Upstate People

Kathleen Paice Froio, manager of media relations, received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source from the Syracuse Press Club at the press club’s annual awards dinner May 3 at Drumlins Country Club. Paice Froio received the award for effectively working with the media in placing medical and health-related news stories. Paice Froio is the third Upstate communicator to receive the award. Darryl Geddes (2005) and Dan Hurley (1992) were previous winners.

Michaela (Mikki) Kollisch-Singule, MD, a third-year research resident in general surgery, received the top award for Best Overall Paper at the 38th Annual Surgical Symposium meeting for the Association of VA Surgeons, held April 14 at Yale University. Her paper was titled Extended Pressure over Time Reduces Alveolar Micro-Strain in Acute Lung Injury.  This is the third award that Kollish-Singule has received this year. In March, the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma Paper Competition presented her with its First Place award for Best Basic Science Abstract Presentation in Upstate NY (Nov 2013 – Albany, N.Y.), Region 2 (Dec 2013 – Manhattan,) and National (March 2014 – Philadelphia, Pa.) competitions. She earned the second place award in the Clinical Medicine Poster category from the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) in April.

Laural Golash, RN, has been appointed the Community Campus clinical documentation improvement specialist. The clinical documentation improvement program helps providers capture all the possible co-morbid conditions and to document diagnoses in the most specific manner in the diagnostic language that can be captured during chart coding.

Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery, was invited speaker to the Epilepsy Toronto annual conference May 10, to talk about her experience treating patients with epilepsy with MRI-guided laser ablation. Upstate is among of handful of centers worldwide using this technology.

Upstate In the News

A Letter to the Editor by Upstate CIO Terry Wagner explaining the benefits of using the Upstate MyChart web application was featured May 19 in Syracuse.com.

Christian Knutsen was quoted  in a May 19 CNYCentral.com news story about a new ultrasound device that allows EMTs to scan patients for internal injuries while enroute to the hospital, giving trauma surgeons and ER doctors more information about the patient upon arrival to the hospital, as part of Upstate’s Trauma Teaching Day in celebration of National EMS Week.

Wendy Evers Gordon, PhD, was quoted in a May 20 Time Warner Cable News story about findings from a National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence that showed that bullying by siblings is on the rise.