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May 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Mohawk Valley Health System will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Allen-Calder Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at the St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, Utica. Please enter through Allen-Calder Entrance 7 at the back of the campus.More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day in the United States, but only 38 percent of the population is... continue
May 19, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Growing up in Syracuse, New York, Sister Catherine Michael Napier was shaped by factors that made her want a religious life. Born Judy Ann Napier, she attended parochial schools. Unfortunately, she was also a sickly child, who spent some time in hospitals with severe bronchitis. And as she grew, she was often asked to tend her younger brother and sister. While she loves people, by... continue
May 19, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday June 2, 2017, at noon the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes) is offering a free "Knock Your Socks Off!" foot (podiatry) clinic for people with diabetes. The event will take place at the CNY Diabetes Education Program office located on the 4th floor of the Faxton St Luke’s Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica.An area... continue
May 17, 2017
UTICA – The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) graduated 68 new nurses on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Of the 68 graduates, 49 attended weekday classes and 19 participated in the evening/weekend program. The 111th graduation ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utica, following a procession across Genesee Street.College President Varinya Sheppard, DNP, RN, CENP, Shannon Holtslag, MS... continue
May 11, 2017
UTICA, NY – The 26th annual Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Telethon will air Wednesday, May 17, 2017, on WKTV NewsChannel 2. Broadcast live from the Community Room in the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica, the Telethon will air from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To make a pledge to CMN during the... continue
May 4, 2017
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, cancer survivors from the Mohawk Valley as well as their family and friends are invited to gather with employees, medical staff and volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) Cancer Center at the 29thannual National Cancer Survivors Day. The breakfast will take place at Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro, with doors opening at 9 a.m. and the... continue
May 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) Scholarship Committee has announced the following recipients of the 2017 spring scholarships and awards:J. Francis Roche Memorial ScholarshipCaitlin BinghamLyric CalvinLindsey HellingerDaniel HowardLindsey LaFountainMaurice Luck IIIAndrea McDonaldPhyu WinMarion Weynachter Memorial ScholarshipBillie BurkeAndria DavisKaitlyn EllingerDavid... continue
May 1, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – National Women’s Health Week is celebrated every year beginning on Mother’s Day, and serves as a reminder to women to make their health a priority. In today’s fast paced world, it is very difficult for women to take time out of their busy schedules to spend time on themselves. This is why we are extending Women’s Health Week, by hosting a Women’s Health Open House on Tuesday, May 23... continue
April 25, 2017
The Dialysis Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System offers an educational program for those who have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The program will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Weaver Lounge at the Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica.Registration is required as seating is limited. Contact Cindy Christian, RN, BSN, CDN, CKD Program... continue
April 24, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Taylor Webster, RN, has been named nurse manager for AC 2 at the St. Luke’s Campus. In this position, Webster is responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for AC 2 – a medical/surgical telemetry unit.Webster earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, New York, and is working toward her... continue
April 24, 2017
UTICA, NY - The St. Elizabeth Trauma Center of the Mohawk Valley Health System and Midstate EMS will host the 31stannual Trauma Symposium on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel in Vernon, New York.Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Presentation topics include:Lessons learned from the San Bernardino... continue
April 24, 2017
Support Forum for Patients and Cancer Survivors The Mohawk Valley Health System’s Cancer Center’s monthly support forum for patients and cancer survivors will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 6 p.m.The cancer support forum meets the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Cancer Center’s Fireplace Lounge on the main floor of Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica.The forum, led by the... continue
April 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Becker’s Spine Review, one of Becker Healthcare’s five publications for the healthcare industry, has quoted Andrew Wickline, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who practices at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) St. Elizabeth Campus, in an article titled, “Is physical therapy necessary after total knee replacement?” It appears online at http://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-... continue
April 17, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Mark E. Warfel, DO, FAAFP, has received the Edward Gaffney, MD, Memorial Award for 2016. Dr. Warfel is a Family Medicine physician who practiced for many years in New Hartford, New York, and is program director of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency and director of medical education for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). The award is presented annually by the medical... continue
April 17, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Derrick J. Suehs, Ed.D., has been named assistant vice president of Quality for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Prior to joining MVHS, Suehs served as Chief Quality (and Administrative Operations) Officer and as director of Outcomes Management for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York. He also served quality advisor and director of Quality Management at St. Joseph Medical... continue
April 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Sandra Whittemore, BSN, has been named nurse manager of the Special Care Unit (SCU) at the St. Luke’s Campus. She is currently the nurse manager of the Progressive Care Unit at the St. Luke’s Campus, and will continue in this role in addition to managing the SCU. Whittemore is now responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for the PCU... continue
April 11, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Linda McCormack-Miller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has been named senior vice president/chief nursing officer for the Mohawk Valley Health System. In this position, Linda is responsible for nursing practice, policy and procedures across the system.Linda has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare experience. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University in... continue
April 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Continuing its renovation project, Faxton Urgent Care recently added hand-painted murals to two exams rooms to help ease children’s anxiety during visits. Artist Amy Eckler of Utica designed the wall-length murals with whimsical characters to please children and provide a pleasant distraction from their injury or illness.In addition, activities have been built into the walls to keep... continue
April 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Amanda Sweezey, RN, has been named nurse manager for Neuro/Peds at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System. In this position, Sweezey is responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for Neuro/Peds, an adult inpatient medical and pediatric ambulatory surgical unit.Sweezey earned an associate degree in Applied Science... continue
April 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON), in conjunction with the Utica Police Department (UPD) Metro SWAT Team, conducted an “Active Shooter Drill” for its College staff and students on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the College campus. The drill is part of the College’s Campus Safety and Security program and is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with a scenario that... continue