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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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
Fall Risk—yellow band with black lettering
Limb Alert—pink band with black lettering
DNR—purple band with white lettering
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Joe Selby MD, MPH, to speak at Dean and Medicine Grand Rounds June 14
Joe Selby, MD, MPH, executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will speak at Upstate’s Dean and Medicine Chair Grand Rounds Thursday, June 14 at 5 p.m. in 9295 Weiskotten Hall. Selby will discuss the importance of patient and caregiver input in the development of research. Refreshments will be served at 4:45 p.m. The community is welcome to attend. Selby will also speak at the FOCUS Forum Friday, June 15 at 8 a.m. at Loretto’s Cunningham Building Auditorium, 700 E. Brighton Ave., Syracuse. The event is free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by Upstate and the Central New York Citizen’s Aging Research Action Network (CNY-CAN). CNY-CAN is a cooperative effort of FOCUS, Upstate Geriatrics, Southwest Community Center, and HealtheConnections, with input from Onondaga County Office for Aging and Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
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Deadline for Young Leaders United applications is June 15
Upstate employees and students are welcome to apply for the Central New York Young Leaders United program. Participants of the Young Leaders program will represent Upstate Medical University and will have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs and volunteer events, network with other young professionals, and support the United Way. Applications are due June 15. Young Leaders are required to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2018 to September 2019. For an application, visit:
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Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are June 15, 22, 29
Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus from September to June. CME credits are available and registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at The schedule is as follows.
June 15—Emerging Drugs of Abuse with William Eggleston, ParmD
June 22—Beyond the ECG: A New Approach to Risk Management for Drug-Induced Torsades de Pointes
June 29—Hypertension Update: Making Sense of Newer Hypertension Trials and Guidelines with Vincent Frechette, MD.
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Central Stores will close for inventory June 14
Central Stores will close for annual inventory Thursday, June 14. Orders must be received by Tuesday, June 12 no later than 2 p.m. for Wednesday delivery. Normal business resumes Friday, June 15 at 8 a.m.
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Alzheimer’s education and resources highlighted June 18
Upstate’s Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease and the Central New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will offer information and resources on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second floor lobby outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Upstate’s Health Sciences Library will be on hand with books and Karen Clark from the Department of Medicine will offer additional resources.
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Retirement reception for Dillip Kittur, MD, is June 19
A recognition and retirement reception for Dilip Kittur, MD, emeritus professor of surgery, will be held June 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. The Upstate community is welcome. Kittur retires after more than 30 years of service.
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Nursing Grand Rounds is June 19
Michele Dwyer, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Upstate Breastfeeding Medicine Program will present Care of the Breastfeeding Woman, Infant or Child on a Non-OB Unit June 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in conference room 12405 A/B on the 12thfloor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be streamed live to Classroom A and B at Community Campus and is targeted to Upstate Nurses who wish to increase their knowledge regarding the care of the breastfeeding woman, infant and/or child during hospitalization as well as the resources available through the Upstate Breastfeeding Medicine Program. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Barbara LaCasse at
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World Refugee Day is June 20
Upstate will host a panel discussion and luncheon in recognition of World Refugee Day Wednesday, June 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414 B/C of the Academic Building. The event will include a panel of community leaders, medical champions, and former refugees who have made Syracuse home. Music will be provided by a refugee youth band and lunch by Habiba’s Ethiopian Kitchen. The Upstate community is welcome but RSVP is requested to account for lunch needs. To register for lunch, visit:
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Cancer Center Grand Rounds is June 22
Dario Marchetti, PhD, director of Biomarker Research Program and professor of Biomarkers Research at Houston Methodist Research Institute, will present Circulating Tumor Cells: Advancing Tools to Combat Metastasis Friday, June 22 at 7:30 a.m. in conference room C1076 A/B/C at Upstate Cancer Center.
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March with SUNY at NYC Pride June 24
SUNY invites you to join fellow students, faculty, and staff to march in the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24 from noon to 6 p.m. Members of the SUNY community from all 64 campuses across New York State are welcome to attend and be a part of the largest pride celebration in the world. Registration and parade details are available online at SUNY will also be present at PrideFest. Pride Fest will take place at University Place between Washington Square and 13thStreet, bringing festival attendees closer to the NYC Pride March which travels on 5thAvenue, one block away.Show your support for SUNY’s principles of equity and inclusion by walking together to celebrate the LGBTQ community and showcase our SUNY Pride. Register Now at: Questions? Email Johanna Kendrick-Holmes at
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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
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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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