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Press Releases

September 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Cathy Olah, RRT, BS, has been named Director of Respiratory Care for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Olah is overseeing respiratory services for the system, including the Sleep Disorders Center.Olah has been with the organization since 1989, serving as a respiratory therapist, consult therapist and day charge therapist. Since 2015 she has served as the... 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
August 31, 2017
UTICA, NY – Michael K. Amponsah, MD, FACC, has joined Central New York Cardiology, PC with privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He specializes in cardiology and interventional cardiology, as well as peripheral vascular intervention and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).Dr. Amponsah earned his medical degree from the University of Science and... continue
August 31, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Tanveer Zamani, MD, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a surgeon with privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She specializes in trauma and critical care.Dr. Zamani earned her medical degree from Jinnah Sindh Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her General Surgery fellowship at the Royal College... continue
August 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the nursing/technical/service and maintenance staff represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1126 voted to accept a new three-year contract with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). The new contract extends through June 2020. The current contract expired on Friday, June 30, 2017.CWA represents approximately 1,700 bargaining unit... continue
August 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y.—The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Sleep Disorders Center has received its five year reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The MVHS Sleep Disorders Center was the first sleep center in the Greater Utica-Mohawk Valley area to earn this distinction, dating back to 1997.The MVHS Sleep Disorders Center is uniquely equipped to provide comprehensive... continue
August 20, 2017
After decades of decline and uncertainty, our region’s long-awaited economic revival has begun. The evidence can be found across Oneida and Herkimer counties, especially in Downtown Utica’s recent and continuing revitalization, summarized in the O-D’s August 13 editorial, “Downtown destination.”As the community foundation for Herkimer and Oneida counties, our mission is to build our area’s... continue
August 14, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –  The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the... continue
August 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Dave Gogola has been named director of Environmental Services at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, he is responsible for the management and oversight of the Environmental Services Department, including linen distribution.For the past two years, Gogola has served as the evening housekeeping supervisor at the St. Elizabeth Campus and... continue
August 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare recently received a donation of a VECTA Mobile Sensory machine for the Pediatric Unit. VECTA is a portable multisensory station to help children feel more at ease while in a hospital setting.The Utica-Rome Credit Union Chapter, a chapter of the Credit Union Association of New York, gifted funds to... continue
July 28, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Sulien Miller has been named director of the Language Assistance Program for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Prior to joining MVHS, Miller held management and training positions for seven years with a nonprofit language provider in Central New York, and actively collaborated with advocates nationwide to promote standard procedures and ethics in the field of language access.... continue
July 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Surgeons at MVHS are currently using the system for urological surgery, with plans to expand to include surgeries in the areas of gynecologic, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery in the future.The da Vinci Si System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system gives surgeons... continue
July 21, 2017
A 4-year-old Shiloh Shepherd therapy dog visits patients every Wednesday at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Onyx, owned by hospital volunteer Sister Sharon Ann Boyd, takes her job very seriously.With her large size – 98 pounds –and friendly demeanor, Onyx manifests a powerful presence at the hospital. Employees fuss over her as she prances with confidence through... continue
July 21, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations (Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center) recently announced the 2017-2018 officers for its Board of Directors:Terrance Mielnicki has been named president. Mielnicki has been a member of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation board since 2008 and has served as president of the board since 2009. He is on the... continue
July 21, 2017
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare recently received a donation of a “Starlight Fun Center” for the Pediatric Unit. The Fun Center features a Nintendo Wii U, various games, a flat-screen TV and a cart that enables the system to travel to patient rooms.The donation was made possible through a national fundraising campaign held by Starlight Children’s... continue
July 3, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Ten doctors graduated from St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s (SEMC’s) Family Medicine Residency on Friday, June 30, 2017, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the nationally accredited, three-year, postdoctoral training program to 277. The program is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Mark Warfel, DO,... continue
June 29, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) hosted an organ donor recognition event in honor of those who gave the gift of life through organ, tissue and cornea donation. The event was held in the Donate Life Garden at the St. Luke’s Campus.According to the Donate Life America’s National Donor Designation Report Card, New York ranks 48th among the 50 states for... continue
June 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Owensboro, Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; Elmhurst, Illinois, and closer to home, Middletown, New York, are all locations where teams of medical staff, nurses, support staff and executives from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have traveled to see firsthand how new hospitals are changing the patient experience. The information and ideas gained during these trips will be... continue
June 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Forbes Magazine ranked St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) to its list of the country’s top two-year trade schools this week. SECON was ranked third of the list’s 30 schools based upon students’ post-graduate earnings, along with the schools’ affordability and quality.SECON is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Commission for... continue
June 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –  An article highlighting the career of Jodi Kapes, ACSW, LCSW-R, director of Behavioral Health for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), has been published by Falk College at Syracuse University (SU).Kapes earned her Master of Social Work with a Family Mental Health concentration from SU in Syracuse, New York, and her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a specialization in... continue