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August 14, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –  The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the... continue
August 11, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Scott Buddle has been named Risk Management director for MVHS.Buddle joined St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) in 1988 as a nurse assistant and has held positions as psychiatric assistant, psychiatric activities leader and senior activities therapist/behavioral management education coordinator. Most recently, he served as program director of the Department of Psychiatry, a position... continue
August 11, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) hosted a medical camp for teens ages 15 through 18 in August at the St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s campuses. MediCamp demonstrates to teens how a hospital operates and provides them with the opportunity to explore different departments for potential career endeavors.Fourteen teens participated in the camp, which included tours of the Operating... continue
August 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Dave Gogola has been named director of Environmental Services at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, he is responsible for the management and oversight of the Environmental Services Department, including linen distribution.For the past two years, Gogola has served as the evening housekeeping supervisor at the St. Elizabeth Campus and... continue
August 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. - The Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation was recently notified that due to a change in the New York State (NYS) Guidelines for Conducting Raffles, checks may now be accepted as payment for tickets to the $100,000 Miracle Drawing. The change to the raffle guidelines was passed as part of the 2017-2018 NYS budget in April and became effective 90 days after being passed.“This... continue
August 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare recently received a donation of a VECTA Mobile Sensory machine for the Pediatric Unit. VECTA is a portable multisensory station to help children feel more at ease while in a hospital setting.The Utica-Rome Credit Union Chapter, a chapter of the Credit Union Association of New York, gifted funds to... continue
July 28, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Sulien Miller has been named director of the Language Assistance Program for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Prior to joining MVHS, Miller held management and training positions for seven years with a nonprofit language provider in Central New York, and actively collaborated with advocates nationwide to promote standard procedures and ethics in the field of language access.... continue
July 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Mohawk Valley Health System will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Allen-Calder Conference Rooms 3, 4 and 5 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... continue
July 26, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and their family members are invited to grocery shop with a registered dietitian and learn more about their food choices. The grocery store tour, hosted by the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes), will run from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. at Hannaford Supermarket located at... continue
July 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Surgeons at MVHS are currently using the system for urological surgery, with plans to expand to include surgeries in the areas of gynecologic, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery in the future.The da Vinci Si System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system gives surgeons... continue
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 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 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