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    Robert P. Fleischer, MD


    Paul G. Davidson, MD, FACS


    James L. Bramley, MD

    UTICA, N.Y. – Urologist Robert P. Fleischer, MD, of New Hartford has been elected president of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) for 2016.

    Surgeon Paul G. Davidson, MD, FACS, of Utica has been elected vice president and Infectious Disease specialist James L. Bramley, MD, of Clinton has been elected secretary-treasurer.

    Dr. Fleischer attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for undergraduate work, where he graduated magna cum laude, and he received his Medical Degree from Duke University Medical School. He completed a surgical internship/residency at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and a Urologic residency at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Davidson is a surgeon at Surgical Associates of Utica in New Hartford, New York. He received his Doctor of Medicine from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Davidson is chairman of the Medical Records Committee, a member of the Mohawk Valley Health System Medical Staff Advisory Committee and is one of SEMC’s trauma surgeons.

    Dr. Bramley is an Infectious Disease Specialist who earned his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and a Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Brown University Program in Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the Oneida County Medical Society and the Medical Society of the State of New York. Dr. Bramley has been active in the infection prevention programs of both SEMC and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare since starting practice in Utica in 1988.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Please be advised that the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing clinicals are cancelled today February 16 due to the inclement winter weather.


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    UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) will host a free, educational event to give the community an overview of the MAKO, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system used for partial knee surgeries, on Wednesday, March 2 from 5-6 p.m. The event will be held in the Soggs Room in St. Luke’s Home at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica.

    Information on the system and criteria for appropriate surgical candidates will be presented by John Sullivan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who performs the MAKO partial knee procedure. Since 2015, SEMC has offered robotic partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Use of the MAKO system allows less invasive surgery than traditional, total knee surgery. SEMC is the first to acquire this technology in the region east of Syracuse.

    MAKO potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

    • Reduced pain
    • Minimal hospitalization
    • More rapid recovery
    • Less implant wear and loosening
    • Smaller scar
    • Better motion and a more natural-feeling knee.

    Seating is limited; reservations are requested and can be made by calling 315-624-5608. Light refreshments will be served.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    315-624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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  • 03/01/16--12:00: SEMC Guild Elects Officers

  • Pictured left to right: front row, Theresa Jadlowski and Shirley Rice. Second row: Margaret Lalonde, Mary Byrd, Carole Nunziata and Linda Kurtyka.

    UTICA, N.Y. -- The St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Guild has elected its officers for 2016 and installed them at a February luncheon meeting. Officers are: President Carole Nunziata, Past President and Vice President Linda Kurtyka, Treasurer Margaret Lalonde, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Rice, Recording Secretary Mary Byrd, Corresponding Secretary Carole Nunziata and Assistant Corresponding Secretary Angel Scates. Theresa Jadlowski and Shirley Rice were installed as members of the Board of Directors.

    The Guild is a volunteer organization that holds functions and events throughout the year to raise funds to benefit SEMC. The Guild also provides scholarships to the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, has members who sews pillows monthly to provide to heart surgery patients and members who volunteer their time at various departments throughout SEMC.

    The Guild recently made a $15,000 donation through the St. Elizabeth Foundation toward the purchase of BloodTrack Emerge equipment at the SEMC Laboratory.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    UTICA, N.Y. – In order to protect our patients from the flu and other illnesses, visitor restrictions have been put in place for the Maternity, Nursery and Pediatric Units at the St. Luke’s Campus and for the Pediatric Department at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System. Maternity, Nursery and Pediatrics patients are at greater risk of complications from the flu. Therefore, only parents, grandparents and birthing coaches may visit at this time.

    The hospitals ask that you not visit if you feel ill with any type of upper respiratory problem. Please stay home and delay your visit to keep yourself and the patients and residents safe.

    The best protection against contracting influenza includes:

    • · Frequent and thorough hand washing.
    • · Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue use the crook of your arm not your hand.
    • · Staying home from work, school, or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza.
    • · Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.

    If you have flu-like symptoms and they are severe and persistent you should contact your healthcare provider.

