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March 6, 2018
UTICA, NY – On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, individuals from Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Hartford and Homewood Suites by Hilton New Hartford presented a check for over $2000 to Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Services.“The Cancer Program is very appreciative of this generous donation from Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Hartford and Homewood Suites by Hilton New... continue
March 5, 2018
UTICA, NY – Jennifer Hurd, RN, has been named stroke outreach nurse for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Hurd is responsible for ongoing needs assessment and planning, development and implementation of community education outreach initiatives designed to increase knowledge in the community about the causes, signs and symptoms and risk factors for stroke. She will also... continue
March 2, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. - The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program has selected the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) as its beneficiary for the month of March. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local non-profits through the sale of the reusable Community Bags.For every reusable Community Bag purchased in March at the Hannaford located on 4593... continue
March 1, 2018
UTICA, NY - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Program received a three-year certificate of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).CoC accreditation is the trademark of excellence and awarded to cancer care programs that have made a commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care as demonstrated... continue
February 28, 2018
Utica, NY – To help property owners affected by Downtown Utica’s regional healthcare campus project take into account relocation assistance and other recent developments, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has announced an extension of the deadline for responding to purchase option agreements. MVHS, working through Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (BSK), the law firm handling the property... continue
February 26, 2018
UTICA, NY – Cori Grubner has been named talent acquisition specialist for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Grubner is responsible for the full life cycle of talent acquisition activities, including relationship building with the local resource pool and community, hiring managers and candidates. Prior to joining MVHS, Grubner worked for Upstate Cerebral Palsy (UCP) in... continue
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