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February 3, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Health Department (OCHD), Rome Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) in accordance with Section 2803-L of the Public Health Law, have jointly submitted their annual Community Health Assessment/Community Service Plan and Community Health Improvement Plan to the New York State Department of Health. It includes information on community health... continue
February 3, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has signed an agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Elmira, New York, to become a major clinical campus for the medical school, providing clinical rotations for third and fourth year students. “This partnership creates a pipeline of high-quality, well-trained physicians to meet the current and future healthcare... continue
January 24, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Elizabeth Skinner, DO, has joined the MVHS Whitesboro Medical Office as a family medicine physician. Most recently, Dr. Skinner was a family medicine physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs Donald J. Mitchell Clinic in Rome, New York. Prior to this position she was at Well Span Health Spring Family Medicine in New Freedom, Pennsylvania for ten years. Dr. Skinner served in... continue
January 22, 2020
NEW HARTFORD, New York – The Utica National Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group, today announced that it is awarding a $1 million grant to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation to support the brand new, state-of-the-art medical center in downtown Utica, New York, currently under construction.“Having such a top-level healthcare facility will... continue
January 21, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Maternal Child Services received accreditation from the Centering Healthcare Institute as a CenteringPregnancy site. CenteringPregnancy provides prenatal care in a group setting that includes an individual health check-up with additional time and attention. The group meets 10 times throughout their pregnancies... continue
January 21, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties released a consultant’s findings and recommended potential reuse options for the three main MVHS campuses: St. Luke’s, St. Elizabeth and Faxton. In February 2019, MVHS announced its decision to work with CHA Consulting, Inc., an international engineering consulting... continue
January 17, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will hold a job fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica, located at 102 Lafayette Street, Utica, New York. MVHS has openings for several entry-level positions in the following departments; Environmental Services, Patient Transport and Laundry Services. This is an opportunity to learn more about the positions... continue
January 14, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, January 13, 2020, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $21,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Breast Care Center. The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon that he hosts with his wife Susan. The guest speaker at this year’s luncheon was Shelley Penge, finance director at Utica... continue
January 14, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, January 1, 2020, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) St. Luke’s Campus as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers designation signifies that the MVHS Knee and Hip Replacement Program met nationally established Selection Criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality... continue
January 10, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Lafayette Street, between Cornelia Street and Broadway, may be restricted to one lane at certain parts of the day from Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 17, 2020. A flagger will direct traffic when the lane closure is required. The lane restriction is to ensure the safety of the community as demolition continues on buildings within the footprint of the future MVHS Regional... continue
January 10, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has named Nicole Santiago, MHA, as director of Operations for Specialty Care locations at the MVHS Medical Group. In this position, Santiago oversees the daily operations of all of the Medical Group Specialty Care locations and acts as a liaison between MVHS Medical Group offices, departments and hospital support departments. Santiago... continue
January 9, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) East Utica Medical Office, located at 1256 Culver Avenue, Utica, New York, will be closed Friday, January 10, 2020, for maintenance. This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab located at this office. Patients with appointments have been notified of the closure. Patients may visit mvhealthsystem.org/lab for a list of other available lab locations.... continue
January 9, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Ashley Thomas has been named the Safe Patient Handling project manager at MVHS. In this position, Thomas is responsible for development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the safe patient handling program for MVHS and its affiliates. Prior to joining MVHS, Thomas worked as an acute care therapist at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York. There, she... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The medical staffs of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have announced the 2020 officers.The 2020 Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) medical officers are:Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.Dr. Albert is an infectious disease physician at the St. Luke’s Campus. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, visitor restrictions have been put in place for the inpatient units at the Mohawk Valley Health System. This applies to the St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth hospitals.A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 14 and under are prohibited from visiting all inpatient acute care areas, as... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is the first in New York State to receive accreditation of its cardiac cathererization by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This accreditation recognizes MVHS’s demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to the Cardiac Cath Lab for care.MVHS was awarded the Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation based on a rigorous onsite... continue
January 6, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Sergey Germanovich, MBA, CHFP, has been named director of Primary Care Operations for the MVHS Medical Group. In this position, Germanovich is responsible for the overall operational oversight of the MVHS Medical Group Primary Care offices and the Faxton Urgent Care. Germanovich will act as a liaison between MVHS Medical Group offices, departments and hospital support... continue
December 23, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Amber Meza has been named Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) specialist for MVHS. In this position, Meza will serve as a technical point of contact assisting business process owners with data integrity complications, testing of system changes, report writing and analyzing data flows for process improvement opportunities. Most recently, Meza was an IT business analyst at... continue
December 13, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will begin making infrastructure improvements underneath Columbia Street on Monday, December 16, 2019, in order to improve the infrastructure and increase capacity for the new regional medical center and surrounding areas. These improvements will require Columbia Street to close from Broadway to State Street beginning on Monday and well into the... continue
December 12, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today broke ground on its new regional medical center in Downtown Utica. The new medical center campus will include a 373-bed, 672,000-square-foot, nine story facility, a central utility plant and parking garage on 25 acres in Downtown Utica.   “Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people and organizations and I am so... continue