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ATCN Course Held at Upstate

On February 28th, Upstate University Hospital conducted an Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) ATCNcourse. The course is an advanced course designed for registered nurses to increase their knowledge in the management of the mulitple trauma patient. Attendees included RN's from Fort Drum, Samaritan Medical Center, UHS Wilson Regional Medical Center and Upstate. 

Trauma Resuscitation Course Held at Oneida Healthcare

On February 22nd a Trauma Rescucitation Course was held at Oneida Healtchare. Attendees included physicians and nurses from their Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Operating Room. Course content included initial patient assessment, stabilization and transfer to a trauma center. Attendees of the course receive 3.8 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Department of Surgery - Establishes William Marx, DO, Endowed Lecture in Trauma Surgery 

William Marx, DOThe Upstate Department of Surgery has established the William Marx, DO, Endowed Lecture in Trauma Surgery at the Upstate Foundation to honor and perpetuate Dr. Marx’s legacy at Upstate Medical University. 

The endowed lecture will provide funding for a visiting professor and nationally known trauma surgeon to visit Upstate, give a lecture on care of the injured patient, and support career development of residents/faculty as trauma surgeons. 

Click Here for more inforamtion or to make a donation.

 Dr. Roseanna Guzman-Curtis Named Interim Trauma Program Medical Director

Roseanna Guzman-Curtis, MD, MPH Dr Guzman-Curtis obtained her M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh and her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  Following General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care residencies at the University of Rochester, she joined the faculty at Upstate in 2016.

Over the last five years, Dr Guzman has held multiple leadership positions as the Surgery Clerkship Director, the Associate Trauma Medical Director and the Surgery Diversity Advocate.  She is highly respected as a talented, thoughtful Trauma, ACS surgeon and surgical educator.  Please join us in welcoming Dr. Guzman to this new leadership position at Upstate.

Jolene Kittle, PhD, RN - Elected to Society of Trauma Nurses Board of Directors



Air Ambualnce Blood Transfusion Bill Signed into Law

A New York bill allowing air ambulances to carry blood for emergency transfusion was signed into law. The measure is a crucial step toward saving lives.

Jerry Morrison - Seated as President of the American Trauma Society: New York Division


The New York State Division of the American Trauma Society is dedicated to reducing disability and death due to traumatic injury.

The New York State Division of the American Trauma Society works in conjunction with trauma centers, local government and American Trauma Society members to provide injury prevention, education and public awareness programs throughout the State.



Melaina King, RN - Joins Staff as Injury Prevention Coordinator

Melaina KingMelaina has been at the bedside for 10 years with experience working in a Neuro ICU, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU and Trauma ICU. She has been an RN educator for several years as well as a rapid response /code nurse

Melaina has a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and a B.S. in Nursing from University of Rochester. She is a certified critical care RN as well as a certified trauma RN. Melaina is a Stop the Bleed instructor, Trauma Survivors’ Network Coordinator and an active member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and American Trauma Society

Shelby Brabant, RN - Joins Staff as Second PI Coordinator

Shelby BrabantShelby has been a Registered Nurse for over 6 years. She was enrolled in the Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing Program at Le Moyne College which allowed her to simultaneously earn her 2-year nursing degree, along with her BSN.

She began her career in inpatient Medical/Surgical nursing with a focus in ventilator-dependent patients. She then transitioned to Upstate in 2016 and began practicing as a floor nurse in Surgical Specialties. In the fall of 2018, she was promoted to Clinical Training Specialist in the outpatient surgical care setting. While practicing full-time, Shelby earned her MSN in Nursing Administration from SUNY Empire State College. Following completion of her MSN, she accepted a position as Performance Improvement Coordinator for Upstate’s Adult Trauma Program.  

Otencia Hanley - Joins Staff as Registrar

hanleyojpgOtencia was born and raised on the tropical twin island federation of St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

She moved to Upstate NY in 2016 after living in NYC for 12 years to join the Upstate University Hospital team. In 2021 she decided to join the Trauma Registry TeamOtencia has a warm personality and is highly motivated to learn the registry.

She is a great addition to our team.