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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
December 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have engaged the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King (BSK) to begin the acquisition process for the properties in the footprint of the new downtown hospital. Starting this week, property owners whose appraisals have been completed and approved by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) will receive Option... continue
December 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is hosting two informational sessions about the new downtown integrated health campus on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The two sessions will be held in the Grande Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited MVHS officials recommend registering at community@... continue
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
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
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 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
September 15, 2017
Two Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) employees have become United States citizens and have recently shared their amazing stories of perseverance and overcoming years of hardship to reach their goals of achieving a better life in America. Mohammad Alsaad was born in Iraq and immigrated to the United States in 2010 after five years of living in a tent and struggling to protect his family in an... continue
September 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) 2017 Campaign For Quality (CFQ) promises to give everyone in attendance a new perspective on the ever-changing healthcare industry.This popular educational event, celebrating its 16th anniversary, features international, national and local experts presenting on current trends in healthcare, patient experiences, population health topics and... continue