There’s still time to participate in The One University Survey
A follow up email from Press Ganey regarding The One University Survey was sent through email on Dec. 6, reminding individuals of the Dec. 17 deadline to participate in the survey. To date, more than 1,600 individuals have submitted surveys. Survey findings will help shape future important decisions for Upstate. Individuals without access to a computer can take the survey at the Survey Computer Center, located in Room 1109, Downtown Campus (hallway behind the main bank of patient/visitor elevators). For ore information, contact Barbara Riggall, 315-464-4964,
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2018 Heart Walk team captains needed
Team Upstate is looking for motivated individuals to serve as team captains for the 2018 American Heart Association Heart Walk, to be held April 21 at OCC, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Team captains coordinate their department’s participation in the event. Team Upstate has been one of the top Heart Walk teams for the past 20 years due in large part to the efforts of its team captains. A kickoff lunch will be held for Heart Walk team captains Thursday, Jan. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at a location to be announced. To become a team captain or for more information, contact Becca Pesci,
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Pathway to Wellness announcements
• The Well New York State Every Day Monthly Challenge is to take seven minutes to organize an area in your home or workspace. This can decrease holiday stress. To register and track your progress, visit Wellness.
Tranquility Tuesdays with Kaushal Nanavati, MD. A 30-minute meditation every Tuesday at noon in 2244 Academic Building. A recorded version is available at Pathway to Wellness.
• Monday Mile Walks meet every Monday at noon in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus.
• Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Healthy Holiday Online Challenge. Visit Holiday Challenge to join.
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Apply for Friend in Deed funding
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 Friend in Deed 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. 12.
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Entries for Holiday card contest due Dec.15
The Nursing Department is hosting a campus wide holiday card contest. Entries will be assessed on innovation, collaboration, and demonstration of Upstate pride. Entries are due Friday, Dec. 15. Campus-wide voting will be held Dec. 18 through Dec. 21 with the winners announced on Friday, Dec. 22. The department capturing first place will receive hot cocoa and cookies. Send entries to or through interoffice mail: Room 1103, Nursing Administration, Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus,
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Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club to meet Dec. 8
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities will hold its Journal Club meeting Friday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. The reading is from the Oct. 9 New Yorker article by Kelefa Sanneh titled, “Color corrected: Is diversity an improvement on affirmative action, or the end of it? Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, will lead the discussion. To receive a copy of the article, contact Kathleen Szczech, 315- 464-5404,
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Register for holiday meal
Employees at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown and Community campuses who work at least one shift Christmas Day (Dec. 25) are eligible for one of three complimentary meals that day.
• Downtown Campus complimentary meal options are: 5 to 6 a.m. (breakfast), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 to 8 p.m. (dinner). Contact Gayle Hyde,, 315-464-4253 for a ticket by Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets will be distributed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 19, 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1203 Upstate University Hospital.
• Community Campus complimentary meal options are: 5 to 6 a.m. (breakfast); 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4:30 to 7 p.m. (dinner). To order tickets, contact Theresa Discenza, by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11. Sharon Adkins will hand out the tickets on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1125.
Meal tickets will not be mailed to departments and are valid Dec. 25 only for the Christmas meal being offered. Valid tickets are required for complimentary meals at both campuses. Copies of meal tickets will not be accepted. Contact the administrative supervisor on Dec. 25 if an extra meal ticket is needed for eligible staff.
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Emerging Infectious Disease Unit seeks volunteer clinicians
The Ebola Unit at Upstate’s Downtown Campus will become the hospital’s Emerging Infectious Disease Unit (8M), equipped to handle a variety of highly infectious diseases. The unit seeks skilled critical care registered nurses and hospitalists or intensivist physicians to volunteer to join this team. Team members will receive specialized training specific to highly contagious infectious diseases. The unit is secured, has full clinical pathology and portable x-ray capabilities onsite, and can accommodate up to two critically ill patients simultaneously. Construction will soon begin to turn the unit into a negative pressure area capable of handling a variety of airborne illness. It is important Upstate be in a state of readiness to care for patients with any emerging infectious disease, such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV) and drug-resistant tuberculosis. The specialized team will help us care for our community and ensure the safety of our staff. For more information, contact Ellen Anderson,, 315-464-6124 or Paul Suits,, 315-464-4178.
