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July 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – 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, August 15, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Weaver Lounge at the Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica.Registration is required as seating is limited. Contact Cindy Christian, RN, BSN... continue
July 21, 2017
A 4-year-old Shiloh Shepherd therapy dog visits patients every Wednesday at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Onyx, owned by hospital volunteer Sister Sharon Ann Boyd, takes her job very seriously.With her large size – 98 pounds –and friendly demeanor, Onyx manifests a powerful presence at the hospital. Employees fuss over her as she prances with confidence through... continue
July 21, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations (Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center) recently announced the 2017-2018 officers for its Board of Directors:Terrance Mielnicki has been named president. Mielnicki has been a member of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation board since 2008 and has served as president of the board since 2009. He is on the... continue
July 21, 2017
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare recently received a donation of a “Starlight Fun Center” for the Pediatric Unit. The Fun Center features a Nintendo Wii U, various games, a flat-screen TV and a cart that enables the system to travel to patient rooms.The donation was made possible through a national fundraising campaign held by Starlight Children’s... continue
July 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Ten new doctors came to the area on Monday, June 19 to begin training at St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s (SEMC’s) Family Medicine Residency Program.Residency Program Director Mark E. Warfel, DO, FAAFP, said the physicians will train and provide care at the St. Elizabeth Campus of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center on Hobart Street, the... continue
July 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –  Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) offers the Household Sharps Disposal Program for community members to properly dispose of their medical waste. Items such as syringes and lancets may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Energy Center located on the St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, New Hartford, or at the... continue
July 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Laryngectomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 12 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Sister Regina Conference Room on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) hospital building, 2209 Genesee Street, Utica. The support group is sponsored by SEMC.A laryngectomy is the procedure to remove a person’s larynx and separates... continue
July 3, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Ten doctors graduated from St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s (SEMC’s) Family Medicine Residency on Friday, June 30, 2017, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the nationally accredited, three-year, postdoctoral training program to 277. The program is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Mark Warfel, DO,... continue
June 30, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and its nursing/technical/service and maintenance staff represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1126 reached tentative agreements for five successor collective bargaining contracts. The new, three-year contracts extend through June 2020. The current contract expired on Friday, June 30, 2017.CWA... continue
June 29, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) hosted an organ donor recognition event in honor of those who gave the gift of life through organ, tissue and cornea donation. The event was held in the Donate Life Garden at the St. Luke’s Campus.According to the Donate Life America’s National Donor Designation Report Card, New York ranks 48th among the 50 states for... continue
June 28, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), is offering a free, three-week series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes. Freshstart is an evidence-based program created by the American Cancer Society. The classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, July 10, 17 and 24, 2017, in the Sister Johanna Conference Room... continue
June 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Owensboro, Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; Elmhurst, Illinois, and closer to home, Middletown, New York, are all locations where teams of medical staff, nurses, support staff and executives from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have traveled to see firsthand how new hospitals are changing the patient experience. The information and ideas gained during these trips will be... continue
June 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Forbes Magazine ranked St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) to its list of the country’s top two-year trade schools this week. SECON was ranked third of the list’s 30 schools based upon students’ post-graduate earnings, along with the schools’ affordability and quality.SECON is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Commission for... continue
June 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –  An article highlighting the career of Jodi Kapes, ACSW, LCSW-R, director of Behavioral Health for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), has been published by Falk College at Syracuse University (SU).Kapes earned her Master of Social Work with a Family Mental Health concentration from SU in Syracuse, New York, and her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a specialization in... continue
June 22, 2017
UTICA, NY – On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, two Mary Kay units presented a donation of $250 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center. This generous donation will serve as financial assistance for patients in chemotherapy treatment.The units collected donations from community members to raise money for the Cancer Center. In the true spirit of continuing the “Legacy of Love” that the Mary... continue
June 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Halyna Liszczynskyj, director of Library Services at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), recently received two awards at the 2017 Medical Library Association (MLA) annual conference in Seattle, Washington. She received an award for being a co-author on a poster on solo librarianship presented at the conference. Titled Solo Librarians: Demographics, Duties, Needs and Challenges, the... continue
June 15, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Herkimer Lions Club donated $1,000 on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to provide two scholarships to students at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON). A $500 scholarship will be presented to a deserving student in the fall of 2017, with a second $500 scholarship presented in the spring of 2018. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by SECON faculty and administration and will be... continue
June 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Faxton Urgent Care recently began offering physical exams needed for camp, school or employment when Primary Care providers can’t see patients in time. Walk-ins are welcome, with no appointment needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at the Faxton Campus of Mohawk Valley Health System.The service is available at a summer rate of $40 until Labor Day at the Faxton Campus, corner of... continue
May 31, 2017
WHITESBORO, N.Y. – Donna A. Sickler, BSN, RN, was named an Outstanding Healthcare Professional by the Genesis Group and the Medical Societies of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties at their annual Healthcare Recognition ceremony May 18 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, New York.Sickler has worked at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for the past 23 years. She previously worked at St. Elizabeth... continue
May 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday June 9, 2017, Mohawk Valley Health System will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sister Johanna Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee St., Utica.More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day in the United States. Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, and, of those eligible, only ten percent actually donate. Just... continue