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January 14, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, January 13, 2020, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $21,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Breast Care Center. The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon that he hosts with his wife Susan. The guest speaker at this year’s luncheon was Shelley Penge, finance director at Utica... continue
January 14, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, January 1, 2020, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) St. Luke’s Campus as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers designation signifies that the MVHS Knee and Hip Replacement Program met nationally established Selection Criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality... continue
January 10, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Lafayette Street, between Cornelia Street and Broadway, may be restricted to one lane at certain parts of the day from Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 17, 2020. A flagger will direct traffic when the lane closure is required. The lane restriction is to ensure the safety of the community as demolition continues on buildings within the footprint of the future MVHS Regional... continue
January 10, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has named Nicole Santiago, MHA, as director of Operations for Specialty Care locations at the MVHS Medical Group. In this position, Santiago oversees the daily operations of all of the Medical Group Specialty Care locations and acts as a liaison between MVHS Medical Group offices, departments and hospital support departments. Santiago... continue
January 9, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) East Utica Medical Office, located at 1256 Culver Avenue, Utica, New York, will be closed Friday, January 10, 2020, for maintenance. This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab located at this office. Patients with appointments have been notified of the closure. Patients may visit mvhealthsystem.org/lab for a list of other available lab locations.... continue
January 9, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Ashley Thomas has been named the Safe Patient Handling project manager at MVHS. In this position, Thomas is responsible for development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the safe patient handling program for MVHS and its affiliates. Prior to joining MVHS, Thomas worked as an acute care therapist at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York. There, she... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – The medical staffs of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have announced the 2020 officers.The 2020 Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) medical officers are:Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.Dr. Albert is an infectious disease physician at the St. Luke’s Campus. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – To better protect patients from the flu and other illnesses, visitor restrictions have been put in place for the inpatient units at the Mohawk Valley Health System. This applies to the St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth hospitals.A maximum of two visitors per patient will be permitted at any one time and children 14 and under are prohibited from visiting all inpatient acute care areas, as... continue
January 7, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is the first in New York State to receive accreditation of its cardiac cathererization by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This accreditation recognizes MVHS’s demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to the Cardiac Cath Lab for care.MVHS was awarded the Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation based on a rigorous onsite... continue
January 6, 2020
UTICA, N.Y. – Sergey Germanovich, MBA, CHFP, has been named director of Primary Care Operations for the MVHS Medical Group. In this position, Germanovich is responsible for the overall operational oversight of the MVHS Medical Group Primary Care offices and the Faxton Urgent Care. Germanovich will act as a liaison between MVHS Medical Group offices, departments and hospital support... continue
December 23, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Amber Meza has been named Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) specialist for MVHS. In this position, Meza will serve as a technical point of contact assisting business process owners with data integrity complications, testing of system changes, report writing and analyzing data flows for process improvement opportunities. Most recently, Meza was an IT business analyst at... continue
December 13, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will begin making infrastructure improvements underneath Columbia Street on Monday, December 16, 2019, in order to improve the infrastructure and increase capacity for the new regional medical center and surrounding areas. These improvements will require Columbia Street to close from Broadway to State Street beginning on Monday and well into the... continue
December 12, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today broke ground on its new regional medical center in Downtown Utica. The new medical center campus will include a 373-bed, 672,000-square-foot, nine story facility, a central utility plant and parking garage on 25 acres in Downtown Utica.   “Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people and organizations and I am so... continue
December 9, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Ebere Azumah, MD, MPH, ACC, FACOG, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN), has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Women’s Health Center. Prior to this position, Dr. Azumah was an attending physician at Locums Tenens in Alpharetta, Georgia, and at Unity Health Care and Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. At Providence Hospital, she was a peer review... continue
December 6, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Influenza has been declared prevalent by the New York State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, in the state of New York as of Thursday, December 5, 2019. In accordance with Section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR 2.59), all healthcare and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36 or 40 of the Public Health Law,... continue
December 4, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Michael Gabriel, PA, has joined the MVHS Medical Group at the Faxton Urgent Care as a physician assistant. Prior to this position, Michael worked for Home Health Aide at Fanciscan Companies delivering medical and personal care in patients’ homes in Onondaga County. Michael is passionate about physician assistant education and works closely with the Le Moyne College Physician... continue
December 4, 2019
Jacqueline Mullen, RN, has been named nurse manager of AC 1 at the St. Luke’s Campus of MVHS. In this position, Mullen is responsible for nursing operations including clinical and administrative responsibilities for AC1, an adult inpatient medical surgical unit which includes the bariatric and orthopedic patient populations. Prior to this position, Mullen held nursing positions at the St.... continue
November 27, 2019
Michael Gabriel, PA, has joined the MVHS Medical Group at the Faxton Urgent Care as a physician assistant. Prior to this position, Michael worked for Home Health Aide at Fanciscan Companies delivering medical and personal care in patients’ homes in Onondaga County. Michael is passionate about physician assistant education and works closely with the Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program... continue
November 27, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – On Monday, December 9, 2019, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will transition all laboratory services at the Faxton and St. Luke’s Campuses to MVHS-operated labs. Since 2009, laboratory services at the Faxton and St. Luke’s Campuses had been provided through a services agreement with Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). The St. Elizabeth Campus Laboratory is... continue
November 26, 2019
UTICA, N.Y. – Brianna Sangiacomo, RN, BSN, has been named nurse manager of the Transfer Center of both the St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s Campus at MVHS. In this position, Sangiacomo will be responsible for managing hospital supervisor groups at both campuses of MVHS, the Transfer Center and float staff. Sangiacomo brings extensive knowledge to this role as she has been with MVHS since 2008. ... continue