Transplant, Pharmacy among Team of the Year honorees for President’s Recognition awards

Upstate Medical University has announced the winners of its 2019 President’s Employee Recognition awards.

Among the highlights are team of the year awards.

Winner of the Campus Team of the Year Award is the Interprofessional Education Team.

The team’s mission has been dedicated to promoting the development of teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills within Upstate’s curriculum to fulfill the four core competencies of interprofessional education: Values/Ethics, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams/Teamwork. The team created a interprofessional discussion series and other opportunities that allow students in the four colleges and within the Upstate health community to collaborate and improve health outcomes. The challenge accepted by the team was to create interprofessional events that benefitted the entire campus using core values. Over the past academic year, the team has hosted a discussion series that provided an venue for student openness, honesty and team building. Team members, highly respected within each of our four colleges, brought in speakers to address many important social issues impacting the lives of our students, community, state and nation. They addressed issues of diversity, disparities, violence and immigration.

Winner of the Community Service Team of the Year is the Pharmacy Team.

The Outpatient Pharmacy Team has contributed to both Upstate patients and patients experiencing homelessness in our community. The newly implemented pharmacy team assists those who often have difficulty meeting co-pays and other pharmacy fees, securing vital medications and working with those who feel who feel invisible and forgotten, namely the homeless. This team has gone above and beyond to accommodate patients—either working through payment arrangements, by providing partial prescriptions when insurance has not yet been validated, re-submitting insurance claims at a later date, or charging to a house calls account when necessary. Team members have gone so far as to reach those living in places not meant for human habitation with much need medication. The team’s work has helped reduce preventable readmissions and emergency department visits.

The Transplant Team, and 3N and ICU were selected as winners of the Clinical Team of the Year at the Downtown Campus and Community Campus, respectively.

The transplant team was honored for its impressive growth with a record number of 113 transplants in 2018, and the 3N and ICU teams was recognized for its work to become a closed unit, providing 24/7 critical care coverage and availability.

Winner of Non Clinical Team of the Year is the Jobsite Ergonomics Assessment Program Team.

The Ergonomic Assessment Program Team took the lead in partnering with a jobsite ergonomic assessment project that demonstrated a commitment to the health and safety of their employees as well as our patients. The team has helped develop the process and protocol for other SUNY campuses. The team approached the preparation for the assessments thoughtfully and methodically, focusing on specific departments, identifying steps that needed to be taken to demonstrate great organizational skills in implementing the assessments.

Winners of the individual awards are below.


Employee of the Year: Dan Arnold, Contracts and Campus Purchasing

Community Campus

Non-Clinical Employee of the Year: Bridget Petrowski, RN, Nursing, Recruitment Office

Provider of the Year: Matthew Glidden, MD, Hospital, Administration

Downtown Campus

Clinical Leader of the Year: Sarah Fries, NP, Nursing, Administration

Clinical Employee of the Year: Lauren George, RN, Nursing 10E Oncology

Provider of the Year: Alyssa Steckel, PA, Cancer Center, Administration

Non-Clinical Leader of the Year: Steven Roberts, IMT Operations and Host Systems

Non-Clinical Employee of the Year: Lyle Hughes, Medicine

The winners will be honored at a June 18 reception, which is open to family members of the winners and supervisors.

Caption: Upstate’s transplant team, which was honored as Clinical  Team of Year, Downtown Campus.

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