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Press Releases

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
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 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 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 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
May 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday June 9, 2017, Mohawk Valley Health System will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sister Johanna Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee St., Utica.More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day in the United States. Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, and, of those eligible, only ten percent actually donate. Just... continue
April 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Becker’s Spine Review, one of Becker Healthcare’s five publications for the healthcare industry, has quoted Andrew Wickline, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who practices at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) St. Elizabeth Campus, in an article titled, “Is physical therapy necessary after total knee replacement?” It appears online at continue
April 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Sandra Whittemore, BSN, has been named nurse manager of the Special Care Unit (SCU) at the St. Luke’s Campus. She is currently the nurse manager of the Progressive Care Unit at the St. Luke’s Campus, and will continue in this role in addition to managing the SCU. Whittemore is now responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for the PCU... continue
April 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Continuing its renovation project, Faxton Urgent Care recently added hand-painted murals to two exams rooms to help ease children’s anxiety during visits. Artist Amy Eckler of Utica designed the wall-length murals with whimsical characters to please children and provide a pleasant distraction from their injury or illness.In addition, activities have been built into the walls to keep... continue
April 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Deerfield native Terry Polczynski has had a degenerative spinal disease since her early 40s. Twelve years ago, she was living in North Carolina and had fusion surgery on her L4 lumbar spinal disk, which seemed to temporarily ease her lower back pain. She moved back to Central New York in 2011 and for about three months each year, she goes to physical therapy for her back.Now she is... continue
April 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, April 3, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Extender, which funds all government operations through May 31 and advances key priority infrastructure, economic development and environmental projects across New York. In the Budget Extender, it was announced that the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been awarded the... continue
March 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael S. McCoy, MBA, has been named executive director of St. Luke’s Home for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). St. Luke’s Home is a 202-bed nursing home located on the St. Luke’s Campus and includes a 40-bed Subacute Rehabilitation Unit and an Adult Day Health Care Program.Prior to joining MVHS, McCoy served as administrator of record for The Edward L. Wilkinson Residential... continue
March 15, 2017
Dear Employees, Medical Staff and Volunteers, We have officially broken records, and not the type of records our area likes to beat during the month of March. According to WKTV, Utica has received 31.3” of snow, which surpasses the 24 hour snowfall record (Valentine’s Day in 2007 with 26”). Winter Storm Stella will go down in history as the biggest snow storm (just beating the famous blizzard of... continue
March 15, 2017
Below is a list of MVHS offices that will either be closed or opening late due to the weather.Faxton Urgent Care - opening at 10amSister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center - closedDental Health Center - closedBarneveld - closedBoonville - open all dayChildren's Center - closedClinton - closedEast Utica - closedHerkimer - closedLittle Falls - closing at 2pmMohawk - closedNew Hartford Crossroads-... continue