update U P S T A T E A publication for the SUNY Upstate Medical University Community DECEMBER 20 THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2001 Mystery and Merlot set for Mock Trial In the Calendar scheduled for Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand Rounds. 1/5. 7:30 a.m. January 18 Jan. 31 Marley Education Building, On Thursday, Jan. 18, Syracuse, beginning at 5:30 “You Be The Jury! Sulzle Aud. See Upstate Central New Yorkers are p.m. Performers for the Verbal Orders: Rx For Calendar inside. invited to be part of a mys- event are members of the Death!” is the theme for a tery when the Auxiliary to Fulton Community Theatre, mock trial to be held Upstate Medical University Ted and Amy... and you. Take Note and University Hospital Proceeds from the event Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Medical Receptions announced Nursing Recognition present will benefit the Auxiliary’s Alumni Auditorium of All Upstate Medical the 3rd Annual Mystery We Have A Little Emergency Weiskotten Hall. University individuals are invited and Merlot mystery dinner car seat and helmet identifi- The mock trial is a to the following: theatre. Be a part of this cation program and Nursing creation of University • Retirement reception for fun evening that includes Recognition programs at Hospital’s Professional Shirley Hermann of the wine and cheese sampling, University Hospital. A min- Liability Education Forum Research Development Office dinner, mystery theatre, imum contribution of $50 faculty, who will facilitate will be held Thursday, Dec. 21 silent auction and the per person will be accepted University Hospital and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room opportunity to meet 93Q’s and two sponsorship levels Syracuse University students 1254, Weiskotten Hall. morning drive personalities are offered. For more and staff in playing key • Retirement reception for Ginny Ted Long and Amy information or to make roles for the prosecution Convertino of the Auxiliary Robbins. Mystery and reservations, call the and defense from nursing, office will be held Wednesday, Merlot will take place in Auxiliary office at physician and pharmacy Jan. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Persian Terrace at the 464-5606. perspectives. The faculty Radisson Plaza-Hotel University Hospital, Room 1311. team is comprised of Neurosurgery Research Regina McGraw (SUNY Laboratory relocates The Neurosurgery Research Mystery and Merlot Counsel), Ray Carnevale and Theresa Gagnon (Risk Management), George Laboratory has moved to Room y! Gaebler (Respiratory Therapy 4117 in the Institute for Human It’s a myster . Performance. The phone No one had a clue .. and Hospital Administration), numbers remain the same. Janette Miller (Orthopedics) and Maggie Argentine (Educational Support Services). The case involves a fictitious patient who received a medication that was ordered verbally; dispensed and administered in an excessive dose; and the patient died. The trial continued on page 2 For health information, physician referral, and Upstate Medical University services, call Health Connections at 464-8668 calendar Wednesday, Dec. 20 Anesthesiology Grand Rounds. Thursday, Dec. 21 Medical Grand Rounds. 8:30 Thursday, Dec. 28 Urology Grand Rounds. 9 to 10 Pediatric Grand Rounds. Presenter: Robert Corwin, MD, MEDBEST. 9:15 a.m. 7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical a.m. Wsk. Hall, Rm. 1159. a.m. University Hospital. Rm. University Hospital, Rm. 6500. Alumni Aud. Otolaryngology Urology Grand Rounds. 9 to 10 6500. and Communication Sciences Retirement Reception for Ginny a.m. University Hospital. Rm. Retirement Reception for Dr. Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m. Convertino. 2 to 4 p.m. 6500. David Murray. 3 to 6 p.m. 550 University Hospital, Rm. 6500. University Hospital, Rm. 1311. Psychiatry Faculty Meeting. Harrison Center, Suite 100. Pediatric Grand Rounds. Combined Infectious Diseases 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. PBS, 713 “Treatment for Recurrent Harrison St., Rm. 338. Friday, Dec. 29 Conference. 4 p.m. University Abdominal Pain.” Presenter: Hospital, Rm. 4505. Shirley Hermann Retirement Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand Manoochehr Karjoo, MD, Rounds. “Cervical Cancer Upstate Medical University. Reception. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 Wsk. Hall, Rm. 1254. in pregnancy: A Case 9:15 a.m. University Presentation.” Presenter: Medical Grand Rounds. “The Hospital, Rm. 6500. Melissa Jeitler, MD, Upstate 2000 ACLS Guidelines for Friday, Dec. 22 Combined Infectious Diseases Medical University. 