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October 14, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, October 18, 2021, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) visitor policy will change. The updated visitor policy can be found at https://mvhealthsystem.org/visitation and includes the following changes:InpatientVisiting hours remain the same for inpatient hospital units - from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.Patients can have two visitors during... continue
October 14, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, October 18, 2021, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will begin offering COVID-19 testing by appointment only at its COVID Testing Trailer located at the St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, Utica. The service is being offered through a partnership between MVHS and the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (COCVAC).Community members needing a COVID test... continue
October 12, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will open its COVID-19 vaccine POD to the community to provide Pfizer booster shots for those who qualify. The POD is located at the MVHS Burrstone House, 1710 Burrstone Road, New Hartford, with hours of operation from 7 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday. The boosters are being provided in partnership with... continue
October 8, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – On the morning of Sunday, October 10, 2021, there will be several road closures for the Boilermaker Road Race. Most road closings will begin between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Roads should re-open after noon on Sunday. Alternate routes must be used to access both the St. Luke’s and Faxton Campuses.The St. Luke’s Campus will only be accessible via the Burrstone Road – Eastbound entrance.... continue
October 8, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, FNP-C, has joined Upstate Urology at MVHS as a certified family nurse practitioner, where she will provide care to patients of all ages.Schmidt has more than 10 years of nursing experience at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) in inpatient post-operative care and vascular surgery.Schmidt earned her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner from Utica... continue
October 8, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Jerome Rosenstein, MD, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) at the MVHS Women’s Health Center and MVHS OB Care Center, where he will provide inpatient and outpatient care.Dr. Rosenstein has more than 32 years of experience in the OB/GYN specialty and joins MVHS from Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in... continue
October 5, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Robert Garramone, from Utica, New York, became the winner of the 24th 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).Garramone has purchased Miracle Drawing tickets in the past, so when he stopped at Countryside Stove and Chimney in... continue
October 1, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Matthew Denson, DO, and Kathryn Fitzgerald, DO, have joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Surgical Group where they will provide general surgical and follow-up care to patients of all ages.Dr. Denson specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, as well as colon pathology and colon cancer surgery. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of... continue
September 28, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today provided an update on staffing and service line adjustments following the deadline for the New York State COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Monday, September 27, 2021.The Impact of the Vaccine Mandate on Staffing MVHS, like hospitals across the state and the nation, has experienced significant and growing workforce shortages and challenges in... continue
September 28, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Renee Scaramuzzino, RN, MS, FNP-BC, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Group as a certified family nurse practitioner, where she will provide care to patients of all ages.Scaramuzzino has more than eight years of experience as a registered nurse, including the past seven years at MVHS. She earned her Master of Science in Family... continue
September 28, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Kristin Rutherford, RN, MS, FNP-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Oneida Medical Office as a certified family nurse practitioner, where she will provide care to patients of all ages.Rutherford has more than 14 years of clinical experience in Family Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Surgical, Trauma and Critical Care. Most recently, Rutherford was assistant medical... continue
September 2, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Brittany Bonanza, RN, MS, FNP-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group, Rome Medical Office as a certified family nurse practitioner, where she will provide care to patients of all ages.Bonanza is the first in the new MVHS post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The program’s mission is to provide a supportive entry into primary care... continue
September 1, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll quality achievement award for the 11th consecutive year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized,... continue
August 30, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation, in partnership with WKTV NewsChannel 2, announce that tickets for this year’s $100,000 Miracle Drawing raffle tickets to benefit our local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at MVHS, are nearly sold out. The drawing gives one lucky person a chance to win $100,000 in cash.Less than 700 of the maximum 4,300 tickets remain. The... continue
August 25, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Danielle Thesier, MD, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Vascular Surgery Group. She specializes in the treatment of conditions of the blood vessels and lymph system (vascular diseases) as well as vascular procedures.Dr. Thesier earned her medical degree, performed her residency in General Surgery and received fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at the State... continue
August 23, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), in collaboration with Upstate Urology, is hosting a free prostate cancer screening event throughout the month of September to recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and encourage men to get screened.Who: Men ages 45 to 75What: Free prostate exam with a prostate-specific blood testWhere: Upstate Urology at MVHS, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica.... continue
August 16, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Two caregivers at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Level II Special Care Level II Nursery have earned certification and licensures to provide newborns and their parents with specialized care services. Sara Herringshaw, PT, NTMTC, a physical therapist at MVHS, has earned Neonatal Touch and Massage Certification™ and Danielle Furlong, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech therapist at MVHS, has... continue
August 5, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – US News and World report has recognized a number of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) services as high performing as part of the magazine’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings. MVHS services that were identified as high performing include: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at the St. Elizabeth Campus and Stroke... continue
August 3, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundation, in partnership with WKTV NewsChannel 2, is holding a special one-day event on Friday, August 6, 2021, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, located at 50 Oriskany Boulevard, Yorkville. Staff will be on-site and accepting cash, checks and credit cards for $100,000 Miracle Drawing raffle tickets to benefit our... continue
August 3, 2021
UTICA, N.Y. – Cheryl A. Palmer, RN, MS, FNP-C, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Advanced Wound Care Center.Palmer comes to MVHS with more than 15 years of healthcare experience in primary, emergency and wound care settings. Most recently, she was employed by Community Memorial Hospital's Waterville Family Health Center.Palmer earned her Master of Science in Family Nurse... continue