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November 1, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Saturday, November 2, 2019, local gamers of all levels are uniting to save and improve the lives of kids treated at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). The event will take place from 10 a.m., Saturday, November 2 to 10 a.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019 in the Dinning and Community Hall (PC 150), at Mohawk Valley Community College, Rome Campus, 1101 Floyd Ave, Rome, New York.The... continue
November 1, 2019
WHITESBORO, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has closed the MVHS Whitesboro Medical Office located at 37 Main Street, Whitesboro, New York, today, November 1, 2019, due to flooding and road closures. This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab located at this office.Patients with appointments have been notified of the closure. Patients may visit for a list of other... continue
October 24, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida County Health Department, in collaboration with Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), are 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, November 4, 11 and 18, 2019, in the Sister Johanna Conference Room... continue
October 22, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18, 2019, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Campaign For Quality (CFQ) celebrated its 18th anniversary with physicians, healthcare workers, students and community members from across New York State. This popular program, held at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, featured national and local experts who presented on current trends... continue
October 22, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Tracey Barone has been named director of Nursing for Emergency Services at MVHS. In this role, Barone will be providing direct oversight to the emergency departments at both the St. Luke’s Campus and the St. Elizabeth Campus. She will also be overseeing Trauma Services at the St. Elizabeth Campus.Barone has served as the St. Elizabeth Campus Trauma coordinator since October 2014.... continue
October 22, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Karen Fournier, from Orisktany, New York, became the winner of the 23rd annual $100,000 Miracle Drawing. Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit our local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). This was Fournier’s first time purchasing a Miracle Drawing Ticket. She bought the ticket at Chanatry’s... continue
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 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