    The hospitals practice “Respiratory Etiquette” in their Emergency Departments, Urgent Cares and Primary Care Medical Offices. Each waiting area has masks for patients to wear to cover their cough, tissues and hand sanitizer for good hand hygiene. If you seeking treatment and have any flu-like symptoms with upper respiratory problems, you will be asked to wear a mask and may be isolated from other patients.

    Media Contact
    Lindsay Mogle
    Communications Specialist
    315-624-5602
    lmogle@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Suzanne Chabot, RN, LMFT,

    UTICA, N.Y. – Suzanne Chabot, RN, LMFT, has been named nurse manager at the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center (SRVFMC), a site of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group. In this position, Chabot is responsible for the daily operations of the outpatient clinic, including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of staff, patients, departmental and clinical organizational needs.

    Chabot has been a staff RN at the SRVFMC, as well as a staff therapist at the Clinton Testing Center in Clinton, New York, since 2013. Previously, she worked as a RN at the NYS Psychiatric Institute in Manhattan.

    Chabot received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and religious studies from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, an associate degree from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, New York, and a master’s degree in Marital Family Therapy from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. She is continuing her education in the bachelor’s degree program in Nursing Science from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Marcy, New York.

    Chabot is licensed by the State of New York as a registered nurse and in Marriage Family Therapy. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists as a clinical fellow.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    SEMC Guild member Helen Harrington with a finished pillow for a cardiac patient.

    UTICA, N.Y. -- The St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Guild requests donations of cotton fabric from community members who support the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) cardiac services. The Guild includes a group of women called the “Pillow Ladies,” that meets monthly to sew heart pillows for the patients in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit who have had open heart surgery. Due to an increase in cardiac surgery with the newly expanded MVHS program, they need more cotton fabric for pillows.

    The SEMC Guild is a volunteer organization with a long history of assisting the hospital in various projects, including essential sewing. The original Guild began in 1890 when the hospital was located on Columbia Street. Members of the early Guild volunteered two hours monthly making towels, sheets and pillow cases, which were sewn by hand at the time.

    The present Guild was organized by Sister M. Veronica in 1926. Over the years, the Guild has undertaken many fund-raising projects and activities to benefit the patients, families and SEMC employees. Anyone with fabric to donate may call Chairperson Margaret Lalonde at 315-853-5280.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Eric Yoss, MD, FCCP

    UTICA, N.Y. – Eric Yoss, MD, FCCP, a specialist in Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, has been named senior vice president of Quality at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the various quality programs at MVHS.

    Dr. Yoss has served on the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) medical staff since the early 1990s, including as its president and secretary/treasurer. He has been associated with Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of New Hartford since 1988 and has served as medical director of Respiratory Care and of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at SEMC and as medical director of Critical Care services at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH).

    Dr. Yoss received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and completed an internship/residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Yoss is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    The nursing team that penned the article on reducing patient falls. 

    Back row, left to right: Jennifer M. Pekola, MSN, BS, RN; Michelle M. Selden, BPS, AAS, AS, CPHQ, RHIA; Kathryn Ward, MA, MS, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC; Patricia A. Roach, MS, RN, NEA-BC, PMHNP-BC; Colette Wilk, MSN, RN. Front row, left to right: Jennifer Hurd, BSN, RN, ABNN, SCRN and Michele Blatt, BS.

    UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group has named Andrew T. Pellecchia, MD, director of Advanced Endoscopy at its new Gastroenterology and Advanced Endoscopy Group.

    Dr. Pellecchia performs advanced, interventional endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), volumetric laser endomicroscopy (VLE), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), choledochoscopy, as well as endoscopic surgical procedures including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), and endoscopic suturing.

    Dr. Pellecchia's professional interests include EUS diagnosis and staging of malignancies, advanced imaging and endosurgical management of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus, endosurgical resection of gastrointestinal polyps, tumors and superficial malignancies and other nascent advanced endoscopic technologies.

    Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Pellecchia was a member of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare’s (FSLH) Gastroenterology Department since 2012, while affiliated with Digestive Disease Medicine of Central New York. He has held attending positions at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, New York, and Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, New York.

