Briefs

Friend in Deed funding applications due Jan. 11
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 at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed or 315-464-4416. Applications require the approval of a department head. The deadline to submit applications to the Upstate Foundation, 326 Campus Activities Building, is Friday, Jan. 11.

2019 health insurance rates for state employees announced
The 2019 health insurance rates for New York state employees have been announced. The deadline to make option transfer changes through Upstate’s Human Resources-Benefits Office for 2019 is Jan. 18. For detailed information, rates and deadlines, visit: http://www.upstate.edu/hr/document/2018_option_transfer_announcement.pdf

The Hospital Choir to sing Dec. 21 and 23
The Hospital Choir will sing carols Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Community Campus and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Downtown Campus. To sing with the Community choir, meet in Spiritual Care Room 3101. To sing with the Downtown choir, meet in Room 1224. The choir welcomes requests and referrals from all hospital areas and units. To leave a message with patient names and room numbers, call 315-464-4687.

Christmas Masses are Dec. 24 and 25
Priest Chaplain Father Innocent Onyenagubo will offer Christmas Eve Mass Monday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. and Christmas Day Mass Tuesday, Dec. 25 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel at Downtown Campus. All are welcome.

Participate in 2018 Holiday Challenge now through Dec. 31
Join Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness team in a free nationwide Holiday Challenge to eat smart, move more, and maintain weight through the holiday season now through Dec. 31. To register, visit https://esmmweighless.com/sign/.  For more information or support, email holidaychallenge@esmmweighless.com.

Holiday Closures announced
—Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Closed Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. Closing at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31.
—Record Storage: Closed Nov. Dec. 24, 25, 31; and Jan. 1.
—Human Resources and Employee/Student Health: Closed Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. The departments will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31.
—Hospital Purchasing: Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1
—Ainsley Warehouse (Central Stores and DISTA): Will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Upstate Online to return Jan. 3, 2019
Upstate Online will not publish during holiday week, but will return Jan. 3.