7:30 a.m. Ventricular Fibrillation: The Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand Marley Education Building, Sooner the Better.” Presenter: Conference. 4 p.m. University Rounds. “Indications for Sulzle Aud. Edgar R. Gonzalez, PharmD, Hospital, Rm. 4505. Tension-Free Vaginal Tape: Hampton University. 8:30 A Case Presentation.” Workshop. “MEDLINE on a.m. Wsk. Hall, Rm. 1159. Presenter: Suchitra Kavety, the Web.” 11 a.m. to noon. Health Sciences Library, meet Urology Grand Rounds. 9 to 10 MD, Upstate Medical at Reference Desk. Call 464- a.m. University Hospital. Rm. University. 7:30 a.m. Marley 4581 to register. 6500. Education Building, Sulzle Aud. Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Upstate Medical Wednesday, Jan. 3 Wednesday, Dec. 27 Presenter: Philip Ninan, MD, University Anesthesiology Grand Rounds. Emory University School of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds. 7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical Medicine. 12:30 to 2 p.m. 7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical Art Alumni Aud. Alumni Aud. Otolaryngology and PBS, 713 Harrison St. exhibit Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences Communication Sciences Friday, Jan. 5 Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand Health Sciences Library Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m. Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m. University Hospital, Rm. Rounds. 7:30 a.m. Marley University Hospital, Rm. 6500. 6500. Education Building, Sulzle Aud. Dec. 4 – Jan. 5 Combined Infectious Diseases Conference. 4 p.m. University Surgical Grand Rounds. Hospital, Rm. 4505. “Gamma Knife Stereotactic Former adult Radiosurgery.” Presenter: University Hospital Charles Hodge, MD, Upstate inpatients. Medical University. 8 to 9 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Rm. 103. Mock Trial continued from page 1 filled by Syracuse University College of Law students under testimony will deal with evidence involving verbal orders, the guidance of Regina McGraw. As the title implies, you miscommunications, pharmacology knowledge, and how will be the jury. After hearing testimony, the audience will the best intentions can lead to tragic outcomes. decide for the plaintiff or the defendant. As of press time, the ‘court lineup’ includes: nurses Judy The Mock Trial has been approved for 4.8 contact Kilpatrick (defendant) and Nancy Page (expert), physicians hours by the Institute for Continuing Nursing Education. Dave Lehmann (expert), Paul Kent (plaintiff’s doctor), and Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is sug- MSIII Jody Davis Connolly, (physician defendant) and a yet gested due to limited seating capacity for this community to be named pair of pharmacists. Win Thurlow of the New wide event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call York Attorney General’s office will preside as judge in the Educational Support Services (464-5463) to register. case, and prosecuting and defense attorney roles will be 2 S U N Y U p s t a t e Hospice and Palliative Care M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y briefs Associates present Anita Award to Dr. Colleen O’Leary Colleen O’Leary, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, received the Anita Award from Hospice and Palliative Care Associates. The award, named for a former Hospice patient, recognizes a physician for honest and sensitive communication with and support for families facing a life threatening illness. Dr. O’Leary is past president of the Onondaga County Medical Society and chief medical officer for Perioperative Pathway to Wellness offers Services at Upstate Medical University. She was selected for her leadership role in promoting and understanding Hatha Yoga classes of end-of-life issues throughout the Central New York University Hospital’s Pathway to Wellness Program medical community. will again offer Hatha Yoga classes in 2001. This is the third consecutive year that a physician from The classes will be offered on campus each Monday Upstate Medical University was selected as recipient of the and Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m., Jan. 8 through April Anita Award. In 1998 the Anita Award went to Jonathan 16. All members of the Upstate community are invited Wright, MD, of the Regional Oncology Center. Last year to participate. The fee is $60 per session. the award was presented to the University Hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology. The schedule is as follows: • Monday sessions: These classes build and encourage proper breathing and postures. Days: Jan. 8, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16 Location: Physical