    Dr. Pellecchia earned his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine in Syracuse, New York, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

    Dr. Pellecchia is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

    Dr. Pellecchia is accepting new patients. Patients will be seen in Suite 222 in the Professional Office Building at the St. Luke’s Campus. Dr. Pellecchia can be reached at 315-624-6076.

    Media Contact
    Christina Polowicz
    Communications Specialist
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5433
    cpolowic@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Isha Gupta, MD

    UTICA, N.Y. – Isha Gupta, MD, a nephrologist affiliated with Kidney and Hypertension Consultants, has joined the medical staffs of St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. She has privileges at both SEMC and FSLH, which are affiliated under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Dr. Gupta received her Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine from B.J. Medical College in Pune, India. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University and her Nephrology fellowship training at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Health System, both in New York, New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Nephrology and the Medical Council of India.

    Dr. Gupta is located at Kidney and Hypertension Consultants, 1450 Champlin Avenue, Utica, New York, and can be reached at 315-624-9000.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Michael F. Trevisani, MD, MBA, CPE, FASCRS, FACHE

    UTICA, N.Y. –Michael F. Trevisani, MD, MBA, CPE, FASCRS, FACHE, has been named senior vice president/chief medical officer for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), serving as medical director for both Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). In this role, Dr. Trevisani is responsible for overseeing the medical staffs of FSLH and SEMC, credentialing, the Medical Staff Office, Family Medicine Residency Program, Dental Residency Program, Palliative Care and Medical Libraries. He will be involved in the quality of medical care delivered as well as responsible for driving quality and safety initiatives throughout MVHS. Dr. Trevisani will also work directly with the department chairs, director of contracted medical groups and hospital-based physicians to coordinate patient care and safety efficiently.

    Since January 2014, Dr. Trevisani has held the position of senior vice president /chief medical officer (CMO) for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). Prior to that, he served as vice president of Medical Affairs/CMO at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, New York, and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton, New York. Previously in private practice he also served as an attending surgeon in a fellowship program at Orlando Regional Healthcare System in Orlando, Florida, and served in a number of leadership roles including the position of chairman for the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Florida Hospital.

    Dr. Trevisani received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and earned his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He completed a residency at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Affiliated Hospitals in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Trevisani also received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

    Dr. Trevisani is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery (FASCRS) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is board certified by the American College of Physician Executives (CPE) and is a member of the Iroquois CMO Group. 

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    UTICA, N.Y. – On Sunday, April 17, 2016, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will host a Senior Sunday: Lunch and Learn Lecture on nutrition. The lecture will be held at noon in the Soggs Room in St. Luke’s Home at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica.

    A Registered Dietitian from MVHS will discuss proper nutritional needs as we age that promote health and well-being.

    Seating is limited; reservations are required and can be made by calling 315-624-HOME (4663). A hot lunch will be served. A voluntary donation of $5 per person would be appreciated to supplement the cost of the luncheon.

    Please save the date for two additional upcoming Senior Sundays on May 22 and June 12 at noon.

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    Media Contact
    Christina Polowicz
    Communications Specialist
    315-624-5433
    cpolowic@mvhealthsystem.org


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  • 04/07/16--12:44: Volunteers Add Value to MVHS
  • UTICA, N.Y. – This year, National Volunteer Week falls from April 10-16 and the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will use those days to accentuate the many gifts and talents our volunteers share with patients, families and employees on a regular basis. All staff members are urged to thank volunteers for all that they do to support MVHS.

    “This year’s theme is ‘Our volunteers are worth their weight in gold,’” said Delta Rubsamen, director of Volunteers for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH).“As a token of employee thanks, small gold mesh drawstring bags filled with gold coin candy will be distributed to volunteers during Volunteer Week.” In addition, volunteers have their names entered in a daily drawing for a gift of appreciation.

    Volunteers complete all types of tasks at the MVHS: some raise money for equipment and other needs. All funds raised by the Faxton St. Luke's Volunteer Association through the gift shops and vendor sales are donated directly back to the organization through the FSLH Foundation. In 2014, in addition to other projects, monies raised were used to purchase new flat-screen TVs for patients and, in 2015, a patient education system was funded. In early 2016, additional TVs will be purchased for the specialty unit on AC 2 at the St. Luke’s Campus. Meanwhile, at SEMC, volunteers present funds raised to the hospital through the SEMC Guild, which gifted $15,000 last year.

