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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
March 1, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and the Mohawk Valley Community College Respiratory Care Program, is offering a free, three-week series of Freshstart Smoking Cessation classes. Freshstart is an evidence-based program created by the American Cancer Society. The classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays,... 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
February 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The influenza virus remains prevalent in our area. To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, we remind our visitors that restrictions remain in place for the Mohawk Valley Health System (Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center).A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 12 and under are prohibited... continue
February 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – This past month, Sauquoit Valley High School athletes raised $2,022 to benefit local patients and their families receiving care at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center.The Girls JV and Varsity volleyball programs hosted their 9th annual“Think Pink” game on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Sauquoit Valley Middle School. The event featured a special presentation to honor... continue
February 17, 2017
Utica, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations and F.X. Matt Brewery will hold the ninth annual Prohibition Party on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic F.X. Matt Brewing Co, 830 Varick Street, Utica. The event is sponsored by Theresa Flemma, CFP®, senior vice president of Flemma ~ Gornick Financial Group and M. Griffith Investment Services,Inc.Tickets... continue
February 10, 2017
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife, Susan, recently gifted $10,758 to the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center, the money was raised at their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon held in October 2016 at Daniele’s at Valley View.“We are extremely grateful to Mayor Palmieri, Susan, the City of Utica staff and everyone who donated to and attended the Breast Cancer Awareness... continue
February 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Brij Sood, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, has been named clinical director at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center. His focus is on patient-centered care, and his interests include stereotactic radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy and brachytherapy for brain, spine, breast, lung, prostate, gynecological and head and neck... continue
January 26, 2017
On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Utica Comets presented a check for more than $17,000 to Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center. Funds were raised during “Pink the Rink” night held in December."It is with deep gratitude that we thank the Utica Comets for ‘Pink the Rink’night," said Nancy Butcher, MBA, RT (T), executive director of the Cancer Center. "Fighting cancer is a team effort and... continue
January 25, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael Goodwill, MS, DABR, PMP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Radiation Oncology staff as chief of Medical Physics and radiation safety officer. Goodwill has 16 years of clinical experience that includes treatment planning, delivery and quality assurance systems in radiation clinics.Goodwill earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics, magna cum laude, at Mesa... continue