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February 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has opened a new service which provides advanced neuroendovascular care that treats complex vascular conditions of the brain including stroke, carotid stenosis, dissections, brain aneurysms, brain and spine arteriovenous malformations and more.Since January 2009, the St. Luke’s Campus of MVHS has been the area’s Primary Designated Stroke Center... continue
February 24, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Surgeon Paul G. Davidson, MD, FACS, of Utica has been elected president of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) for 2017.Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist Sushma Kaul, MD, of New Hartford has been elected vice president and Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Jonathan Wigderson, DO, of Clinton has been elected secretary-treasurer.Dr. Davidson is a surgeon at Surgical... continue
February 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –Kathy-Ann Irish-Benjamin, MD, has joined the medical staff at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.Dr. Irish-Benjamin practices at Ellinwood Pediatrics in New Hartford, New York, and was previously vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York. Prior to that, she served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at... continue
February 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will suspend office operations at the Mohawk Medical Office located at 5 Ann Street in Mohawk beginning Monday, March 20, 2017. The suspension of operations is due to the departure of the two physicians currently practicing at the office – Steven Sperling, MD, and Paula Vecchio, MD.“The MVHS Medical Group has been working diligently to recruit... continue
February 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The influenza virus remains prevalent in our area. To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, we remind our visitors that restrictions remain in place for the Mohawk Valley Health System (Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center).A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 12 and under are prohibited... continue
February 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – This past month, Sauquoit Valley High School athletes raised $2,022 to benefit local patients and their families receiving care at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center.The Girls JV and Varsity volleyball programs hosted their 9th annual“Think Pink” game on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Sauquoit Valley Middle School. The event featured a special presentation to honor... continue
February 10, 2017
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife, Susan, recently gifted $10,758 to the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center, the money was raised at their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon held in October 2016 at Daniele’s at Valley View.“We are extremely grateful to Mayor Palmieri, Susan, the City of Utica staff and everyone who donated to and attended the Breast Cancer Awareness... continue
February 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Brij Sood, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, has been named clinical director at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center. His focus is on patient-centered care, and his interests include stereotactic radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy and brachytherapy for brain, spine, breast, lung, prostate, gynecological and head and neck... continue
January 26, 2017
On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Utica Comets presented a check for more than $17,000 to Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center. Funds were raised during “Pink the Rink” night held in December."It is with deep gratitude that we thank the Utica Comets for ‘Pink the Rink’night," said Nancy Butcher, MBA, RT (T), executive director of the Cancer Center. "Fighting cancer is a team effort and... continue
January 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael Goodwill, MS, DABR, PMP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Radiation Oncology staff as chief of Medical Physics and radiation safety officer. Goodwill has 16 years of clinical experience that includes treatment planning, delivery and quality assurance systems in radiation clinics.Goodwill earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics, magna cum laude, at Mesa... continue
January 24, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – This past fall, Utica Curling Club members raised $800 for the Breast Care Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System. Money was raised by the sale of pink drinks, pink sweatshirt raffles and donations were also accepted. The donation will be used toward renovations of the Breast Care Center."So many of us at the Curling Club have been affected by cancer so we wanted to give back to... continue
January 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Karly Woodrick, PA, has joined the MVHS Medical Group at its Waterville Office – Madison Street as a physician assistant. In this position, Woodrick provides diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative and health maintenance services throughout all stages of life.Woodrick earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a Bachelor... continue
January 20, 2017
UTICA, NY – Representatives from the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) and the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) – the first step in exploring an expanded partnership between the two organizations.MVHS is currently responding to a request for application (RFA) to access $300 million in funding from New York State to build a world-class... continue
January 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Briana Button, FNP-BC, BSN, RN, CPN, has joined the MVHS Boonville Medical Office as a family nurse practitioner.Button earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner at State University of New York Polytechnic in Utica, New York, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude, from State University of New York at Delhi in Delhi, New York, and her associate degree... continue
January 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Brian Croghan, CHFM, has been named director of Facilities Management for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, he is responsible for the management and oversight of utilities management, life safety compliance, construction and renovation management and grounds keeping.Croghan is a master electrician with more than 20 years of Facilities Management experience.... continue
January 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Five Hamilton College students interested in health careers spent this week shadowing physicians in the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. This is the 12th consecutive year for the program entitled “A Week in the Life of a Family Medicine Resident.” Students participating were Michael Carducci, Aaron Oh, Sofia Rachad, Alyson Skelly and Abigail Tulchinsky.The students’... continue
January 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, visitor restrictions have been put in place for the Mohawk Valley Health System (Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center).A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 12 and under are prohibited from visiting all inpatient areas, as they are more likely to have... continue
January 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) announced they have selected an architectural firm and a construction manager for the planning, design and construction of the new hospital project. The architectural firm is NBBJ, and the construction manager is the Turner Construction Company.NBBJ and Turner will work closely with the outreach team to consider community input... continue
December 30, 2016
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion,”for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. MVHS is one of the first hospitals in New York State to receive this title.The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a... continue
December 29, 2016
UTICA, N.Y. – Erin Ratajczak, AS, BS, has been named child life specialist for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Ratajczak is responsible for working with children in a variety of situations related to healthcare.Ratajczak earned an associate of science in Early Childhood Education from Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, New York, and a Bachelor of Science in... continue