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February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently announced four new members of its Board of Directors: Waleed Albert, MD, Catherine Brownell, PhD, Alicia Marie DeTraglia, MD, FACP, and Karen Leach, MBA.Waleed Albert, MD, is a board-certified physician and the chairman of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee for MVHS. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of... continue
February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – Lisa Perry, RN, CEN, has been named vascular coordinator for Interventional Radiology and Neuroendovascular Services for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Perry is responsible for day-to-day operations of Interventional Radiology and Neuroendovascular Services, patient care coordination and staff development.Prior to this position, Perry has served as a staff... continue
February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – Audrey Cross has been named project manager of Support Services for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Cross is responsible for the management of construction, renovations and other Support Services projects. Prior to joining MVHS, Cross was employed at Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield in Utica, New York, as facilities manager and she was also employed as project... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Allen Hurd has been named Facilities field supervisor for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Hurd will supervise the facilities staff at the Faxton Campus and oversee facilities of the MVHS Medical Group Medical Offices.Prior to joining MVHS, Hurd was the maintenance and facilities manager for TECT Corp. in Whitesboro, New York.Hurd attended the Residential,... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, NY - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations and F.X. Matt Brewery will hold the 10th annual Prohibition Party on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic F.X. Matt Brewing Co., 830 Varick Street, Utica. The event is sponsored by Theresa Flemma, CFP®, senior vice president of Flemma ~ Gornick Financial Group and M. Griffith Investment Services, Inc.  Tickets... continue
February 9, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. - For the 13th consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day, Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Our area’s IHOP, located at 535 French Road, New Hartford, participates in National Pancake Day each year to raise awareness and funds for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) at... continue
February 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Matthew Young has been named Patient Access Services Manager for the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Young is responsible for overseeing Patient Access Services staff in the Emergency Department and in the general Admitting area at the St. Luke’s Campus.Young has been an employee of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare since 2010, serving as a... continue
February 6, 2018
Utica, NY - At a joint press conference today, officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), Oneida County, City of Utica, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and Mohawk Valley EDGE announced next steps to support property owners within the footprint of the new regional healthcare campus in downtown Utica.“The new regional healthcare campus project is one of... continue
February 5, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), staffs recently announced their 2018 officers.The 2018 FSLH medical officers are:Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.Dr. Albert received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals... continue
January 30, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Erica Kennerknecht, BSN, RN, CMSRN, has been named nurse manager for 3A at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Kennerknecht has been employed by MVHS since 2013 and has served as a staff nurse for the Neuro Peds, 3A and 3B units at the St. Elizabeth Campus. She has most recently served as clinical educator for 3A.Kennerknecht earned her Associate of... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $15,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center.  The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon, which took place on October 27, 2017, at Daniele’s at Valley View and was the largest amount the luncheon has raised to date... continue
January 19, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –  For those who get nervous at the idea of making a public presentation, there is help in the form of confidence building that meets at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). A group called The Caring Communicators meets the second and fourth Thursday each month for educational programs on leadership skills and public speaking.“We meet for an hour and not only practice giving short... continue
January 17, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Jolene Day, CPA, has been named strategic financial manager for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Day is responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring productivity throughout MVHS. She will also coordinate and oversee system-wide complex financial activities, including the new hospital project and the consolidation of the two acute care facilities.Day has... continue
January 15, 2018
UTICA, N.Y – St. Luke’s Home, the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) long-term care and subacute rehabilitation center is changing its name to MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (RNC). Officials received approval documentation from the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Nursing Home Licensure and Certification. MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center remains in the same facility... continue
January 10, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, January 4, 2018, members of the Believe 271 Board, the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Board and the Pink Tie Committee met with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center team to present the charging unit for the Infusion Unit.“This is our way of giving back to the community that has been so good to us,” said Brian McQueen, a Believe 271 board... continue
January 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Board of Directors announces the retirement plans for president and CEO Scott H. Perra, FACHE. He will retire from the organization 18 months from now on June 30, 2019. Perra was appointed president of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) in January 2009. FSLH and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) affiliated in March 2014 at which time he was... continue
December 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On December 22, 2017, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center received a donation from the employees of JETNET in Utica, New York, for the purchase of camisoles to be used by breast cancer patients prior to having surgery. JETNET employees took the opportunity to donate to the Cancer Center in memory of Carmelita Esposito, a former patient, and to benefit the members of... continue
December 18, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Some of the children at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Children’s Health Center (CHC) are receiving holiday gifts at their visits to the doctor in December, thanks to employees in the Customer Service Department at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company in New Berlin, New York. Knowing that there is much need in the Utica area, the department’s 19 employees purchased toys in all... continue
December 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) celebrated its 151st anniversary Tuesday, December 12, 2017, by honoring an employee and a recipient of its community award.Following a 12 p.m. Founder’s Day service in the SEMC Saint Marianne Cope Chapel, Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., received the Founder’s Day Community Award... continue