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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 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – During the month of March the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is celebrating Child Life Specialist Month. Child life professionals help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. They provide evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education to reduce... continue
March 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Christopher Max, MD, a specialist in General and Vascular Surgery, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Surgical Group – Faxton Campus and has admitting privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC).Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Max was in private practice for 30 years. Dr. Max received his medical degree from... continue
March 20, 2017
The Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation is hosting its annual Stomp Out Cancer Telethon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The telethon will be broadcast live from the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) Cancer Center on WKTV NewsChannel 2 from noon to 7 p.m. and on CBS Utica from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dollars raised through the 2017 Stomp Out Cancer (SOC) Telethon allow MVHS to focus on 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
March 15, 2017
The MVHS Imaging Center in the Utica Business Park as well as the Imaging Center in the Medical Arts Building on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford are closed today on Wednesday, March 15.
March 15, 2017
All staff (clinical and non-clinical) scheduled to work tomorrow should report in as scheduled. All non-scheduled clinical staff are also encouraged to report to work if available to assist with staffing. MVHS employees should be sure to have their badge with them in case they are stopped by emergency personnel when driving to work.
March 15, 2017
Nursing orientation at the St. Luke's Campus is canceled for today, Wednesday, March 15.
March 14, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group offices plan on opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, due to the snow storm. This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab sites at those locations. Patients with appointments at the medical offices and labs will be notified of the delayed opening.The Faxton Urgent Care will open on time at 8 a.m. Patients may visit http://mvhealthsystem.org/... continue
March 14, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is closing all outpatient dialysis centers on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, due to the snow storm. This includes the Faxton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Masonic, Rome and St. Luke’s Home locations. All affected patients are being notified. If a dialysis patient is experiencing a problem, they should call their physician, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency... continue
March 14, 2017
 UTICA, N.Y. – Some of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group offices and the St. Elizabeth Lab sites at those locations are closing for the remainder of the day, due to today’s snow storm. Patients with appointments at the following medical offices and labs have been notified of the closure at the following times:Faxton Urgent Care – 2:30 p.m.Barneveld – 12 p.m.Children's Health... continue
March 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jonathan Wigderson, DO, has joined the MVHS Orthopedic Group and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC).Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Wigderson was affiliated with Genesee Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery Associates, PC and has been on the SEMC medical staff since 2011.Dr. Wigderson earned his Doctor of Osteopathic... continue
March 9, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Healthy living is being emphasized with weekly activities for staff and visitors at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) even more than usual in March, to celebrate National Nutrition month. From a recipe contest adapting a healthier version of a classic recipe entree' to physical activity awareness, community involvement, well-being and environmental protection, the staff has... continue
March 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jodi Kapes, ACSW, LCSW-R, has been named director of Behavioral Health for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Kapes has served as the Mental Health supervisor at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) since 2010. She also has a private counseling practice in New Hartford.Kapes earned her Master of Social Work with a Family Mental Health concentration from Syracuse University in... continue
February 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has opened a new service which provides advanced neuroendovascular care that treats complex vascular conditions of the brain including stroke, carotid stenosis, dissections, brain aneurysms, brain and spine arteriovenous malformations and more.Since January 2009, the St. Luke’s Campus of MVHS has been the area’s Primary Designated Stroke Center... continue
February 24, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Surgeon Paul G. Davidson, MD, FACS, of Utica has been elected president of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) for 2017.Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist Sushma Kaul, MD, of New Hartford has been elected vice president and Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Jonathan Wigderson, DO, of Clinton has been elected secretary-treasurer.Dr. Davidson is a surgeon at Surgical... continue
February 22, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. –Kathy-Ann Irish-Benjamin, MD, has joined the medical staff at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.Dr. Irish-Benjamin practices at Ellinwood Pediatrics in New Hartford, New York, and was previously vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York. Prior to that, she served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at... continue
February 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will suspend office operations at the Mohawk Medical Office located at 5 Ann Street in Mohawk beginning Monday, March 20, 2017. The suspension of operations is due to the departure of the two physicians currently practicing at the office – Steven Sperling, MD, and Paula Vecchio, MD.“The MVHS Medical Group has been working diligently to recruit... continue