Therapy Gym, 2N, University Hospital • Wednesday sessions: These classes concentrate on floor exercises, breathing for relaxation and medita- tion. Days: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14 ,21 ,28; April 4, 11 Location: Cognitive Therapy Room, UH To register or for more information, contact: Kim Utter at 464-4034. Retirement reception for Dr. Murray set for Dec. 28 All Upstate individuals are invited to a retirement Colleen O’Leary, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, (left) accepts the reception for David G. Murray, MD, Thursday, Dec. 28 Hospice Anita Award from Anita Award committee chair Lois Schaffer. from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Suite 100, 550 Harrison Center. Dr. Murray retires as distinguished professor and past chair of Orthopedic Surgery after serving Upstate for 39 years. U P S T A T E update 3 briefs S U N Y U p s t a t e M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y Health Insurance Option Transfer Period for New York State Employees The Choices, a yearly publication sent out by the The options listed at left are available for employees Department of Civil Service summarizing the coverage living or working in Onondaga County. If you reside out- 0provided under each option offered under the New York side of Onondaga County, please refer to the Rates and State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), is now avail- Deadlines flyer that will be mailed to your home for addi- able. To obtain a copy, call or visit the Upstate Health tional coverage options. Insurance Office, Rm. 204 Jacobsen Hall, ph. 464-4941 The following rates reflect employee contributions on a (Kathi Exner) or 464-4944 (Sherrie Johnson). You may biweekly basis for CSEA represented employees. also reach them by e-mail at: EXNERK or JOHNSOSA, via GroupWise. CSEA Biweekly rates for 2001: The following rates reflect employee contributions on a Plan Name Individual Family biweekly basis for PEF and UUP represented employees and M/C employees. Empire $8.63 $37.98 HMO/CNY $24.40 $106.65 PEF, UUP, M/C Biweekly rates for 2001: MVP $13.19 $71.98 Plan Name Individual Family Univera (PHP) $12.13 $74.06 Empire $12.70 $51.35 United Healthcare $24.93 $104.48 HMO/CNY $ 26.00 $114.67 MVP $14.11 $76.67 As a basis for comparison CSEA Biweekly rates for 2000: Univera (PHP) $14.18 $84.29 Plan Name Individual Family United Healthcare $26.51 $112.53 Empire $7.86 $34.31 HMO/CNY $ 7.72 $56.79 As a basis for comparison PEF, UUP, M/C Biweekly rates for 2000: MVP $8.99 $60.53 Univera (PHP) $20.21 $95.15 Plan Name Individual Family United Healthcare $18.06 $83.68 Empire $11.40 $46.28 The options listed above are available for employees HMO/CNY $ 9.11 $63.75 living or working in Onondaga County. If you reside MVP $10.58 $68.50 outside of Onondaga County, please refer to the Rates Univera (PHP) $21.34 $100.84 and Deadlines flyer that will be mailed to your home for additional coverage options. United Healthcare $19.41 $90.54 The deadline to change your health insurance option is Dec. 29, 2000. No action is required if you wish to keep your current health insurance option. If a new option is elected, your coverage under the new option will begin on Jan. 4, 2001 and the 2001 rates will be reflected in your Jan. 3, 2001 paycheck. Continued on the next page 4 S U N Y U p s t a t e M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y briefs Health Insurance Option Transfer Period for New York State Employees FAITH VALUES (continued) The following table is a brief outline of some of the benefit changes for 2001. The HMO contracts and the certificate of insurance from the Empire Plan carriers with amendments provide the specific benefits available under F O Public Health and the Drug War & R U M NYSHIP. Please refer to the Choices publication and/or In many people's minds, the drug war is contact the HMO or Empire Plan Administrator for addi- a failure. If we accept this conclusion, are there any alternatives? What are tional information. the public health implications of our present and potential drug policies? Plan Name Plan Changes What are the ethical and moral Empire For PEF, UUP, & M/C employees, the office dilemmas framing this issue? copayment will increase from $8 to $10. For CSEA Presenters: employees the office copayment will increase from Peter Christ, retired police captain, $5 to $8. For CSEA employees, the annual Town of Tonawanda, NY, and host of the deductible will increase from $161 to $175 (for Peter Christ Show on WSYR Radio. enrollee; enrolled spouse/domestic partner; and all Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, assistant dependent children combined. The