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Press Releases

November 29, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jonathan Blancaflor, MD, FACS, a specialist in General, Colorectal and Thoracic Surgery, has joined the MVHS Advanced Endoscopy and Surgical Group – St. Luke’s Campus, Professional Office Building (POB) and has admitting privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). He has been named medical director for Robotic Surgery at Mohawk Valley... continue
November 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Saturday, November 4, 2017, members of CrossFit Mohawk Valley hosted a fundraiser at their Marcy location to benefit Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) cancer patients and their families. The fundraiser brought together more than 80 CrossFit athletes who raised nearly $2,000 through member donations, T-shirt sales and donations from three small, local businesses: A&P Master... continue
November 16, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Noreen Baynes, ANP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as an adult nurse practitioner at the New Hartford Medical Office - Crossroads Plaza and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Prior to joining MVHS, Baynes was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York, as a senior staff nurse on the... continue
November 16, 2017
Download Press Conference Media KitUTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today revealed the site plan and outline of its new regional healthcare campus. The result of the months of planning and work is an integrated healthcare campus with a 373-bed, 672,000-square-foot facility and 1,550 car parking structure on 25 acres in downtown Utica. In collaboration with the MVHS outreach... continue
November 14, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Since January, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has engaged internal and external participants to help guide the development of the new regional integrated healthcare campus.“For the design process it is vital that we have the hands-on participation of the employees and medical staff who will be working in the new facility as well as feedback from the community,” stated Kim Way,... continue
November 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Arianna Giruzzi, FNP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group at the East Utica Medical Office as a family nurse practitioner. She has privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and has been employed at the St. Elizabeth Campus as a registered nurse on the Intensive Care Unit since 2013.Giruzzi has also been employed as a clinical instructor at the Utica... continue
November 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – John A. Martin, SPHR, has been named Human Resources business partner for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Martin is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated sites and units. He will also assess and anticipate Human Resources-related needs and communicate proactively with the Human Resources Department and... continue
November 9, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Steven Sickler, FNP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group Surgical Office at the St. Luke’s Campus as a family nurse practitioner. Sickler earned his Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner at State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Pre-Medical Sciences, from Syracuse ... continue
November 8, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jessica Gurdo, RN, has been named nurse manager for the operating room, cardiothoracic operating room, recovery room and Central Sterile Department at the St. Elizabeth Campus.Prior to her nurse manager role, Gurdo served as the nurse clinician for the operating rooms, recovery rooms and Central Sterile Departments at the Faxton and St. Luke’s campuses.Gurdo earned her Associate of... continue
October 31, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Local gamers of all levels and from all categories – console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. – are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 4, 2017: to save and improve the lives of children treated at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FLSH). Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support FSLH and... continue
October 30, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Faxton St. Luke’s Volunteer Association gifted funds to purchase a new patient transport van for Senior Network Health (SNH). The van is used for complimentary transportation to and from medical appointments for individuals in the community who are supported by SNH services. Senior Network Health is a managed long-term health care plan for individuals who need assistance with... continue
October 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) Prevent T2 diabetes prevention program, part of the Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes), has been awarded full recognition from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) for the second year in a row. The program became the first in Oneida County to receive full... continue
October 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Sharon Shoemaker of Richfield Springs, New York, became the winner of the 21st annual $100,000 Miracle Drawing. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit our local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH).Shoemaker has supported the Miracle Drawing for several years because she liked donating to a cause where the... continue
October 26, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has finalized the site plan for the new regional healthcare campus. With the refinement of the plan, three properties that were originally identified for use by the system are no longer within the campus boundaries. MVHS officials recently met with these property owners to make them aware that their properties are no longer included in the plan... continue
October 18, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Community members, breast cancer survivors and local officials gathered together on Friday, October 6, 2017, to form a human pink ribbon to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Murnane Field in Utica.A brief ceremony was held to honor breast cancer survivors and then 150 attendees, dressed in pink, created a human pink ribbon. This event is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Health... continue
October 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Laryngectomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 12, 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... continue
October 4, 2017
UTICA N.Y.- Sascha Qian, MD, has joined the staff of Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehab- Spinal & Skeletal Pain Medicine in Utica, New York, and has privileges at both Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center. In this position, Dr. Qian provides a wide range of services, including ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided injections, spinal cord stimulation, vertebral... continue
October 4, 2017
UTICA N.Y.- Lesa Steele, BSN, RN, has been named nurse manager for Maternal Child Services at MVHS. In this position, Steele will oversee the Maternity Department, Well Baby Nursery, Level II Labor, Special Care Nursery, Pediatrics and the Obstetrical (OB) Care Center.Steele earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College in Utica, New York, and an associate degree in Nursing from St... continue
September 29, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Donish Siddiqi, MD, has joined the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program as a core faculty member and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). The Residency Program is an affiliate of SEMC and the Mohawk Valley Health System.Dr. Siddiqi earned his medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in St... continue
September 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group has changed roles for two of its leaders and welcomed two others to the group.Mark Testa has been named its director of Operations. In this position, Testa oversees the daily operations of all of the Medical Group locations.Testa has been an employee of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) since 2011, most recently as the assistant... continue