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July 21, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations (Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center) recently announced the 2017-2018 officers for its Board of Directors:Terrance Mielnicki has been named president. Mielnicki has been a member of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation board since 2008 and has served as president of the board since 2009. He is on the... continue
July 21, 2017
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare recently received a donation of a “Starlight Fun Center” for the Pediatric Unit. The Fun Center features a Nintendo Wii U, various games, a flat-screen TV and a cart that enables the system to travel to patient rooms.The donation was made possible through a national fundraising campaign held by Starlight Children’s... continue
July 3, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Ten doctors graduated from St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s (SEMC’s) Family Medicine Residency on Friday, June 30, 2017, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the nationally accredited, three-year, postdoctoral training program to 277. The program is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Mark Warfel, DO,... continue
June 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Owensboro, Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; Elmhurst, Illinois, and closer to home, Middletown, New York, are all locations where teams of medical staff, nurses, support staff and executives from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have traveled to see firsthand how new hospitals are changing the patient experience. The information and ideas gained during these trips will be... 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
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 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 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 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
April 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, April 3, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Extender, which funds all government operations through May 31 and advances key priority infrastructure, economic development and environmental projects across New York. In the Budget Extender, it was announced that the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been awarded the... continue
March 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael S. McCoy, MBA, has been named executive director of St. Luke’s Home for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). St. Luke’s Home is a 202-bed nursing home located on the St. Luke’s Campus and includes a 40-bed Subacute Rehabilitation Unit and an Adult Day Health Care Program.Prior to joining MVHS, McCoy served as administrator of record for The Edward L. Wilkinson Residential... continue
March 15, 2017
Dear Employees, Medical Staff and Volunteers, We have officially broken records, and not the type of records our area likes to beat during the month of March. According to WKTV, Utica has received 31.3” of snow, which surpasses the 24 hour snowfall record (Valentine’s Day in 2007 with 26”). Winter Storm Stella will go down in history as the biggest snow storm (just beating the famous blizzard of... continue
March 15, 2017
Below is a list of MVHS offices that will either be closed or opening late due to the weather.Faxton Urgent Care - opening at 10amSister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center - closedDental Health Center - closedBarneveld - closedBoonville - open all dayChildren's Center - closedClinton - closedEast Utica - closedHerkimer - closedLittle Falls - closing at 2pmMohawk - closedNew Hartford Crossroads-... continue
March 15, 2017
All staff (clinical and non-clinical) scheduled to work tomorrow should report in as scheduled. All non-scheduled clinical staff are also encouraged to report to work if available to assist with staffing. MVHS employees should be sure to have their badge with them in case they are stopped by emergency personnel when driving to work.
March 14, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group offices plan on opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, due to the snow storm. This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab sites at those locations. Patients with appointments at the medical offices and labs will be notified of the delayed opening.The Faxton Urgent Care will open on time at 8 a.m. Patients may visit continue
March 14, 2017
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is closing all outpatient dialysis centers on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, due to the snow storm. This includes the Faxton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Masonic, Rome and St. Luke’s Home locations. All affected patients are being notified. If a dialysis patient is experiencing a problem, they should call their physician, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency... continue
March 14, 2017
 UTICA, N.Y. – Some of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group offices and the St. Elizabeth Lab sites at those locations are closing for the remainder of the day, due to today’s snow storm. Patients with appointments at the following medical offices and labs have been notified of the closure at the following times:Faxton Urgent Care – 2:30 p.m.Barneveld – 12 p.m.Children's Health... continue
February 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will suspend office operations at the Mohawk Medical Office located at 5 Ann Street in Mohawk beginning Monday, March 20, 2017. The suspension of operations is due to the departure of the two physicians currently practicing at the office – Steven Sperling, MD, and Paula Vecchio, MD.“The MVHS Medical Group has been working diligently to recruit... continue
January 12, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, visitor restrictions have been put in place for the Mohawk Valley Health System (Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center).A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 12 and under are prohibited from visiting all inpatient areas, as they are more likely to have... continue
January 10, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) announced they have selected an architectural firm and a construction manager for the planning, design and construction of the new hospital project. The architectural firm is NBBJ, and the construction manager is the Turner Construction Company.NBBJ and Turner will work closely with the outreach team to consider community input... continue