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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 15, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jatin Patel, MD, has joined the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program as a faculty member and has privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). The Residency Program is an affiliate of SEMC and the Mohawk Valley Health System.Prior to joining the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Patel was employed as assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine... continue
December 14, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – In order to protect our patients from the flu and other illnesses, new visiting guidelines have been put in place for the Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN) at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System. Babies in the SCN are at greater risk of complications from the flu. Therefore, only visitors 12 years old and older may visit at this time may visit at this time.The... 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 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Wellness Center is offering discounts for the month of January.  Specials include:A free two weeks with the purchase of a three-month gold, silver or bronze membership in the month of January. A gold membership is $45 per month and includes use of the fitness center, open swim and water aerobic classes.A silver membership is $30 per month and... continue
December 8, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. - John Furner has been named Facilities Plant Operations Manager at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Furner will provide leadership and day-to-day oversight of SEMC facilities Plant Operations.Furner has been a SEMC employee since 1999, serving as an electrician. Since 2000, he has served as maintenance... continue
December 8, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. - Ashitkumar Vyas has been named Talent Acquisition manager for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Vyas will apply professional talent planning, sourcing, recruitment and on-board methods in the development, implementation and administration of MVHS talent management goals, systems, processes, policies and procedures. He will also assist hiring managers with the... continue
December 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Joseph Hedrick, MD, a specialist in General and Trauma Surgery, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Surgical Group – Faxton Campus and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.Dr. Hedrick received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from The Pennsylvania... 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 5, 2017
UTICA, NY - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) offers free interpretation services for patients who are unable to speak, write and/or understand the English language at a level sufficient enough to permit effective communication with healthcare professionals. MVHS is seeking qualified language professionals to join the MVHS Language Assistance Department. Those who are fluent in Arabic,... continue
December 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, December 11, 2017, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will relocate its Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) Lab from the St. Elizabeth Campus to the Medical Arts building, 4401 Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford, New York. Patients should park in Lot B, located in the back of the building, then take the elevator to the 2nd floor. The lab is located in Suite 210.The lab... 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
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