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Holiday Happening is Dec. 12
The Upstate Family is invited to the 2017 Holiday Happening Tuesday, Dec. 12. Breakfast will be served 5 to 6 a.m. and an ice cream social will be hosted from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Cafe 750 (located on University Hospital’s Downtown Campus 2nd floor) and the Community Cafe (located in the basement of the Community Campus). These locations will close at 1:30 p.m. to prepare for the event and re-open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
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Dazzle Gifts on the Hill holiday sale is Dec. 13, 14
Dazzle Gifts on the Hill, the Community Campus gift shop, will have a holiday sale Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13 and 14. All merchandise, excluding food and drinks, will be discounted by 20 percent. The gift shop is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the gift shop at 315-492-5711.
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2018 Health Insurance Rates for state employees announced: deadline to change plans is Dec. 15
Employees who participate in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) have received a “Rates and Deadlines” publication at their home addresses from the Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division. The rates will be reflected beginning with the check dated Dec. 27. For rates and more information, visit Health Insurance Choices. No action is required by individuals who wish to keep their current health insurance option and still qualify for that plan. The deadline for individuals who wish to make a change in plans is Dec. 15. Changes can be made by submitting a signed Health Insurance Transaction form PS-404 to the Upstate Downtown HR-Benefits Office, 2nd floor, Jacobsen Hall, (fax: 315-464-4390) or the Community Campus HR Office, 1st floor (fax: 315-492-5275).
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Holiday Shops at Upstate Cancer Center is Dec. 15
The Holiday Shops at Upstate Cancer Center will be held Friday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the center. Businesses include: Thirty-One, The 315 Studio, LuLaRoe, The Pampered Chef, and Tastefully Simple. A portion of proceeds will benefit Upstate Cancer Center. For more information, contact Matthew Capogreco at 464-3605 or
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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Upstate’s flu shot clinics are open to anyone with an Upstate ID. Visit Flu Clinics for up–to-date information on flu and for the clinic schedule.
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President’s annual Holiday Reception is Dec. 18
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, Upstate president and health system CEO, will host her Annual Holiday Reception Monday, Dec.18 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Academic Building. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.
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Donate to the Holiday Coat Drive
Donate new or gently used coats to Upstate’s Holiday Coat Drive, to be held Dec. 19 through Jan. 9. The drive is presented by Upstate’s Think Green Committee and Team Upstate. Coats will be distributed by Interfaith Works to those most in need. Look for a donation box at these Upstate collection sites: Lobby, Weiskotten Hall; Health Sciences Library; Room 802 (EVS) Downtown Campus; 5A unit, Downtown Campus; Clinical Engineering, Community Campus; Fourth floor, 250 Harrison Building; Lobby, C.A.B.; Lobby, Institute for Human Performance; Joslin Diabetes Center; 4th and 5th floor Break Rooms, The Galleries.
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2018 COM Career Advisory Dinner registration is available online
The College of Medicine will host its 12th annual Career Advisory Networking dinners:
• Syracuse dinner. Monday, Jan. 8. 5:30 to 8 p.m. 4th floor auditorium, Academic Building.
•  Binghamton dinner. Wednesday, Jan. 10. 6 to 8 p.m. Grande’s Bella Cucina, 1171 Vestal Ave., Binghamton.
The dinners give College of Medicine students the opportunity to meet with mentors and ask questions about specialties. Career Advisory is open to MSII’s, MSIII’s, College of Medicine faculty, advisors, alumni, and Upstate residents. A buffet dinner will be served. To learn more and to register, visit Medical Alumni or call 315-464-4361.
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Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Services
Nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 2. The award, created by The State University, recognizes classified employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. Recipients receive a personal certificate of recognition and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion. Visit Human Resources for the guidelines, nomination form and more information. Nominations are welcome from any member of the Upstate community. Awards will be presented in September at Upstate’s Fall Faculty Convocation. Send nominations to Megan Chase, Human Resources-OTD, 417 Jacobsen Hall or by email at
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