    “Volunteers range from age from 14 years to more than 90 years,” said Grace Garro, director of Volunteers for St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). “We’re so grateful for the support they provide to more than 40 departments throughout the Faxton, St. Elizabeth, St. Luke's, and Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services (CRCCS) Campuses.”

    At various sites, volunteers:

    • Sort and deliver mail
    • Rock babies in the nursery
    • Round with patients on a regular basis to see how they are doing and to determine if they can be of assistance in any way – including through the Mended Hearts and Patient Advocate Programs
    • Sew heart pillows for patients who have undergone cardiac surgery at SEMC
    • Greet and assist patients in units such as Faxton's Outpatient Infusion and St. Luke's Emergency Department
    • Staff the gift shops at the Faxton, SEMC and St. Luke's Campuses
    • Staff information desks at St. Luke's and Faxton lobbies, the reception desk at the Cancer Center, and surgery waiting rooms at all three hospital campuses
    • Work behind the scenes in offices, completing numerous clerical tasks
    • Deliver medications from the Pharmacy to units throughout St. Luke's Campus
    • Provide pastoral support to patients at FSLH and SEMC
    • Deliver complimentary newspapers to patients each morning at the St. Luke’s Campus and
    • Other tasks too numerous to mention.

    In 2015, the 597 volunteers across the MVHS donated 69,981 hours of their valuable time to help our patients and families. The Administration and staff extend deep appreciation for these generous contributions.

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    Media Contact
    Sandra Fentiman
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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  • 04/06/16--07:54: SECON Holds Safety Drill
  • UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON), in conjunction with the Utica Police Department (UPD) Metro SWAT Team, conducted an “Active Shooter Drill” for its College staff and students on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the College campus. The drill is part of the College’s Campus Safety and Security program and is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with a scenario that mimics an actual situation involving an active shooter on campus.

    The SECON Administration, UPD and key personnel from the Mohawk Valley Health System have all taken a proactive stance in keeping the College community on alert and practicing for a situation that hopefully will never occur. A debriefing followed at the conclusion of the drill.

    Media Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman 

    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Albert D’Accurzio, MD, pauses with the late Sister Rose Vincent Gleason, OSF, then president/ CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in October 2001.

    UTICA, N.Y. – Almost everyone who works at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) knows who Dr. Albert D’Accurzio is. Whether they had direct interactions with him or not, they saw him in the hospital hallways and heard him speak at events and answer questions about hospital quality in the media. Plus, he worked there more than a quarter of a century. He retired on April 1.

    Before joining SEMC as medical director in 1989, Dr. D’Accurzio had a private practice in Internal Medicine in Utica. A diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, during his career, he served as president of the St. Elizabeth Medical Staff, president of the Oneida County Medical Society and chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s-Memorial Hospital. He played a key role in the Cardiac Services Task Force, which successfully campaigned for state approval of the local cardiac surgery program that became the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute.

    "I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. D'Accurzio my entire career, both clinically and in administration,” said Robert Scholefield, executive vice president/chief operating officer for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). “He has the tremendous quality of being able to see all perspectives of an issue and provide a fair and balanced resolution. He will be remembered fondly and certainly be missed.”

    Dr. D’Accurzio was raised locally and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, a national medical honor society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital and has additional professional education in Quality Improvement and Medical Management through the American Association of Physician Leadership.

    He spent most of his medical career, 25 years, as vice president – medical affairs and chief medical officer at SEMC. He played a vital role in the recruitment and retention of medical staff and was the champion of clinical quality throughout his career. Many people describe him as a very nice guy, one who did a tough job well.

    When SEMC and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare affiliated under MVHS, he was named the chief quality officer for the system. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mohawk Valley Heart Institute and of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Utica Regional Advisory Board.

