Upstate Emergency Management offers tips for National Preparedness Month
In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Upstate’s Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to have an emergency supply kit prepared at home. Families are encouraged to make children part of the disaster planning process by reviewing emergency plans together so children are equipped should a disaster strike, and know what to do if parents are not home. FEMA recommends one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, medications and eyeglasses.
For a complete listing of supplies and help developing and practicing an emergency plan, visit

To print a checklist, visit FEMA.

For information on preparedness activities at Upstate, click here.

For more information on preparedness at work and home, email Chris Dunham at

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are set
Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available. Registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 6, Robert Fechtner, MD: Glaucoma—The Sneak Thief of Sight
Sept. 13, Robert Lenox, MD: What We Can Do to Eliminate TB in Onondaga County
Sept. 20, Rev. Susan Huizenga: Why Should I Care About Palliative Care
Sept. 27, William Lavelle, MD: Low Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis
Oct. 4, Tomas Mujo, MD: IVC Filter Management
Oct. 11, Flavia Soto, MD: Post-Operative Care After Bariatric Surgery
Oct. 18, Jesse Ryan, MD: Evaluation of Neck Masses in Adults
Oct. 25, Lee Livermore: The Facts and Myths Around E-Cigarette Use

Upstate Stars training is Sept. 6, 16; Oct. 11; Nov. 4 and 13
Upstate Stars: The Value of Recognition and Appreciation training will be held on both campuses. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., 9405B East Tower at Downtown Campus
Sept. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Community Room at Community Campus
Oct. 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., 10405A East Tower at Downtown Campus
Nov. 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., 12405B East Tower at Downtown Campus
Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Community Room at Community Campus

Second annual Bottoms Up One Club Golf Tournament is Sept. 7
The second annual Bottoms Up One Club Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 7 at Burnet Park Golf Course. Registration is $75 and proceeds support the Upstate Colon Cancer Fund. Participants are allowed to bring one club to play nine holes in a captain and mate tournament, with breweries at each hole for craft beer sampling. Registration includes lunch, give-a-ways, tastings, and greens fees. An after party and 10th Hole Putting Contest will be held at Now and Later Pub. Register here, or for more information email Matthew Capogreco at

Pars for Stroke golf tournament is Sept. 7
The fifth annual Pars for Stroke golf tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at noon at the Links at Erie Village. Registration is $360 per foursome or $90 per person. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a riding cart, lunch at the Turn, a buffet dinner, and chances to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Upstate Stroke Fund. For more information and to register, visit  
Questions? Email Kyle at  

Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is Sept. 9
Louis R. Pasquale, MD, professor of ophthalmology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will present Insights Gained from Advances in Glaucoma Genetics Monday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. in 4709 Neuroscience Research Building. For more information, email Carol Miller at

Upstate Foundation hosts national speaker Scott Deming Sept. 10
Scott Deming—national speaker, author and trainer—will present The Magic of Process, Purpose and Leadership Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Hosted by the Upstate Foundation, all Upstate healthcare staff are welcome. Nursing and social work attendees are eligible for 1.5 CEU credit hours. Deming helps teams and individuals improve communication skills, become stronger leaders, and find lasting patient loyalty. The event is part of the Grateful Patient and Family Program and is co-hosted by the Physician Philanthropic Council and Upstate Philanthropic Council. For more information, email Bethann Kistner at

HealthLink seminar on pelvic floor disorders is Sept. 10
Natasha Ginzburg, MD, associate professor of urology, and Rebecca Alexander, DPT, will present Options for Pelvic Floor Disorders Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HealthLink, 6333 Rt 298, East Syracuse. Surgical and non-surgical approaches to pelvic health, treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and incontinence will be discussed. Attendees will learn how yoga and other forms of physical therapy may help as an alternative to surgery. The seminar is free but registration is required. Register here. A new listing of For a listing of HealthLink seminars offered in September is now available. Questions? Contact Aldrine Ashong-Katai at or 315-464-6055.

Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 10
The Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lodge at Hill-Rom in Skaneateles. The event, sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies, features a day-long program including faculty talks, invited guest and alumni speakers, and a poster session. Keynote speakers include Louis Pasquale, MD, professor of ophalmology at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, MD, PhD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics, neurology and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, visit or contact Natalie Andrianos in the College of Graduate Studies at  or 315-464-4547.

Easy for You is Sept. 10
Easy for You—Upstate’s smoking cessation program—will be held Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to get help quitting tobacco. The program includes free nicotine replacement therapy. For more information, call Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519. For more information on Pathway to Wellness offerings, visit

Pink Champions Breast Support Group guest speaker is Sept. 11
Yvonne Conte—corporate culture expert, motivational humorist, and seven-time author—will speak at the Pink Champions Breast Support Group Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Oasis (6333 NY Route 98, East Syracuse). A short support group meeting for those interested will be held immediately following the program. Space is limited and RSVP is required by calling 315-464-8668.

Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Sept. 13
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Friday, Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1144 Academic Building. The club is open to all Upstate staff, students, and faculty. Led by Diedre Neilen, PhD, the conversation will focus on medical futility, looking at personal and professional beliefs about an ill person’s right to pursue life, and society’s right to quantify the benefit of and refuse to pay for such a pursuit. To receive a copy of the two featured articles, email  Participants are welcome to bring own lunch.

Join Upstate’s ALS Center at walk for ALS Sept. 14
The Lowell Smith Circle of Courage Syracuse Walk for ALS will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. To join Upstate’s ALS Center at the event, register with the team at

Day of Service and Remembrance is Sept. 15
Upstate’s fourth annual Day of Service and Remembrance is Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day honors those who lost their lives and those who sacrificed on Sept. 11. Registrants will be part of a team that serves various sites in the community. Check-in is at 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Academic Building. Busses will drop volunteers off at their community sites and will return to campus at 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register by Sept. 10 at  For more information, email Cindy Paikin at

Nominations for Empire Star Public Service Award due Sept. 16
Nominations are now being accepted for round two of theEmpire Star Public Service Award,a $5,000 professional development award program for New York State employees. The program recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their dedication to serve the public with a high level of performance, integrity, and pride. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be current New York state employees serving in the executive branch. Nominations may be made by colleagues and supervisors. Self-nominations are not accepted. To nominate an outstanding employee for the Empire Star Public Service Award, complete the online nomination form at no later than Sept. 16. If you plan to nominate, email Megan Chase at

Nursing Grand Rounds is Sept. 17
Connie Randolph, RN, MS, SNS, CCC; Natasha Zmitrowitz, RN; and Dee Scogins, RN, BS, will present It Takes a Village: Interdisciplinary Approach to Heart Failure Patient Centered Care Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The rounds will be streamed live to Classroom A and B at Community Campus and videotaped for post-presentation online viewing within the NGR blackboard course #3490: Nursing Grand Rounds. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at

Open house at Upstate’s new Simulation Center is Sept. 17 and 18
Upstate’s new Simulation Center will host an open house Sept. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the new center. The Simulation Center main entrance is located within the Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email

Expert on physician-patient communication speaks Sept. 18
Wendy Levinson, MD, professor of medicine and past chair of the department of medicine at University of Toronto, will present Choosing Wisely: From an Idea to an International Movement Sept. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. Levinson is an international expert in the field of physician-patient communication, including the disclosure of medical errors to patients and informed decision making. She is chair of Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. She also chairs and coordinates Choosing Wisely International, a collaborative of the Choosing Wisely campaigns in over 20 countries worldwide. In 2014, Levinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her work. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information, email Patty Gooden at

