On Sunday, June 4, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) held its Cancer Survivors Day celebration at the Roselawn Banquet Hall. Survivors and their guests were able to celebrate over brunch, talk to providers, and participate in raffles with nearly 350 in attendance. Sister Catherine Michael Napier blessed the food.

All proceeds from the basket and 50/50 raffles at the Cancer Survivors Day will support future Survivors Day events, hosted by the new MVHS survivorship program.

The new MVHS Survivorship Program will provide services that will help cancer survivors live a healthy life during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment. The program will help survivors manage the emotional and physical challenges that come with receiving a cancer diagnosis. This program is designed to cater to survivor’s individual needs by developing a unique care plan and goals. The MVHS Survivorship Clinic will provide wellness coaching, a gym and space for group support meetings to help survivors.

“Cancer does not discriminate, but it is in the face of this shared experience that we find solace and strength in each other and we become a community,” said Alicia DeTraglia, MD, Medical Director of Hematology/Oncology. “Survivorship is not just about the absence of disease. It is a journey marked by physical, emotional and psychological healing, and our new Survivorship Clinic will allow us to provide this support for our patients, both now and in the future.”

The new MVHS Survivorship Clinic is opening soon at the Faxton Campus, 1675 Bennett Street, Utica, NY. For more information, contact 315-624-5653 or visit https://www.mvhealthsystem.org/survivorship/.

Photo Caption: Guests enjoy brunch at Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.

About MVHS

MVHS is an integrated, non-profit healthcare delivery system that includes St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County and Senior Network Health. MVHS primarily serves the geographic area of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties in New York State and is an integrated delivery system with more than 4,200 full-time equivalent employees.

MVHS is in the process of constructing The Wynn Hospital – a 10-story, 672,000-square-foot, 373- bed hospital located on a 25-acre parcel adjacent to the Downtown Utica business district. The campus will also include a central utility plant and the development of a parking garage, physician office building(s), support facilities and a business center. The new hospital creates a structured delivery system to reduce gaps and inefficiencies in care coordination, eliminates duplication of services and improves ease of access with ample parking and centralized entrances. It will be a modern facility with private patient rooms and the flexibility to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and delivery models.

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