    Throughout his career, Dr. D’Accurzio has been named the SEMC Employee of the Year, the Boss of the Year by the Observer-Dispatch, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from T.R. Proctor High School, the Excelsior Award from SEMC, the Central New York Academy of Medicine 2011 Scroll Award, and the Edward Gaffney Quality Award. He was voted into The Genesis Group and County Medical Societies’ Healthcare Hall of Distinction in 2013. He lives in Utica, is married and has two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren.

    Michael F. Trevisani, MD, MBA, CPE, FASCRS, FACHE, previously the senior vice president/chief medical officer for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), has been named medical director for both FSLH and SEMC. He assumed his new role with Dr. D'Accurzio's retirement.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Media Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    John (Jack) Ward, RN, VA-BC

    UTICA, N.Y. – Two registered nurses (RN) and vascular access specialists at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have recently received certification within their specialty area. As Vascular Access Board Certified (VA-BC) professionals these nurses have demonstrated mastery of specialized knowledge by meeting criteria and passing an examination offered by the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).

    Vascular Access Specialists assess patients, provide vascular insertion services for inpatients and outpatients, and educate staff and patients throughout the organization about best practices in vascular access.

    Robyn Foster, RN, VA-BC, is a 2002 graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College with her AAS in Nursing. She spent the first 10 years of her career at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare as an oncology nurse before transitioning into her current role within the Vascular Access Department where she has remained for the last four years.

    John (Jack) Ward, RN, VA-BC, is a 1994 graduate of St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing where he received his AAS degree. He spent many years employed at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit before transitioning into his current role within the Vascular Access Department in 2009.

    Heidi Coluzza, MS, RN, BC, director of Nursing, states, “The pursuit of board certification in any nursing specialty is never an easy journey. These nurses have proven to themselves and their peers within the healthcare profession that they have the advanced knowledge and skills to provide superior care and service to our patients and the community.”

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Media Contact: 
    AJ Wiswell
    Graphic Designer / Communications Specialist
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    315-624-5607
    awiswell@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Shannon Mathewson, MBA, PCMH CCE

    UTICA, N.Y. – Shannon Mathewson, MBA, PCMH CCE, has been named vice president of Operations at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, she will assume responsibilities for the Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Care, Imaging Services, the Sleep Disorders Center and Advanced Wound Care.

    Mathewson has been employed at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare since 1996 and served as director of Operations for the MVHS Medical Group since May 2007. She accepted additional responsibilities as the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program Coordinator in September 2015.

    She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, her Master of Business Administration from State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, New York, and has also earned certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home Content Expert.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

    Media Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Press releases for Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare are now posted to our Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) website.

    Please visit our MVHS Press Releases page here >

     


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    Utica, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations and F.X. Matt Brewery will hold the ninth annual Prohibition Party on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic F.X. Matt Brewing Co, 830 Varick Street, Utica. The event is sponsored by Theresa Flemma, CFP®, senior vice president of Flemma ~ Gornick Financial Group and M. Griffith Investment Services,Inc.

    Tickets cost $45 per person if purchased by Friday, April 14, and $50 per person if purchased after April 14. Admission includes Saranac beverages, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, a 1930s costume contest and a silent auction. Local musicians All Tuned Up, Crushing June, Renaissanceand The Other Guys will perform throughout the Brewery. Participants must be 21 and over. Proceeds from this year's event will be used to purchase state of the art cardiac equipment for MVHS Cardiac Services located at the St. Elizabeth Campus.

    “On behalf of MVHS, I would like to thank the Matt family for their partnership with the Foundations to host this one-of-a-kind event that the community looks forward to each year.” said Andrea LaGatta, director of Development. MVHS thanks Theresa Flemma, CFP®,senior vice president of Flemma ~ Gornick Financial Group and M. Griffith Investment Services Inc. and media sponsors Mix 102.5 and WKTV NewsChannel 2.

    A limited number of tickets are available and the Foundations anticipate selling out early for the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.mvhealthsystem.org/foundation, call 315-624-5718 or email jbecker2@mvhealthsystem.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the MVHS Foundations Office at 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica, or the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Gift Shop/Tour Center at 830 Varick Street, Utica. 

    Media Contact:
    Lindsay Mogle
    Communications Specialist
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    315-624-5602
    lmogle@mvhealthsystem.org


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