be held April 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and a shuttle service to the event will be available. For more information on the event, including an agenda, a link to registration, and a link to submit an abstract, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/cancer/research/retreat/index.php.

Suzanne Conzen, MD, University of Texas Southwestern, will deliver the annual Carol M. Baldwin Lecture. The event will also include: progress reports from the Cancer Center Research programs and institutional leadership, and winners of the 2024 pilot grants that will propel research into the future will be announced.



Trivia for Pancreatic Cancer is April 27

Trivia for Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Solvay Tyrol Club (213 Lamont Ave.). Teams can include up to six players and the fee to play is $20 per person. There will be prizes for winning team, gift baskets and 50/50 raffles, snacks, and a cash bar. Participants are welcome to bring in food and snacks, but no drinks. To register to play, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/4XllvQ?vid=1474b9. Questions? Call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or Lynn Przydrozny at 315-663-4815.



Open House at Upstate Cancer Center’s FRC is April 29

An open house will be held April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Family Resource Center on the first floor of Upstate Cancer Center. In celebration of National Library Week, Sarah Lawler, clinical outreach librarian, will share information about the services she provides to our patients and their families. Attendees will receive a free book. The Family Resource Center houses pre-printed materials, brochures, books, and computers for patient use. Questions? Email Chris Benton at [email protected].



Sarcoidosis Support Group is April 30

Upstate’s Sarcoidosis Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. The meeting is hosted by Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].


Norton College of Medicine to host open house for prospective students May 7

Upstate’s Norton College of Medicine will host a spring open house Tuesday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. Prospective students will have an opportunity to engage with distinguished faculty, passionate students, and discover the resources available to aspiring medical professionals. Registration is required, here: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/?id=95da2769-73c8-4c9e-85a7-4f27aefb27ee. For more information, email Jennifer Garbutt at [email protected].



Tranquility Tuesdays are every Tuesday

Join Kaushal Nanavati, MD, for Tranquility Tuesdays every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the second-floor stadium seating area of Nappi Wellness Institute or via Zoom. Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. To join virtually, use Meeting ID: 407 812 4814, Password: wellness. For more information, email [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast talks measles, climate change, and the Respect and Heal campaign

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about measles outbreaks, the health impact of climate change and a campaign against workplace violence.

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]