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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 24, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Bikash Regmi, FNP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a family nurse practitioner at the Barneveld Medical Office and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.  Prior to joining MVHS, Regmi was employed as a registered nurse at the St. Luke’s Campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica, New York, and at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in... 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 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Denise C. Milde, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been named corporate director of Total Rewards for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Milde will ensure the total rewards programs, including benefits, compensation, retirement and wellness offerings are competitive, sustainable, scalable and are appropriately reflected in operations and policy materials.Milde earned her... continue
January 22, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Cody White has been named executive director of Revenue Cycle for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, White is responsible for the oversight of Revenue Cycle operations and the design, implementation and maintenance of initiatives and work plans to enhance net revenue while maintaining MVHS mission objectives related to the care and treatment of patients. White... 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. – Marjorie Grace David, PA-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group at the New Hartford Medical Office - Crossroads Plaza and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.Prior to joining MVHS, David was employed as a physician assistant in Pediatric and Adult Neurology at Slocum-Dickson Medical Group, PLLC in New Hartford, New York. She also served in the... continue
January 15, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Christina Fearon, RN, MSN, FNP-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Vascular Surgery Group and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.Prior to joining the Vascular Surgery Group, Fearon was employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the Special Care and Intensive Care Units at the St. Elizabeth Campus of MVHS. Fearon earned a Master of Science in Family Health at... 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 11, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Vishal Vakani, MD, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a hospitalist and as a Faculty Member at the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. He has privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Dr. Vakani earned his medical degree at the American University of Antigua in Antigua. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the St. Elizabeth... 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 9, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Sharon Palmer, MSBA, has been named vice president of Support Services for MVHS. Prior to this position, Palmer was assistant vice president of Facilities Services for MVHS, director of Facilities Planning and Support Services and director of Project Management and Support Services at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). In her new role, Palmer is responsible for oversight of the... continue
January 9, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Kristy Russ, MS, NP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a nurse practitioner at the New Hartford Medical Office - Crossroads Plaza and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.Prior to joining MVHS, Russ was employed at Oneida Healthcare in Oneida, New York, as a Surgical Services nurse manager. She has also worked as a Surgical Services nurse... 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
January 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Elaine Mau, MSc, MD, FRCSC, has joined the MVHS Orthopedic Group and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). She specializes in shoulder replacement surgery and rotator cuff repair.Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Mau was affiliated with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine, specializing in shoulder and elbow reconstruction and arthroscopy.... 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