Presidents Newsletter
August 3, 2018

The calendar has turned already to August, which means another academic year is here, with our new student orientation activities beginning next week.

White Coat tradition nears

A traditional start to the new academic year for our incoming classes is the White Coat Ceremony, which we hold this year on Aug. 25 for both the College of Health Professions (10 a.m.) and the College of Medicine (1:30 p.m.). The College of Nursing will hold its white coat ceremony Sept. 28 and the College of Graduate Studies holds its Student Welcome Reception Aug. 27.

The ceremony is a beloved tradition as families and friends gather from near and far to celebrate this entry into the health professions and offer their support to our students. 

On the path to a white coat

People in the stroke center

The Health Sciences Library teamed up last month with the PEACE, Inc. West-Side Family Resource Center to offer a unique experience for more than 20 middle school students. The students participated in various activities to gain a better understanding of careers in health care and at Upstate. Perhaps this early exposure to the health care field might inspire the next generation of health professionals to don the white coat from right here in our own backyard. Congrats to all involved in the project, which stands as a great example of the opportunities we can create for our communities.

House calls for the homeless part 2

In the last newsletter, I highlighted an article about the great work being done by Upstate Professor Dr. David Lehmann, who, working with others in the community, is providing basic medical care to those living on the streets. Bankers Healthcare Group, a Syracuse-based business, was so moved by this effort that it contributed $15,000 to the program. We have begun discussions here at Upstate on how we can support this program that serves the most vulnerable among us. Thank you, Dr. Lehmann, and all those who are supporting your efforts.

Lobby gets ready for upgrade

Just out from our facilities and planning team is this animation of what our Downtown Campus lobby will look like after the renovation work is finished. The overall goal of the project is to create a more welcoming main entrance for our patients and families, with a Patient and Family Service Center that will consolidate key services, such as parking, patient records and patient relations in one location. Work is set to start on this program this month or in early September.

Video of new lobby

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