Briefs

Interim President Dewan to announce findings of new report on Upstate’s economic impact to the region Jan 14
Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, will present to the campus community the findings of a new economic impact report that highlights Upstate Medical University’s economic benefit to the region Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Wieskotten Hall. The report, which examines numerous aspects of Upstate’s operation, provides new information on the growth of Upstate’s economic influence in the region. The presentation will be available via conference to the Galleries, the Community Campus and the Binghamton  Campus.

Holiday closures announced
Health Sciences Library will close at Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.
Employee Student Health will close Dec. 26, 27 and 31 at 4 p.m.
Hospital Purchasing will close Dec. 31 at noon.
Contracts and Campus Purchasing will close Dec. 31 at noon. Time-sensitive requests should be submitted via Self-Serve no later than Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. The department will reopen Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 at 8 a.m.

New catering contact at Morrison
If needing catering services from Morrison, please contact Dan Ellithorpe at 315-464-4918 or at ellitod@upstate.edu

Heart Walk team captains sought
Team Upstate seeks individuals to serve as team captains for the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk, to be held April 19 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been a top team for the past 22 years due, in large part, to the efforts of its team captains. To become a team captain and to attend the Kickoff event Jan. 30, visit https://www.upstate.edu/heartkickoffrsvp.  For more information, email Becca at pescir@upstate.edu or Beth at sellersb@upstate.edu.

Public Health offers a three-course series on lean management in healthcare
Public Health and Preventive Medicine will offer a series of three one-credit course modules focusing on lean management in healthcare beginning in January. Courses will be led by James Cody, MPA, former director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each course will award one graduate credit at standard SUNY Upstate graduate tuition rates. The three one-credit courses are designed to be taken in sequence and will be offered nights and weekends to be accessible to working professionals. For more information on course content, registration, tuition and fees, visit https://www.upstate.edu/publichealth/education/general-education.php.  To register, email Jennifer Brennan at brennanj@upstate.edu.

Spiritual Care offers Christmas services Dec. 24 and 25
The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses are open to the Upstate community. The schedule is as follows:
Dec. 24
Noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital
2 p.m. in the Treehouse Chapel at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
4 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital
Dec. 25
11 a.m. in the meditation room at Community Campus
Noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital

Holiday Challenge runs through Dec. 31
Pathway to Wellness invites the Upstate community to join in the online Holiday Challenge from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. The online challenge offers participants encouragement and guidance to eat smart, move more, and maintain weight during the holiday season. The seven-week challenge is free and provides strategies and resources to avoid holiday weight gain. To register and track your progress, visit https://esmmweighless.com/holidaychallenge/.  For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. Pathway to Wellness activities are available online at www.upstate.edu/wellness and on Facebook.

Upstate Health Sciences Library’s new staffed hours begin Dec. 21
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 21, the Health Sciences Library will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After-hours access continues for those using the library during non-staffed hours. Registration is required. For more information, email Christina Pope at popec@upstate.eduor 315-464-7086.

Spiritual Care Journal Club is Jan. 8
The Spiritual Care Journal Club will be held Jan. 8 from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. in 1224 Upstate University Hospital. Facilitator Rev. Chuck Stewart, PhD, will lead a discussion on the article Hospitalized Young Adults’ Expectations of Pastoral Interventions. Pick up a copy of the article in the Center for Spiritual Care on the first floor of Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome to attend and bring a lunch.

Student Admissions to host information sessions Jan. 10 and 15
Student Admissions will host an information session on medical imaging sciences and radiation therapy Jan. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall. Student Admissions will discuss medical imaging science and radiation therapy careers, degree programs, and admission requirements. To register online, visit https://engage.upstate.edu/register/mis-radiation.
An information session on Upstate’s Respiratory Therapy Program will be held Jan. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Binghamton Campus (425 Robinson Street). Student Admissions will discuss respiratory therapy as a career. Upstate’s bachelor’s degree program, and the distance learning respiratory therapy program. More information and registration is available at https://engage.upstate.edu/register/Binghamton. Questions? Email Wendy Meyer at meyerw@upstate.edu.

Friend in Deed funding applications accepted until Jan. 10.
The Upstate Foundation is accepting applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital’s Community and Downtown campuses. Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospitals and is largely supported through donations from grateful patients and their families, as well as members of the Upstate family and the community. Guidelines and applications are available on the Upstate Foundation website at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed or by calling 315-464-4416. Applications require the approval of a department head. The deadline to submit applications to the Upstate Foundation office (CAB 326) is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Well-Being Index and resources are available online
The Well-Being Index is a validated screening tool used to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety, stress, and mental/physical quality of life. The index is nine questions, and offers immediate access to online resources. For more information, use access code Upstate at the following website: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/signup.

Global Health seeks volunteers for research trial
Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks volunteers 18 years of age and older for a one-time blood draw. To learn more and to schedule a visit, contact Global Health at trials@upstate.edu  or 315-464-9869.

CSEA offers Skills for Success courses
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training are offering classroom- and web-based courses for CSEA-represented employees. To view the fall catalog, visit https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/Sfs/Fall2019/SFSCourseCatalogFall2019.pdf