Briefs

Employee Recognition Day moved to Sept. 6
Upstate’s Employee Recognition Day will be celebrated this year on Sept. 6 at the Oncenter. The date change was necessary to accommodate the United States Bowling Congress that is underway at the Oncenter. Further details will be forthcoming.
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Annual Upstate Open golf tournament seeks volunteers for July 20 event
The Upstate Foundation will hold its 31st Annual Upstate Open on Friday, July 20 at the Timber Banks Course, 8184 River Road, Baldwinsville. Volunteers are needed for the morning and afternoon flights. Contact Nancy Prott at prottn@upstate.edu for more information.
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Upstate wristband color standardization underway
Upstate is standardizing the process for color coded wristbands used to identify and communicate patient-specific risk factors. Alert wristbands do not replace appropriate review of patient medical records. Epic is the most current and reliable source of patient information. Allergy alert wristbands will no longer be used. For more information, email Pam Haines at hainesp@upstate.edu.
Fall Risk—yellow band with black lettering
Limb Alert—pink band with black lettering
DNR—purple band with white lettering
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Hot Topics in Research is July 18
Christopher Morley, PhD, chair of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, will present Predatory Publishers: What They Are, and How to Avoid Them July 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1507 Setnor Academic Building. Faculty, graduate students and research staff who contribute to publications are welcome. Registration is not required. For more information, email cerror@upstate.edu.
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Spiritual Care begins weekly devotions at Community Campus July 18
Spiritual Care at Community Campus will host weekly 15-minute devotion services each Wednesday, beginning July 18 at 11 a.m. in the Meditation Room. For more information and to indicate your interest, email Rev. Joseph Smythe at smythej@upstate.edu.
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Campus Blood Drive is July 19 and 20
A campus blood drive will be held Thursday, July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, July 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. To set up an appointment, contact Linda Underwood at 464-6755 or underwol@upstate.edu. Donors will be entered into a drawing each day for a $25 gift card from the Advocates.
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Community Campus Blood Drive is July 30 and 31
The Community Campus blood drive will be held Monday, July 30 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the cafeteria at the Community Campus.Registration will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Cafeteria.To schedule an appointment in advance, call Upstate Connect at 464-8668 or email jean.pirozzi@gmail.com.
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Recycling at Upstate benefits children’s hospital
Recycling used printer cartridges raises money for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Place used printer cartridges in their original box (do not affix UPS labels), address to Recycle, place in interoffice mail.
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Volunteers needed for genetic child behavior research study
Biological parents of a child between the ages of six to 12 years, may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Drs. Stephen Faraone and Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. The plan is to recruit about 700 families (2,800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to three hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study, call Pat Forken at 315-464-5619.
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Blood donations needed  to test new diagnostic screening for hepatitis A virus
The Center for Global Health and Translational Science is looking for healthy participants ages 22 and older to give a blood donation to help test a new diagnostic test for hepatitis A virus. Compensation of $25 is offered. Appointments take place in the Clinical Research Unit, Institute for Human Performance. Scheduling is flexible and parking is provided. To schedule an appointment or inquire about trials, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.
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Change slated for Community Campus Laboratory testing service
Upstate Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will begin providing Clinical Laboratory testing services to providers and patients at University Hospital—Community Campus July 23. Laboratory space previously used by Laboratory Alliance of CNY is being converted to a new Upstate Clinical Pathology laboratory and will be staffed by Upstate employees. Laboratory staff is working closely with the EPIC staff to ensure that physicians’ preference lists will be converted automatically from LACNY order codes to Upstate’s order codes to minimize changes in the ordering of lab tests.  Blackboard training is being developed and will be provided to physicians and nursing staff at Community prior to the transition. An Upstate patient blood draw site will also open in July.  It will be located near Patient Registration in Room 1257. Updates will be provided as this transition progresses. Questions or concerns should be directed to Carol Barnett at 315-464-3281.
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