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June 15, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Herkimer Lions Club donated $1,000 on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to provide two scholarships to students at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON). A $500 scholarship will be presented to a deserving student in the fall of 2017, with a second $500 scholarship presented in the spring of 2018. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by SECON faculty and administration and will be... continue
June 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Faxton Urgent Care recently began offering physical exams needed for camp, school or employment when Primary Care providers can’t see patients in time. Walk-ins are welcome, with no appointment needed, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at the Faxton Campus of Mohawk Valley Health System.The service is available at a summer rate of $40 until Labor Day at the Faxton Campus, corner of... continue
May 31, 2017
WHITESBORO, N.Y. – Donna A. Sickler, BSN, RN, was named an Outstanding Healthcare Professional by the Genesis Group and the Medical Societies of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties at their annual Healthcare Recognition ceremony May 18 at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, New York.Sickler has worked at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for the past 23 years. She previously worked at St. Elizabeth... 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
May 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The St. Elizabeth Laboratory, an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), is excited to announce the opening of a new patient service center in the Utica Business Park, 125 Business Park Drive, Suite 135. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new location will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 1 p.m.Walk-ins are always welcome at the St. Elizabeth... continue
May 23, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Cynthia Law, MSRN, ANP-C, has joined the MVHS Medical Group Town of Webb Health Center as an adult nurse practitioner.Prior to joining MVHS, Law was employed by the Central New York Psychiatric Center for Forensics in Marcy, New York, and the VA Healthcare Network, GI Unit, in Syracuse, New York.Law completed Post-Master Studies in Advanced Pathophysiology, earned her Master of... continue
May 19, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Growing up in Syracuse, New York, Sister Catherine Michael Napier was shaped by factors that made her want a religious life. Born Judy Ann Napier, she attended parochial schools. Unfortunately, she was also a sickly child, who spent some time in hospitals with severe bronchitis. And as she grew, she was often asked to tend her younger brother and sister. While she loves people, by... continue
May 17, 2017
UTICA – The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) graduated 68 new nurses on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Of the 68 graduates, 49 attended weekday classes and 19 participated in the evening/weekend program. The 111th graduation ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utica, following a procession across Genesee Street.College President Varinya Sheppard, DNP, RN, CENP, Shannon Holtslag, MS... continue
May 11, 2017
UTICA, NY – The 26th annual Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Telethon will air Wednesday, May 17, 2017, on WKTV NewsChannel 2. Broadcast live from the Community Room in the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica, the Telethon will air from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To make a pledge to CMN during the... continue
May 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) Scholarship Committee has announced the following recipients of the 2017 spring scholarships and awards:J. Francis Roche Memorial ScholarshipCaitlin BinghamLyric CalvinLindsey HellingerDaniel HowardLindsey LaFountainMaurice Luck IIIAndrea McDonaldPhyu WinMarion Weynachter Memorial ScholarshipBillie BurkeAndria DavisKaitlyn EllingerDavid... continue
April 24, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Taylor Webster, RN, has been named nurse manager for AC 2 at the St. Luke’s Campus. In this position, Webster is responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for AC 2 – a medical/surgical telemetry unit.Webster earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, New York, and is working toward her... 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 http://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-... continue
April 17, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Mark E. Warfel, DO, FAAFP, has received the Edward Gaffney, MD, Memorial Award for 2016. Dr. Warfel is a Family Medicine physician who practiced for many years in New Hartford, New York, and is program director of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency and director of medical education for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). The award is presented annually by the medical... continue
April 17, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Derrick J. Suehs, Ed.D., has been named assistant vice president of Quality for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Prior to joining MVHS, Suehs served as Chief Quality (and Administrative Operations) Officer and as director of Outcomes Management for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York. He also served quality advisor and director of Quality Management at St. Joseph Medical... 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 11, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Linda McCormack-Miller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has been named senior vice president/chief nursing officer for the Mohawk Valley Health System. In this position, Linda is responsible for nursing practice, policy and procedures across the system.Linda has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare experience. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University in... 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 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Amanda Sweezey, RN, has been named nurse manager for Neuro/Peds at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System. In this position, Sweezey is responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for Neuro/Peds, an adult inpatient medical and pediatric ambulatory surgical unit.Sweezey earned an associate degree in Applied Science... continue
April 6, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON), in conjunction with the Utica Police Department (UPD) Metro SWAT Team, conducted an “Active Shooter Drill” for its College staff and students on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the College campus. The drill is part of the College’s Campus Safety and Security program and is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with a scenario that... 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