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Press Releases

March 21, 2018
UTICA, NY – Elizabeth Kosakowski, BS, RHIT, CCS, CTR, CCDS, AHIMA, Certified ICD-10 Trainer, has been named director of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) and Coding for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Kosakowski is responsible for providing direction and oversight in planning and implementing systems, processes and activities to ensure data quality and consistency... continue
March 21, 2018
UTICA, NY – Chelsea Hammont, PA-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Breast Care Center at the Faxton Campus and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.Prior to joining MVHS, Hammont was employed as a physician assistant in Cardiology at the Bassett Medical Center Heart Care Institute in Cooperstown, New York.Hammont earned her Associate of Applied Science from SUNY Delhi... continue
March 20, 2018
UTICA, NY – Holly Burline, RN, has been named nurse navigator for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Breast Care Center located at the Faxton Campus. In this position, Burline will offer individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers and focus on the clinical aspects of care.Burline has been an employee of Faxton St. Luke’s since... continue
March 19, 2018
UTICA, NY - Angelica Pascone, PA-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Sleep Disorders Center as a physician assistant. In this position, Pascone will diagnose and treat a number of sleep-related conditions, including excessive snoring, sleep apnea (obstructive sleep apnea, OSA), insomnia (inability to sleep or sleep well), narcolepsy (chronic, uncontrollable daytime sleepiness)... continue
March 16, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Four Hamilton College students interested in health careers spent this week shadowing physicians in the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. This is the thirteenth consecutive year for the program entitled “A Week in the Life of a Family Medicine Resident.” Students participating were Aspacelia Geranios '19, Hana Lindsey '20, Joana Mora '18 and Choiwing Yeung '19.The... continue
March 15, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Linda Baird has been named Policy Management coordinator for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this new position, she trains policy owners and approvers in utilization of the PolicyStat system while assisting them and their department staff in maintaining organizational policies and procedures.Prior to joining MVHS, Baird was employed by Sodexo, where she most recently... continue
March 9, 2018
UTICA, NY – Caitlin McCann has been named Marketing and Communications manager for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, McCann provides development and refinement of marketing goals, pricing strategies, promotional activities and branding in consultation with marketing staff and MVHS departments. Prior to her role as manager, McCann was a communications specialist for MVHS where... continue
March 9, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Katherine Warden, Ph.D, has been named director of Behavioral Medicine for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and has privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC).Prior to joining MVHS, Dr. Warden worked as a licensed psychologist at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York, and at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, New York. She has experience... continue
March 8, 2018
Utica, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is consolidating outpatient imaging services and centralizing them at other locations within the system. The change supports improved delivery of care for the patients and improved efficiency for the care team. MVHS is relocating the Outpatient Medical Imaging Services at the MVHS Medical Arts building on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford.... continue
March 8, 2018
UTICA, NY – John M. Forbes has been named vice president of Philanthropy for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Forbes provides leadership to support and sustain our philanthropic efforts with our community, medical staff and healthcare family. Along with additional Senior Team members, MVHS and Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation team members, Forbes will develop... continue
March 6, 2018
UTICA, NY – On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, individuals from Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Hartford and Homewood Suites by Hilton New Hartford presented a check for over $2000 to Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Services.“The Cancer Program is very appreciative of this generous donation from Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton New Hartford and Homewood Suites by Hilton New... continue
March 5, 2018
UTICA, NY – Jennifer Hurd, RN, has been named stroke outreach nurse for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Hurd is responsible for ongoing needs assessment and planning, development and implementation of community education outreach initiatives designed to increase knowledge in the community about the causes, signs and symptoms and risk factors for stroke. She will also... continue
March 1, 2018
UTICA, NY - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Program received a three-year certificate of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).CoC accreditation is the trademark of excellence and awarded to cancer care programs that have made a commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered care as demonstrated... continue
February 28, 2018
Utica, NY – To help property owners affected by Downtown Utica’s regional healthcare campus project take into account relocation assistance and other recent developments, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has announced an extension of the deadline for responding to purchase option agreements. MVHS, working through Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (BSK), the law firm handling the property... continue
February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently announced four new members of its Board of Directors: Waleed Albert, MD, Catherine Brownell, PhD, Alicia Marie DeTraglia, MD, FACP, and Karen Leach, MBA.Waleed Albert, MD, is a board-certified physician and the chairman of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee for MVHS. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective... continue
February 6, 2018
Utica, NY - At a joint press conference today, officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), Oneida County, City of Utica, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and Mohawk Valley EDGE announced next steps to support property owners within the footprint of the new regional healthcare campus in downtown Utica.“The new regional healthcare campus project is one of... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $15,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center.  The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon, which took place on October 27, 2017, at Daniele’s at Valley View and was the largest amount the luncheon has raised to date... continue
January 19, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –  For those who get nervous at the idea of making a public presentation, there is help in the form of confidence building that meets at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). A group called The Caring Communicators meets the second and fourth Thursday each month for educational programs on leadership skills and public speaking.“We meet for an hour and not only practice giving short... continue
January 10, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, January 4, 2018, members of the Believe 271 Board, the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Board and the Pink Tie Committee met with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center team to present the charging unit for the Infusion Unit.“This is our way of giving back to the community that has been so good to us,” said Brian McQueen, a Believe 271 board... continue