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October 17, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) National Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes), has been awarded full recognition from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) for the fourth consecutive year. “Research shows that the risk of developing diabetes can be... continue
October 17, 2019
Old Forge, N.Y. – The MVHS Town of Webb Health Center located within the Town of Webb Professional Offices building, in partnership with Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century, Inc. (CAP-21), is now accepting sharps in approved medical sharps containers.  Many people use sharps such as needles, syringes and lancets, as part of their home medical care. Proper disposal of sharps... continue
October 16, 2019
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has closed the MVHS Medical Arts building located at 4401 Middle Settlement Road, today, October 16, 2019, due to a water main break. This includes Advanced Wound Care, Imaging at Medical Arts and the St. Elizabeth Lab. Patients with appointments at these sites have been notified of the closure. Patients may visit mvhealthsystem.org/... continue
October 11, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Tracey Barone has been named director of nursing for Emergency Services at MVHS. Tracey has served as the St. Elizabeth campus Trauma Coordinator since October 2014.Prior to these roles, Barone served as the Emergency Department nurse manager, assistant nurse manager, and clinical educator. Barone has worked as a staff nurse in a variety of settings including: the Emergency... continue
October 10, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Gennifer Henderson has been named manager of Compensation and Benefits for MVHS. In this role, Henderson will collaborate with the Total Rewards team on existing programs such as healthcare and voluntary benefits as well as support new initiatives around designing and implementing pay and benefits for the new medical center. Prior to this position, Henderson was manager of... continue
October 9, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, October 10, 2019, assembly will begin on the construction fence that will surround the site of the new Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) regional medical center in Downtown Utica. The fence will be placed around the location of the future medical center building and will run from State Street along Columbia Street to Broadway; along Broadway to Lafayette Street; down... continue
October 7, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Friday, October 4, 2019, Mohawk Valley Health System, community members and cancer survivors participated in creating a human pink ribbon to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.A brief ceremony to honor breast cancer survivors and an aerial photo of the ribbon was taken at Murnane Baseball Field, across from the Faxton Campus in Utica, New York.This event was sponsored by... continue
October 7, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Ghassan Koussa, MD, has been named medical director for the Intensive Care Unit at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Dr. Koussa works with the MVHS Pulmonary and Critical Care Group and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center.Dr. Koussa also serves as medical director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the Faxton... continue
October 3, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Sophie Alesna-Sabang, MD, a specialist in Family Medicine, has joined the MVHS New Hartford Medical Arts Office.Dr. Alesna-Sabang earned her Doctor of Medicine at the Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu, Philippines. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program in Utica, New York, where she was chief resident in her third year... continue
October 2, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Javeria Shabbir, MD, has joined the MVHS Hospitalist group at the St. Elizabeth Campus.Dr. Shabbir completed her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center located in the Bronx, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Fatimah Jinnah Medical University in Pakistan.Dr. Shabbir is certified in ECFMG, ACLS and BLS. She is a member of... continue
October 2, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – James Pierson, CHESP, has joined MVHS as the director of Environmental Services for Crothall. Pierson will have direct operations oversight and also serve as the Crothall point person for housekeeping services at the St. Elizabeth, Faxton and St. Luke’s Campuses (this does not include the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services (CRCCS)).Pierson brings with him many... continue
September 24, 2019
Conor Scholefield has been named Human Resource business partner for MVHS. In this position, Scholefield will strategize with the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (RNC), Senior Network Health (SNH), Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and the Medical Group to ensure quality patient care.Prior to this position, Scholefield was a talent acquisition specialist with Human Resources at MVHS where he was... continue
September 12, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – In collaboration with the Oneida County Public Market, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will host a health fair on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Union Station, located at 321 Main Street, Utica, New York. This event is free and open to the public.Join MVHS to learn about healthy living and partake in free health activities such as health screenings, a... continue
September 5, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation Women’s Giving Circle is holding a Yoga for Women – Health, Fitness and Friendship event on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The event will take place at 9 a.m. at the Clinton Central School Performing Arts Theater, located at 75 Chenango Avenue North, Clinton, New York. The event is free and open to all women in the community... continue
August 21, 2019
UTICA, New York – Bank of America announced today that it is awarding a $250,000 grant to Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) to support the construction of a brand new, state-of-the-art medical center in downtown Utica, New York. This funding enables MVHS to replace its two aging hospital buildings with a new facility that will significantly improve patient care including updated emergency room... continue
August 7, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. - On Friday, July 12, 2019, Tony Mandour, MD, an area musician, hosted an event titled, “Dynamic Duos & Tony’s Picks: A Musical Review.” Mandour performed to a sold-out crowd to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).  The event was held at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, New York. The event raised $2,200 for this... continue
August 6, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation was awarded a $100,000, 2-year grant from Edward S. Barton, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee to assist in renovations of the MVHS Waterville Medical Office located at the Madison Street Business Park, 358 Madison Street, Waterville, New York.In January 2019, the MVHS Medical Group consolidated its two Waterville Medical Office... continue
July 30, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Wayne A. Rustin LLM, JD, BA, has been named Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) and Legal Counsel for Labor Relations at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Rustin has been serving as Acting CHRO for the past several weeks, and has demonstrated professional leadership in Human Resources that is already making a difference to the organization. He joined MVHS in late 2018 as an... continue
July 30, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Patricia Charvat has been named senior vice president of Marketing and Strategy at MVHS. Charvat has been working with MVHS for the past several months on a consulting basis.In this newly-developed role, Charvat will provide leadership and direction, in conjunction with the organization’s senior executives, for establishing growth, business development and marketing strategies. She... continue
July 25, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties have released an online survey for members of the community to provide feedback on what they think should happen to the current MVHS campuses.In February 2019, MVHS announced its decision to work with CHA Consulting, Inc., an international engineering consulting firm to... continue