allowance for professor, Department of Psychiatry and Hearing Aids will increase from $800 to $1000. DIALOGUE AND Behavioral Science, Upstate Medical University; addiction psychiatrist at the HMO/CNY The SUNY Upstate Medical University Health DISCUSSION Chemical Dependence Clinic, Veterans and United Insurance Office has not been notified of any Administration Medical Center and at Noon - 1 p.m. Crouse Hospital. Healthcare benefit changes for HMO-CNY or United Healthcare for 2001. Please contact the HMOs directly for Wednesday, January 17 This will not be a debate. Both presenters information pertaining to the benefits they will are on the same side, but they will offer in 2001. present both sides of the argument, even though the pro-war position Univera (PHP) The prescription drug coverage co-payments will 9th Floor Auditorium appears to be well presented by the change from $5 generic/$20 brand name to Room 9295 news media and the government. $5 for Tier I / $15 for Tier II / $35 for Tier III. Weiskotten Hall Both speakers are members of ReconsiDer, an organization dedicated The prescription drug coverage co-payments will to harm-reduction and the search for MVP change from $5 generic/$10 brand name to $5 alternatives to the drug war as we know generic/$20 brand name. Mail order prescription it. It is their contention, and that of a drug coverage $10/generic, $40 brand name for Free growing number of others, that the drug war contributes to racism, wasteful Pizza & 90 days supply or 300 units. government spending, over-crowded * Soda! prisons, loss of civil liberties, gun You will be assured to get “medicine at its best” if you violence, intervention in foreign govern- choose a physician and option affiliated with University ments and corruption of police and the courts. As such, it is a failure. Hospital. * Made possible by a grant from the Auxiliary of Upstate Medical University The question is: Should we be spending billions treating a public health problem as a criminal problem? In advance of this presentation, you may want to visit the ReconsiDer website at www.recon- sider.org. S P O N S O R E D BY T H E C O O P E R AT I V E C A M P U S M I N I S T R I E S C O M M I T T E E U P S T A T E update 5 briefs The survey says... S U N Y U p s t a t e M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y Give Thanks to Employees “Thank you messages are the best, whether they are verbal, e-mail, or notes, it is nice to know that you are appreciated” is the message given by the more than 1,200 respondents to the Employee Recognition Committee’s recent survey. The charts at right summarize the survey results and support the mission of University Hospital’s newly appointed All Star Committee. And, with a new mission, comes a new name... “Upstate Stars” (formerly All Stars). The Upstate Stars Program will provide an opportunity for the entire Upstate community to say “thank you” in innovative and inexpensive ways. The survey results, as well as national studies, indicate that formal (public recognition) is not as important as informal (thank you) recognition. The committee will focus on what is overwhelmingly impor- tant to employees...informal recognition. The committee is currently developing a variety of recognition training tools for managers and departments, which include an “Upstate Stars” informational web site. Look for more information about the all new Upstate Stars in future issues of Upstate Update. NOTE: Due to the holidays, the deadline for the Jan. 3 to Jan. 17 issue of Upstate Update is WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20. 6 S U N Y U p s t a t e M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y briefs Jeanne S. Lange Memorial Lecture series introduced at 1st Annual Team SUNY Meeting The Department of sion program. The lecturers presented promising data in Cardiovascular Perfusion and the presentations were: “Comparison of aprotinin in the College of Health Scott Alexander, CCP, and CMT in an in vitro Professions at Upstate chief perfusionist at inflammatory CPB circuit”; Medical University intro- University Hospital, Jake Heiner delivered an duced its Jeanne S. Lange (“Lange-isms: are they still IRB approved study entitled Memorial Lecture Series at valid?”); Ian Shearer, CCP, “ACT comparisons across the 1st Annual Team chief perfusionist, Duke eight different devices.” A SUNY meeting, held this University Health System, final student presentation, past November in the (“What is a Professional”); a survey study, was “Is Institute of Human Frank Strickler, CCP, pediatric perfusion education Performance. The series chief perfusionist, Albany adequate?” delivered by honors the founder