State fire inspection to begin week of Nov. 6
Upstate will undergo its annual fire inspection by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). The inspection is anticipated to begin the week of Nov. 6 and continue until complete. Specific times and locations of the inspection are to be determined by the state fire inspector. Failure to comply may result in a per-violation/per day fine until the items have been corrected. Common areas that will be under consideration during the inspection will include life safety and corridors and space. Contact the Upstate fire marshal at 315-464-5782 with questions or concerns.
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Hospital Memorial Services are Nov. 5, 14
The Department of Spiritual Care will hold its annual Memorial Service at the Downtown Campus Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and at Community Campus Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Families of patients who died at Upstate from Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017, will receive an invitation to attend. Staff also is invited and welcome to attend and remember employees who have died this past year. Help is also welcome with singing, greeting, reading and playing instruments for the service. To participate in any way, contact Rev. Terry Culbertson at 315-464-4236.
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SU dance marathon is Nov. 5
Syracuse University will host the OttoTHON dance marathon Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus. The event, supported by the Upstate Foundation, benefits Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Visit OttoTHon to donate.
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11th annual Burn Run is Nov. 5
The 11th annual Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 5 at the East Syracuse Fire Department Station No. 22 in East Syracuse. The Burn Run is a 5k and 10k walk/run hosted by the East Syracuse Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the Burn Foundation of CNY, its service to Upstate University Hospital’s Clark Burn Center, and burn survivors and their families in Central New York. To register, visit Burn Run. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, 315-464-4284,
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Food justice film screening and director Q & A Nov 6
King Corn: A food justice film screening and director Q&A, will be held Monday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in 304 Schine Student Center, 303 University Place, Syracuse University. King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. After the one-hour screening, director Aaron Woolf will join the audience in a discussion, moderated by food studies professor Rick Welsh. The film will be captioned and the space is wheelchair accessible. ASL available upon request. This event is open to Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University students, staff, and faculty. Presented by the Consortium for Culture and Medicine and the Syracuse University Department of Food Studies. For more information, contact Kathleen Szczech,, 315-464-5404.
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Election Day is a floating holiday
Election Day (Nov. 7) is a floating holiday as designated by The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER). Eligible employees (New York state and Research Foundation) who work on Nov. 7 will earn a compensatory day to be used at a mutually convenient date, based on operating needs. Subject to departmental procedures for requesting time off, an eligible employee may use his/her floating holiday beginning Nov. 7 and ending Nov. 5, 2018. Contact Payroll Services, 315-464-4840 with questions.
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March for Babies onsite registration is Nov. 8, 9
Onsite registration for March for Babies will be held:
• Wednesday, Nov. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the 2nd floor, Upstate University Hospital, Downtown Campus.
• Thursday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Upstate University Hospital Community Campus cafeteria.
The event will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at the SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Tnpk., Syracuse.  For more information, contact Christine Nackley (315-464-8040,; Shannon Bouchard (, Beth Sellers, (315-492-5551,, or Zanette Howe, (315-464-4263,
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Open forums set for Nov. 8, 14
Upstate Medical University will hold Open Forums to introduce the finalists for the position of chief diversity officer, Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Tuesday, Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall first floor auditorium. The finalists will present their vision for diversity and inclusion at Upstate. This presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.
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Bioethics Journal Club meeting Nov. 10
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities will hold its next Journal Club Friday, Nov. 10 at noon in 3507 Setnor Academic Building. Dr. Rob Olick will lead the discussion on the article by  “Lowering the Age of Consent:  Pushing Back against the Anti-Vaccine Movement”, by Allison M. Whelan.  (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 44(3); Fall 2016:  462-473). The article examines the rise of the anti-vaccination movement and the laws allowing parental exemptions to mandatory school vaccines. It uses the debate about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine as an example to highlight the effect of the anti-vaccine movement despite the scientific evidence.  The author proposes lowering the legal age of consent as a way to combat vaccine resistance. To receive a copy of the article, contact Kathy Szczech, 315-464-5404,
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Bacon Brigade curling event Nov. 11
The Bacon Brigade is planning a charity event for Nov. 11, where 48 novice curlers from the Upstate community will take to the ice with brooms in hand to compete at the Utica Curling Club in Whitesboro. The event is free with the competition being held from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Kids with Cancer fund of the Upstate Cancer Center. There may be a few additional curling spots available. If interested, contact Doug Rosenthal,, 315-464-8881.