T-shirt sales to benefit inpatient behavioral health units are Sept. 18 and 19, Oct. 2, 3, 4
Inpatient behavioral health units at both campuses will sell T-shirts Sept. 18 and 19, and Oct. 2, 3 and 4. Funds raised will support staff education and community outreach efforts. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., second floor lobby at Downtown Campus
Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., cafeteria at Community Campus
Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m., second floor lobby at Downtown Campus
Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Galleries
Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upstate Health Care Center

Advanced Practice Symposium is Sept. 19
The Advanced Practice Symposium will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The symposium is open to current nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing in the Syracuse area. Registration is due Sept. 12, online at

Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 21
The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer to benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. beginning at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co., Old Forge, N.Y. For more information, visit or call Janice Todeschini at 315-464-6114 or 315-415-3157.

Upstate offers education during Malnutrition Awareness Week Sept. 23 to 27
Upstate Nutritional Services and Morrison Healthcare will offer educational webinars for health professionals during Malnutrition Awareness Week Sept. 23 to 27, in room 10405A in the East Tower of Upstate’s Downtown Campus. The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is accredited to provide medical, pharmacy, nursing, and dietetic credits. To receive continuing education credits, participants must register online at  The schedule is as follows.:
—Sept. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Malnutrition Across the Spectrum: A Case-Based Approach from the Acute to the Chronic Critically Ill Patient (1.5 CEC)
—Sept. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. Improving Nutrition Status in the Cancer Patient with Nutritional and Pharmacological Therapies (1 CEC)
—Sept. 25 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Implementing Nutrition Screening: Lessons Learned in Facilitating Practice Change (1.5 CEC)
—Sept. 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Identification and Interventions 1.5 CEC)
—Sept. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Moving Beyond the Malnutrition Diagnosis: A Multi-Disciplinary, Case-Based Approach to Implementing Nutrition Interventions (1.5 CEC)
—Sept. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. Addressing Food Insecurity in the Malnourished Patient (1 CEC)

Upstate Cancer Center hosts On My Own Time gallery party Sept. 26

A gallery closing party featuring On My Own Time artwork will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Guest Art Gallery at Upstate Cancer Center. The gallery is located in the second floor hallway between Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Cancer Center. Upstate employees whose works are featured in the exhibit will be on hand to discuss their pieces. Light refreshments will be served and a tour of Upstate Cancer Center’s permanent art collection will be offered immediately following the reception. R.S.V.P. to Matthew Capogreco at

Upstate Foundation seeks volunteers for Call In for Cancer Oct. 1
The Upstate Foundation will host Call In for Cancer Oct. 1 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The inaugural event—benefiting Upstate Cancer Center and celebrating the center’s fifth anniversary—will broadcast live from IHeartMedia station B104.7, and will be promoted on y94 and WSYR News Radio 570. Volunteers are sought to answer phones, take pledges, and make calls thanking past donors. Two-hour shifts are available. Those unable to volunteer for a two-hour shift may be considered for a social media ambassador post. To volunteer, call Kristen Penfield at 315-464-4281. For more information, visit All funds raised will support the needs of patients being treated for cancer at Upstate Cancer Center.

Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp is Oct. 3 and 4
The third annual Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. Peter Boatwright, PhD, program director and master of integrated innovation for products and services at Carnegie Mellon University, will present the keynote address. The program will offer information on business model canvas, intellectual property, university models of successful commercialization, manufacturing, startup company product development, business development, sales channels and funding lifecycle for startup companies. Registration is $10. For more information, visit

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk is Oct. 12
Out of the Darkness, a community walk to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
To join the Upstate Medical University team, visit
For more information, email Becky Hogle at  or Katie Stuenzi at

Well-Being Index and resources are available online
The Well-Being Index is a validated screening tool used to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety, stress, and mental/physical quality of life. The index is nine questions, and offers immediate access to online resources. For more information, use access code Upstate at the following website:

CSEA offers Skills for Success courses
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training are offering classroom- and web-based courses for CSEA-represented employees. To view the fall catalog, visit