of the Medical Center, (“I do it Ron Angona. The survey college’s cardiovascular the same way everyday”.) evaluated responses in perfusion program. Senior student research regards to pediatric “It is fitting to honor presentations followed the perfusion education from Jeanne Lange in this way. Jeanne S. Lange lectures. John Angotti pre- program directors as well Her commitment to perfu- sented a review of current as recent perfusion graduates. sion education has had a reflect upon our heritage,” and new pharmacological The Team SUNY Meeting tremendous impact on our said Bruce Searles, CCP, the interventions relating to the was supported by COBE profession. It is good to use current program director of CPB-induced inflammatory Cardiovascular Inc. a forum such as this to the cardiovascular perfu- response; Michael Lockart idu aig MnflEtn It’s time to start thinking about our New Year resolutions! If one of them is a commitment to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle, sign up now for University Hospital’s Mindful Eating program. Mindful Eating uses a non-traditional, non-diet approach for safe, effective, and permanent weight loss. It is the area’s only program both developed and taught by a physician and a dietitian. Lisa Kaufmann, MD, is a specialist in Internal Medicine. Terry Podolak, RD, is a Registered Dietitian. They are recognized by their clients as supportive and empathetic instructors. Mindful Eating is a 10 week program offered on Thursdays from 6:30–9 p.m, January 11 through March 29, 2001. Each session is 2 1/2 hours. The $300 fee (only $30 per week) includes all program materials and an all-day session on stress management. Payment plans are available. To register or for more information please call 315-464-6052. S Y R A C U S E , N E W Y O R K U P S T A T E update 7 in the spotlight... Did You Know? • In 1999, University Hospital had 1,874,155 pounds of dirty S U N Y U p s t a t e M e d i c a l U n i v e r s i t y linen washed. That’s about 6,000 pounds per day, six Margaret Turk, MD Dr. Turk earned her days per week. The average medical degree and family of four produces receives OSU Alumni completed her residency in between 50 and 60 pounds of Award dirty linen per week or about physical medicine and The Ohio State University rehabilitation at OSU. She 3,100 pounds per year. (OSU) College of Medicine was the 2000 AAPM&R • Upstate Medical University and Public Health honored Annual Assembly Chair, qualifies for a discount rate Margaret Turk, MD, with serves on the AAPM&R from the U.S. Postal Service. an alumni achievement Business/Practice Committee, The rate we would pay for award during its 47th and is a director of the postage would be only 26.1 annual alumni reunion. American Board of cents per piece of mail if our Dr. Turk is an assistant Physical Medicine and envelopes were correctly professor of medicine at Rehabilitation. labeled. The envelopes need Upstate Medical University. to be typed or computer gen- Margaret Turk, MD erated - not hand written. If you use a window envelope for your mailings, nothing other than the name and the A message from the Ambassadors • If you spot someone smoking in address can be showing. If or near University Hospital entrances, Maintaining a clean and healthy this happens, we pay 33 cents please remind them that University environment is a vital part of University per piece even if it is typed. Hospital is smoke-free institution, but Hospital’s mission. If you have questions on one which has, as a courtesy, designated • Please do not smoke in or near comments on other saving smoking sites. University Hospital entrances. (Smoke ideas for the mail center • Please find an appropriate way of can harm our patients who have difficulty please contact Brenda disposing your cigarette. It is not suit- breathing). If you must smoke, please Rodriguez, Mail Services able or healthy to toss cigarettes on the take advantage of University Hospital’s floor or on the ground. Thank you. Supervisor, at 464-5328. designated smoking areas. University Hospital Value Analysis Program presents: “VIPER” C O M I N G J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 1 “The challenge is yours” Upstate Update is published by the Marketing and University Communications Department at Note: Contact the Human Resources Department for address corrections or to be deleted or added to the Update mailing list SUNY Upstate Medical University. To submit news or calendar items, contact editor Doretta Royer, Rm. 205, 250 Harrison Center, 464-4836; email: royerd. Printed by Upstate Medical University Duplicating and Printing Services. 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