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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
April 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Deerfield native Terry Polczynski has had a degenerative spinal disease since her early 40s. Twelve years ago, she was living in North Carolina and had fusion surgery on her L4 lumbar spinal disk, which seemed to temporarily ease her lower back pain. She moved back to Central New York in 2011 and for about three months each year, she goes to physical therapy for her back.Now she is... continue
April 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, April 3, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Extender, which funds all government operations through May 31 and advances key priority infrastructure, economic development and environmental projects across New York. In the Budget Extender, it was announced that the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been awarded the... continue
March 24, 2017
After Breast Cancer Support Group MeetingOn Saturday, April 8, 2017, the After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the Community Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services on the St. Luke’s Campus, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica. Radiologist Dr. Nancy Shaheen will lead the meeting with a discussion about 3D mammography, which is now offered at the Mohawk... continue
March 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. - On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will host a free stroke support group presentation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Soggs Room at St. Luke’s Home in the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica.Two videos will be shown during this session. The first features Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and... continue
March 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – During the month of March the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is celebrating Child Life Specialist Month. Child life professionals help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. They provide evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education to reduce... continue
March 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Christopher Max, MD, a specialist in General and Vascular Surgery, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Surgical Group – Faxton Campus and has admitting privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC).Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Max was in private practice for 30 years. Dr. Max received his medical degree from... continue
March 21, 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, April 4, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 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
March 20, 2017
The Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation is hosting its annual Stomp Out Cancer Telethon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The telethon will be broadcast live from the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) Cancer Center on WKTV NewsChannel 2 from noon to 7 p.m. and on CBS Utica from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dollars raised through the 2017 Stomp Out Cancer (SOC) Telethon allow MVHS to focus on the... continue
March 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael S. McCoy, MBA, has been named executive director of St. Luke’s Home for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). St. Luke’s Home is a 202-bed nursing home located on the St. Luke’s Campus and includes a 40-bed Subacute Rehabilitation Unit and an Adult Day Health Care Program.Prior to joining MVHS, McCoy served as administrator of record for The Edward L. Wilkinson Residential... continue
March 15, 2017
Dear Employees, Medical Staff and Volunteers, We have officially broken records, and not the type of records our area likes to beat during the month of March. According to WKTV, Utica has received 31.3” of snow, which surpasses the 24 hour snowfall record (Valentine’s Day in 2007 with 26”). Winter Storm Stella will go down in history as the biggest snow storm (just beating the famous blizzard of... continue
March 15, 2017
Below is a list of MVHS offices that will either be closed or opening late due to the weather.Faxton Urgent Care - opening at 10amSister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center - closedDental Health Center - closedBarneveld - closedBoonville - open all dayChildren's Center - closedClinton - closedEast Utica - closedHerkimer - closedLittle Falls - closing at 2pmMohawk - closedNew Hartford Crossroads-... continue
March 15, 2017
The MVHS Imaging Center in the Utica Business Park as well as the Imaging Center in the Medical Arts Building on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford are closed today on Wednesday, March 15.