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Gala is Nov. 17
The Upstate Gala, Upstate Foundation’s largest black-tie social event of the year, will be held at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex Friday, Nov. 17. The event, held 8 p.m. to midnight, offers an evening of dining and dancing to music by the capital district’s Grand Central Station Band. A Patron Party precedes the Gala at 7 p.m., at the Oncenter’s 800 S. State St., Syracuse location. Proceeds from Gala will benefit Upstate Medical University clinical care, education and research in the areas of brain health and neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. For Gala sponsorship opportunities and reservations, call 315-464-4416 or visit Gala.
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Managing trauma: A geriatric perspective is topic of Nursing Grand Rounds on Nov 21
Jolene Kittle, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN-K, CEN, CFRN, TCRN, trauma program manager; Kelly Czarnecki, BSN, RN, trauma process improvement supervisor; and Kim Nasby, RN, trauma injury prevention coordinator, will present “Managing trauma: A geriatric perspective” at Nursing Grand Rounds Tues. Nov. 21 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Kinney Foundation Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be streamed live to Classroom A & B at Community Campus and videotaped for post-presentation online viewing within the NGR blackboard course. Nursing and Inter-professional staff attending this session will gain a fuller knowledge of the geriatric trauma population as a specialty requiring specialized trauma treatment guidelines that include lower thresholds than the typical adult trauma patient. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at, 315-464-9443.
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Thanksgiving Day meal for working hospital staff
Hospital staff at both Upstate campuses who work a Thanksgiving Day shift are eligible for a complimentary meal that day.
• Downtown Campus: three complimentary meal options are offered Nov. 23 in Café 750 at the following times: 5 to 6 a.m. (Thanksgiving breakfast), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. (Thanksgiving dinner). To place an order for tickets, contact Gayle Hyde, 315-464-4253, before 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be picked up from Hyde on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1203 Upstate University Hospital.
• Community Campus: the complimentary meal options offered in the Community Café are: 5 to 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. To order tickets, contact Theresa Discenza,, 315-492-5744 by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Tickets can be picked up from Discenza on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Administration Room 1136A.
Tickets are required for complimentary meals at both campuses.
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2018 Health Insurance Option Transfer Period for New York State employees
The Human Resources Benefits Office reminds New York State employees of the following important dates and deadlines:
• 2018 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP): Through Nov. 6
• 2018 Flex Spending Account Open Enrollment: Through Nov. 6.
• 2018 Pre-Tax Contribution Program (PTCP) change period: Nov. 1  to Nov. 30.
• 2018 Health insurance rates for New York State employees: TBA.
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Support the community through the Community Giving Campaign
Say “I’m In” to Upstate’s 2017 Community Giving Campaign (CGC that raises funds to support agencies that provide vital health, education and basic services in the community. Each campaign contributor will receive an”I’m In” sticker that can be affixed to their employee ID badge. The sticker serves as a thank you for participating in an effort to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Visit Community Giving Campaign more information.
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Flu shots available to Upstate community
Upstate’s flu shot clinics are open to anyone with an Upstate ID. Visit Flu Clinics for up–to-date information on flu and for the clinic schedule.
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President’s annual Holiday Reception is Dec. 18
Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, Upstate president and health system CEO, will host her Annual Holiday Reception Monday, Dec.18 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Academic Building. The Upstate Community is invited to attend.
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