Presidents Newsletter
July 20, 2018

Happy Summer and welcome to the inaugural edition of the President’s Newsletter. I hope you will find this newsletter helpful in staying up to date with activities happening on campus and throughout our health system. This newsletter will be sent to you periodically as we share information on key initiatives, as well as celebrate the successes of our faculty, staff and students. If you have news to share, please drop me a line at

More funding for She Matters

She Matters presents Upstate Cancer Center with check

A $5,355 grant from Macy’s has been received by She Matters, Upstate’s breast cancer education and wellness program. Macy’s joins other organizations, most notably the Susan G. Komen CNY affiliate in support of this important program. She Matters is not only providing breast cancer screenings and education, but it’s building an important partnership with our neighbors in several Syracuse Housing Authority properties. It’s a special program that directly addresses our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve. Thanks to all who support this program.

House calls for the Homeless

Another example of the Upstate community doing good in our community is Dr. David Lehmann’s work in providing medical care to the homeless with a program he started called “House calls for the Homeless.” On behalf of the Upstate community, thank you, Dr. Lehmann, for your good work. You can read more about Dr Lehmann’s program here.

New class of residents is here

Earlier this month, we welcomed more than 180 medical residents who will now spend the next several years working with our attending physicians, nurses and other health care providers. We welcome them to our campus, but also to Central New York and hope that they find this region a wonderful place to call home.

Employee Recognition Day is Sept. 6

One of the highlights of the Upstate calendar is the day we recognize the service of our employees. Traditionally Employee Recognition Day takes place in June, but this year it’s been rescheduled for Sept. 6 to accommodate a summer-long sporting event at the Oncenter. Nearly 1,000 employees, including 32 who have provided Upstate with more than four decades of service, will be honored. A highlight of the event is hearing the brief reflections of what work was like 40 years ago from our most senior employees. Individuals, and their supervisors, who will be recognized this year will soon receive their invitations. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

In closing

Hearing about one’s experience at our hospital is helpful in many ways. A message of gratitude enables us to acknowledge the great work of our team. A message that finds we fell short provides us with an opportunity to make improvements.

Jackie Warren Moore, a local writer, took time to write about her experiences as a patient at the Community Campus and the employees who cared for her: “They are part of a highly professional and uncommonly compassionate group of caregivers.” You can read her complete letter here.


Thank you for your continued support and service to Upstate and our patients and students.



Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
President, and Health System CEO
Upstate Medical University